What you see here is an illusion. That’s right - it’s a snapshot of confidence. But there is truth behind this photo. Something that will unit us. The last two years has been the hardest. I’ve gone through a lot to feel confident enough to share with you my inner thoughts (and I’ll probably question it in the morning). This life is hard. It will knock you down. You will pray for the day you can come up for air. You will visualize what that feels like. And you will push yourself hard enough because you know that day does exist - and it does exist. In the last two years, I’ve moved across country, had major issues to handle in my job as a public affairs officer that led to walking pneumonia - got divorced, while mothering two amazing kids. I was tired. In all that, I tried to keep my patience, faith, and sanity. I’ve wanted to give-up, as I told myself I wasn’t sure if I was strong enough to handle it all. I prayed and I focused through spiritual practices, friends and exercise...and made my focus “one moment at a time.” So here is what I can tell you...you will breathe again. You will love your life again. You will smile again. Stay focused on pushing through the pain. The other side is so rewarding. The other side will come. #health#healthylifestyle#fitness#fit#fitnessmotivation#quotes#quoteoftheday#love#life#workout#balance#mama#fitmama
New home. Good bye California. Hello North Carolina. I'm not going to lie it's been hard keeping a workout schedule while moving - but I'm getting a few days in a week and watching my food like crazy. Intermittent fasting is life during major transitions and my strength training to help me in time of need. This IS the reason I live the fit life. Next week I'll be back on track and back to posting. #lifestyle#mural#art#california#northcarolina#fasting#fitness#fitnessmotivation#weights#gym#otg
Moving day. Mixed emotions. "I made it the mantra of those days; when I paused before yet another series of switchbacks or skidded down knee-jarring slopes (of life)...I asked, often out loud: Who is tougher than me?
The answer was always the same, and even when I knew absolutely there was no way on this earth that it was true, I said it anyway: No one.
Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power." Cheryl Strayed
Listen. I have a bed tonight, clean clothes, shower, food - the people of south Texas don't. It's not a lot - but if all 1,800 of my friends do the same it's $18,000. And if you share and they do they same...well you can imagine the ripple effect. It's ten bucks. #redcross#texas
So...I don't share a lot in a bikini here we go. No filter. I have stretch marks from two kids. I don't have a six pack even though I workout 6 days a week...BUT I am strong and healthy. That's what I want my daughter and my son to be - fit, strong, healthy, and confident. I share this with you because you should know my insecurities and my imperfections even though it makes me uncomfortable - we all have them and it doesn't make us any less. It makes us human. Go do what makes you strong. #fitmom#mindfulness#fitness#girlswholift#workout#pool#life #
There's the pose and then reality....long week at work - first week of school for the kids...needless to say we are all a little tired. I'm lucky I made it here. Working out and building my strength keeps my mind right. And yes, I still bought them pizza tonight...can't win at everything #girlswholift#fitness#life#workout#fitfam#fitnessmotivation#fitfam
The question is do you run away when you are scared or challenge yourself to confront the truth? Do you breathe deep and jump? Do you challenge your fears, your comfort zone to really live a life of emotional freedom - or do you turn your back? The only way to get better at fear is to face it. We all feel it. Everyday. But every time you turn around and turn away - life will find away to expose you again until you jump. So...if you feel discomfort, if you feel scared...know that you've met your match. #fitmom#quotes#life#fear#healthy#fitness#mind#mindfulness#girlswholift
One. I think I like this shirt - hence it showing up in a lot of pictures. Two. This pump only last for like an hour and I looooveee it! Arms are my favorite (follow the Powell's transformation app - they have both male and female weight lifting workouts) - it makes you feel so strong! Three. I found a new gym, which I needed to get out of my 'slacker' space. Yes, I've been cycling and running/walking but for me that just maintains my body weight and decreases my muscle mass - and makes me soooo hungry. So anyways...hi everyone. Have an awesome Friday #motivation#fitness#friday#fit#fitmom#girlswholift#arms
Sometimes you get to be proud of your progress instead of always wanting more or breaking apart your entire self. Traveling across country, working a new temporary job, handling children in a place that's not their own, knee and ankle pain, poor sleep, etc. Instagram hides all these things. Sometimes a win is just showing up and doing the best you can. I didn't want to show up - I wanted a glass of wine and to watch the bachelorette...and some days I will JUST be lucky enough to make it there. But I had to force myself to do what I needed to do. #progress#progressnotperfection#youarebeautiful#health#life#fit#love#fitness#fit
I was only able to workout three times this week with all the travel and time zone adjustment - but I was at least able to keep this muscle mass. Feeling much better and starting Tabata training tomorrow. Ready. Massive body reset includes: charcoal pills, intermittent fasting and melatonin for sleep. High protein and tons of water. #sundayfunday#health#life#fit#gym#reset#fasting#work#workout#arms
Find a flower to smell (even if it's fake and you want to pose with it). Find people that make you feel loved. Find something to smile about even when it's hard. Find it. Because when it's all said and done and you're about leave this earth you will reflect on what you should have done - the chances you should have taken - the love you should have felt and given to people. Find it. Find your tribe and give it all you have. #fit#quotes#life#love#friends#family#health#balance
I once had a therapist ask me - what do you want (kind of like the line from the Notebook)...really, what do you want? I quickly snapped back in tears, I don't know. I just want to breathe and feel calm and acceptance for the place that I am in. So you want peace she said. Yes, that's what I want - peace. That was the moment I started chasing peace. Asking myself every time something occurred or was about to - would this or did this bring me peace? And if it didn't the course or decision had to be changed. Happiness is fleeting, so is sadness and pain. But peace can be maintained because it is a choice. Making and allowing people and things into my life that bring me peace is a priority. It's hard, and takes effort, and of course I mess up...but peace is always the priority. #quotes#motivation#motivationalquotes#peace#fitmama#girlswholift#balance
When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that's when it starts. That's the hurt locker. Winners love it in there.” –Chris McCormack ...♀️Download the Peloton app a few weeks ago - in love. I've been doing the HIIT training on there and less weights. And am feeling stronger and leaner. So...cycling and leg day. #fitmama#girlswholift#gym#work#friday#legs#cycling
Have you ever thought that seeing results takes forevvvvvveeer? Well. It does. The scale is at the same place and I've felt a little stuck. So this week I will add a little more HIIT and more reps with less weight. Please know that sometimes your mental and physical transformation sucks and it's hard, and you don't want to do it. But you will be so proud of yourself if you don't make decisions based on how hard things are and if you're feeling tired I am also fascia blasting like a crazy person and then using cold therapy to recover my muscles. Remember if you're stuck there is a reason. Do you need more calories or less? Do you need more cardio or less? To you need to add another weight training day or another recovery day? Body hack yourself. Test things out (don't be scared) write it down and then see what happens. Years -- not days is how long it takes to see full blown transformation...every day is chipping at that process so focus there. #fit#fitfam#workout#work#saturday#gym#girlswholift#fitmama