I’ve been on my own weight loss journey for five months now. Since then I have lost 47 pounds and 29 inches and wearing jeans that are four sizes smaller. Let me be the first to tell you, it has not been easy, but so worth it!

What has come easy is getting to the gym. I love who I workout with and my trainers are amazing and that has been a huge factor for me. Having a support team while you’re at the gym is a great idea! I’m at the gym four days a week and on days when I am not at the gym I either take my dog for a jog or I lift weights with the boyfriend in his weight room. Yes, ladies we can lift weights and not look like we are turning into hulk!

The hardest part of this journey has been the mental part. All my life I have struggled with thoughts of I am not good enough, not pretty enough, too fat, and so on and so on. We beat ourselves up over the dumbest things.  We put so much pressure on ourselves to do everything right and the second we slip, suddenly we are a horrible person and a failure. Guess what, we are not horrible or failures. We are human. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes, and we need to move forward.

So you had a bad day and didn’t eat as healthy as you should. Guess what, tomorrow is a new day. Start back up tomorrow, not next week. We know next week never comes. Just like in the past Monday never came for us to start our new diet. Do it now!

Maybe you gained a few pounds and are ashamed of yourself. Don’t be ashamed. Recognize that something needs to change. Maybe you haven’t been tracking your food as well as you were, cheating a little too much, maybe you are slacking during your workouts. You can get back on track and attain your goals. Maybe you made a goal and missed it and now you want to give up. Never give up! Keep your goal, just change the date! Always have a goal for yourself even when you attain the body you want. You still have to maintain.

Stop worrying what you look like, too. You see yourself differently than others. You see all of your flaws ( I know I do.) Even after dropping four dress sizes, I still see the “old” me in the mirror. I have yet to really see the new body I have. My body is still changing as I continue my journey. Just know you are an amazing person for changing your life. No matter how long it takes you, you are going faster than the person sitting on the couch wishing they could change. You are making a change and you should feel proud of yourself!

My advice for you: Get out of your head. Stop thinking negatively and think positively. Be who you want to be, not what you think society wants you to be and don't compare yourself to others. You are a rockstar!

Cheers to your health!