Sustainable Lifestyle Coach/Blogger
75lb lifetime weight-loss
Team ADO #reversedietingworks
1st Phorm Legionnaire
Today, I turn 38!
Last year I was right in the middle of this crazy fitness journey and shared that I was in the best shape of my life, but today, I’m in the best shape, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
It took me a long time to get to this place, but I’m glad I found my way. Life hasn’t been easy, but I truly believe the things I have had to overcome has made me into this woman today. It has been through truly loving myself for a change that has resulted in me living and having the inner peace I have craved for so long. —————————————
The main lessons I have learned are it’s ok to put myself first, to honor my body, be humble, don’t compare, never give up, be a good friend, never settle, and help lift others up along the way. —————————————
I have been fortunate to connect (they’re all tagged ) with some amazing women who have lifted me up and inspired me because they are amazing at what they do. Some are new friends and some I’ve known for years. They’re mothers, some are my sisters in arms, athletes, coaches, entrepreneurs ... basically badasses who have helped fill me up with so much good, made me realize my potential, and in some cases were there for me during some of my darkest moments. So from the bottom of my heart thank you! I’m definitely not afraid of getting older because I feel like the best is yet to come. PC: @tiffanyalanooriphoto HAMU: @jessa_brennan#ageisjustanumber#birthdaygirl#healthymindbodyandsoul#selfloveisthebestlove#lifelessons#resiliantaf#transformationtuesday#strongwomenlifteachotherup#selfloveaz#fitfam#womenempowerment
I used to hate Mondays, but in an effort to shift my thinking away from more negativity and as I have evolved I now look forward to them more because it’s another day I can inch toward my long term goals! Whatever works right?
I love training shoulders and delts are built by hitting them from multiple angles. Remember ladies, muscle building takes time, consistency, and eating! Here’s a simple workout using my favorite movements, and all you need is a barbell and some dumbbells. Adjust the sets and reps based on your ability and lifting level. As always, make sure the weight is challenging enough, but keep good form.
4 x 8
4 x 10
DB front raises
3 x 15
DB lateral raises
3 x 15
DB bent over rear delt raises
3 x 15
**Reverse Diet Update**
No change in the scale this week despite traveling and this is a great spot to be in. My post yesterday I showed my what travel hacks are, but like I said there are really no hacks as much as being smart about choices and practicing moderation. I’m also happy to say I did a photoshoot without dieting down. To prepare I reversed the whole time when initially my goal was to diet. As I continued my reverse I decided I did NOT want to diet down because I wanted to show others a more realistic, healthy example and I was completely happy with where I am at.
Reverse dieting after a fat loss phase has been a game changer for me in more ways than one. I’m where I want to be and while eating 2500 calories most days I have more energy and am experiencing the body composition changes I’ve been after. My body continues to change for the better. The best advice I can give you ladies is simple, don’t be afraid of the scale! ♀️ Trust me when I say the few extra pounds will help you to look better and worth just feeling healthy overall and it’s likely from carbs!
The best part of eating plenty is having the ability to not binge or go overboard because I no longer restrict myself. Ladies, if you aren’t willing to do something different you will continue to get the same results. This is why I am sharing this process because like many of you I was stuck in the same mindset. Hands down I’m glad I tried a different approach because it’s not only helped me to look the way I want, but I’ve experienced so much mental freedom. #myfitnessjourney#reversedietingworks#300pluscarbclub#2500calories#freedomfromguilt#allthefood#healthymindandbody#fitfam#bodytransformation#bodyrecomposition#athleteinthemaking#bodybuilding#militarymuscle#fitnessismypassion#adofitness#iam1stphorm#duespaid
What does fitness mean to you?
For years and years I struggled with my weight and self image issues. —————————————
As women we get conditioned at an early age to restrict so that we can be smaller and skinner. ♀️ As an overweight child and teenager I would get told by my mother eat this and not that and I would always get compared to “the smaller girls.” I always felt pressure to be a certain way even if it meant going through restrictive miserable processes to get there.
When I graduated high school I tipped the scale at more than 200lbs and was the product of simply living an unhealthy lifestyle. There were clear reasons as to why I got to that place. After managing to get a better grip on things I became that woman who constantly yo-yo dieted because I wanted to loose those last pesky 15 pounds, but my problem was I hated myself along the way and had such a horrible relationship with food. —————————————
Today I know better. I practice proven sustainable methods, built a lifestyle to fit the way I want to look and feel, love myself and the body that I’m in, and have a healthy relationship with food. To me this is fitness and while the craze has been to feel the need to diet down for photoshoots I decided to do the opposite. Instead I wanted to show what is more realistic and sustainable. What you see is healthy and I’m happy to be part of a new movement within an industry that has preached shitty restrictive methods for so long while preying on the insecurities of so many. My main goal with my platform is to show other women you don’t have to be miserable to walk around in the body you want. So tell me what does fitness mean to you? Photo: @tiffanyalanooriphoto HAMU: @jessa_brennan#whathealthylookslike#bestself#loveyourselffirst#yourebeautifuljustthewayyouare#healthymindbody#womenempowerment#stopdietingandrethink#sustainableliving#bodytransformation#flexibledieting#militarymuscle#reversedietingworks#selfloveaz#adofitness#iam1stphorm