My journey to reclaim my health has been such an evolution. When I began working out at Burn Boot Camp nearly two months ago, I had one end game…to see a significant drop on the scale.

To be honest, I haven’t had any major victories on the scale yet. I’ve lost a few pounds and a few inches to date, but not what I expected.

Normally, when I don’t get the immediate results I desire, I become frustrated and begin to self-sabotage, which eventually leads me back to where I started.

Fortunately, being a part of a community like Burn Boot Camp makes it hard to give up. Not only is the trainer extremely motivating and encouraging, but so are my Burn sisters.

One of the most valuable lessons I’m learning is to change my mindset. The more I show up thinking I can’t do something, the more difficult the task becomes.

The picture featured in this blog was taken at the First Coast 5K in May. I was about one month into Burn. It was at this point that I started to realize how much boot camp was impacting my mindset.

I was very apprehensive about running that race because the Corporate 5k I ran about a month before this one, didn’t go very well. The only thing that compelled me to show up for this one was the fact that I signed up with a co-worker. She was my accountability.

I didn’t start out thinking I’d finish the entire race. I really didn’t have any expectations, but to do better than I did in the Corporate 5K. That didn’t necessarily mean beating my time or even running the whole thing. I just wanted to feel better than I did during that previous race. I felt tired, my body was sore, and I was in a constant battle in my mind. Conflicting thoughts telling me I was too tired and out of shape to do something I’ve always easily done in the past.

I decided to start off running and to go as long as I possibly could. But something happened almost half way through the race. When I wanted to stop, I kept hearing the voice of my trainer in my head.

She was saying, “We don’t quit ‘til we win.” And for me, my win was at the 3.1 mile mark. Not a moment before.

When I look at that picture, I remember we had just started, but I can already see the focus on my face. Even at this point I didn’t know I’d finish the whole thing running, but I was determined to try.

Once I hit the halfway mark it was a constant push and constant battle with my thoughts. My mind was saying I was tired, but I knew I couldn’t stop.

A good friend of mine has a motto that he lives by: FAITH. FOCUS. FINISH. Basically, it means in everything we do, especially when it comes to accomplishing our goals, we must have the FAITH to believe it, the FOCUS required to accomplish it, and then to not stop until we FINISH.

Now that I’m looking at this picture about a month later, I remember how victorious I felt that day. I had pushed myself beyond my limits. That was more important to me than any progress – or lack thereof – that I’ve made on the scale.

I’m glad that when I first looked at this pic I could see my strength. I could immediately see the definition I was starting to get in my arms. That tells me I’ve come a long way because I tend to look at my perceived “flaws” when I look at my image on pictures or in the mirror.

I’ve been working really hard to overcome that.

Today, as I look at this picture, I celebrate another milestone on this journey. I’m victorious because I’m strong and I’m a finisher. I don’t quit when it gets hard.

We have to learn to celebrate all of our small victories along the way, especially the non-scale victories (NSVs). In my opinion, those are the ones that matter most.

Here are a few of my favorite NSVs so far:

  1. I’m getting up at 4:40 AM 4-5 days a week. This is a huge deal because weeks before I started BURN I was struggling to get out of bed before 7AM just to do a 30 minute workout video on YouTube. I remember feeling so bad about myself for being too lazy to get out of bed. Now, it has become a habit.
  2. My mindset has shifted from “I can’t” to “Yes, I can.” I may not do it perfectly, and I may have to make some modifications, but I will try and I will do it.
  3. My body is stronger and is getting toner. I can go further down in my push-ups. My biceps are starting to grow and my arms are slimmer.
  4. I have more stamina and cardiovascular endurance.
  5. I’m thinking more positively about myself and focusing on my strengths.

This is just the beginning. I know the best is yet to come.

I’ll keep you posted as I continue to make progress.

Until next time…

Peace, Love & Fitness!

(Oh yeah…don’t forget —FAITH. FOCUS. FINISH.)

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