So some of you may have noticed the lack of any training the last two weeks. You may have also noticed that in the picture I am strapped up to a blood pressure machine. This has been more regular recently.
The lack of training has been on purpose and also on Dr’s orders. It would appear that my software has developed another fault and I am in danger of getting the blue screen of death...sorry geek joke 🤓
I was unsure of posting about this, but have taken some advice from friends and decided it’s all part of my journey. I have also taken the liberty of doing a blog post about it and would love for you to check it out and comment on here or contact me direct if you wish to.
Link to the blog post is in my bio.
Offseason progress pic I took from last week. I’ve bee. Sitting between 200 to 205 lbs. the heaviest I’ve ever been in a while but I’m not worried so much about the scale and more on what I see in the mirror and progress photos. for me, it’s really hard to post and see the positive but I’ve gotten much feeling about it so with the support of @ab_getn_fit. Reminding me it’s ok to have that extra to grow during offseason. Seeing her progress in a years time and watching her bust ass I’m the gym motivates me Its all about the journey and what you make of it! 💪🏻 #transformationtuesday#nevergiveup#ironaddict#gymrat#alwayshungry#itsajourneynotadestination
I feel like my adult life has consisted of trying to find a routine that works for me. I've done calorie counting, food prepping, weighing and documenting everything I eat, low carb to name a few. I am currently doing keto because it makes me feel good. I've given up worrying what others will think. I judge myself harshly enough and have started ignoring others opinions.
In addition to this, I have started learning about resetting my bio markers. I've incorporated intermittent fasting. I am almost a month into it and for the first time in a long time, my body feels really good. Anyone with an autoimmune knows what I mean when I say the invisible pains and insomnia are fading. I have slept better than I have in years. I'm not hungry all day. My joints feel really good and I don't feel extremely tired all day. Although this morning I learned two heavy workouts back to back are not ideal. It's a learning curve and I am enjoying this new adventure. I am a work in progress.
Thank you @oolalife for this post today. It came at a perfect time. It's hard to pick just one thing from that list to work on. It's a daily reminder that the mental games we play impose the same effects on our bodies health.
Believe in yourself & believe in the process. Fitness has given me a focus when life gets hard sometimes
This is a journey about improving my physical health, mental wellbeing and believing in myself. There is no end date
I am not the same person I was at the beginning of 2018. Because of fitness & regular training I am learning to be my own person and follow my own dreams rather than everybody else’s
If you came here for professional fitspo posing, you’re in the wrong place 😂
I laugh now when I said no to being a health coach because I wasn’t super thin with a 6 pack. I still slipped up on nutrition. I wasn’t perfect with any of it and barely knew what I was talking about. I didn’t want to be a fraud.
But after 3 times of being asked, I did it anyways, because I realized PEOPLE RELATE TO THE JOURNEY, not the perfect body or booty pump pose.
We’re all just trying to figure this thing out, so here I am: telling others what has worked for me and giving them a chance to join a team of women who is working towards being their best selves.
And I’m in love with it.
Just a little morning movement on the mat...🧘🏻♀️
I generally move very slow and with as much awareness and intention as I can when I practice. (Video is sped up 4x to fit IG)
My mindset for slow moving➰➰➰
1. I want to feel where I am and know where I’m going next.
2. I really don’t want to hurt myself.
AND one of these days, I’m determined, I will do a headstand with my arms down in prayer and not in tripod position. For me to even be attempting to try away from a wall is a big accomplishment. Six months ago I wouldn’t even try it this way.
AND one of these days I might have new floors in my house!🏡 #underconstruction
Get up and MOVE—your body wants you to!
What do you do for movement?
Do you yoga? Workout? Run? Walk?
Whatever it is—KEEP IT UP!! Do it daily!!📆
Your body and mind will thank you🙏🏻‼️
So much sparkle from #cardioflow 😂 Can’t believe Phase 2 starts tomorrow....this program is once again flying by! 👌🏻 If you’re struggling to get your health on track there is still plenty of time left in the year!!! New challenge group kicks off tomorrow!! Don’t regret not joining us! ❤️❤️ #last90days
Happy Sunday everyone!
Confession time ... since Thanksgiving weekend, I have completely fallen off the nutrition wagon. As much as I’ve stayed on track with workouts, they have been kind of useless considering what I’ve stuffed my face with. 🙄 I’ve been tired and have been eating without making conscious choices. .
Today, I’m prepping my week to make sure I am back on track and refocused. I know that when I fuel my body properly I have more energy, I feel so much better and don’t feel so bloated.
