How To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

How To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

The 3 C’s in life:

Choice, Chance, & Change.

You must make the choice,

to take the chance,

if you want anything in life to change.

Okay, I’m probably the bajillionth person to write tips and advice on transitioning into a fitness routine, BUT I want to try to reach as many of my friends as I can because I care about them and I want them to live long, happy lives. Even if only five people read this, thats five more people in the world who are taking steps to better themselves. To all of my friends out there who have asked me for advice on exercising and eating right- this is for you. I love you guys!

I’m gonna start off by saying that this is a commitment to your health. It is a privilege to be able to exercise and use your body while you can walk, jump…Move! When you look at the big picture and imagine how you want to be living at 65 years old, taking care of your body now is key. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. So, you want to feel more energized, look better, and increase your confidence? Be part of that 5%.

One of my friends sent me a text asking “How do I start working out?” Well, you just have to start somewhere! When I first started committing to an exercise routine, I found Kayla Itsines body-weight workouts. Let me tell ya, those kicked my ass! Once I felt comfortable enough to venture into the weight-lifting world, I started going to the gym for resistance training. See, we all start somewhere! Personally, I think that mastering body weight exercises is a wonderful place for beginners. However, it depends on the person. Some people prefer running, or yoga for exercise. All are GREAT options, you just need to find your niche-something you can enjoy doing long term. Once it becomes part of your routine, it will be foreign not having it scheduled in to your day.

That brings me to another piece of advice; schedule and make time for your workouts! Whether it is 5AM or 9PM, find a time to take some pre-workout, listen to some banger tunes that get you motivated, and go move your body! (I listen to Spotify playlists, and there are tons of really great genres for all different types of exercise.) You will not only be improving your health, but you will also notice that you are sleeping better, have more energy during the day, and feel a sense of accomplishment.

I’m the type of person that prefers to workout alone. The gym is my personal time where I can handle the shit that is happening in my life. However, I know other people love to have an accountability buddy! Find an exercise buddy, discuss your fitness goals, and keep each other accountable for those goals. One of my friends and I have a goal of running five miles this week, and so far we are crushing it! It is just nice to have someone struggling with you, but also knowing that you’re both accomplishing something that is keeping you healthy and active is a wonderful feeling!

My final little nugget of advice is to pay no attention to what others are doing. Focus on you and what you have going for you. If you become easily intimidated by people in the gym, that’s okay, because I’ve been there! Honestly though, if you stick with it, you get over that feeling. Exercise can build you up in so many ways, including your confidence. Just keep in mind that the intimidating ones at the gym are there for them, and probably are only focusing on their gains (lol) instead of what you’re doing. If anyone ever says something mean to you, just call me up and i’ll kick some meat-head ass.

SO, next time you’re contemplating about going for a run, just send it! You’ll feel amazing after. It’s all about starting somewhere and progressing into more vigorous exercises. Challenging your body, challenges your mind as well, which always results in growth. It’s cheesy, but you really can accomplish anything you set your mind to. If you are reading this, and want to commit yourself to an exercise routine-do it! I believe in you! Tell your friends, family, dog, and don’t hold back.

It’s time for growth.

-The Positive Peanut

What Sparked My Passion for Fitness

What Sparked My Passion for Fitness


An apple. No, seriously, It was an apple. 

It sounds silly, but I remember coming home from school in 5th grade and grabbing an apple instead of the jar of peanut butter and a spoon. (Doesn’t sound like the most appealing trade-off, but I was determined) I remember feeling so unusually proud of myself, I even told my mom and dad that I was eating something healthy. 

You’re probably asking what sparked this behavior in such a young child’s head. You’re probably thinking that a child shouldn’t have to worry about eating healthy as much as the average adult, considering that their metabolisms are fresh and more inclined to digest all of the junk food. Well, let me enlighten you on my realization at such a young age.

As an adolescent, I was a bit bigger than most of the other girls, and even quite a few of the boys my age. I was not uncomfortable about this until the day I decided to change my eating habits for the better of my health. Again, it sounds silly and maybe a little sad, but I remember wanting to go on the teeter totter with my friends at recess. I always shot my friends basically to the sky without even trying because I weighed significantly more than they did. However, it wasn’t that situation that bothered me much.

*Flashback to elementary school* My class was lining up to head back to the classroom from the library and I was standing with some of my best friends in line. I’m not sure how the conversation came up, but they were talking about how if you were chubby at a young age, that you would be skinny when you’re older, and vice versa. They told me that I would end up being skinny and pretty one day. Sounds kinda messed up to think about, but that always stuck with me.

Now, I knew I was a little chubby, but obviously I wasn’t going to go on a “diet” at such a young age. That is just a nightmare waiting to happen. I did however, have the courage to change something about myself that I knew could improve my well-being. So, I started to eat healthier day by day. Or at least what a 5th grader would consider “healthy”, which was good enough at the time. This change excited me, and I believe that is where the passion sparked. I became faster, better at sports, and more confident in my abilities. 

Fast forward to eighth grade and many obstacles later… My soccer coach at the time suggested that I start personal training at this new gym to prepare for high school soccer tryouts. The gym was called Forever Strong, and it was probably the best experience I could have endured. My trainers taught me traditional and olympic style lifts combined with HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) that elevated my interest in the fitness world to newer heights. I was slowly improving my physical fitness to the best it’s ever been. I eventually decided to take my knowledge from there and implement it into my own workouts at a local gym, and I have been awed by exercise and the human body’s capabilities ever since. 

Let me tell ya, it was not always a smooth process. I consider it more of a learning experience. It is a journey of mental toughness and self-belief. I struggled internally from about sixth grade to senior year of high school. Body image issues was a huge obstacle that took me years to overcome, but honestly, I think my ability to stick with my healthy exercise habits helped me out of that rut. I went from 105lbs (my unhealthiest) to 125lbs in about a year. I am very proud that I saw that I needed to take care of myself and take action. I did my research, and tried to learn about what I could do to get myself to be healthy again. 

Older photo comparison, but I will provide recent ones soon! 

Long story short, the fitness aspect of my life has completely saved me. I’ve learned so much over the years, and I just want who ever is reading this to know that…

YOU ARE LOVED & VALUED.

If you are in a place where you feel helpless, lost, or lonely, I encourage you to find a niche. Whether it be lifting weights, running, writing, playing an instrument, or anything that bring you comfort, use it to your advantage and for self-improvement. You gotta go through rock bottom to get to bikini bottom. (Spongebob reference lol)

I gotta end this with a cute puppy picture.