It wasn’t until after I graduated college that I stopped counting calories and started doing CrossFit, which also led to adopting my Paleo lifestyle. I was completely out of my comfort zone and working my butt off. I pushed myself to go to the gym at least four or five times per week. I cut out all the unprocessed crap in my diet and added liquid vitamins that gave me more energy than I could believe. It was hard as hell but gratifying at the same time. It took hard work and sweat to get me here and it was worth every second. The picture on the right is from 2009, the left is from October 2014. I am stronger and more confident in my body and mind. I don’t compare myself to others anymore; just to the person I was yesterday. I am always striving to be a better me, no one else.
The pictures above don’t only represent how far I have come, but I also hope it inspires others to keep going with their goals. You are going to want to give up and quit; to take the easy road, I’ve been there—we have all been there. Let this time be different. Promise yourself to stick to your goals and stay true to it, to yourself, and you will see results. There will be days where you question yourself and your program. Keep going. You are worth it. Don’t compare yourself to all the other people in the room, gym, in line at the grocery store. Compare yourself to you. It is gratifying to see how far I have come these past few years, and even more so thinking about where I will be in the next few years.
Make this year about YOUR transformation. Whatever your goals may be, you can reach them.