So as you can tell I am super busy and now I always make time for working out and eating healthy that is my time to focus on me BUT, that hasn’t always been the case, I used to not care, I used to get fast food everyday, I used to make excuses that I was too busy to go to the gym or I was tired whatever excuses I could find I used!! We all have a journey, I am not perfect, I am human just like you!! The difference in now and then is that I am dedicated to my health now, I want to live long, be able to play with my kids, enjoy my life outdoors, traveling or whatever!! I have figured out what the alternative is to being healthy it’s being sick, bed ridden, stuck to a walker, or a wheel chair, heart surgery, etc... I don’t want any of that so I have decided I will be fit, I will be healthy, I want to take care of my body that God has blessed me with.
You have to decide what your life will be like, will you keep eating the “yummy” bad foods you crave now for an immediate joy, or will you think of your future and long term and start eating to fuel your body, and be healthy for your family to be able to enjoy life. Decide now don’t waste anymore time.
Ok so enough of preaching back to my journey, I had my first son at 16, before that I always played softball and other sports so I ate what I wanted and played sports, the typical teenager! After I had my son I started working out, the average girl I didn't know any better I went to the gym and only did cardio for 30 min and that was it. I still ate bad during this time, fast food, all that greasy nasty junk!! I would go to the gym here and there but no real interest in it just thought I could out cardio a bad diet and that just can't happen. I started working at my job in 2004 and met my husband neither of us went to the gym in the beginning of our relationship. We drank , ate horrible, ran on little sleep... We did that for years until about 2008 we started back at the gym a little more focused than before but not much still eating bad. Still made excuses lets go out to eat and have beers instead we will go work it off tomorrow... this goes on and on for about 5 ish more years something clicked in me I got to my largest heaviest I have ever been 186lbs pregnancy weight
I guess I had to get to rock bottom to fix it!! I started going to the gym on a regular basis lifting weights (ladies you need to lift weights to change your physic) I started to eat cleaner foods portion control . Once I started seeing results, then more results I was hooked no turning back after that. I got down to about 155 and for a long time I was just stuck at that weight, mostly because I didn't completely have my nutrition dialed in. So in this hole process I always loved makeup I am and was a makeup junkie, I started my business Instagram and my YouTube for mostly makeup posts. In trying to go my instagram and my journey and falling in love with fitness and nutrition I came across a Company called 1St Phorm , a supplement company. Their passion to help others was amazing, it wasn't even about selling the supplements but about how they can help you have a healthy lifestyle, through their customer support, their FREE transformation challenge where they give thousands of $$$ away to winners. Well after using their amazing products and seeing how much it furthered my results, I decided I want to be apart of this amazing company, so I applied to be a Legionnaire, I waited and I got a call from a coach there her name was Paula, and I got the job!!! I was so excited to become part of this company! So I decided that I wanted to make a facebook group for ladies to motivate others to be healthy as well and to share my love for 1st Phorm, this group turned into what now is a coed transformation group, I am so thankful for every single person in my group for letting me help them and always supporting me.
I started to change my Social media accounts to more focus on educating others on fitness, nutrition, and supplements, I decided I wanted to be a personal trainer (remind you I still have a full time job, 7 kids, and trying to build my social media) So the more I post about things the more people think I am crazy, why do you want to do all this when you have a good job, why waste your at home time with your family on working with clients, or building meal plans, or cooking meals for clients for hours each night... Because it is my passion I love fitness, I love the feeling I feel knowing that I am so blessed to be able to workout and buy nutritional healthy foods for my family and others, I want others to feel the feeling of loving their self again and having confidence or shoot just to see their face when they say I walked a mile for the first time in 5 years and how excited they are. That makes it all worth it to me.
Through the process of growing my social media I started following people like Megsquats, Stephi Cohen , I had gotten to the place in my training where I like to lift heavy, and these ladies were lifting insane amounts of weight, so I decided I wanted to try powerlifting, I competed at 148lb weight class and so far have competed in 4 meets, I love it so much, it is so empowering as a woman to be strong!! So after my last meet in November 2017, I decided I want to be strong and lean, not just big and strong, so I figured my own macro based nutrition plan added in some cardio and conditioning and as of this morning Jan 4, 2018 I weighed in at 135lbs, My maxes on my lifts have definitely gone down which is part of the process of losing body fat and fluff. I am still and hopefully will be blessed to train as a powerlifter for many many more years. I do plan to compete this year in USPA and USAPL in my now lower weight class. Powerlifting did push me to drop down to the lower weight which I am thankful for because maybe without it I wouldn't have even pushed my body to the max, I have never been this lean in my life and I am not even down to what I want to be yet. Your body can do amazing things if you put it to work!!!
Today I could never see myself just giving up on the gym and eating healthy, do I have cheat meals yes, do I skip the gym, on rare occasion unless my kids have something to do, then I work around their schedule. It is all about balance, I don't stress, I still count my macros and I will stay with this flexible eating for a while even when I get to a weight I want to maintain, because it works for me I like seeing it all in my app. I do try and fill all my calories with clean nutritious foods but it does allow for you to stray and still stay with in your counts.
Moral of all of this I wanted to share my journey to show you that I haven't always been fit, fitness at one point wasn't even part of my life. It doesn't matter where you are in your life you can change If you want to. If you need help I would love to help you on your journey to a healthier you. I will link below all the ways you can contact and interact with me. I hope this journey blog helps you and tells you a little bit more about me and my struggles and successes.
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