Until my sophomore year of college, I had never stepped foot into a gym. The only reason I started working out is because the brand-spankin’-new fitness facility was built right next door to my dorm building.
It’s as if the universe and my tight jeans was sending me a
not so subtle sign. Get in the gym, you lazy SOB. You have no excuses now.
So, I went. I tried my best to mentally prepare myself to get serious about fitness.
I’ll never forget the first time I stepped – okay, stumbled – onto an elliptical. I set it to Level 2 (because I’m a born champion) and got to work. My legs were on FYAH! I was sweatin’ like a sonofgun and felt like I was really going to town.
Then, I looked down. Nine minutes had passed. I think I trucked on for another solid minute before throwing in the towel. Literally, I threw my towel.
But then next day I went back and tried again.
And those are the results I’ve seen. My results have been stamina and endurance. I’ve never lost a significant amount of weight (because I didn’t have to) and I’ve never seen a difference in my shape.
Was that ever discouraging?
HELL YES! Sometimes I’ve felt discouraged when friends lose weight, chisel abs, and buy new, smaller clothes. We always want what we don’t have, right?
That said, I’ve always known and appreciated that fitness looks different on every body.
Fast forward to last night: I was making dinner and Cory said, Your back and shoulders look really strong.
What’s that you say?!
Like the uber tool that I am, I immediately ran to look in the mirror. I was shocked. I saw muscle!! Muscle I never had before!
Finally, FIVE YEARS after starting my fitness journey and a month after stepping into a BodyPUMP class (three times a week), I have seen my first real physical results.
For some, this may not be a big deal. But for me, it is! Especially because I have that whole Muscular Dystrophy thing going on. So, I’m proud of myself. Plain and simple.
*Please know that I am not trying to be vain by posting this. If you read this blog regularly, you know that’s not my style. In over a year of blogging, this is my first “serious” fitness picture. (Mainly because I feel weird putting pictures of my bod on the internet.)*
Anyway, this just goes to show that this whole fitness thing does work. Maybe it takes longer for some than others (ie: ME) but this feeling is worth it!
Stay happy and healthy, my friends! Have a great weekend!
Let’s chat: What I love most about fitness is _____________. Challenging my body and the feeling of accomplishment that it brings.