Summer 2018 is officially over, and boy, was it a good one---am I right?
The weather here in Chicago is always super unpredictable so I've grown to not let the weather determine how my summer goes, OKRRR. But in short. I had lots of fun times with my family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers! #BeSocialAF.
But as I say goodbye to Summer...
And walk into Fall like...
Because Fall is THEE BEST (idc, idc, idc....I will argue).
Every summer since I gained the #Freshman15 + the #Sophomore5 + #Junior5 + #Senior5, I have always set goals for the upcoming summer. I usually started in January ("new year, new me") so I could be on fleekkk when June came along. I had all my swimsuit poses and captions ready for Instagram and I had all of my figure-hugging outfit ideas pinned on Pinterest---I still do. Each summer would come along, and I still found myself sucking in my gut when it was time to pose for a picture and I still have crop tops/bodysuits that I have not had the courage to pull out STILL!
**Disclaimer** This is NOT about body image shaming...I would never. But we all have things that are important to us, yes? At the top of my list (bullet point 3 or 4), is to become physically fit and ultimately HAPPY with my body. I know most of us will always find something wrong with our bodies, so I am shooting for about a 93% satisfaction rate :) If this is something you can relate to or something you're curious about, read on!
Back to this summer: as I reflect on my progress....I am actually super proud of myself for a change! Aaoow. Am I where I want to be? No, not quite, but #issaprocess. I began officially on my "Summer18" body in January (surprise, surprise). I had a little momentum from a weight-loss challenge I had joined in October 2017 with a local gym in Chicago called 360 Mind Body Soul. Awesome gym! I will admit that this is the space where I began to take my goals seriously---so a big THANK YOU to the 360 MBS staff and members who have contributed to my journey. I am not sure when I would have hopped on board if I hadn't joined the community.
Fast-forward to January, after I did not lose the weight or gain the muscles I had aspired to by the end of the challenge, I made a New Years resolution as I had years before, and I took off running...on the treadmill. Not literally because in all seriousness, I hate running, I still do it occasionally (because it is GREAT cardio), but that was not my secret to being happy with my results for Summer18. I had also began to teach classes at 360 MBS in January, and that also pushed me more to be a better example when it came to physical AND mental fitness to my students. But teaching fitness classes was not my secret to being proud this Summer18.
What was it?
You may roll your eyes...but it was my ability to open my mind and welcome new information...aka the openness to LEARN!
It sounds easy. It does. But in reality, it' ain't lol.
Body weight, fitness, physical appearance, etc. can be a very sensitive topic. Furthermore, if it is something you've been working towards for awhile (receiving inconsistent, minimal, or no results), you may be frustrated or on edge; and the last thing you probably want is some fitness lord telling you that you've been going about it all wrong. It sucks. But is it not the truth though???? If you had it all figured out, wouldn't you be where you want to be? Or close to that?
Yes, its harsh and to the point, but it is BIG FACTS. Listen, I was there---and sometimes I have to catch myself now when rejecting information due to my sensitivity or pride at the time. But again, #issaprocess
So yes, open your mind and welcome all the wonderful information that waters your growth boo-boo.
And on that note, I would like to offer some tips and lessons to keep in mind while we work on our body goals for not just Summer19, but all the summers, falls, winters,, and springs ahead because #issalifestlye. Also if you already know these things, allow them to serve as reminders of motivation as we continue to get snatchedddddd.
These are in no particular order of importance:
The list goes on and on, but there's a few tips to keep swimming!
And because I am also still (and will forever be) on my journey of learning, I would love if any of you have any tips to add! Comment below or contact me!
Let's crush these goals!