Finding Your Fitness Motivation

Okay, as someone who has been struggling with her fitness and weight for pretty much the entirety of her life, I have looked at weight loss from every angle possible.  Motivation essentially comes from having a reason to workout and eat healthy that outweighs your reasons not to and trust me . . . there are plenty of excuses.

One of the major things I’ve noticed is that everyone encourages you to lose weight and get healthy for the right reasons.  I’m here to tell you that I don’t agree with that whatsoever.  I am a huge proponent of doing things because you want to do them and for whatever reason.  Something you see a lot of nowadays is that to be successful in fitness you have to “do it for you and only you.”  And congratulations to the women out there who are strictly losing weight for health reasons.  Literally, good for you, you must have confidence of steel.  BUT.  I am sick and tired of seeing people being belittled because of their motivations for getting fit and prioritizing a healthy lifestyle.

Honestly, we as a society have prided ourselves on body positivity, but I’ve been seeing so much of people saying, “Oh you’re losing weight to look good in your wedding photos?  That’s not healthy.”  “Oh, you’re eating healthy because you want to feel better in your clothes?  That’s not healthy.”  Why isn’t that healthy?

The last time I went to the doctors they obviously told me that in the long-run I might want to consider hitting the gym more often, but that it isn’t impacting my health at all.  I am completely healthy as of right now.  Obviously that doesn’t mean that I can’t improve, and it doesn’t necessarily mean I have to make these huge life changes.

I am making these changes because of my self-confidence.  It’s actually kind of crazy.  I was much thinner in high school, but because of some of my peers I was very shy and never really stood up for myself.  I gained a lot of weight when I got to college, and I was still so shy that it was hard to make new friends.

And then I lost 30lbs.

And now I’m way more confident.

I’m not nearly as thin as I was in high school, but having that success and seeing myself progress has been really great for me.  I still have days where I look and the mirror and think I look awful, but everyone has those days.  And the good days outweigh the bad.  So I’m here to tell you to latch onto whatever you have right now that motivates you.  Hot guy at work?  Fuel the fire, girl.  Hot bikini you want to wear to the beach?  FUEL THE FIRE, GIRL.  Do it for the cutie, do it for the beach, do it for your health, do it for your confidence, do it for your family, do it for literally anything, but make sure that you go out and do it.

Because once you commit, it becomes an addiction and you become an inspiration to others who might need it — and that’s just as important as doing it for yourself.

#doitforwhateverthehellyouwanttodoitfor

XOXO,

RanDee

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Why I Changed My Blog Name

So for the past month or so I’ve been considering deleting my blog.  Surprisingly enough, when you put a ton of work into something and it doesn’t turn out how you expect it’s a little disheartening.

I love to travel.  Just last week I went camping out-of-state at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.  My roommate and I went horseback riding through the hills, tanned on the beach and Rose Lake, and explored the waterfalls in Old Man’s Cave.

But I didn’t have the excitement I had at the beginning about sharing my adventure, and that’s because the popularity doesn’t seem to be growing.

As I was scrolling through content yesterday, I noticed something.  My blog posts about travel were barely getting any hits, but my blog posts about my recent weight loss were off the charts.  It was what people wanted to read about (see one of my very first progress picture below), and it’s something that I enjoy writing about.

This made me really think about why I recently got so interested in travel.  Before this past year I had no inclination to go anywhere.  I realized that the reason for this was a result of my fitness.  Suddenly I wanted to go hiking and exploring all over the world, not only because I now thought my body could physically handle it but because this fitness journey has given me the confidence to pursue what I want.

Hiking is a form of exercise and a product of healthy living, so I’ve revamped my entire blog to refocus.  If a blog about weight loss, fitness, and regaining confidence is what the people want, it’s what they’re going to get.  If I do happen to go on a trip that I want to share with my readers, I still can because it’s simply proof to them that fitness can help in multiple outlets of your life.  It can increase your happiness, your confidence, and your ability to do things you never thought you could do.

I’m currently in the process of updating my Instagram (@squatlikeagirlblog) and my Snapchat (@randee_hartman) to convey these changes to my followers, so be patient with me.  In the meantime, take some time to think about your personal health and fitness goals (and share this on social media to help ya girl out).

Let’s see where this road takes me.

xoxo,

RanDee

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