Transformation…errr…Wednesday?

Hey!  How are you!?

Since I’m restarting my blog and know that I may have new readers, I wanted to share today a quick recap of my transformation and how I got where I am today.  Last week, I gave a little insight into how I got to where I was with my workouts and what I have done over the past few years but, today, I’m touching quickly on how I’ve transformed on both the inside and outside.

I shared this post yesterday evening on Facebook for #transformationtuesday and wanted to put it here on my blog, as well.  So, I am, officially, declaring today #transformationwednesday.  Is that okay with you!?  Good.  So, here we go.

I have said before that I really think transformation stories are hard and this is why…….old pictures suck.

Excuse the language.

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Looking back on my transformation isn’t always an easy thing. Sure, I like to see where I am now and I am amazed at where I was but, sometimes, looking back on my journey isn’t always easy. You see, I have always tried to live a healthy lifestyle and, in addition to that, I’ve been a fitness instructor for almost ten years…but…

During that time, I’ve gone through the darkest time in my life and, thankfully, too, one of the brightest. I’ve been a “normal” size, I’ve lost weight to the point where people told me I looked unhealthy, I’ve put that weight back on and then some, and, finally, I have reached a point where I feel the best that I ever have. It’s crazy how your inside can reflect so much on your outside. Your thoughts and your body are truly one and I’ve learned that it is crucial to take care of both.

Seeing that picture on the left makes me realize how much I wasn’t taking care of myself even though I thought I was. I mean, I was eating ‘okay’ and teaching class so that should have been enough, right? No. It wasn’t. I know, now, I was eating too much, having too many treats thinking that, “just one more isn’t going to hurt,” and I, definitely, wasn’t giving my workouts my all. So…totally, sorry to my students for that.

I’m not exactly sure what clicked last year and made me decide to make a change but I know what helped me get to where I am today. SUPPORT. A fellow instructor and I decided we were going to work on our eating, our workouts, and, basically, our overall health. We wanted to tone, build muscle, and be the best instructors that we could be. That did it. We checked in with each other everyday and it is, truly, what pushed me and made me successful.

Over the past year, I have crushed goals and have worked on my inside which, I believe, is showing through to my outside. Every day, I strive to be that support to others that my friend was to me. Just to have someone there can make all the difference in the world. I am thankful each day for the opportunity to still be an instructor to my students, a coach to my challengers, and, hopefully, an inspiration to anyone working on their fitness journey.

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My story, obviously, is longer and I could a novel on those dark times I mentioned as well as the bright ones!  However, I can’t keep you here all day and I’m sure you have other places to be and other things to read so we’ll save some of those stories for another time, okay!?

If you ever have doubt in yourself or find yourself on a path that doesn’t make you happy, make the decision to make a change, find your ‘why,’ and find those amazing people that will be your support every step of the way. It will make all the difference in the world.

Happy Wednesday!

Have you ever undergone a transformation mentally or physically?
Who do you tend to turn to for support?
(my mom, husband, and BFFs are amazing!)
Just for fun: How are you spending your last few weeks of summer!?

The Comparison Trap

Hey, Monday!

And, ohhh, heeey Monday that I have off from work.  SO nice to see you!  Well, I guess I shouldn’t say that I’m completely off because I am teaching a morning Jazzecise class but I don’t have to sit my butt in my office chair for eight hours and that’s ‘off’ enough for me!

This past week and, especially, this past weekend, I was doing something that I can’t say I’m very proud of.  I was falling into that crazy trap of comparing myself to others.  I know it happens to everyone and it happens more than we like but I try to keep it to a minimum around here.  It’s something that I have to work on and something that I’m constantly trying to improve in myself.  I am so thankful for my family, my friends, my job, my childhood, my experiences, and, well, basically, everything.  Even for those tough times I have gone through.  They weren’t easy but, in the end, I know they have made me a better person.

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So, with that being said, while I don’t envy anyone or want to be anyone else…I still have a crazy tendency to look at people that are where I want to be and tell myself that I’m not sure I’m capable of making it there.  It happens when I think about where I am professionally.  To say that I am thankful for my job is an understatement.  To say that I am happy at my job…now, that’s another thing.  Without going into crazy details about my life goals, I’ll just say that I would rather be somewhere else and doing something that provides me with, not only a challenge, but, also, something that fulfills me.  I am, currently, trying to get there and working on shifting my focus.  I am taking the first steps to branch out and expand my career in fitness while, also, trying to build a business and a brand.  Phew.  Just saying it makes me nervous.

I have been a fitness instructor for ten years.
I have recently started a business as a fitness coach.
I have blogged for five years.

Those are the thoughts that are facts.

I want to teach other classes in addition to what I do now.
I want to grow my business and use it as a significant part of my income.
I threw out my old blog and just started fresh with a new one last week.

