10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago

After the #10yearchallenge going all around social media, it got me thinking about things I wish I could tell my sweet baby angel, 18 year old self.

Up until we are 18 years old, our health & fitness is largely sculpted by the examples we see from family and friends.

When we go off to college, it’s often the first time we are 100% in control of our meals and whether or not we choose to be active. After 6.5 years of being in the health & fitness world, here’s the words of wisdom I’d give myself 10 years ago:

  • It’s okay to not enjoy running, cardio doesn’t help that much with body composition change anyway.
  • Building muscle and strength training will make you more confident, discipled, let you eat more and be a better person.
  • There are no “good” and “bad” foods. Some are more nutritious and less nutritious than others and it’s all about portion size and frequency of the less nutritious foods.
  • Vegetables, fruits, protein and unprocessed grains should make up the largest part of your diet. It will also make you feel the best.
  • Just because you haven’t liked blueberries or soup for the first 18 years of your life, doesn’t mean you won’t like them forever.
  • Focus on how foods make you feel.
  • Just because a “friend” told you it was “really bad that you have small boobs” doesn’t mean she’s right or that everyone agrees with her. How you feel about your body is more important.
  • It’s so fun to push yourself mentally & physically and it’ll give you a lot of respect for yourself.
  • Proving it to other people isn’t the best reason to do something, doing it to prove to yourself is.
  • Leggings are an acceptable piece of clothing for any occasion.
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