At the top of the New Year I decided that I was “fat” and needed to drop 20 pounds; in my mind I wanted to get back the body I had in my early twenties. Then I realized I was being unrealistic, in my early twenties I had a young metabolism on my side and I had a highly active lifestyle. I was out more, involved in sports and I would burn off calories from dancing with my friends in the club every night.
After yo-yo’ing with my weight and falling off the wagon due to many factors — mainly stress from things happening in my life right now and frustration — I’ve begun to reflect on the basic question everyone should ask themselves: Why do you want to get fit?
I wanted to get fit for the wrong reason. I gained a few pounds and felt bad, I looked through old pictures of myself and landed on a picture of myself when I was a early twenty-something. I decided to go back to that same exact body; in a sense I was competing with the younger version of myself and that battle I lost (of course). I wanted to look like the younger Kory, not wanting to accept that I am now in the body of a 30-year-old, which now operates differently and has a different lifestyle.
So I reflected some more and realized that I don’t want to get fit to compete with others or to transform to the younger me which didn’t need any effort to be in shape. I want to get fit to feel more comfortable in my own body, to challenge myself and to live a longer, healthier life.
I have now picked a realistic goal, a little over a year ago I was in “perfect” shape. I had a very healthy ratio of lean muscle mass to fat, I had a healthy weight, I was eating regularly and had succeeded in metabolic training. I’m in this for me now, I don’t expect it to be easy but now I have a focus.
#KorysFitnessJourney begins …Again.
Are any of you starting or ending a fitness journey? Let me know how its going in the comments.