Baby's First Domain Update!

February 28, 2014

My first official non-Tumblr blog post! Call me Carrie Bradshaw?! Well, maybe not yet, but almost… there are some parallels here. I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to dating, but I DO live in New York City & I AM feeling fabulous, so that counts for something, right!?! ;)

Anyway, yes, big things are happening. I chose to purchase this domain because I realized that my blog, my lifestyle, & my desire to paying it forward were an incredibly big part of my life. I've faced a lot of skepticism & naysaying in my recent attempts at Beachbody coaching, but such negativity is not needed in my life. I am not in this for the money. I am in this because it brings me a joy that not many things can match. To hear people say things such as, "You've inspired me to change." or "Hey, can you give me some pointers?" is an absolute honor. I have rewritten my story, & that is a blessing that I am eager to pass on to anyone else who's ready for it. The girl who was picked last in gym class is taking control now.

With some further reflection, I am floating beyond Cloud 9. You see, just one year ago, I was still afraid to attempt a brutal workout program appropriately titled "INSANITY." I didn't think I was "athletic" enough to handle it; I definitely saw it as a challenge that I would need to work my way up to mastering.

I completed the program today.

My final Fit Test boasts my physical improvement, my waistline demonstrates how my body has changed - but absolutely nothing can display the pride that I have in my heart. I've heard several times that I'm a go-getter; that I can bravely do anything I set my mind to. Now that I have thrived over the past 2 months, I finally believe these words. There isn't much that I'm afraid of these days. I feel that I am unstoppable.

I will say, though, that my 10K training has suffered during the Month 2 Phase, but honestly, how disappointed can I be? Running isn't too hard for me to get back into, ESPECIALLY now that I've been doing 50 minute intense cardio sessions. Plus, I DESPERATELY needed some new running shoes - which I purchased yesterday!  You don't really consider how important it is until your arches are stinging from your old sneaks! I'm happy to get back to running outside as well. Although treadmills are great for training during the wintertime, the ones at my gym automatically attempt to cool you down after an hour. Um, I'm sorry, but I'll cool down when I say I'm ready! :-D

You can't expect me to JUST train for a 10K and be satisfied, right?! Now that I've gone insane (;)), I'm going to challenge myself with another 2 month program: T25! :) I start in 3 days!!

Aside from my physical challenges, I have also made big strides in my nutritional habits. They say that 80% of your results are made in the kitchen, & I am actually seeing proof of that now. I feel like I have matured greatly in doing so, but (90% of the time) I prepare all of my meals the night before. This makes me feel more organized, more prepared, & more financially savvy. It also gives me superyummyawesome meals to anticipate!

I'm still drinking roughly 9 glasses of water per day, & I'm inspiring others (mostly my coworkers) to try the same. That feels pretty great!!

I also have faithfully been drinking Shakeology once a day for almost 2 months now. I am so in love with this stuff. It has saved me from caving on several occasions. At my workplace, we have what we call the "Sweet Shop" - copious amounts of candy that you can buy by the pound. Imagine working at this register. Did I mention this includes green apple jellybeans AND Reese's Pieces?!? It's honestly a miracle that at least 1/4 of my paycheck isn't set aside for that alone. Although I will treat myself (not to a whole pound of course… Only about $1.50's worth!!), most of the time I'll talk myself out of it. I'll think about how I just had chocolate-peanut butter deliciousness for breakfast, or I'll think of the fruity Shakeo concoction waiting for me in the employee fridge, & I remain strong. I also just feel more alert & more present in general, even on days when I have zero coffee. I am a changed woman!

Pescetarianism is still going incredibly well. I'm having a lot of fun trying out new recipes & just falling in love with vegetables in general. As a meat & potatoes child, to enjoy the taste of a tomato is a big deal for me. I've come a loooong way!!

And that's a great segue into the final anecdote I wanted to share. Yesterday, I did a tiny bit of shopping, mostly just for work pants. I grabbed a few pairs, walked into the dressing room, & anticipated the same usual routine of being discouraged by the harsh, brutally honest lighting & mirrors. Typically, when I walk into a dressing room, it becomes 10 minutes of trying on clothes & about 15 minutes of body criticism. Well. Yesterday, I walked into the dressing room. I was down to my undergarments when I looked in the mirror…. and, for the first time in my life, I smiled. No picking apart what's wrong, no negative thoughts, no overanalyzing. I looked at myself and I smiled.

I will never be able to put into words what that means to me.

If you're reading this, you deserve to know that feeling. Keep challenging yourselves & continue to be brave. You are capable, and even more deserving, of such effortless happiness.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Let's make a dent in the universe." - Steve Jobs.

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