This post is kind of like the one I wrote about transforming from a lean bean to a shredded machine (dont forget to check that one out too!) but I thought I'd talk about it a little more in depth!
So when I was about 16 I was not exactly the healthiest or happiest person. I was maybe 120 pounds and being 6 foot to me that was just not healthy.
Overall I was a very depressed and confused teenager that had no idea what was important or what I wanted. I struggled for a really long time because honestly I was so used to just waking up, swimming, going to school, and then swimming again.
When I started working out I really just did it because my mom wanted me to go with her. Like I said in my other post, my mom was an IDFA figure competitor who has been working out for a lot longer than me. At first I really didn't like going, just because I felt so terrible about my body and how frustrated I was to be around so many people who ultimately were a lot more experienced than I was. I struggled with having to be patient with the whole process of gaining strength, muscle, etc.
Until about maybe two months after I started working out I realized that in order to succeed there had to be a lot patience and effort. Constantly knowing that I may not look the way I wanted to that day but in the future if I continued powering through, I would get to where I wanted to be.
Sure enough after about 5 months of hard training, I finally started to see some results. For me, seeing any result made me feel 1000 times more confident which really fueled me to continue training. I started off lifting 15-20 pound weights, and now I can curl 45's for bicep curls. I started squatting only bar, now I can squat 205. I used to never bench, now my personal best is 45's each side.
Basically what I'm trying to say is even though it may seem difficult at the start, it does get easier and it does get more fun. It does not happen over night. You can cry and dwell on how it takes too long to see progress but that wont change anything. In order to better yourself you need to get yourself in a positive mindset and think to yourself I will succeed!!! Go out and do the things that you want to do, nothing is holding you back. A little bit of time and effort can get you a long way in anything you want to do even if it's not fitness related.
What I did was I started with simple goals that I thought would be easy for me to achieve. Then after I succeeded, I would make more challenging goals for myself and I would work my ass off to achieve them and even surpass them. I focused hard, and planned out everything I was going to do every single day and after doing that I finally learned to love myself and my body. My current goal is to start prepping for a show in October and I can't wait to try out competing! Fitness made me realize what I was truly passionate for and helped me learn that it is okay to struggle, it will all pay off in the long run. I get to work with the three most hard working, intellegent, and ladies and I couldn't be more thankful and proud to be apart of this movement alongside them.
So work your hardest each and every day to feel the way you want to feel and look the way you want to look. Everybody is capable and I know that all of you can do it! Just remember patience is key. You will get to where you want to be and the results will be truly amazing.
Written By: Lauren Hedley