Weekly Round Up 1: Why did you begin your Fit Journey and what's 1 piece of advice to beginners?

Friday, 16 October 2015

Question of the week: 

"Why did you begin your fitness journey and what is one piece of advice you would give someone just starting theirs?"

Follow Courtney on Instagram: @sownwithstrength
Courtney (@sownwithstrength): I ran cross country and track through college as a scholarship athlete. The day I graduated, I became lost. I had NO idea what to do or what to eat. All I had known was no longer there. Running continued to be a part of my life but I wanted more. I wanted to be stronger, not just skinny. Plus, after running competitively for so long my entire life, it became the last thing I wanted to do. For the first year after graduating, I gained at least 15 pounds. I realized if I didn't change my habits now, this would just be the beginning of a downward spiral with poor health. When I moved overseas three years after graduating, I re-started my fitness journey for this reason. I started with the BBG- did it twice, then I discovered a love for inspiring others as Kayla did for me! So I became an online fitness + nutrition coach where I'm currently doing one of our weight-lifting programs called Body Beast. I have never pushed my body outside of running, so I love that I get to try new things now! My advice: Never give up. No matter how many times you fail, keep trying- your health is worth an endless effort of tries. Read More Here

Follow Brittany on Instagram: @health.fit.proud
Brittany (@healthy.fit.proud): I began my fitness journey because I wanted to look good, I wanted abs. Like most girls who start working out. There was a lot of trial and error, and I did so many things wrong in the beginning. But over time I lost interest in wanting to "look good" and just wanted to be the best version of me I could be. I've gained so much confidence and just have come to really appreciate my body and all that it can do. I love new challenges and now I love helping others find that same passion. 
If there is one piece of advice I could give you, it's don't give up. There are hard days, you will feel defeated, and you will wonder why you do this. But I'll promise you one thing, you'll never regret it, and if you stick with it you'll be amazed and not only how your body changes but your mind as well. Read More Here

Follow Christina on Instagram: @fitgirlxtina
Christina (@fitgirlxtina): When I started my fitness journey, I was determined to get myself healthy and to a place where I felt better mentally and physically.
THAT was the goal. THAT was the motivation. My workout of choice has been Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. I LOVE to feel the burn and work up a sweat.  I also realized a healthy diet is a necessary part of my journey.  The app "My Fitness Pal"  taught me a lot about nutrition and how to fuel my body after high intensity workouts. 
It's been one year since the 'health switch' has been turned to 'ON' and I have never felt better! Advice to those beginning: listen to your body-  it will be the best thing you've ever done!  Also, don't expect mind boggling results overnight (or by the end of the week...or month) It took me 8 months of being consistent to actually start noticing a difference in my body's appearance.  I had days that were better than others, sure, but I am so proud when I look back and see how far I've come! 

Follow Claire on Instagram @Clairespiration
Claire (@clairespiration): I grew up as a high school and college athlete, however, I reached a point a few years back where my health and fitness were completely put on the backburner. Maybe you've been there before too. Life started to speed up, and the first thing that I put on hold or opted out of in my daily routine, was fitness. I didn't notice the repercussion of it at first, but eventually, the days that turned into months, became the lbs in the mirror that made me doubt my beauty, confidence and self-esteem. I reached a point where I didn't believe I was beautiful anymore, because my body started to feel uncomfortable to be in. I weighed a whopping 160, and for someone athletic and the build I am, that felt extremely uncomfortable and dissatisfying. What helped me on my fitness and healthy living journey, was learning to put myself first. As an emerging psychologist, my daily thoughts and heartbeat is to help change other people's lives. But what I've learned through healthy living is : it's just as important to be selfish and put yourself first. You can't help others if you haven't helped yourself first. We are only given one body and one life, and we need to honor and love it. And by doing this, it helps us love and helps others. Now, I am 132lbs and stronger and healthier than I've ever been. I am running a full marathon in less than a month, and have learned the secret to being successful in fitness is to never give up. 

How incredible are these stories? Each woman has chosen to change the way hers was being written. To pursue her BEST self! We all have a story. Whether you are in the middle of your fit journey, or haven't even begun yet, I hope you have hidden away something inspirational in your heart today from these amazing friends of mine! 

At the end of the day, there is only one person who can make the change: YOU. If you are looking to start, continue or progress in your fit journey, I would love to help you! I run monthly 30 day Challenge Groups focused on becoming your healthiest, strongest self! The group includes a fitness + nutrition program + exclusive coaching from me (Courtney) + 1 meal a day + Daily Inspiration + Support! Click here to read a SWS client's Transformation story. Email me to sign up or for more details: sownwithstrength@gmail.com

Do you have a story? I would love to hear yours- Email me about the opportunity to be featured in next week's Round Up! Each week will feature a new fit/lifestyle question- so be sure to check back here next week to see who will answer and what question they get! :) 

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