Fitness,  Lifestyle

What I’ve Learned on My Fitness Journey

I began my fitness journey a few years ago and I’ve come farther than I could have ever imagined. While I’ve been on this journey I’ve learned a lot about myself, what makes me happy and the person I want to be, and I’ve also learned a lot of new skills that apply to so much more than workouts in the gym.

How to cook.

When I started out with basic lifts at the gym, I had no idea what nutrition was. Then I moved into my own apartment a few years ago, and learned to juggle my fitness lifestyle and a major budget. Once I picked up on what eating healthy was to me, I started meal prepping. This was when I finally learned new cooking techniques and incorporating better macros into my meals – though at this point I didn’t follow flexible dieting. Now I’m at a point where I’m happy with my food choices and following flexible dieting as my nutrtion plan.

healthy flat bread pizza

Once I moved in with my boyfriend, I felt the need to step up my game at cooking to save both time and money during the week. I work 9 to 5, plus we go to the gym in the evenings so having prepped meals or knowing in advance what we’ll be making for dinner is extremely helpful.

Also ever since I started sharing recipes on my blog that are inspired by flexible dieting, I’ve tried so many new foods, recipes, and ways to cook that I previously hadn’t tried. Having my recipe of the week element has pretty much force me to always be trying new foods.

Practice makes perfect. 

It’s totally cliche to say, but practicing is the only way to make your skills grow. I may be able to lift more than my body weight now, but that didn’t happen right away. My first lifting session was less than perfect, and I’d even say I didn’t enjoy it. I had to keep going and practicing the exercises to feel comfortable performing them before I could move up in weights. This skill set also applies outside of the gym. For example, I’m not very good at games (at all), and they tend to make me angry and frustrated when I play any – board or video games. The only way to improve that skill is to keep working on it and keep playing them, even if I’m not enjoying it 100%. Same can be said for skills possessed to perform in the workplace. Yeah, I went to college and graduated with a degree, but not all of the skills I need for my job are learned in the classroom. Being in a workplace setting and learning hands on can be just as valuable as classroom education.

Not everyone cares about your fitness journey.

As much as I love sharing my fitness journey with as many people as I can, not everyone cares about it. Some of my friends and colleagues love hearing about my journey and achievements, but there’s also some people that still laugh when I explain what I’m doing. A lot of the time people don’t get it because they have a preconceived idea of what they think weight lifting is – and what kind of girl weight lifts? Sometimes people really don’t like hearing about how eating healthy can change your life.

There are going to be people in your life that you can talk to about fitness, it’s just a matter of finding those people. Social media has shown me just how many people out there do care about fitness and want to hear about other people’s journeys. There are social groups that you participate in and make new friends that enjoy the same fitness loves as you. Currently, this is what I’m in search for. On Instagram, I’ve been following @GirlsWhoPowerlift and it’s inspired me to want to find others who find joy in the same sport I do.

What's In My Gym Bag | Spring 2016
What’s In My Gym Bag | Spring 2016

People can change, and they will.

This may just be a life lesson that’s not necessarily connected to only a fitness journey. As I’ve grown older, and ultimately been on my fitness journey, I’ve had to swallow the hard truth that people change and that may not always be in your favor. There are going to be friends you grow apart from. There are going to be people that do not like you. Through these negatives, I’ve learned who my true friends are and those that I want in my life.

Confidence is key.

When I started on my fitness journey I thought I was confident in myself. Since then, I’ve learned what confidence is and how it plays an important role in so much of what I do. Having confidence in yourself shows, and can be important when it comes to squatting well over your body weight or something like nailing a job interview – it’s important to so much of your life.

Thanks for reading my reflections on my fitness journey!

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