Embrace your body. Love it when you feel sad, love it when you feel happy. Love it at all times. It took me so long to understand that having a six pack does not mean my body is in good shape nor do I need one to be the picture of health/fitness. Months ago I would never have posted this picture because at some point in my head I would have analysed it to the point I hated it, just one of many things that has changed on my fitness journey. Please remember you always love yourself and put yourself first before the scales or the little voice in your head that lies!
Small changes work. They do! This week I have been doing some shopping ahead of our family vacay in Mexico and, in celebration of 24lbs gone, I may have spent over $300 at @lavieenrose (whoops!) It felt so damned good to do it. That photo on the left was taken in May 2015 at my heaviest. Three babies and eating through my emotions after my dad passed away gave me a body I wanted to hide. I forgot my bathing suit ahead of the #disneysmmoms conference in Florida, so had to buy one at the gift shop. I bought, for the first time ever, a swim-dress style. A total "mom" swimsuit if I ever saw one, but I was comfortable in it because it covered my stomach, bum, and thighs. Fast forward to this week, 24lbs lost, and trying on two-pieces and gleefully sending my husband pictures saying, "should I?" AND YES I AM. I'm going to celebrate my 40th birthday on a beach, wearing a two-piece, and not hiding my body. And here's the thing, I didn't deprive myself of bread, sugar, and whatever the hell else the latest diet-trend is telling you to do. I've just been calorie counting and making better choices like maybe choosing a lettuce wrap instead of a bun, so I can have delicious bread and butter with wine the next day! I've also started jogging (I hesitate to call my speed 'running') on a treadmill at home doing #c25k and it's working. I firmly believe that 80% of weight loss is in the kitchen, but it doesn't hurt to get yourself moving more (which also gives you more calories to eat, hooray!) It's still weird putting this comparison photo out there, esp being a mommy blogger and in the public. If you know me in person, let's not talk about the @drewbarrymore inspired tattoo either. #throwbackthursday#transformationtuesday#sidebyside#progresspic#mombod#momblogger#momofthree
What's up instagram fam? (Please excuse my terrible light source) To start off the new year, I joined a Crossfit program to help reach my new years resolution of a toned body. I've decided to use my instagram account to show off my progress and help keep me motivated (and maybe others too). I missed my first class on Tuesday, unfortunately, due to a schedule mix up, so today is My first day! Looking forward to the sweat, pain, and gains in the next 6 weeks 😁😆 Week 1: 160 pounds #crossfit#ProgressPic#CrossfitRite#GymBuildTeam
🤜🏼💥 WHEN THE FEAR OF WEIGHT GAIN IS HOLDING YOU BACK 💥🤛🏼 I had a problem that many women I know face. In fact, I bet many of you face the same issue. FEAR OF WEIGHT GAIN. It’s a perfectly normal and understandable fear for women because we’ve been programmed to make a big deal about numbers. Weight, waist size, dress size, bra size… Our entire idea of the perfect body is based on a list of numbers dialed into our minds as being important. . . You want that added A size in all the right places… perhaps to compete in figure or bodybuilding, or to just have some darn muscle for once in your life. Whatever the reason, you want it but you aren’t willing to do the 1 thing required to get it - GAIN WEIGHT. I know that’s been my largest problem when it came to muscle gain. Once the scale got past a certain mark, I freak the freak out. . . So, how did I do it? I changed my mindset. I focused on how I look and feel instead of how much I weight, my dress size and waist size. I stopped the cardio madness. I ramped up the weights. And I ate to grow. . . So, ladies, I propose this - Let go of the numbers game! Toss the scale out the window. Hide the tape measure. Cut the tags out of your clothes. And do this damn thing! 👉🏼For my #skinnytostrog workout hit the link in my bio 💕#becauseyoucan#getstrong#goforit#healthy
I'm still a long way from my ultimate goal. However, I have worked hard to shift my freshers weight - I honestly hate looking at the picture on the left as I was so uncomfortable in everyday life, couldn't fit in any of my clothes and honesty felt like a human whale. Seeing as I'm graduating this year shows just how easy it is to put on and hard to get rid of. After Christmas and an all inclusive holiday I've decided to put in 3 months of strict hard work- and hopefully get some decent results. #progresspic#weightloss#health#fitness#gym#22lbsDown
It's rest day, and I've weighed in at 4 pounds lost, total! My body finally decided to get with the program, and I'm glad. I can see a difference in parts of my body, and I feel really good about that. I'm halfway through #30dayshred , unless I decide I need to add a few more days, but I won't decide until my next rest day if that will be the case. #progresspic
