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My friend Leisha’s story was very popular with you, my readers! I think everyone was really excited to see her make changes and hopefully her story inspired a few of you to get started on the path to healthy living in the near future. The educator in me can’t help to point out why Leisha was so successful in her endeavors so I wanted to do a follow-up to her story. If you are looking to make similar changes, regardless of whether or not you want to run a half marathon, here are some simple steps you can take to help you along the way that I truly believe are key to success.

Have an “aha moment.” For Leisha it was seeing a photo of herself and recognizing that she wanted to lose weight. What will your aha moment or wake-up call be?

Start with baby steps and be patient. If you noticed, Leisha never mentioned wanting to run a half marathon off the bat. She started with a couch to 5k program and then worked gradually up to a 10k and then a half marathon. It took her a couple of years to get where she is today and it might take you that long or longer depending on your fitness goals. What can your first step on the road to fitness be?

Find a fitness buddy. Leisha mentioned how helpful it was to have Tiff train with her. She was held accountable because Tiff would be waiting for her early in the morning for their workouts. If someone else is depending on you it becomes very difficult to find excuses or procrastinate your workout. Who can you ask to help you stay accountable?

Plan ahead and be organized. Leisha is a busy person and I’m guessing so are you! As she said, if you try to find the time you won’t so you need to make the time. Look at your calendar. Where can you fit in a 20 minute workout or a one-mile walk?

Make it a family affair. Not only is it important for you to be successful but it’s important to have your family supporting you along the way. The best way to do that is by including them in your goals! Leisha’s two girls are now having fun riding bikes while she runs and doing light strength training with mom. Not only does this eliminate the “what should I do about my kids while I workout?” excuse but it’s a great example to set, which is largely what motivated Leisha to make these changes. How can you include your family in your fitness routine?

Don’t focus on the number on the scale. While Leisha was very successful in losing weight, she said that her goal wasn’t to be skinny it was to be fit! That should ultimately be your goal as well. What can you do to improve your physical fitness?

So there you have it. Get started today on your personal journey to fitness! Special thanks to Leisha for sharing her story and inspiring so many of us to make a change. And if you haven’t read her story, what are you waiting for?Fit Way of Life