5.18.2016

6 Things I've Learned Since Starting Working Out


It’s been just about two months into my fitness journey. It's always been a struggle to keep up with any workout regimen but this is the longest I've been sticking with it and let me tell you-- I've started to look forward to my workouts. Weird. I used to joke the only time you would ever catch me running was if I was being chased...well lookout world, I've been hitting the streets and running for fun!

Nonetheless, here’s some things I’ve learned along the way...both the hard way and the easy way. 

Each day does get better:  When I started running just about two months ago, man, I don’t think I even made it a mile! While I’m not ready for a 10K just yet, every day I can run farther and farther with less problems.

It’s not about a number on the scale: While seeing the needle (or number) on the scale go down does help, it’s really about getting healthy and that starts on the inside. Also it’s important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so although the number might not be moving – you can be losing inches while staying the same number on the scale.

You’re your own greatest enemy: This one took the longest for me to really grasp. I have a tendency to compare myself to others. Why can’t I run that fast, far, etc. It’s not about being the best but it’s about being better than you were yesterday. Did I get my work out in today? Did I hit 10,000 steps today? Did I hold my plank for 70 seconds vs. 60? That’s what it’s all about.

DON’T deprive yourself: In the past I’ve done diets where you eat zero carbs, only liquid diets, and only PB&J’s. It’s detrimental to your health, happiness and fitness. Don’t deprive yourself of the things that make you happy. For me, I love coffee, ice cream and cupcakes. Now I don’t eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s a night (my favorite is the one with the caramel core), but I’ll have a scoop or two of frozen yogurt as a treat and a cupcake on special occasions.

You don’t need fancy clothes or equipment: You don’t need a whole new wardrobe to start working out. Grab an old t-shirt, a pair of yoga pants, a good sports bra and your sneaks and hit the streets (or indoor gym if that’s what you prefer). I would recommend getting a fabulous pair of running shoes…that’s next on my list. While I love all things Lulu lemon, my wallet does not and it’s not a necessity to start working out.

Just do it: While I know that’s the famous saying from Nike, I’m being 100% serious. Get out there and do it. Get off the couch and go for a run, go hit the weights, do something. You’ll not only feel better about yourself but you’ll catch yourself looking in the mirror and realize you look better, your clothes fit better and you’ll feel better…and that my friends is the best feeling of all.