Growing up I was always on the lean side. I was never really worried about what I ate or exercising, because I never gained weight. In fact, I thought I was too cool to workout when I was younger. I always enjoyed playing sports such as volleyball and basketball, but whenever we had to go for a run in gym class, I would be the person walking in the very back or even worse, those were the days that I would skip class. #rebel

It wasn’t until I was nearing the end of my University tenure that I became interested in working out and eating better. I had gained a solid 15 pounds and when you are 5″2, 15 pounds is a lot of “extra” weight. Something had changed, and it took me going into the real world to realize that I could no longer eat three bowls of Fruit Loops for breakfast and not gain weight. Wait… what? News to me! Although this was totally unfair, it was also a rude awakening for me because I now had to acknowledge the fact that if I wanted to eat something unhealthy I had to workout to offset it.

I moved back home to live with my parents and began walking on the treadmill. I hated walking and running but I knew that I had to start somewhere. So how did I get through it? Simple, I would buy a TV series on DVD and watch the entire series from start to finish. I would choose really addictive shows like Pretty Little Liars, and get so involved in the show that I could walk for hours and not even realize it. I had my routine down and it worked. I started shedding some of my University weight and began feeling better about myself. That alone made me want to eat healthier.

I eventually got to a place where I felt ready to take on a new challenge, so I started doing P90X. This is when I really started to notice a difference in my body, endurance levels, and even my attitude about working out. Believe it or not, I actually looked forward to my workouts and to pushing myself further.

There is a saying I recently saw on Instagram that really hit home for me. “In two weeks you will feel it, in four weeks you will see it and in eight weeks you will hear it”.  I  could not agree with this more. At first I felt it, then I saw it and then people started noticing and commenting on how great I looked. This only further motivated me to do more and try new things.

At this point I had lost the 15 pounds that I needed to but now I wanted to get more lean and tone my body. I began going to the gym at lunch and got a crew of coworkers to come with me so that we could motivate each other and keep each other on track. It worked like a charm! I highly recommend having a workout buddy. I would spend fifteen minutes every evening planning a hardcore workout for our gym session the following day. This allowed us to go to the gym and pump out a solid workout in less than an hour.

Becoming more active pushed me to try other things like running a half marathon and taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I will admit that I fall off of the workout train every now and then, but I know when I get back on I will go hard and be consistent. There is nothing more rewarding than throwing that bikini on and feeling confident walking on to a beach because you know you worked hard to look damn good!

Getting in shape gave me so much more confidence. It helped me grow as a person and feel better about myself. It helped me form some incredible friendships and pushed me to do things that I otherwise would not have done. Through my blogging, I will write some tips and tricks that I used to keep motivated. I will post my workouts from time to time for you to follow along with. It is never too late to begin, and although you may feel defeated your first few times, if you stick with it, you will see your progress fairly quickly.

I hope my post has motivated you and that you look out for my blogs on working out.

Donna Marie ❤