I’m usually the one that says just do it. Don’t be lazy. Get off your ass and achieve your goals now! Don’t delay. Muster all that motivation into a positive achievement. When I decide to do something I usually become completely emerged in it. Take my new goal to run a half marathon in February, for example.
So today I’m going against everything I stand for to tell you this: its okay to delay your goals.
No, I’m not saying its okay to eat poorly this week and just say “I’ll start my diet next Monday.” That’s definitely not what I’m talking about! You still must maintain healthy habits on a daily basis for general health. Duh! I’m talking about those major goals. I’m talking about prioritizing.
Right now, I’m a full time student with a full time job training for a half marathon and maintaining a 125lb weight loss with a very well planned diet and resistance training. I would love to be the fittest possible version of myself I could be. I would love to lift and train for hours a day. I would love to be like those awesome women I follow on instagram with 6-pack abs and separated quads. And what’s most frustrating for me is that I know I could do it!
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am doing awesome right now, despite my busy schedule. I’m still eating healthy, I’m still exercising at least 3 times per week (if not more), I’m still losing some weight, I’m still building muscle, I’m kicking ass at work and I’m still making straight A’s in school!
I’m making progress. I’m stressed, sure, but I’m learning, I’m living in the moment, and I’m loving my life. And its okay that I’m not yet close to reaching my ultimate fitness goal.
When I start doing those body comparisons on intagram, when I start thinking “I wish I could be like her,” I have to tell myself that one day, when I’m done with school, when I have a normal full time 9 to 5 job, then I will have more free time and I can dedicate myself to the gym. And of course, it’s hard sometimes not to get sucked into the fun. I too have posted my fair share of muscle pics!
Am I perfect and lean? Heck no! But I sure do look better than I did two years ago! So what if I can’t be super muscle chick at this point in my life. It’s okay to delay my goals.
Right now maintenance will just have to be good enough!