One of the best things we can do for our healthy aging journey is develop a "Forever Fit" mindset. I say that because our mindset is where everything starts. It's pretty hard to "do" anything when our mind isn't on board. Nurturing the mindset that will best serve you, taking the small steps in the right direction, and then being patient along the way is a recipe for success! I'd like to tell you about my client, Shelly, who has most definitely developed a Forever Fit Mindset. I like to call her story “What a difference a year makes!”
Here is "What a Difference a Year Makes" in Shelly's own words:
“Tears filled my eyes while looking through pictures last Christmas, not because of the joyous memories they contained but because of frustration and discouragement over how I looked in them. While I realized had gained weight, for some reason those pictures were a turning point for me. I didn’t feel good about myself at all, and looking back I can see that it also affected me mentally. I had no self-confidence and no energy for long-term. I knew there had to be a change.
So, 2021 started with gradual change, more exercise, strength training and better food choices. It was a slow journey with frustratingly little obvious progress, but I did start to see results.
Eventually results began to snowball, and in more areas of my life; clothes were getting looser, I started feeling stronger, and having more confidence.
About nine months into my journey, I was really motivated to keep going since I was seeing results. I was actually getting rid of clothes because they were too big!
The key for me was strength training, persistence, and accountability. Even when there was no time for cardio I regularly did strength training workouts. Even when I didn't feel like it, I tried to stick with it as much as possible. The accountability of knowing Cathy knew I was at a live workout and having an awesome accountability partner also helped me stay focused on meeting my goals.
This is truly a journey, and everyone needs support. So many times, we know the “right” things to do but for one reason or another don’t end up doing them. Having someone help me in my fitness journey was the key!”
Cathy again, back to say: WOW, right!? Everyone’s journey is different but one thing that is for sure is that support helps. Sticking with it helps. And it’s hard to do one without the other. Good thing you don’t have to! I founded the Forever Fit Club in 2021 as an online community to help smart, busy women find support and camaraderie on their fitness journey. I invite you to find out more about the Club and join us!
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