The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.  Wait; actually I think the journey of 1000 miles begins with deciding to go on the journey.  I mean you’re not really going to start a 1000 journey without packing some supplies, right?  And you’re probably going to map out the journey itself.  Maybe even use the interweb to find some interesting sightseeing along the way, like the world’s largest ball of yarn or the North East’s biggest sandwich?  What I’m saying is, I hate to trash an ancient proverb, but you have to put some work in before you take that first step, and this is the abridged version of my pre-journey and journey.

Two years ago I decided to get serious about my health and fitness.  I was never Biggest Loser big, or really even any level of big.  I was always a somewhat comfortable medium size eight.  Then I noticed that my size eights were getting a wee bit snug and I was inching towards double digits.  I’m pretty tall, so I looked fine in my clothes, but the very thought of putting on a bathing suit gave me anxiety.  It got to the point where I was making excuses to avoid going to the beach with friends because I didn’t want them to see stripped down.  Looking back I can recognize this was an extreme reflection of how badly I felt in my own skin, bad, bad, bad.

And here is where I had what Oprah would call my “a ha moment”.  I’m young, I’m healthy, and I have the means to look however I want, what the heck am I doing?  I decided right then and there I was going to change my life and get in kick ass shape.  Before I decided on a plan of action I read, and I read a lot.  Every fitness magazine I could find, books by nutritionists, doctors, chefs, trainers, celebrity trainers, celebrities, you name it I probably read it or read about it.  After weighing all my options I took the next logical step, I decided to sign up for a fitness competition.  Ok, that might not be everyone’s next logical step, but it was mine.  I tend to jump in with both feet.  Go big or go home, that’s what I say.  I also say quotes from Mean Girls, a lot.

So I made the decision to start my 1000 mile journey, and although it’s been tough at times, I have never once regretted it for a minute.  I now live a pretty healthy lifestyle, eating clean, quality gym time five or six days a week, and most importantly I have a newfound respect for what I’m capable of achieving.  My advice to anyone reading this is that if you’re even a little bit unhappy about your body, jump into a healthy lifestyle with both feet.  Take the next few days to research a plan of action, then give it 100% and give it some time.  Are you excited yet?  I am!