Maybe health and fitness has been a priority of yours for years or perhaps it’s something you’ve known should be a priority, yet you’ve never been able to take the necessary first step to make it a reality. Whatever your situation, the fact that you’re reading this tells me that you care enough about your health and fitness to either take the first step again or maybe take your first step ever.

Like anything, taking the first step is usually the hardest part. And when it comes to health and fitness, it can feel more like a leap than a step depending on how far you are looking to travel on your journey. Inevitably, some of us have further to go than others, which will require more faith in the process than those that have a shorter road to travel.

For myself, health and fitness has always been somewhat of a no-brainer. I grew up an athlete and generally liked exercise and eating healthy, aside from my high school years where I could basically eat whatever I wanted and suffer zero consequence (a bucket of fries was considered carb loading before a soccer match ;)). Fast forward to my mid-thirties and I can assure you, if I ate that same bucket of fries, it would go straight to my ass and thighs! Oh how I sometimes long for the days of old. At the same time, I know that kind of eating would not serve any of my goals, health or physique wise. Yet, I have come to embrace a type of eating that does not make consuming fries off-limits or guilt-inducing. In fact, I have so much faith in my ability to make nutritional decisions, that when I choose to indulge, I do so willingly and without remorse. And for me, this is the only way to live with my sanity intact.

Did I get to this place overnight? Hell no! I have had my struggles with diet and exercise countless times over the years, but haven’t we all? It’s not about where you’ve been, it’s about where you’re going. Your past does not and will not dictate your future if you commit to yourself and taking the first step.

I take ownership of my decisions and know I am in complete control of my health and fitness destiny. Do you want the same for yourself? Do you want to be free of the guilt and shame that can come with eating, so-called, wrong foods? Do you want to have confidence in your ability to make good decisions most of the time and own the bad decisions you make some of the time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you my friend, are ready to take the first step!

For some the first step is as simple as making a commitment to yourself to make your health a priority. For others it may be taking things a bit further and enlisting help to ensure you make it a priority. Whatever your case, making a commitment to become a healthier, fitter, stronger you, is something you will never regret. Have faith in yourself and the process, show yourself a little compassion along the way and you will scale the staircase, no matter how steep or long it is, one step at a time.

Today I challenge you to take the first step, however blindly you may be taking it or whatever size the step may be. The first step sets your intentions, and every step after that just gets you closer to realizing your goals.

Take the first step to a Stronger You!