Guest Post: Ruth Fleurinord // Find Your Fire
Today's guest post is contributed by Ruth Fleurinord. She is a Brooklyn native living in the Middle East, dreaming big and working hard to crush her goals.
Goals are things that keep us moving forward. I've always admired people that set high goals and then achieve them. I've always set small goals before me for one purpose only, to not fail. Moving overseas 2 years ago I had some fun little goals in front of me but quickly realized how unchallenged my life was. My mind, and soul were starting to come aligned little by little but I still didn't feel the complete breakthrough in my life that I longed for. A friend reached out to me with a "fun" and massive challenge. Let me give a quick background. I've always been the girl that was active in sports and in and out of gyms wanting to stay healthy but not really committed to it. I was fine with my curves. But dealing with health issues and looking at myself in the mirror and realizing this is not how I want to live. So, back to my friend. She wanted me to participate in a biggest loser weight loss challenge for 2 months. I agreed and after working out a bit more and with the drive to win I lost 8 whole pounds!!! Ok, it wasn't much but that's when the wheels started turning. I wanted to go after a real healthy lifestyle and I started to ask God to not only change my body but my mind and spirit.
Can I really do it?
Working out was great and I enjoyed seeing the small changes in my body but I realized I still ate whatever I wanted. Still was sick with stomach aches, migraines, joint and body aches. I set a goal. I took out certain foods from my diet and focused on the reasons I wanted to lose weight. It stopped being only about trying to get abs and more about realizing as I make my health a priority I can also influence others and help those who don't believe they could do it, because really I never thought I could do it. That's when the changes really began.
Where do I start?
Realizing the foods that were making me feel the most unhealthy was the beginning. I made a log of every time my body reacted to something I ate and then I eliminated that food. Researching recipes and choosing to cook at home over grabbing fast food or the fatty snacks started giving me more control over how my body reacted. I would set a goal of a month. One month, one day at a time to change the habits that I was accustomed to before. One month of a gluten free diet. (I'm gluten intolerant so that did wonders) One month of being a vegetarian. One month of no sugar. Along with keeping up with my workouts I started to see deep changes. I couldn't stop talking about it as well! I wanted everyone around me to know that could do it, too! You can!
There really is no end to a goal set lifestyle. I find the thrill now of setting big goals/challenges in my life. I make list and research what would work with my life and what I want to achieve. I surround myself with encouragers that continue to push me forward. Is my goal to be the skinniest person? No, it's not. It's be be healthy. To learn how to teach my friends and family how to live an abundant life the healthiest they can. The newness of my journey doesn't take away from the authority I have. So even if it's 2 weeks or 2 years in, still with much joy talk about the goals that you are achieving. The changes I've seen in my life are worth way more that eating whatever I want and not caring. I know that I am worth it and worthy of full life. Food and fitness is one aspect but I've seen my whole life come under more self control and focus and drive to see the impossible become possible. Keep going. Even if there are times it's not the easiest (holidays and I right!?) We are all in this together. And we can do this!