I had no big dreams of running a marathon one day.
I didn't want to do a bikini competition.
I just wanted to FEEL better. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to pull myself out of the funk that was my life for the past 7 years.
I wanted to be active and chase my son. I wanted to run and play with him without being out of breath.
That's how I started. Slowly.
By taking it one day at a time.
One small goal at a time.
If you would have told me that 4 years after starting my journey I'd decide to run a marathon or become interested in the bodybuilding industry enough to want to do a bikini competition, or that I'd become a personal trainer, I'd have laughed in your face.
No way I would have believed it.
Now way would I have thought it was POSSIBLE.
But that's the funny thing about this journey. Or ANY journey for that matter.
It's that ANYTHING is possible. No matter how out of reach it may seem.
You've got to put in the work, day in and day out. Keep at it when you want to quit.
Strive for progress instead of perfection.
And EVENTUALLY you'll get there.
It may seem so far away.
The thought of losing 60 lbs. used to scare me shitless. But I had to push that big goal out of my mind and focus on the now.
Focus on the tiny triumphs every day.
Those small steps would add up.
In a big way.
They'd take me to the finish line of my first marathon.
When I couldn't even run a block before.
They'd get me in the gym and lifting heavy weights when I was terrified of change.
Those small steps add up. So don't get discouraged. And don't focus on the big goal.
My biggest piece of advice!?
TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME.
That's all you can do.