I've coined 2014 as my year of being a badass and many people have been checking in to see how I've been faring with this goal. Admittedly, I've had my ups and downs this year. Some days I'll feel strong at the gym and take pride when my trainers jokingly call me "badass" and push me to work harder. But other days I lose that confidence when I don't make consistently good food choices or struggle with laziness and lack of motivation.
But I'm human...and those roller coaster emotions, even if it's just in my own mind, is OK. It's part of making me who I am today.
When I look back at my progress, I can't help but feel proud of my slow, but steady steps in the right direction. I've been hesitant to share that progress (mainly out of modesty), knowing that I can camouflage my trouble areas with my clothing choices or camera angles. But today, I'm taking the plunge...in hopes that I can help inspire others who might struggling with their own body image issues.
My "before" photo is me at my heaviest (about 2 years ago). Compared to my "in progress" photo this month...a leaner, stronger me.
I know my path to feeling like a "badass" will be long and winding. And I won't always feel confident about where I am each day. But I'm confident that I'll get there, one step at a time.
Speaking of steps in the right direction, this past week, I achieved one of my long-term goals...completing an unassisted pull-up.
It was just one rep...but man I was SO proud to have FINALLY marked this one off my goal list.
Now, I'm thinking I want to work up to doing 3 in a row...