Those are the thoughts that scare the crap out of me. 

My fear of growing and not having what it takes to get there is fueled by looking at others that are where I want to be.  Successful trainers, top fitness coaches, top bloggers – they are all inspirations to me but, on the flip side, also those that I see as having something that I don’t think I have.  I mean, they are so driven and do so well.  I’m sure that could never be me.

Thankfully, I have a wonderful team of beautiful ladies surrounding me that quickly pushed all of those negative thoughts out of my head.  They made sure to make me see how ridiculous I was being and how I have the capability to do absolutely anything that I want to.

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I have been successful, I am successful, and I will continue to be successful.
Because I want it.  Because I know the value of hard work.  Because I am driven. 

So, there you have it.

I was down.  Thinking I wasn’t good enough.  Thinking that my dreams were crazy.  Funny how quickly that can happen, right!?

I’m here, today, to share with you that you, too, are good enough.

Being yourself is all you can be so you might as well rock it.
You can do anything you put your mind to and work hard for.
Don’t ever doubt yourself.
You have what it takes.
Believe that.
Even if you have to wake up every morning and tell yourself.
Do it. 

Now, go and crush your day!

Do you ever doubt yourself or where you are in life?
What do you do when you fall into the comparison trap?
Share something that you are proud of!

Workout Wednesday

Good morning!  How is it the middle of the week already!?

Today, I thought I would touch on my fitness journey and what I’m doing today in my everyday routine.  I’ve always enjoyed mixing up what I’m doing and having a variety of things to choose from because I tend to get bored easily.  If you read my old blog or follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I’m a Jazzercise instructor and have been for a while.  Next April, it will be ten years.  Don’t even ask me where those years went because I, seriously, have no idea.  Joining and, eventually, training to be an instructor seems like a lifetime ago…but, I can say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because, after all these years, I still love it!

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(me getting ready to torture my Saturday morning class last weekend)

Anyway…I, usually, teach about 2-4 classes a week, depending on if I’ve signed up to do a weekend class or not.  I live about an hour away from the center where I teach so, a lot of the time, I’ll come and double at night so I can teach multiple classes when I’ve made the trip down.  Since I’m not close enough to teach every day or attend other’s classes, I depend on a lot of at-home workouts to supplement my classes.

Over the years, I have tried a ton of at-home workout programs…starting way back with Tae Bo and Gilad in my bedroom when I was in high school.  Please tell me someone out there knows who Gilad is!?  He was on the fitness channel and would do his workouts on the beach…I think I secretly just wanted to be on the beach and that’s why I tuned in!  Okay…anyway…fast forward through the years and I find myself, present-day, totally in love with, not only cardio, but strength training, as well.  Jazzercise classes are a combination of both so I have always incorporated both types of training into my plans but, recently, I have really buckled down on my weight work and, specifically, trying to tone and build muscle.

Last year, I came to the realization that, even though I did a lot and was teaching, running, biking, etc., I felt like I was just skating through and not really putting my all into my fitness.  I decided to really make a change and start to, not only work harder on my workouts, but, also, work harder on my nutrition, as well.  I loved Beachbody’s Turbo Fire workouts so, in addition to teaching, I started a cycle of those workouts, including both cardio and muscle work.  I, also, started paying closer attention to what I was eating.  I love food and will never restrict my diet but I concentrated on how much and when I was eating.  Through the combination of hard work, I ended up losing around 15 pounds.

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Getting to where I wanted made me feel incredible and I set a plan to work on my next goal, which was to continue to tone and build muscle.  Enter The 21 Day Fix.  I knew I wanted to start a new workout program and that seemed like the right choice at the time…and, I couldn’t have been more right!  I fell in love!  Since the latter part of last year, I have worked through multiple cycles of the Fix and have, also, moved onto 21 Day Fix Extreme.  The workouts are killer but short so it’s not hard to fit them into my schedule!  Also, the eating plan is super simple to follow.  I am not one for following specific meal plans but I use it as a guide to tell me how much I should be eating to fuel my body properly.

I am so happy to say that I am in a good place when it comes to my fitness.  I love teaching, I love challenging myself at home, and I still love to get out and do those different things I like to throw in every now and then like running and biking.  I may do a trail race in the next few weeks so I may have to switch up my routine a bit so I can get some training runs done!

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So, this post got a little wordy but I like to look back over my journey and see how far I’ve come.  I’ve had many ups and downs…there were times when I’ve struggled and others when I’ve felt on top of the world.  I think any journey in life is like that and can be expected.  However, nothing compares to when you reach the point when you know you’ve found something that works for you and something you love.  I’m there, now, and am grateful for every step I’ve taken to get here!

XOXO!

Do you workout at home?
Are you a cardio or a strength person?  Or both, like me!?
What is your current fitness routine?