AWESOME GIVEAWAY from Inspired Fitness and Diets In Review

I have an amazing Giveaway going on starting tomorrow on my Inspired Fitness Facebook Page.  Please hop on over to my page and enter the Giveaway to win 1 of 5 Prize Packs which include a DIR Cook Book – Measuring Cup – T-Shirt.

This company is amazing!  I won one of the most fabulous prizes a girl could ever ask for from Diets In Review in 2011.  I won an Cybex Arc Trainer.  For those of you that don’t know the Arc Trainer is the best Cross Trainer and THE Best Piece of cardio equipment on the market!!!!

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Ups & Downs

With all of the Ups in life we are bound to have Downs as well.  I am a prime example of both.  Currently I am going through a Down period in my life.  Life is a little difficult, I am having some health issues as well which means since October of 2012 through today I have gained back 15lbs.  Yes, I said it….I have GAINED 15 lbs. 

A weight loss journey is just that, a journey.  It will be full of ups and downs and twist and turns.  Some of the things we have no control over but what we do have is the control of how we react.  

With the downs that I have been having I have developed some stomach issues which the Doctors are trying to figure out.  Certain foods I cannot tolerate and then there are certain foods that I can and of course the ones that I can tolerate are not good for me.  So, do I continue eating the stuff that is bad for me and not have my belly hurt all the time or do I eat the stuff that is healthier and risk having nausea and bloating and a constant pain in my gut or do I just go to a Gluten Free liquid diet until they can give me a diagnosis? 

All I can say is this….I am miserable….I am tired….I am irritable….I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin right now.  It has been a very long time since I have felt this way.  What am I gonna do about it????  I am going to start eating all the right things again, clean eating only….I am going to deal with the pain the best that I can because eating clean is better for me then eating the other stuff.  I am going to concentrate more on me instead of putting myself on the back burner so much. I will do what ever I need to do to get myself back to that good place in my life.  I will remind myself that I have been in worse situations and I have always come out victorious and that This Too Shall Pass! 

I will over come because I AM WORTH IT!!!!


The Faces of My Journey

The Faces of My Journey

I look back at all of the different ways that my face has changed through out my journey and it just amazes me. The smile may have always been the same but the person on the inside was not very happy with the person on the outside.

The first picture on the left is where I began at 277 lbs. It is the picture of a person who loves life but was miserable within. My inner self did not match my outer self.

The second picture was a few months into my journey. This sweet little girl is one of the reasons I decided it was time to work on the outside part of who I was. I wanted to be able to get down on the floor and play with her without struggling to stand back up.

The third picture is a picture of me right after a work out. It is a picture of a person who is fighting for her life and happiness. It is a person who was willing to do whatever hard work that needed to be done through blood – sweat – tears to get in shape.

The bottom left picture is me sporting my Go Sport ID. Smiling at how far I have come and how much further I still had to go and knowing that I had already accomplished so much.

The bottom middle picture is me on my 45th Birthday. So happy to know that I could finally wear something cute and sexy without feeling so self conscience but instead very confident in my own skin.

The bottom right is a picture of SUCCESS. I am still not where I want to be but I am in a much better place then I was in the first picture. I am confident and not conceited. I am now a business owner of Inspired Fitness – Certified Personal Trainer – Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Boot Camp Instructor. I love sharing my story with others and letting them see that I was where they are….that I have had to work hard just as they are to get to the point that I am at today. That I am still on my journey and still fighting for the life I love and the life I want to keep. All the while knowing that “I AM WORTH IT”

March Madness

I know that it is March Madness time but quite honestly I am ready for the madness to be over.  My life, to say the least, has been in madness mode for quite a few months.

I have been a fighter all my life and have held on to be strong through all obstacles, twist and turns that my life has taken me.  The past few months have been no different, but quite honestly, I am a little tired of being strong right now.  I am ready to just Let Go and allow Life to Happen and not hold anything back or anything in.

So world, if you thought I was opinionated and vocal already, Look Out 🙂