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My Journey Back To The Gym


It’s been 5 weeks since I stepped foot back into a gym and I’m so stinkin’ proud of myself!! I started out my first week with just 2 Strength (Lifting) Classes.  My second and third weeks I did 4 classes each week which included both Strength and HIIT classes.  I tweeked something in my back so I had to modify things a bit.  My 4th week, I was at the gym working out 5 days and then this week I will be doing the same…5 60 minute workouts.

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It’s just crazy to think how far I’ve come so far! I’m getting stronger.  I’m losing inches and weight. I am also feeling pretty darn good about myself.  I am loving my workouts and I love the challenges.  I have an awesome workout partner.  We workout really well together! I suggest getting a workout buddy!! It really helps.

Aside from my daily workouts, I’m also tracking my macros and calories every day.  I also walk at least 20 minutes daily and strive to get in my 10,000 steps every day.  This is a job that requires a degree that I do not possess.  It’s so hard to get all of the numbers just right but I think I’m on the right track.  I’m also drinking a gallon of water per day (or at least trying to).  I drink at least one Isagenix Isalean protein shake per day (somedays I do 2). I’m staying away from refined carbs and sugars as much as possible and just choosing healthier food choices.

My muscles were really sore…and I mean REALLY sore…in my first week, I have really enjoyed this journey so far and it’s just beginning.  It hasn’t been as difficult as I expected.  Once I set my mind to doing something though, I don’t look back.  I’m pretty determined to get fit and train hard.

My transformation so far. I can't believe the difference! From April on the right to May on the left.
My transformation so far. I can’t believe the difference! From April on the right to May on the left.

I have been telling myself for many years that I don’t have time to workout.  I just wasn’t ready.  You have to be mentally prepared for something like this.  If you’re not committed, then you won’t be successful and you won’t stick with it.  I lose about 2 hours out of my day 5 days a week because of my workouts but it’s so worth it.  The rewards far out way the time I’m losing.  If you are struggling to commit to daily exercise, reach out to me! I’d love to tell you more about my story and I’d love to hear yours and maybe I can motivate you to get your booty moving more!

Have a happy, healthy day!

~Michelle

My secret to living a happy life…

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Happy March!! It’s hard to believe the winter months here in Indiana are almost behind us! I’m not a big fan of winter, however I really do love the changing seasons and the pretty white snow after a big snow storm is beautiful.  It’s just too cold and messy! 😉

Today I want to share with you something that is truly important to me and makes me who I am.  I was recently invited to be a part of a Christian blog talk radio show.  After much prayer and thought, I decided to go for it! Yes, my plate runneth over with far too many commitments and responsibilities, but I felt like this was not only a huge challenge for me that’s way out of my comfort zone but it’s also a great way to reach people who are seeking spiritual health as well as physical health and wellness.  So, I will be talking about my Christian journey along a path to better health and wellness.  Hopefully I can inspire a few people…at least that’s my plan!

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Someone asked my husband recently if I was, “Always so happy!” This person is someone I have met in person only once but she sees my posts on social media.  I apparently exude happiness on Facebook which is awesome! Now, he told me that he told her that yes, my wife is always happy for the most part.  I have my moments…trust me! But he’s right! For the most part, I am a very happy person these days.  I haven’t always been happy and I’d say it’s been a struggle over the last 5 years or so.

You see, 5 years ago my family of 6 moved from the area where my husband and I grew up in Illinois to central Indiana which was 3 hours away.  We left behind our parents and siblings and of course friends, coworkers, neighbors and etc. for my husband to pursue a new career.  It wasn’t easy but yet it was something I was so excited about! I wasn’t happy living in our small rural community.  I was bored.  I was lonely.  I just needed more out of life.  We had a great small church community but this church was not “my type” of church.  Singing hymnal music just doesn’t get me as hyped up and happy as singing “I Will Follow You” by Chris Tomlin.  Anyway, back to our move…it was hardest on our family’s to see us move away because over the past 5 years, we’ve built ourselves a pretty amazing life.  We’ve struggled a lot! We’ve had financial burdens that we should never have had to deal with.  We’ve had family drama.  We’ve had disappointment and sadness.  We’ve had to make new friends and meet new people which has helped me get over my shyness a bit.  The best part about this move is that my husband and I really had to rely and lean on each other.  We also found a church home we love and our family is more centered around God.  I’ve found over the years that just when you think you can’t possibly take any more, God steps in and comforts you.  He’s always there for us.  He’s pushed us to almost our breaking point but in doing so, he’s brought us closer to him.  We pray and we know He’s got our backs.  I think what helps me to remain so “happy” is that I’ve come to accept that everything happens for a reason and that God has a plan for me.  If something doesn’t go the way I hoped it would or thought it should, I know that it’s because He has a plan.  Everything always works out exactly as it’s supposed to.  I don’t worry or stress about stuff like I used to.  I also don’t get offended as easily as I used to.  I pray a lot and I’m thankful for all that God has given me.

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We’ve been through some crazy stuff over the past 6 months.  Our home we were renting was hit my lightning which resulted in a fire.  At the time, we were looking to rent an apartment until the home we were building was finished.  The guy who owned the house we were renting had put our house up for sale so we were going to have to find a temporary place to live while our home was being built.  In the mean time, the entire process of fixing and repairing the rental we were in took way longer than it should have and we were able to stay there until our home was finished and we got to move in a week before Christmas.  It’s amazing how it all worked out!! It worked out exactly as God had planned for us.

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My secret to living a happy life is simple, stop stressing and worrying about the things you have no control over.  Reach out to God and let him lead you where you are supposed to go.  He has a plan for your life.  You may struggle before you find peace.  You may think you can’t take anymore pain, disappointment, sadness, etc but you can and you will come out on top.  Trust that He has your back and that He will lead you on an amazing journey.  He never gives us more than we can handle.  Going through those tough times is what brings us closer to him.  Knowing that He has a plan for my life, makes me happy.  Knowing that I’m exactly where He wants me to be makes me happy.  Turn to God and just be happy with all that He’s blessed you with.

Have an amazing Tuesday!

~ Michelle