Losing weight is hard but here’s what I found. For years I struggled. I gained 80 pounds and completely lost myself. Between drowning in debt and fighting to provide for our family. I was at my lowest point in life. I was overweight and depressed. I ate my stress and unhappiness. It was a struggle for years. I had no energy, couldn’t keep up with the house work, and I was lagging on keeping up with the kids. I tried eating better but I constantly craved food. You know the struggle.... it’s real.
When I started my journey (and yes, it is a journey) I was fed up at that point. I had to do something. I mean this was just ridiculous. I no longer looked in mirrors or rarely took pictures because I didn’t like what I saw. I had to do this for me! I mean, let’s face it, experiencing your best results depends on you! I came across a post on social media. I was inspired and motivated as I watched my friends’ journey.
I said “self, if she can do it so can I”. I changed my mindset and I had a huge why on why I needed to change. I WAS WORTH IT! So, I decided to start working out, changed my diet and took amazing supplements. I wasn’t consistent, don’t get me wrong, I had setbacks. I cheated here and there but I NEVER gave up on myself. It is crucial that we know how to deal with minor failures positively, so we can avoid long term destructive effects.
One setback is not the end of the world or your journey. Regain focus and continue the plan of a healthier you. I continued to be consistent with my regime. I started using amazing products and the weight just keep coming off. It was then that I realized that I was instilling my passion to promote a healthy lifestyle. You can do anything you put your mind to. I knew in that moment I had to give it my all. My why is what drove me daily. If you try to fix your weakness you will set yourself up for failure.
Instead, I focused on what I was naturally good at and I thrived. Feeling the best, I can feel has become my purpose. Selfish isn’t a dirty word. I am a Mother of 4 and a Grandmother of 2 and I needed to take care of me first so that I could take care of everyone else. My children where part of my why! It gave me my confidence back. You must realize that you must make yourself a priority if you want to make changes. See the result and work hard for it. You must learn to get comfortable feeling uncomfortable.
Motivation gets you started, but it is discipline, persistence and consistency. Consistency isn’t always glorious, but it is the most important thing you can do for yourself. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort. When you bring effort every single day, that’s when transformation happens. That’s when change occurs. You need to learn to love the lifestyle. Living life with no regrets. Be open about the changes you are making and the process it takes to do so.
Know what your goals are, and you can reach them one month at a time. I had passion in becoming stronger, leaner and a healthier person. When the going gets tough, you must make a choice, whether you are going to stick it out or quit. Do not doubt yourself or your journey as doubt kills all dreams. Success starts with you. Believe in Yourself.
Know that you can do it and you are worth it. I admire body builders. They have a strong work ethic. They do what they need to get the results that they are after. So why wouldn’t we have the same work ethic? It’s hard! Don’t you agree it is much easier to give up then to fight for something that seems impossible!?
Earlier in the year, I felt so confident in my new body that I did a photo shoot for a gift to my husband. I was amazed at the photos and how AMAZING I looked and felt. It inspired me to begin focusing on my goals to become a model for fitness and fashion. It also gave me the confidence to do a commercial and walk a few runway shows.
On my 50th Birthday, I was in Florida for the American Dreams Pageant as Mrs. Elite New York 2017. Because of my new-found passion, I was confident in myself. I was 1st Runner Up and most Photogenic.
I am currently pursuing my Personal Trainer certification to help other people who are struggling with their selves, like I have. I know the struggles us moms face.
I wanted to do this article to inspire all of you who are doubting yourself. It is possible. You just must be persistent. Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook at @therealkimhill You will find loads of FREE information. Feel free to message me directly for some free helpful tips, a food list that I stick to and some exercises on my website. I would love to help you reach your goals and become the person you see yourself as!!
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