One of my favorite aspects of social media is not only meeting new people but being inspired by them. Having been on a weight loss/fitness journey myself, I know how easy it is to lose motivation. I always felt a little more focused on my own goals when I saw others accomplishing their own.
Shelly (aka - @fit_cure on Instagram) is just one great example of what can happen when you stick to a goal! Read on to learn a bit about her own journey:
MY WEIGHT LOSS STORY
"Through my early teens, I gained quite a bit of weight, along with the nick-name “Shelly Belly”. This eventually turned into obesity and pre-diabetes. It wasn’t until my later high school years that I found a sport I enjoyed (rugby), which helped me reach a healthy weight of 150 lbs. It changed my life and I was truly happy!
However, as much as I loved the sport, it also brought on quite a few injuries; a broken jaw, torn ACL, and quite a few concussions, to name a few. Doctors warned me to never play sports again. That’s when the depression hit, causing me to gain about 75 lbs. I was back to being “Shelly Belly” again.
Eventually, I decided to start taking personal training courses and really learn about health and fitness. What I had learned didn’t really click until I joined a local CrossFit gym and began my dream job as a fitness trainer."
HOW MUCH HAVE YOU LOST?
"Over the last 5 months, I’ve lost 43 pounds."
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO LOSE THE WEIGHT / GET IN SHAPE?
"I don’t believe in “diets”, but more so following a true lifestyle change. Initially, my goal was to cut out all sugar and highly processed foods. That alone made a huge difference in how I felt.
As far as exercise goes, it’s definitely more on the advanced side, I suppose. Typically, I workout 2-4 hours daily. People think I’m nuts; haha. But it’s my hobby, my pick-me-up, my outlet."
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED?
"A big part of my motivation comes from the people around me. More specifically, my gym friends and my CrossFit coaches from CBC CrossFit. Having them around has really helped push me into a positive mindset.
If and when my motivation drops, I’ll typically watch inspirational videos or CrossFit documentaries to help get me out of whatever funk I’m stuck in. I just keep reminding myself that I’m not going to get where I need to be by sitting here and making excuses."
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE JUST STARTING THEIR OWN WEIGHT LOSS OR FITNESS JOURNEY?
"Never hold yourself back and accept where you are in this moment of your life. The fact that you decided to make this lifestyle change is a victory on its own. Be patient because results aren’t immediate. Results will come. But even more importantly, gaining confidence and living your best life is worth all the obstacles you will face. Never give up on yourself."