Why I’m Starting a Fitness Component

Happy Wednesday and happy first fitness post of my fitness component!

I am so excited to be starting this component and I can’t wait to share my fitness journey with all of you. I believe social media and being surrounded by others is a great way to hold ourselves accountable. Not only will this help others, this will be a way to help myself reach my goals and hold myself accountable. Today I will be sharing why I am starting this fitness component and I will also be sharing my experience with fitness throughout my life. I am such a firm believer that being healthy and feeling healthy really determines our happiness. When I am sick or I am in an unhealthy state, it affects my happiness and how I feel about myself. It is so important to feel healthy and live a healthy life, not for anyone else, but for ourselves. We only have one life and it is important to take care of our bodies one day at a time.

Like most girls, I have always had body image issues and it has impacted the way I view myself. I have always compared myself to others and thought “wow, she’s so much skinner than I am, I need to be more like her.” What an unhealthy way to live, right? I used to go to the gym and tell myself to work harder so I can look better than other girls and be skinner than other girls. How silly! Like I said before, we shouldn’t work out for anyone other than ourselves. We should push ourselves to be better than we were yesterday and compete with the person we were yesterday. With having a different mindset, I have vowed to not compare myself with others anymore and only compare myself to where I was before and where I am now.

I have always been a huge workout and sports fanatic. I played every sport during my elementary school days and then played competitive soccer in high school, which then led me to playing in college. Unfortunately, I had a series of injuries that ended my soccer career and my final injury sent me into a weird funk. Once I found out my soccer career was over, I stopped working out as often and didn’t see the point in working out if I wasn’t going to play soccer. I slowly stopped eating healthy and started eating unhealthy. Then I turned 21 and began drinking regularly with friends and eating “drunk food” aka junk food every time we’d go out. That quickly added the pounds and while I wasn’t working out, I gained weight.

Since then, I have tried many different diets and work out plans. My most successful work out plan was when I did Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. I saw amazing results after 11 weeks then went on a cruise for a week, came back and never started again. I have started the guides over and over again many times, but usually do not make it past week 4 due to not making time in my busy schedule. I also saw results while doing the 21 Day Fix by Beachbody. I just never made the nutrition portion a priority and the weight came right back after the three weeks ended.

Now that I have tried and failed some great programs, I am dedicated to working out daily and eating healthy every single day. I need to make my health a priority again and make healthy eating and working out a lifestyle, not a diet plan. I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you and I appreciate all of the positive support I have received about adding a fitness component. I will be sharing tips, tricks, recipes, work outs, goals, and my honest successes/failures. Time to get moving and stay motivated!

Shop my workout look:

Stay tuned for next weeks Fitness Wednesday where I’ll be explaining my new workout and eating plans!

RIP my love for Taco Bell 🙁

XOXO,

Jonica

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