It’s been a little while now since I’ve been back to the gym and working out on a pretty regular basis. About 3-4 times a week, I’m attending Body Pump classes at our local Goodlife and once a week I’m doing yoga. I have noticed that my flexibility is already improving and that I can lift slightly heavier weights than when I first started. But on the outside, there hasn’t been any major changes. I’m down about 4 lbs. total and my pants may be fitting a touch looser, but overall there’s been no significant change.
While this may seem disheartening and like it would make me want to quit altogether, I am thrilled to say that, in fact, it’s just the opposite. And that’s because the inner transformation I have experienced in such a short time is truly incredible.
After just a few weeks of consistently going to the gym (and making a few small changes to my diet), my motivation is soaring, my energy levels are up drastically, and my overall confidence has improved. I’ve always known that exercise has significant effects on the mind (not just the body), but I somehow had forgotten just how quickly those effects take place. I have such a positive outlook now and really feel like I can achieve my goals. And the more I work out, the more motivated I feel, and the higher I set those goals for myself! So take it from me, a girl who’s spent countless hours buried under blankets on the couch, feeling miserable, tired, and lazy – if you can somehow find the willpower to do that first workout, you’ll be taking a step in a direction towards better confidence, better energy, better motivation, and most importantly, better self love!