This journey is all about the ups and downs. It’s not easy, sometimes it’s even really hard but as long as you get yourself back up, dust yourself off and get going again - you are on the right track.
Enjoy your Sunday friends! 💕
Yep! I knew it!! I ❤️ it!!
This thing is so much FUN!!!🤗🤗🤗
I’m thinking that it is definitely gonna help my balance game and in the process give me a safe place to learn which muscles to use to become and stay inverted. Can you say E X C I T E D⁉️
Lots of ways it can be incorporated into my yoga practice!! YASSSS‼️
Ok, so today was a huge emotional and mental set back on my road to the stage. ***I've been doing everything right and by the book!*** My goal for the past 6 weeks has been to compete, but today my goals were blatantly plagued with reality. I am 41 years old. That makes my body 41 years old. I struggle with inflammatory issues from autoimmune issues and awful IBS. I have a 3 disc neck injury and have had multiple and non-cosmetic abdominal surgeries including 3 C-Sections and a Hysterectomy. 6 weeks ago, I had set out to conquer my dreams and to tell the world of surgeries and age to fuck off. Well, it flipped me off back, so it's time to get pissed! My snail's pace progress took a 6 week step backward almost to where I started 6 weeks ago... (mind you, this is 3 years after my progress first began) but still... I should be halfway to awesomeness for a bikini prep, but in two weeks, I went completely backwards. I could and maybe I should let that break me. Maybe it's just not meant to be. What do you guys think? Do you have a time that you persevered through an epic fail and accomplished your goals? I think I can do it... defy the odds that is... 🤔 #csectionbelly#competitorinthemaking#itsajourneynotadestination#onefootinfrontoftheother#dissappointmenthappens#perseverance#dontgiveup#promisedtokeepitreal#40sclub#41#eyeofthetiger#hectorlarasdaughter#fitnessmotivation
This little jewel arrived today...YAY👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
I can already tell y’all I’m gonna have fun with my @feetup! Probably gonna spend a lot more of my time upside down doing all kinds of upside down stuff‼️👣
-Because to continually improve yourself should be a goal.
Personal growth and development provides us with both the incentive and the means to become the best possible version of ourselves. Ironic as it seems, personal growth expands our frame of reference to include the people around us instead of becoming more self centered. As our world expands, so does our awareness of the possibilities and opportunities around us.
Working on personal growth is quite simple and starts with the smallest of choices.
Personal growth and self development are arguably some of the most important activities you can do. Rather than perceiving this as a selfish act, working on yourself to become a better person benefits those around you, as well as those in your community and workplace making you more world minded. •
Your life is NOW- made up of a series of moments.
Live intentionally in the present moment and you’ll begin to experience the joy and happiness you seek.
Throwback to when @kjhlebak and the coaches of The Bar Athletics had the opportunity to learn and grow with an amazing leader, @carlpaoli ,when he visited @blackflag_athletics this spring. See you in London 😊
🤚🏼stop it right there. Pretty impressed with what a woman’s body can do. It has stretched, widened, packed on fat supply for my little babe. Now it’s shrinking, hips are moving back to where they started & tissue is tightening back somewhat. How is it our bodies know what to do?! So impressive!!
Have I ‘bounced’ back to pre baby weight & condition? NO. Certainly have not. I’m not quite sure how that’s possible 🤣 motherhood is exhausting & this body has been through so much. It took 9 months to expand, why would we think it can shrink back with the snap of a finger??
I’m excited I’m one size closer in my workout shorts to Pre-baby size. I’m just cheap & don’t want to buy all new workout clothes & scrubs 🙃
As everyone had told me— give it time, give yourself grace, and love your new little miracle 💚 shout out to all the new & experienced moms! Y’all are doing great & don’t you forget that!
Hey guys! 👋🏼 It's been a minute! Well about a week...and honestly I don't know what I've been up to that whole week, but there wasn't much going on. I'm feeling frustrated because I want to cook more often, and have more to share with you but I'm one person and feel like I just have all of the left overs now and it's just no fun. But tonight I re-used my leftovers and I'm kind of proud of myself. I took all of my leftover fajitas and turned it into a fajitas chili. I topped it with cheese and it was pretty good! The only points were the cheese so it was 2SP total. I have about 2 servings left so I'll use it for lunch tomorrow, and maybe Friday too! I'm slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things with tracking and getting back on the weight loss train to leave maintenance town, but it's taking some time. Today @passionatemeeks.ww talked about her "why" and how that keeps her motivated, and that hit close to home. I've kind of lost mine and need to step back, re-evaluate and figure out what my why has become. When I started, my "why" was because I deserved it and I needed to prove to myself that I loved me, because I can't expect others to do so if I don't. Today I can happily say, I love myself. 🤷🏼♀️💛 I love how much I've grown on this journey. I'm no longer ashamed of who I see in the mirror or in pictures, but I still see room to do more and do better. So the rest of the week I'm going to focus on that. What are you focusing on/what are your goals? 👇🏼👇🏼 I hope you're all having a lovely Wednesday night! Happy hump day! 😊💛✌🏼
So it’s been a hot minute....last week was a mess and a half....All of us either had stomach flu or strep and some of us had both 😷 #godblesslysol So.....I missed a few workouts....to many to catch up on and I am not about to double up on those.
