It was love at first sight ❤️
I bought it without even trying it on. I had to have it. I had every intention of wearing it that summer. And you know how it is. life happens.
First, it was folded up on top of a shelf in my closet. It was packed there for a long time and I mostly forgot about it. Occasionally I would think about it and contemplate looking at it. It spent a little time on a hanger nestled among other things that I had; things that I used all the time. I actually even stored it under my bed for a couple years. It was easier to forget about it than it was to know it existed but was unusable.
From 1999 until today it was always something that was theoretical.
But not anymore.
Today I wore a dress that I dearly love but have never had the confidence to wear. ( 1. because it never fit properly and 2. because I just was too nervous/afraid to do it ) Today was a culmination of dreams and hopes and a lot of hard work. I am proud of many things in my life and I know that being this excited over wearing a dress might not seem like too big of a deal and actually, it's not the dress at all that is the main point. It's that I was able to fulfill a goal that I had given up on for years.
8 to be exact.
Every now and then I'd dust off the dream and work for it but life would get in the way and eventually I would give up on it.
But not anymore. Today was an amazing day and I looked beautiful and felt amazing and wanted to encourage you that just because some dreams take a while to come true, it doesn't mean they won't.
I can't believe I started this countdown 63 days ago.
As you can see, there are black marked out squares....Alot more than i wanted. But, thats ok. the point is...i didn't quit. I didn't give up. I kept going. Even though at times, i felt like i was failing. Forget about failure.
If we really TRY, that is a huge success. Regardless of what you’re trying to do – finish college, get in shape, start a business, making a difference, etc. – you have already achieved something by simply putting in the effort.
I started this lifestyle change 1 1/2 years ago. I wanted to be at my goal already. I thought I would be. I have seen people throughout this process that reached there goal way faster than me..and slower than me. But, sometimes things don't go the way we plan or how we plan or in the amount of time we plan.
And thats ok...
You just have to hold your head up and be proud of the progress you have made. For a perfectionist (me 😎) ...sometimes it seems better to quit then to fail. But...that's not true. Instead of taking a bunch of steps backwards, we just need to make the necessary adjustments and keep going!
No step towards your goal is a small one.
I will be heading out in a few hours to meet with a bunch of other beachbody coaches. "Old Tina" would have cancelled the trip because I was too embarrassed to go not being at the goal i set for myself.
I am so stoked to be have earned this trip. To be going. #operationpuntacana is done. I am damn proud of the work I put in. I wasn't perfect, but I never am, so nothing new there! ha ha ha 🤣 I will be going confidently and happily. I will enjoy every damn day because I earned it. I worked hard for it...and I won't let a number on a scale or "missing abs" take that away from me.
I did see lots of changes during the last 63 days...most of them on my mind and heart. I did lose inches, pounds and gained some arm muscles from SO MANY PUSHUPS (still hate Autumn Calabrese😜 )
Why am i sharing this? Because:
👊🏼Im getting stronger.
👊🏼I didnt quit.
👊🏼Im still going.
And if its possible for this 43 year old mama...it can happen for you.
Im a 44 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.