My facebook memories keep reminding me DAILY...that this time 3 years ago, I was still recovering from running my first marathon. I thought i would be the happiest EVER because I am a "list girl" and i was able to put a check on my bucket list.
But, I wasn't.
I wasn't proud of finishing.
I wasn't happy with myself.
I wasn't feeling strong or even healthy.
Instead, i was angry that i had worked hard and believed that 6 months of training.. would get me in the best shape of my life. Instead..i just pushed my overweight body to run 26.2 miles. It was the hardest thing i have ever done.
This time 3 years ago, I was told about Beachbody and just started looking into it.
This time 3 years go...I was pretty sure it was a scam.
This time 3 years go...I felt like nothing would EVER work for me because if i had just finished training my butt off for 6 months and only lost 8lbs...this was just how i was gonna be.
This day 3 years ago...i was sitting on my porch trying to find the FAITH in me to jump into this opportunity.
Oh man...WHAT IF I HADN'T??? *found these pants last night on my shelf. 3 years ago..i was wearing those 38x30s. UGH!
WHAT IF I HADN'T SAID YES??? Im here to remind you...say yes <3 #justsayyes#yougotthisgirl#bettertogether
Yesterday was definitely one of those didn't wanna do it moments but l'm so proud of myself for pushing through and doing what needed to be done. The longest and farthest l have gone so far #progressisprogress YAY 50 minutes on the nexstep for 3.67 miles and then 30 minutes of Active Older. Determined to do the work! When l go to the Y it's always rough taking the elevator because l am usually passing through when my favorite classes are going on and all my friends are in there and l want more than anything to be there too...yesterday was Zumba😭 it really makes me sad for a moment and if I'm honest and real with you guys l find myself feeling a moment of defeat...this week l have come when Barre. Cardio Kick, Insanity, Body Pump, Country Heat, and Zumba were going on all my favorites it's hard sitting out. But l don't let that detour me from my destination or stop me from making progress. I can't wait to be back to ME and back to my normal routine and l know that this is how that is going to happen until then l keep on trying because l remind myself that this is only TEMPORARY. I definitely think that this time is teaching me to grow and teaching me to be stronger than before. All of this is inpreperation for a come back. If life was easy then how would any of us ever GROW? Life throws us challenges and it is up to us to either face it or to simply do nothing. I am choosing to FACE my challenges head on and even on the rough days l'm NOT giving up because....YES I'M NOT A QUITTER🙌💪#drinkpinknmove#myhappyplace#noexcuses#nevergiveup#strongerthaniknow#ivegotthis#imnotaquitter#babysteps 👣 #onedayatatime#thisisme#sharingmyheart#sharingmystory#inspiringothers#changinglives#watchnsee
A face of “shit got real” and reflecting on how overworked and stressed I’ve been these past few month 🤪 Fitting in physical therapy visits, other doctor visits and thinking about what ifs... Learning to let go and simply live in the moment is sometimes the hardest thing to learn. But like everything else, it’s simply mind over matter. 🧘🏻♀️ Day by day. Step by step. My goals I’ll reach. That mountain I will climb. ⛰🧗🏻♀️
This was me walking around in circles in my backyard for 3 miles, on #day68 . This is what the GPS told me I was doing. I don’t think it’s super accurate in that small of a space, so it just looks like a giant scribble even though I was somewhat following a repetitive path. That doesn’t matter, though. What matters is I walked 3 miles! I think it is definitely easier for me to walk around in the backyard versus the treadmill, because even though I’m just in my backyard and I’m not actually going anywhere, I’m outside, and there’s a breeze, and I’m breathing fresh air, and I don’t have to hear the treadmill buzzing. It’s a much more relaxing experience for me, so I will probably be doing this more often than the treadmill from now on. I still want to get into the habit of actually walking around my neighborhood, but I’m happy with doing it this way for now! I don’t think my body can tell the difference! 😜
This comparison might not seem really impressive to some but it's real and it's raw. This is a five week progression between the new diet and program and now. Unflexed. Same lighting.
Most may think the biggest difference is my lack of hair but to me it's 10 pounds and definition, thanks to the guidance and coaching of @toddleemd
Happy happy Friday night! It’s been a rough couple of months to say the least.
I’ve been on and off and then back on again. My goals haven’t changed but my journey has just taken a minor detour... that’s why I decided to look back at pictures to actually see all progress I’ve made physically but more importantly mentally 😊 You should do the same if you feel like you’re off the tracks or not making progress, it helps more than you think.
REPEAT AFTER ME! 🏋️♀️ Don’t forget all the hard work you’ve done this week- don’t let the weekend ruin it. 🍭
I’m alllll for a good cheat meal, but remember it should be a cheat meal, not a cheat DAY. Have that slice of a pizza, have that mimosa at brunch on Sunday with the girls. But don’t go overboard! Remember to use food to FUEL your body, not make it feel crappy! 🍰🥑 And remember, NO GUILT ALLOWED. Have your cheat meal and be ready to start fresh on Monday with the new week! 💪
Holy. Frijoles. I have no idea what I just did. But I did it! #legday is always my favorite of any program I do and @liift4 didn't disappoint. #weights 🤗 #hiit 😱 #core 😥 me now 😵 Seriously. My legs feel like 🍝 and triple 🐻 wtf!! #imodifythemodifier#sorrynotsorry it's really the only way to get through it without quitting. And you know what? So what. I #trybeforeyoumodify each time. And I'm sure each week I'll be able to do a little more without modifying. And that's ok. #progressisprogress
And today was hard. #thenoahbean has a stomach bug and I got what equals a bunch of naps last night making sure he was ok. And today was the longest workout. And I was still sore from yesterday. I could have easily swapped my rest day tomorrow for today but I knew there was a likelihood that tomorrow wasn't going to be much better and that I could easily find another excuse. So #noexcuses and #nobullshit I pushed play. And I feel accomplished. And humbled. Because I absolutely thought I'd be able to lift heavier. Nope! But to not only be able to do this. But to know that even though my limits are lower than others I'm not going to make excuses and give in. I'm going to keep moving forward. Not because I have to, but because I want to.
