Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
Whether you’re just starting your weight loss and fitness journey, midway through, or have been living the lean life for a few years, you need to keep yourself motivated by dressing for success.
I made the mistake of putting my life and looks on hold when I began working towards my new fit life. Frumpy and baggy clothes were my style du jour. I figured once I lost all the weight I would indulge and purchase body conscious work out and stylish clothes. The problem with my approach was that every time I looked in the mirror I didn’t see the new me. The vibrant and energetic woman that I was becoming was hidden behind ill-fitting clothes.
Even though I was still a good 10 pounds away from my goal I headed to one of the super stores in my town. I shopped inexpensively and replaced my oversized novelty t-shirt and loose shorts and purchased a running bra, a three-pack of men’s tank tops and two pairs of size appropriate but comfortable bright shorts. I then went on to improve my office wardrobe and invested in a couple of knit tops, skirts and pants.
The results of my transformation paid off immediately. Wearing the tank top on my run I noticed that I no longer slouched, my form improved dramatically. The baggy t-shirt would weigh me down but now I felt light and airy – like an athlete.
My office clothes garnered me compliments from co-workers who were now able to see the results of my hard work. Their comments spurred me on to continue on my journey giving me the motivation I needed to eventually meet my goal.
Health and fitness does not begin in your body, it begins in your mind. The journey really is as simple as making the decision to live healthy and then committing to it daily. By surrounding yourself with all the positive influences to keep you on your path, it makes the work and reward that much easier and sweeter!
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