Starting is the Hardest Part!!

It is so difficult to make changes in your life, when you have been so used to doing things a certain way, especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition. It can be overwhelming walking into a gym. It makes us uncomfortable, looking at all the people who are fit and know what they are doing. It can be overwhelming trying to shop for and cook healthy meals, and get enough calories and protein and carbs and healthy fats and all of these things that we hear so many differing opinions on.

Step one for me to start any of this was to not let myself get overwhelmed. Step one was to look at myself in the mirror and realize that I wasn’t happy with the person that I saw, and sitting down and setting out some REALISTIC goals for myself. It took the help of a trainer, because I  had no idea what realistic goals meant. All I see on the internet are articles titled “lose 10 pounds in a week” or “drinking this every night will make you shed fat in 3 days!”

Note to everyone: Even if these are true, you will NOT keep that weight off. Weight loss is supposed to be a complete lifestyle change. It’s getting into a routine and maintaining it for life. It isn’t shedding all the fat in a week and then going back to your normal lifestyle and expecting to be magically fit for your whole life without putting in constant work.

So ladies, put down whatever you are doing. Go look at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself that you are willing to put in the work. Have a big glass of water. Get a great sleep. Tomorrow we will work on scheduling workouts into your busy week….And maybe taking some motivational “before” pics 😉

 

About Me

Welcome to my journey on building a better self! I am excited to share my story with all of you and for you to be a part of this journey!

A bit of a back story:

I am currently a business student in Calgary. I was born and raised just outside of Vancouver, and to put myself through school I have worked in the restaurant industry for 9 and a half years. Being a server, a bartender, and a manager means a lot of time spent on my feet, for long periods of the day. The rest of my day of course, is spent hunched over a computer or a school desk.

It comes to no surprise that I have slowly started to develop a variety of back issues, hip pains, and shoulder tightness.

My fitness journey began a few years back when I still lived at home. I joined a local gym, and figured that it was time for me to get in shape. I, like many beginners, was lost and overwhelmed walking into the fitness center. Every day, I walked right to the treadmill or the indoor track and ran – it was the only thing I knew how to do.

Naturally, I got bored and fell out of routine. School and life got in the way. I moved to Calgary, and with the dramatic change in winter weather, my back was only getting worse. This past year I was working as a manager and a bartender, more than 50 hours a week, and I was in full time classes. I burnt myself out – I had no energy or motivation to do anything, I had no self-confidence, I wasn’t sleeping, and overall I just wasn’t happy with my life.

That’s when I knew that something had to change.

I picked up my feet one day and walked into the gym near my apartment. I knew I needed help when it came to working out, so I walked right up to the counter and said, “I’m looking for a membership, but I really need some guidance.”

This was the best decision I could have made at this point in my life. It has only been a month, but I am seeing a personal trainer and she is helping me realize why my body behaves and feels the way it does, and the process I can undergo (with her help) to correct it. We have realized that I have minor scoliosis, which explains the crookedness and tightness of my hips and legs, and the extra work that my body puts on certain muscles.

I am more than excited to continue on this journey, and I look forward to seeing and feeling the differences it will make in my life!

I know I’m not the only one struggling to find the motivation and the knowledge to build a better self. Come on this journey with me!

My Goals:

Not only am I working towards feeling more mobile, healthy, and confident, but I am also hoping to help other people in their journeys as well

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the best,

Shaya

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