I know I know I know I said no Face for yalllll but i feel more confident, healthier, and even more ready to face the man in the mirror! I know it's #week2 but didn't have the time this week to show your how #week1 ended. Lost 2.5 lbs, got my pump back and couldn't feel any better. I know it's only week2 but man do I feel so much better. Not nearly as bloated. One major thing I have noticed which is making this possible I cut out all the beer I was drinking with my buddies during the week, some nights I will have a glass of red wine and the weekends for now drink what i would like but as it goes on i will be surely changing when or what I can drink! Keep on grinding! Keep on making little changes each week! We all will get there! We are the #250kchallenegefitfam , happpy grinding!! Hoorahhh! 💪🏻💪🏻#transformforlife#bodybuilding#250kchallenge#optimumnutrition#progresspic#fitfam @bodybuildingcom @transformforlife @optimumnutrition
I usually don't like to post stuff like this, but I'm pretty excited. I started keto in late November and I just passed 22 lbs down and now weigh less than I do on my driver's license. #keto#progresspic#loseit
Lets #throwback to the beginning of my home fitness journey when progress pics were still a chore. I really do look miserable on the left😂😂 So glad that I stuck with it. So glad that I can keep going💪🏼 #throwbackthursday#beforeandafter
I haven't worked out in a hot minute because I've been ridiculously busy and we've been moving and that counts as cardio right? Anyways no guilt about it! Sometimes life gets in the way of things and beating yourself up about it definitely doesn't help the situation.
Progress Pic 1/19/2017 Its insane how much your body can change if you just put the work in. To do that is a process.. It takes.. *Time *Dedication *Disapline *Determination *Self Discovery But while going through the process you learn so much about yourself! Keep pushing forward! I get this comment on a daily.."I wish I had your body" You can have my body but you need to do the above in order to get it! Are you ready to make the change?
Happy JUERNES casi VIERNES my lovely IGramerz 😁wake up, smile, start your day off right w a balanced breakfast & kickass today 👊🏽 the week is almost done; YOU got this 🤓👻maddlove27👻 #fitlatina#colombianfitgirls#breakfast
I never realised how much a dodgy shoulder would effect my performance in the gym. I thought I would just have to avoid training shoulders for a week and then be back to where I was. I pushed myself through a back workout after a weeks rest and woke up the next day in agony. I've never suffered from an injury or any kind of set back really so when I realised pouring milk into my coffee was a painful process I was quite taken back. I thought I could just train legs and abs every day until I recovered, but many of my favourite leg exercises involve upper body activation. Today was the first day I even attempted front squats again. Dropping down 30kg from what I'm used to and struggle was pretty tough mentally... But I did it. What I've realised is that you should never take your body for granted. This is just a minor injury compared to what a lot of people go through. Health is not something we can take for granted, you owe it to yourself to use your body every single day 💪🏽 #sorryabouttheessay
I did it in 2015... dropped the ball in 2016... but claiming it back in 2017. 💪🏽 __________ 2015 was a great year for me all around. I was running 3 miles a day, lifting 4 times a week, and was in the best shape of my life.. was at a weight loss of about 50 lbs.. then here comes 2016... at the beginning I was doing great. Hovered around a gain of about 10 pounds back that I was trying to drop.. then around August, idk what happened. I started getting lazy.. eating fast food a lot.. skipping the gym.. and just pretending my weight wasn't creeping back up. Before I knew it I was at a 'gain back' of about 25 pounds 😱. So on November 25th I started this Instagram acct to keep track of my journey back to being fit. December was just my warm up month.. I had a plan set in my head and the goals I wanted to achieve in 2017 written down. So here I am on day 18 of my new journey already feeling/seeing results myself and I'm loving it! 💪🏽❤👊🏽(left pic: 4 years ago. Right pic: this morning)
30 days with my monitor are almost up! 👏👏👏 Update: Apparently I've developed a heart murmur so I had an echo last week and get the results tomorrow. Can't say this experience has been fun but I have to keep reminding myself of my faith to keep pushing through and WAIT for answers. Patience is not my virtue, but I'm learning because I have no other choice. 😏 Glad to have an awesome support system in my friends and family to keep me strong when I feel weak! Anyway, while I still can without limitations I'm crushing these workouts one day at a time! 🙌 #fitmom#fitfam#fitfamily#faith#progresspic#cantstopwontstop