Not too long ago if that had happened, I’d have thrown in the towel and called it quits on the whole program. This go round I realized that it isn’t the end of the world.....my progress isn’t ruined. I simply started my week 4 over again and got right back at it.
I don’t workout just for the physical aspect....strengthening myself mentally is just as much a part of it. Accepting setbacks as part of life and accepting that I’m not perfect and that’s ok!! I’ll take that progress from a few missed workouts any day!!
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Have you ever gone out to dinner, ate enough chips & guac to feed a family of fully grown mountain trolls, then get super worried because you thought you might’ve fucked up your progress?
Have you ever been sick or injured or traveling and had to skip a workout or two or three or a whole week? And did you feel bad or guilty or nervous you might’ve fucked up your progress?
I want to tell you something but I don’t want you skimming it because it’s wicked important so, seriously, listen.
You can’t fuck this up.
I’m gonna say it again. Please keep reading. Don’t jump around.
I don’t care if you blew past your calorie limit by 3,000 more than you were supposed to.
You didn’t fuck up.
I don’t care if you missed one workout or two workouts or a month of workouts.
You didn’t fuck up.
I don’t care if you had an entire box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 6 chocolate frogs, 4 pints of butter beer, and a trolley full of pumpkin pasties.
You STILL didn’t fuck up.
Because here’s the magic of it all....
The only way to fuck up is if you stop altogether. If you give up. Quit. Say you’re done.
Otherwise, you can’t fuck up. It’s impossible. Because as long as you get right back on track...you’re going to keep making progress.
See, most people use, “I fucked up” as an excuse to keep fucking up. To stay off track. To not put in more effort.
But that’s codswallop. And as of this moment, it’s not a valid excuse.
Because you can’t fuck up.
As long as you get right back on track...you’re fine.
This fitness thing? It’s supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to make you happy and smile and confident and proud. It’s not a competition. There is no day or time or hour at which you need to arrive to achieve your goals. There is no rush. You’re playing the long game here. It’s for life, not 7 or 21 or 30 days.
This is forever.
And when you’re playing forever...you can’t fuck up. Just get right back on track.
Sometimes, the things we don't like or want to do are the things we need the most! #hardtruth 💣💥 I've been a little off the grid lately with hands full of sick kiddos and most recently a super fun wedding weekend.
I woke up yesterday feeling tired, anxious and all around off. I did not want to get up and certainly did NOT want to work out...but I DID! I instantly felt better. Not all the way but it helped. Had I slept later and skipped the workout, may anxiety would have gone up instead of down. #chooseyourhard
I woke up this morning feeling back to normal and kept on going! Pushing through those hard moments of discomfort can have such a positive impact on your level of comfort moving forward. #leanin#progressnotperfection#itsajourneynotadestination#healthygirl#happygirl#beachbodylife
A couple of years ago I was listening to like a pod cast or an interview of some kind with a trainer who worked with the morbidly obese. His advice was to just start. If starting meant you just walked for 5 minutes, then just walk for 5 minutes. Then add a minute each day, or week. Just just start! It stuck with me. When I finally got around to adding exercise, I had been really watching my calories for almost a year, but had not lost much at all. I knew I had to start moving. It's embarrassing to say, but when I finally started, just a 10 minute walk was a killer. I was in such pain, but I added 5 minutes after the first week, and five more after that and now my daily 60 minutes is nothing! I still want to get stronger, build more mucle, and I have a long way to go, but coming from wanting to die after 10 minutes of a sloths pace to being able to walk 60 minutes at a pretty moderate pace, do some weights and some strength training, even run up my stairs, it's huge!! Anyway, so this struck me tonight and I wanted to share. #strongereveryday#health#juststart#itsajourneynotadestination
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness” ~Brene Brown 🌿Being vulnerable can be the hardest thing in the world... what if we expose ourselves to judgment? Ridicule? Pain? Experiencing those “bumps” along your path is just part of the journey. Be true to YOU, and your path will lead you exactly where you’re meant to go ❤️ Ps- isn’t Fall in Colorado just gorgeous?! Loving every minute! #motivationmonday#walkyourpath#vulnerability#selflove#youdoyou#itsajourneynotadestination#foodforthought