We got it done.
We were annoyed at each other.
I cried at how i had to modify.
I cried at how I am his “coach” and I was struggling to help him with moves he couldn’t figure out.
Today was rough.
We might have paused it a few times, but we never quit.
And that is why I love accountability.
And that is how you get it done.
@joelfreemanfitness We are NOT on speaking terms with you right now.
Day 4 done. #liift4#wod#bod#betterbabes
Apparently I’ve gotten strong enough to use weights that leave marks. It’s been a few hours since I worked out too. (And yes I take off my ring when I use heavy weights) Guess it’s time to start thinking about lifting gloves or something. Any suggestions?
Are you happy? ✨
Really, reeeeaaaallllyyyy think about this one. Health is multifaceted- we take our vitamins, eat our greens and move our bodies but what about your mental health. Happiness is a work in progress for a lot of people. Social media can be full of smiles, of brimming social lives, ripped abs and perfect relationships and it’s so easy to think that the world around you is living la vida loca. I would love to tell you that you can simply “decide to be happy”, but the truth is that for a lot of people, particularly those who have perhaps struggled or are struggling with their mental health, it is simply not that easy.
The past couple of years have been the first time in a very long time that I can confidently say “yes” to the question “Are you happy?”, but with that being said- if your answer is “no”- that’s OKAY. Nothing is permanent:
✨REACH OUT- I mean it. Whether it’s talking to a family member, friend, a support service, charity or health professional. You deserve support.
✨TALK- It’s hard to talk. It can be really scary- whether you’re feeling down or struggling with a more long term MH issue- talking about your mental wellbeing can be scary and vulnerable but I PROMISE that doing so is going to help. Talk, talk and keep talking.
✨Remember no one’s life is exactly as it seems. No matter how alone you may feel, I promise that you are not. .
✨ Taking care of yourself is not just about caring for your body. I’m a big believer that in the same way that we all have physical health, we all have mental health- so we need to take care of it. Reach out, ask for help, talk- YOU’RE WORTH IT!
Day 4 was Leg Day
I thought about putting this workout off until tomorrow because I was not feeling 100% due to a woman’s favorite thing every month 😂 But I decided to push play anyway just because I knew it would make me feel better. 🤗💕
This program is only 4 days a week and you have the freedom to move your workouts around to fit into your schedule. But I knew Mark and I were planning on going fishing 🎣this weekend so I figured just get it DONE 👊🏻✨ Then it’s done and I can enjoy the next two days however I want…. well I am thinking I might be a little sore because these leg exercises were no joke 🤡 .
Do you invest in your health? What healthy habits have you completed today?
Flashback to my FIRST 5k, Oct 2012 🎉
I used to HATE doing the mile back in grade school and high school. I was usually one of the last few to finish and probably the one that sweat the most 😂
I wish I could remember what my time was. Instead all I remember is that 13 laps around the Giants gym took F O R E V E R -
I think it’s time that I run another race 🤔
Do you enjoy races? Hell, I do it for the shirt and medal! ... and whatever else is at the end 😆
Day 9/66 of my accountability challenge. “Count your blessings!” Pic is from 2014 with out a doubt the best year for me mentally, physically, emotionally, health&strength wise, etc. At that time I took everything for granted, today I look back and wish I was still there. Best shape of my life! My message today is don’t take anything for granted, count your blessings each and everyday because you don’t know when things will change. I have two choices when I look at this picture. 1) I can get depressed about how I am not there anymore and how I struggle with my health and complain about how I’m no longer that strong, that I no longer fit in those clothes, and ultimately go deeper into the black abyss. OR 2) I can look back and realize I did not appreciate what I had and look at my life now and count all the things I do have now, embrace them, enjoy them, keep working to my absolute best self in all areas and NEVER look back! We all go through it, which one would/will you choose? I’m taking door #2 ! #progressisprogress#personaltrainer#perserverance#accountability#66dayaccountabilitychallenge#countyourblessings#behonestwithyourself#alwaysmovingforward#keepgoing#donttakelifeforgranted#bepositive#loveyourself#doorno2#flexfriday
Really wasn't feeling the gym today after an early shift and a session with my trainer yesterday. Managed 40 mins with a 334 calories burn. Not great but not bad.
Now heading home to wait for this thunderstorm that we've been threatend with. I love a good storm 🌩
This week has been filled with volunteering in DC through NALP(landscape association—fam business is a part of) and then 4 days renting a house on the bay in Maryland.
75% of it has been spent doing online homework and the 25% has been enjoying the peace and not always on the go.
It’s a time in life and being able to appreciate these moments have been great (stressful at times #thanksHW ). Sure, eating or even working out hasn’t been where I usually keep it but that’s the mental choice and I’m not stressed about that because I know that when I get back home I’m hopping back into the routine. ☺️
I have goals.
October ‘17 ➡️ July ‘18. Lost a little bit of my chin, gained a lobster 🙃 It may not be obvious to all, but I see a difference in this pictures. I remember taking the picture on the left and feeling so blah about it, while the picture on the right made me feel good about myself. .
This is a good reminder to myself that I feel my best when I am intentional with what I eat and do. I am definitely a stress eater and I’m about to be in a stressful month, so this will be challenging, but I can do it!! #facetofacefriday