It’s Day 2 of our #make1change challenge. I hope you will join me in focusing on making 1 change for 21 days in a specific area of your life. The details to get you started are in this blog post: Let’s Do This!
Today, I share one of the things I plan to use as motivation for the next few weeks and in the months ahead.
My primary focus for 2016 where my health and fitness are concerned is to focus on nutrition, ie. what I’m eating. I’ve gotten into a comfort zone with relying on exercise to compensate for not making the best choices in the “kitchen”. I know from experience, you can not outrun/out-exercise a bad diet. This doesn’t mean that exercise is not important to weight loss. It is. I will be working out 5 days a week, running and resistance training. I’m registered for a few races and I’m overdue this year to run a half marathon. If you’re interested, I’ll be following this fast 10K plan that mixes it up with days for cardio and resistance training: Women’s Running Fastest 10K Running Plan.
When I consider what single, consistent change can make the greatest impact on my fitness goals, I know it’s disciplining myself to make healthy food choices, consistently.
This picture below is my motivation. It was taken my birthday weekend in 2011. It’s been nearly 5 years since this picture was taken and I’m ready to get back to this place in terms of how I look, but most importantly how I felt. I looked and felt amazing. I’m not even wearing a girdle. Ha! My stomach is typically my problem area, but it was the flatest it’s been since I started having children. I was leading a running group and training for a half marathon during that time. I actually lost 10 lbs during this season and I wasn’t really trying to. I was eating in a way that gave me tons of energy.
3 things you should know about this picture.
- I didn’t wake up like this. Looking like this costs me something. I was up running while everyone was still sleeping. I was following a training plan, so I ran at least 3 days a week whether I felt like it or not. I paid with my time, effort and comfort, but it was worth it!
- I didn’t allow myself any excuses. I was leading a running group. They were my accountability partners. I was constantly encouraging them to stay focused on their goals and it was important to me to live what I was encouraging them to do.
- I was very disciplined with my eating. I eliminated foods that wouldn’t help me reach the running goal I had set for myself. I allowed for one splurge item I loved on the weekends after a long run.
I don’t plan to follow the plan I used back when this picture was taken. I’m 40 now and my family commitments are different. I do have a plan I’m following. Stop by my Instagram account (@kendratillman) for a look at the book I’ll be using as my “Fitness Bible” over the next 21 days and in the coming months. One of the things I love about this plan is the 5 simple rules that will guide my approach to eating this year. My book calls them “Flat Belly Mantras”. I’ll share these in detail in an upcoming post.
Do you have a picture of yourself or some type of visual representation you can use to help you visualize what you’re reaching for? Share it in the comments. If you have an Instagram account, share your picture there using the #make1change hashtag and tag me, @kendratillman.
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