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.
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.
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!
I’ve always been someone who wears makeup, does her hair and tries to look presentable in public. People have often made me feel like this was just “too much” or “who am I trying to impress”. Until a few months ago, I never really thought much about WHY I do it. I have always wanted to look my best. Even when I’m just staying at home all day, I will do my hair and makeup. Lately, I’ve realized that my confidence level is so much higher than ever before. I feel comfortable in my own skin and I know that it has a lot to do with what I see in the mirror. I don’t go out with my hair curled and my makeup on to impress anyone. I do it for ME!!
When my hair is curled, I feel a little sassier & happier. My curls give me a little pep in my step and a bigger smile on my face. And now that I’m more confident in my makeup application (thanks to my newest endeavor), I have realized I’m more outgoing & more talkative and open with people and I know it’s because I feel good about my appearance. If I have a day when I don’t wear makeup (which rarely happens) or I pull my hair back in a ponytail, I just don’t feel like I get as much accomplished. I’m definitely not out and about talking it up with others as much & I just don’t feel as good about myself.
Please understand this…I don’t think anyone’s confidence in themselves is based on appearance alone. I just know that for me personally, I feel more confident when I feel good about how I look. If you are confident without makeup & with your hair in a ponytail, then rock it!! My point to writing this is to share why I always try to look my best. To explain to those who don’t get it, why I always have makeup on or my hair done. You don’t have to agree!
When I look in the mirror and I see those beautiful curls, my big brown eyes and those beautiful lashes, chiseled cheekbones and a pretty lipstick…I feel confidence! I’m not trying to impress anyone. I just feel better about me when I’m put together. I just feel happier and smile more these days. I am loving how I feel. I love it when people compliment me on how nice I look sure…but I’m not going out every day looking for compliments. I want others to feel the same way I do…comfortable, confident and happy in my own skin. Far too many women are not confident with what they see in the mirror, but they can be. If a little makeup and some curls makes us feel better about ourselves, what’s wrong with that? A world with women who love themselves & feel good about themselves…that’s my mission. Sure I could stand to lose a few pounds (ok 30). I could have whiter teeth and fewer wrinkles. I have one eye smaller than the other and etc. etc. but I know that when I feel I look my best, I give the world the best version of me. Trust me, the world appreciates me more with a little makeup & curls! 😉
And for the record, I teach my 7 year old daughter that she is beautiful without makeup and that Mommy wears it because it just makes me feel prettier and that’s the truth. I see makeup as a way to enhance our “natural” beauty.
There are so many busy, overworked, tired and sometimes crabby Moms in the world today. I often think about the Mom I was just 5 years ago. I wasn’t a happy, energetic Mom. Looking back now, I feel like I was just getting by every day. I did my many duties for my family with very little time for myself. I was a stay-at-home Mom of 4 kids and we did struggle financially back then. I tried different ways to make some extra money but in the end, I just didn’t have the time or energy. I knew there was something missing in my life. I knew I wasn’t taking care of me. I wasn’t eating as healthy as I should. I wasn’t as physically active as I could have been. I had extra pounds to lose but I it wasn’t doing anything to try and change anything. I was just going through the motions every day and counting down the hours every day until my husband came home from work and the kids went to bed.
Eventually my family and I relocated out of state and that was the best thing ever for me. I had a fresh start. I had to get out and meet new people and explore my new surroundings. I got to try new things and gained my confidence back. But I still wasn’t taking care of my health. One day it just hit me that in the end, I’m the only one who can give my kids a happy healthy mom who loves life. I knew my kids deserved a happy, healthy mom and I knew I deserved it. I knew I wanted to be around for them as long as I could and the only way to ensure that was to take better care of myself. I had to eat healthier. I had to workout regularly. I had to make time for me.
It’s taken me 5 years to get where I’m at and I’m still a work in progress but I am happy and I am healthy. I take care of myself and I definitely don’t dwell on things like I used to. I’m in charge of my own happiness. If I’m miserable, unhappy, discouraged, depressed or etc., ultimately I’m the only one who can make a change in my life to make things better. Too many people complain about things they just aren’t willing to change. So stop complaining and stop being unhappy. Your kids deserve better and so do you. If you aren’t happy with your weight, guess what? You are the only one who can change that. If you aren’t happy with your current job or lack of one, you are the one to change that too. Whatever it is that makes you unhappy can be changed. You can find happiness! I honestly believe that being truly happy with life also means you take care of your health. Being overweight, sick, tired and dealing with all sorts of health ailments can really bring someone down. I’m here to help you in anyway that I can, please reach out to me. Don’t give up! Be happy and love life!!