I’m a reformed runner and I can usually tell when a new gym member is a runner. It makes me smile. I’m happy for them. I want to go up and say, “It’s okay. This works. I’m like you.”
Making the switch was not easy. For a long time, I was convinced that all those hours of pounding the payment would give me what I wanted, to look good and feel good. But, it just wasn’t true. I finally got what I wanted when I made the switch to strength training. I shared my transformation story almost two years ago today and if you missed it, please take a look back.
Two years later and I can honestly say that maintaining this physique has been easier than I expected. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been in my life, and I feel confident both in clothes and in a swimsuit. Sure, we all have days, weeks or months when we backslide a bit, and I’m no different than anyone else. Life happens. But I’m not usually off track for long and I always know what I need to “tweak” to get back to where I want to be, and it’s definitely NOT hours of cardio. In fact, for me, what I most usually need to focus on when this happens is stress management. When I’m getting plenty of rest and managing stress well, my diet usually falls right in line. As a result, I feel great and can really get after it in the gym.