I have struggled with my weight my whole life.
As a child in dance, I was always the fat girl. In middle school, I remember a girl saying to me, “Well, you have a pretty face...” (HINT: never say that to someone in this context. It’s not helping.)
I worked really hard in high school and college, exercising regularly, watching what I ate, and got to a place where I could go clothes shopping and easily find things I liked.
When I was pregnant with my girl, I let the “eating for two” thing go too far. I gained 70 pounds. I didn’t lose much after giving birth and was the heaviest I’d been in my life. Superficially, I wanted to look better. But physically, I just wanted to feel better too.
I tried every diet I could. Nothing worked. I had blood work done and was normal. I even saw a sleep specialist thinking maybe my sleep was hindering my weight loss (sleep is important, y’all!).
Finally I won a contest along with two other moms where we were given a medical diet treatment and personal training sessions. I had success! I was down to my goal weight. I felt GREAT and kept it off for a few years.
Then life happened and I gained a LOT of it back. And that’s where I’ve been for the past couple years.
But - I know that I AM capable of getting to that healthy place again. I have a goal of completing a specific 6-week exercise program. It’s at least 30 minutes each day, 6 days a week.
Yesterday, I wasn’t able to work out. Do you know what I did today? I completed both yesterday’s and today’s workouts. Do you know why? Because #priorities.
I wake up at 4am to spend time with God and get my workout in. I have as much time as everyone else in a day. I work full time, I’m also building a side business, I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a mentor, and a leader.
But I can’t be any of those things if I don’t stick to my priorities, including being the healthiest version of myself that I can be. It takes sacrifice, it takes giving myself grace at times, and it takes work. But friends, I want to give the best of me to you. You are worth it.
What are YOUR priorities?