To The Woman I Used To Be

An open letter to myself – Things I wish I had known

Hi Claire, it’s incredible that you’ve decided to train, and embark on a new journey in your life. This is just some advice for you to take to keep yourself motivated.

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Do some research and find yourself a gym where you feel comfortable for training and then consider finding a personal trainer that is keen to help you achieve your goals. Find yourself a target, aim low at first and then keep aiming higher and don’t stop. This will increase your confidence which will find you success.

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Two.

Nothing has boomed my confidence more than throwing out clothes that were too big and buying a whole new wardrobe with smaller sizes. I used to stand on the weighing scales with such disappointment, but now I stand on them with delight. One thing I taught myself was not to dwell on the numbers as they can always change to be less. Meal plans and training plans will improve your lifestyle and improve your fitness and well-being. Don’t look back and keeping pushing for the best. I get bad days sometimes which can be a knock on my self-esteem but what puts me back on track is thinking of the size I used to be, to the size I am today.

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Three.

Life can get in the way sometimes, whether you are a single parent with a busy work schedule and crazy kids, or even coming down with a flu, distractions can get in the way of your goals. This can disrupt your motivation, but hang in there with determination because there is light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t hide away in sadness, talk it out and pick yourself back up, we are only human everyone has off days. On bad days where I wasn’t feeling up to going to the training sessions, I communicated with my trainer and let him know how I felt. He really motivated me to keeping pushing and striving for the best. You can ask your trainer to switch up your training/meal plan to something that suits you better to achieve your goal. I am really comfortable with my trainer as he works and clicks with me really well. This is an essential for achieving your goal, working with someone who understands and listens to what you want.

Four.

Hard work and dedication will pay off in the end, even if the process is long. You’ll enjoy the outcome afterwards. After doing a week of training I thought the results would come easy, but it’s not as simple as it seems. Along your journey you will find that people will knock you off your track and then you may feel like your hard work was all for nothing, cut these people out of your life. Embrace the people that support your journey as they will bring more motivation which will encourage you to set new goals. This a new adventure, enjoy it, meet new people and try new things. Always remember that you are not alone in your journey, there are other people on the same track as you. Look after yourself, set your goals and achieve them.

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All the best, Claire x

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