Most people who start a weight loss journey have a goal in mind. A goal weight, a goal size; etc. This is where the hard part comes in; what happens when you reach that goal. Does that mean your journey is over?
I think this is where a lot of people go wrong. Reaching your goal shouldn't be an end point, but instead the beginning of a new life. When your primary goal has been reached it's hard to think of what comes next. I mean you did it, can't life just be normal again? Well the answer to that is no. Your old normal will not help you succeed, instead you need to find a new normal.
It is so rewarding to set a goal and work to reach it, when that feeling of accomplishment is no longer in your reach it's hard to keep going. For me once my goal weight was reached I knew I needed to find something else to strive for. I was lucky enough to fall in love with running during my weight loss journey, so the new goals were easy to find. I wanted to run faster; further and better. It was so nice I was setting a breaking goals every week. But just like weight loss at some point you are bound to plateau, I mean it's not that I don't think I can never getting any better at running, I'm sure there is always room for improvement but I want to still love running and I'm not sure if I would if I pushed much harder.
So this is where the big LIFE LESSON comes in. Life is all about adapting; constantly changing plans, ideas and goals. So I started to set different goals once again. Through out my entire journey I have done strength training but just enough to stay toned. So once running wasn't as challenging anymore I decided to start doing more weight lifting. Don't get me wrong here I still run EVERYDAY, as a matter of fact I am on day 636 of running 1+ mile a day. The awesome thing about weight lifting is it changes your body and your mind. I love getting stronger, being able to do things I never thought were possible.
Now on to my next HUGE challenge. I signed up and have been training for a SPARTAN RACE. The training is some of the most challenging and rewarding training I have ever done. I used to be scared of holding up my own body weight, now I can do pull ups, climb ropes, flip tires and I truly feel like if I put my mind to it I can do anything.
I went from being and unmotivated, lazy, 300+ pound person who could barely walk around the block to being a running, weight lifting, Spartan training machine! So just remember, ANYTHING is possible. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it.