There is a pop song called “Fight Song” that came out a few years ago; however, it couldn’t ring more true in my own life than right now.
You know what song I’m talking about, right? It’s the one you probably jam out to when you’re in the car by yourself. It’s the one you turn on when you’re looking for some motivation. It might even be the song you belt out in the shower…
A few lines from the chorus are my favorite:
“This is my fight song.
Take back my life song.
Prove I’m alright song.
…’Cause I still got a lot of fight left in me.”
If you don’t know the rest of the lyrics to the song, you are welcome to look them up. You can tell the gist of the song, though, just from these few chorus lyrics. The singer declares that she is going to “fight” through certain experiences, challenging ones we can assume, to better herself. You get a very inspiring vibe from the song and can tell that the artist is working hard to believe in herself- “I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.”
During the past 6 months, I have been on my own challenging journey and have had to work very hard to inspire myself and believe in myself.
It all started with the very cliché “New Year’s Resolution.”
At the beginning of 2018, I made a promise to myself to live a more healthy lifestyle. At the time, I didn’t know what that meant exactly… but I certainly know now!
Now, even though I was unsure of how I was going to accomplish this goal, I knew that I didn’t want it to be the cliché that it sounded like it was. I didn’t want to attempt some silly diet, go to the gym a little more, and call it quits there. I knew that wasn’t going to give me the sustainable results I was looking for. I knew if I wanted big results, I’d have to make big changes.
I got in contact with a nutritional therapist to discuss where I was currently and where I wanted to be. I was excited to be working side-by-side with someone who actually knew what they were doing, versus just trying to look up some healthy dinners on Pinterest and trying a new machine at the gym.
Together, we made a plan.
^^ If you’ve ever attempted something along these lines, you know that is the easy part. The harder part is following through with the plan and sticking to it.
…and guess what? I did JUST that! Was it as easy as me typing, “I did JUST that?” Hahahaha. Not even close. However, if I gave you ALL the details, this would be one long blog post. Keeping it short and sweet today!
6 months later, I am living a whole new life.
I’m feeding my body the nutritious things it needs; I’m exercising in a productive, healthy way; and most importantly, I’ve LEARNED.
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about nutrition, health, and/or fitness usually is not learning. But I’m telling you, this has been the most impactful part of my entire journey so far.
Was it great losing weight? Duh.
Was it awesome to feel more confident in myself? Of course.
Was it cool to watch myself get stronger? Yeah!
But the thing that I am MOST thankful for from this journey thus far is the learning process I was able to go through (and am still going through!)
I was able to learn about proper nutrition, what my body personally needs, how to address my body’s needs, how to research ACTUAL data backed by science, how to analyze differing opinions and information, etc.
SIDE NOTE: Don’t a lot of the things I just listed sound like standards/learning targets we have for our students? Maybe minus the “nutrition/body” aspects? Who knew I would be practicing some of the exact same things I teach?
Anyway, this 6 month journey that continues today is my own version of the “Fight Song,” and this post is my “Fight Post!”
My journey was my way of fighting through my own personal frustrations and my way of learning to believe in myself again.
I am so thankful to my nutritionist, Justin Nault, for the patience he practiced and the information he taught me!
And… just like Rachel Platten (the artist of the song), I know that…
I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me!
As always, you can reach out to me with any questions or comments about my lifestyle change and/or fitness journey if you are interested in more information/details! 🙂