To say the least, I have always tried to be honest with my journey. 🙏
The good, the bad and the ugly.😩❤️ This last year, has tested my “will” for why I wake up everyday striving to inspire other women and be better.😘 Lately, I have been on an emotional roller coaster, tears, sometimes, coming upon me in waves. I know the real reason and try to remain strong but I continuously remind myself that it’s okay to breakdown, cry and fall apart😣
Everything can’t always be or seem perfect because it’s not and that’s okay. This journey is never ending but I am so blessed my community, my tribe is there. ❤️ I’m only human and I have feelings too. I love deeply. I sometimes overthink things. I get upset. I cry. I laugh. I smile. 😍
Your Desire to Change must be Greater than your Desire to Stay the Same. Living in the past does not help you grow.🙏🙋❤️ Some people ask me why? Why do I do what I do.. 🤔❤️ I decided to start my journey with living a healthy lifestyle,mind, body and soul, and rehabilitate a injury. I have made changes in my life and not just with the outside (physically ) but within and for that I am forever grateful.🙏 And because of trying something new, I even lost friendships 😪 but know now they were never my real friends.❤️ You can watch me🤩
Block me or even JOIN me🙌😍 Are you ready to commit with me?
It’s not easy and whoever says changing a lifestyle is easy....is fooling themselves and trying to fool you🙄🤔 BUT......IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT💪
Remember the BEST project you’ll ever work on is YOU 👉🏼 My new boot camp is about to start. Are YOu?❤️⬇️🙋
I haven’t posted much about my fitness journey since my show in July. Honestly, it was just hard for me to look at myself getting fluffier after being so little while competing! My metabolism is finally starting to level out again and I’m hoping to start cutting calories soon. I am learning to become more accepting of my “larger” frame. I get asked A LOT if I will compete again, and truthfully I think about it constantly! Maybe next year... 🤷🏼♀️
For now, I’m enjoying my season of building muscle. My next step is to cut some of the body fat I’ve accumulated since July while continuing to build solid muscle. #itsajourneynotadestination#keepgoing#bulkingseason#buildmuscleburnfat#ihavegoalstoreach
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🦃🍽🍁 I have a LOT to be grateful for this year!
This last year who I was last year this time and who I am today.... I am still the same but improved. I have had pain and disappointment. But I learnt a lot. I grew as a person. I worked on self love and worth. And I finally figured out what I truly want in life. ❤️ It’s not easy; it’s an every day battle but you should always want to better yourself. To be a better person. To learn from mistakes. Everything leads you to where you are today. You can not compare your journey to someone else’s even though it is SO hard sometimes to think “why not me”! Just focus on YOU, do things that make you happy: for your mind, body and SOUL.
People forget about soul food and you need that to keep going when times get hard. I get my soul food from friends, music and anything that can make me laugh. Something or someone that can REFILL your cup.
Your Body- take care of it you only get one. So eat healthy and get active.
Your mind- self improvement and development is SO important for growth and advancing in life. You’ll stay stagnant if you don’t take this on and recognize how YOU can be a better version of yourself.
So again thank you to everyone you stands by me through it all! Some bonds will never be broken and that I am so lucky for! 💓 🥂 cheers. Now go eat some turkey and love on your friends and family HARD!
What do you do when you’re feeling lazy and don’t feel like working out? You put on your favourite workout clothes, chug your magic juice (aka the best pre-workout ever ⚡️) and DO IT ANYWAY! Your goals don’t care that it’s Saturday, or that you worked all day, or that there’s laundry to be done or dishes to be washed... #consistencyiskey 🤘🏻✨
@johnbcrist did not disappoint and my face hurts from laughing so much. 🤣🤣🤣 But one of my favorite takeaways from today was when they showed a video montage of John’s work from childhood until now. Y’all, he’s not an overnight sensation. He’s been honing his craft for decades, specifically focusing on the comedy we know him for over the past ten years! He has taken zero shortcuts, but has instead studied, practiced, worked hard, and surrounded himself with other comedians like @treynkennedy And @dustinnickerson Let’s all remember that we are at different stages of our journey, and only God knows where it will lead. Our responsibility is to be obedient along the way. What step is God calling you to take right now in your journey? Comment below 👇🏼 #humanbeingtour#itsajourneynotadestination