I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately. We all define success in different ways, so it literally means something different to everyone. I am not the skinniest or most muscular person you will ever find. Compared to where I started, I am super proud of myself. However, since I don’t wear a picture of myself 5 years ago on a lanyard, who would know? Balanced with the fact many of my healthy changes have occurred inside, people probably find it easy to judge and say I don’t “look” that healthy. I believe health originates in your mind, and you wear what’s in your head on the outside. It’s why it is said that confidence is the sexiest outfit you can put on! This is exactly why I am able to share and love on other people, and guide, mentor, and help people daily on their health journey. Even though I don’t look like Jillian Michaels, I am a real person with real challenges- the same ones you have every day regarding diet, finding time for exercise, and eating out in a healthy non-diet killing way. I believe in taking time for things that help us feel good inside and out. Whether it’s getting your hair done, booking a weekly massage, running every day, or meditating each day- do it. Locking arms with success really equates to being who God designed you to be in whatever shape that is. The only person’s opinion that matters is yours! Set reasonable, attainable goals and be kind to yourself. This isn’t a race. You aren’t in competition with anyone else. Because one person loses 10 pounds and you lost only 3 doesn’t mean they were more successful than you. You and your journey are the only thing that is important. Lock arms with YOUR vision of success because nothing else matters!
These are my older blog posts, which originally appeared in my Exposure Magazine Column, "Healthy Living."