Recently I’ve had a lot of people ask me what I’ve been doing in my life to lose weight and get fit. Really it has been a road of ups and downs, but before I did anything I worked hard to change my relationship with food. I now strive to make better food choices daily, use Young Living essential oils and supplements to support my health, and I MOVE! I go to TRX 4 times a week. That’s when those people’s mouths drop open and they say, I could never do that. I tell them that 3 of those classes are at 6am so that I’m not sacrificing time with my family and that makes it easier for me. They look at me and say, I could never exercise that early! In my head, I remember when I made those same excuses.
Here’s the thing folks…I decided over a year ago to make a change in my life and in order to do that, I had to be committed or the change wouldn’t happen. I couldn’t be successful at this if I wasn’t committed to making my body healthier so that I could be happier. I truly enjoy going to TRX class as it’s something that has given me so much strength and helped me gradually push my body and build muscles that I didn’t even know I had. Some days are harder than others, some workouts are not my favorite, but they all contribute to making me stronger and making me better.
I learned awhile back that if I complained, even in my head, about a certain exercise or movement, I almost always failed at it. This negative self talk truly has an impact on what my body can do. So for months now, whenever my coach cues an exercise that I don’t like or is one that is hard for me, I just say, “that one’s my favorite!” Everyone knows I say it with a hint of sarcasm, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that just uttering those words each time have helped me achieve more in that exercise or movement than I ever thought possible.
There are even movements or positions that I now love! One of them is a suspended side plank. I love it because when I began, those muscles were so weak that I couldn’t even hold a modified side plank on the ground. I’ve progressed so much that recently I held a single-leg side plank for about 30 seconds or more. You can see the drastic difference of those levels in the pictures below! Neither of the pictures are of me, but I wanted to illustrate the difference between those 2 descriptions.
I don’t mean to only promote TRX on my blog, it is just a form of exercise that I have come to enjoy and it works for me. That being said, find a form of exercise that YOU enjoy. Even going for walks are a great way to get started integrating more movement into your lifestyle. I used to love Zumba way back when my gym offered that class, and that’s an awesome way to burn some calories and work cardio. Find something that you enjoy, and you’ll stick with it!