I’ve been thinking a lot about dedication last night and today.  This new plan that I am working on is very different then what I was used to doing. I ran every day – well 6 days a week for as long as I can remember. I remember leaving work and dreading going to the gym because I knew I had to be on a treadmill for an hour plus.  Yes, I saw results and I leaned out but no matter how many accomplishments and marathons I did I never really felt proud of my body.

Last night I was sitting and drinking a protein shake before bed. I was proud of myself because before this I never paid any attention to my diet. I ate candy almost every night, and while I wouldn’t pick the worst items on the menu I definitely wasn’t good at eating clean.

Protein Shake

I felt like I was really starting to make changes when I found myself going to that for a late night snack. Who doesn’t love a creeping sheltie in the background!?

This morning I got up, had my pre-workout drink, and headed to the gym for a leg day.

I was in for a treat today because my husband actually joined me. He unfortunately believes he has a running injury so was doing different types of cross training today. He started with weights and then did his own cardio on the bike and in the pool.

Leg Day

After I was finished with my workout I felt pretty down. The total time was an hour and five minutes, but I really didn’t feel “tired” like I usually do after workouts. Whenever I would run after every workout I felt exhausted, today I felt like I could have kept going.  The plan I am doing right now calls for no cardio or very little right now so that has been a big adjustment.

Dedication is something that is vital to seeing changes in your body. Dedication to the workouts, dedication to your diet, and dedication to your routine.  I had to remind myself that this is not going to be over night success – the success comes from the dedication and time that you put in it.  I can’t wait to look back at my before and after pictures in 12 weeks and see how far I have come. I have to stay focused and positive.

I will be posting another set of “progress” pictures at the end of this week – so stay tuned!

The husband and I are actually heading back to the gym tonight for another workout. Always nice to fit in a double when I have the time!

Have a great night!

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