I’m sorry I ditched you for a bit, but I had to. I was getting off topic.
The whole point of this blog was to use my own fitness journey to help other people find their fittest selves. But my journey has dramatically evolved, and my blog wasn’t keeping up. It became a challenge to write from the experiences that defined my journey more than a year ago.
When the goal of “fitness” started for me, it was about diet and exercise, abs and thighs, and fitting into my skinny jeans. I stuck with it, and that dream can come true. But I could never have predicted what would happen next.
I became an athlete. And I never even saw it coming.
Two years ago I was struggling to run a 10-minute mile, and one year ago I was running a 5k time that I could be proud of. Seven months ago I participated in my first sprint triathlon, and this year my season is packed and I’m training to win my age group.
It might be easy (in hindsight) to pick out a few training benchmarks, my journey from “I just want to lose a few pounds” to “I am a triathlete” is still a bit of a mystery to me.
The point is… well there are two. The first is that if I want to continue to inspire people with my own experience, I have to share the challenges and successes that I am closest t0 – the ones I am living right now. And while they aren’t about finding motivation to go to the gym or to sticking to a low-calorie meal plan, they are still about breaking out of my comfort zone to reach new goals and set new limits.
The second is that I couldn’t have predicted my path, and neither should you. So think about what you want to achieve in the near future, create a plan, and get it. Let fantasy inspire you only if it doesn’t limit you. Embrace learning and discomfort, and don’t fear setbacks. Be honest with yourself and what you want. Don’t do it for anyone else, and don’t not do it because of anyone else.