Why did you embark on this journey?
This answer is simple. I like to show off my body and I can not do that with a stomach that hangs to my knees or legs that could start a fire if I walk too long. I began my fitness journey in May of 2013. I had no true goals; all that I knew was that I was tired of looking and feeling "fat" and I wanted to shed a few pounds. I had noticed many women were beginning to get "fit" or tone up. There were waves of pictures on Instagram. It was at that moment, I decided I would become a part of this trend.
What's the motivation?
Working out is hard to do. Let's be real. No one wants to do it (unless you truly love it and there are millions of people who love fitness). Some of us allow our body to think for us. Our brain may tell us, "Alright, I'm going to the gym today," while our body tells us, "Not today; I'm too tired." Ignoring our bodily signals can prove to be extremely difficult when you lack internal motivation. You have to find your personal motivation; whether it be for health reasons or you simply want to look good in a bathing suit. I found my personal motivation by remembering what my body used to look like. I have always been toned, as I cheered and stepped most of my childhood. Back then, I maintained a consistent workout routine and somewhat healthy diet. I have always averaged 141 lbs, (138 in middle school to 145 in high school, and 141-144 throughout my undergrad and graduate school years), standing at 5'6. On May 1, 2013, I stepped on the scale and I weighed 160 lbs. You can imagine how my mouth dropped and a lower number on the scale became my number one motivational factor.
What happened to you? How did you gain almost 20 lbs?
I moved to Virginia in 2010 for graduate school. I worked out all of 3 times my first semester. Over the course of my graduate degree, I may have worked out 10 times in two years and ate whatever I wanted. I started overeating and wasn't considering the long term effects this would have on my body. For those two years, I did not gain a single pound. I left Virginia State University at 145 lbs. Then I moved into my own apartment. As I paid less attention to what I ate and never worked out, it began to catch up to me. Slowly, I gained those 15 lbs and did not realize it.
My workout routine for the past 7 months has consisted of Insanity with Shawn T 6 days a week. When I first began, I still had not changed my diet because I was so used to eating whatever I wanted and had no intentions on changing that. In 4 months, I had only lost 5 pounds. When I realized the minimal progress I had made, I consistently monitored my caloric intake for next 2 months. 5 more pounds were lost. Happy with the progress made, I became lazy and fell back into the habit of eating what I want, sometimes in moderation. Instead of working out 6 days a week, I slowly dropped to 2 - 4 times a week. Within the past month, I have increased my workouts to 4-6 times a week, hitting the gym to lift weights at least once a week. I want to go to the gym more often but I just do not care to leave the house. In the next post, I am going to introduce you to some of Shawn T's moves that will help shape your body and sculpt your abs.
I will be posting more pictures of my body's transformation near my birthday! (April 6!)
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