Tomorrow starts week 2 of my current Challenge Group. So far the energy has been great and a few of my challengers who’ve already weighed themselves has already lost weight! I can’t even begin to describe my excitement. It brings me joy that people are having more energy and feeling good about themselves. The truth is, anyone on their fitness journey at some point starts reflecting. What I mean is, we start thinking in a different way once we’re truly in made the decision to meet our goal or have already met our goal. Atleast I have. I literally feel like a different person .
Nutrition and Fitness are important but the key to lifelong change is beyond motivation! Its about finding the right balance and accepting yourself no matter what life throws at you. This lifestyle should be more than a number on the scale and counting calories. It has to be about a whole lifestyle of taking care of yourself and focusing on wellness and wholeness. It has to be about becoming the strongest version of yourself.
For those of you who don’t know me and haven’t read up on my story, Im a driven mom of two. Ive always been heavier for my size. Ive never been morbidly obese, but I weighed in at over 210 lbs with both pregnancies.I gained over 55 lbs with both pregnancies and when my second was born, he was born with aortic stenosis and laryngomalacia. 5 weeks in the NICU put a lot of stress on not only me, but my family.My mom was also recovering from battling breast cancer. I was that person who knew how to remain strong because lets just face it, you never know how strong you are until you have to be. My son never ate well, slept well and I always went to bed worried in the beginning. I don’t really think my body had a chance to heal and instead, held on to everything including stress. Stress makes us sick, tired, moody, depressed, and not ourselves . I decided it was finally time to make a change. I always felt out of breath, sluggish and never felt good about myself.Then I found out I had thyroid issues. My doctor confirmed with me that I needed to lose weight or I would become diabetic. SO it was then that I never looked back . I decided to decrease my work days to stay home with both of my kids and I think this made me feel even more tired considering my son has 4 different therapy sessions on my days off and lets just face it, parenting is a lot of work yet so priceless . Im glad I made a decision to make my health and happiness a priority.
Throughout my journey so far, I can say that Im now truly accepting myself because Im the most happiest, confident , and strongest version of myself. Ive come to realize that the scale should never be something we can rely on. Our weight fluctuates. We lose, we gain and its never ending.
Setting small weekly goals has been my ultimate motivation aside from becoming stronger than ever .My goal weight was exactly that: a goal. It was a goal made at a certain time in my life when I needed a number on the scale to keep me motivated toward slimming down. I needed that number, I needed that reassurance that my body was indeed changing, no matter the minute. The scale was my friend, not my enemy – and we became closer, the harder I worked. My body has changed, different milestones in my life have happened, and my goals are now a bit different.
If you let yourself reach a certain goal, you’ll lack inspiration to push forward and keep being a better version of yourself. Every day, you should strive to be a better person – that doesn’t necessarily need to be about health, it can be about anything (work, family, relationships, etc). This is exactly where Im at today. We have different seasons in our lives where things tend to be off balanced and we just have to learn to roll with the punches and keep pushing to get better .
My new goal is to remain focused on continuing to be a better mom and wife. But I know the key to that formula is to always work on myself. A healthier lifestyle creates healthy habits for both my family and I. I’ve realized that throughout my fit journey and starting my own coaching business, something I’ve enjoyed most is inspiring others to reach their health goals. Every time I see a post on my social media that says, “I saw this picture and thn I went to the gym!” I smile and feel a rush of happiness immediately. Maybe this job is meant for me because I love it. For now , Im going to continue doing what I love and always striving to get better at it. Ive learned that Im a work in progress. I also know that we have bad days. When we do, its important to keep pushing through, accepting yourself and loving who you are because its all about taking it one day at a time.
Regardless, we’re all works in progress – embrace it!