Monday, March 12, 2018

I am grateful

    The other day when I was working out I started to cry. I was a little sad but also grateful. I was grateful that....I not only have the desire to be fit, but that I am capable of pursuing it.
    I wasn't always like that this. I didn't grow up in a home of athletes and my brothers didn't play sports. My parents had to work, they didn't have time to workout.....or so it seemed.
    So how the hell did this wonderful lifestyle come to me? Well that story is long but.....I'm so glad it did.

    So, I started to cry because I GET to lift weights, go for a run or ride a bike. I GET to feel the benefits of this lifestyle, when so many people can't.
    I talk to so many women that have the desire but physically cannot because of injuries, limitations or illness. They are so desperate to do the things I usually take for granted and this day that struck me.... and I cried.
    I cried because my heart wished I could do something more for them. But I can't, all I can do is cherish every workout, even the sucky ones and continue to do my best to help as many people as possible.
    So on those days when I'm not feeling it I will say to myself "if you continue to waste the time and abilities you've been given, what will you do if they're gone. Will you wish you hadn't squandered Gods precious gifts of time, opportunity and ability or will you take control of your life and do it for those that can't?"
    In honor of everyone that can't, I PROMISE..... that I will not waste, what I've been given

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reality check

I was having a tough time a couple of days ago. I was in tears because I was feeling frustrated and discouraged. I've hit yet another plateau and I felt defeated.
As I was preparing for my weekly prayer session with a fellow coach Yvonne Rocha I told her what was going on and she snapped me out of it.
She reminded me of how far I've come and how the body works when making these huge changes. Things I already know but sometimes I don't listen to. 😊
She told me to go back in my photos and look and who I used to be vs. who I am now. She reminded me that I am stronger then I was back then. That I do things I only dreamt about doing back then. She reminded me that it's ok to feel like this as it's normal but don't wallow in it and don't let those lies and thoughts of defeat conquer me. Because that's not who I am anymore. Thank you Yvonne, you helped me get my mojo backπŸ˜ƒ
These women are my family and they hold me down EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!!
Coaching has changed my life, it's soooo much more than weight loss. It's about living your absolute best life and paying it forward alongside the most amazing people on the planetπŸ’•

So when I look at this not only do I recognize how far I've come....I remember how miserable I was back then and how I felt when I took this photo. Thankfully I haven't felt like that in a really long time

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Getting faster

Best run EVERRRRRR!! I felt so freakin' good on this run. When I say I want to cry. I love running but I thought I would just have to settle for being a slower runner. I had been running about the same pace for a couple of years. I would get a little faster sometimes but never by much. 

Then to further drive home what I thought was my destined speed in my biomechanics class I learned that some of us just have more slow twitch muscles. So, I made peace with my consistently slow pace. I mean, nothing is wrong with being a slow runner, but I wanted to be faster. So as you know I started a program called 80 Day obsession.
Well let me just tell you, I knew that working on my core and my glutes would help with my running but I had no idea that this is what I was in store for.
Today my recovery run was 1 minute and 27 seconds faster per mile than my usual pace. My whole perspective of what kind of runner I am destined to be has just changed. It used to be that I thought getting under a 10 minute mile would never happen for me.....well not anymore.  I couldn't be happier and more pumped right now. Day 40/80 #i❤️running #runningmakesmehappy

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Healtier Baked Ziti

  • 1/2 box of Whole Wheat pasta
  • 1 red container or 3/4 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 jar of all natural tomato sauce
  • 1/2lb of lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c of Italian shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp each of oregano, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, basil, sea salt, and black pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook the noodles to desired consistency, while noodles are cooking brown your ground turkey in the olive oil. Drain excess fat after browning. In a large bowl mix ricotta, sauce, spices, noodles and cooked and drained turkey. Stir well until combined. Pour mixture into a 13x9 inch pan. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20 minutes on 350 or until cheese melted and bubbly. This is by far my fav baked ziti recipe and guilt free.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

End of Phase 1

Sometimes it can be hard to see just how good your doing until you see what others can see. That's why I encourage you to take pictures while on your journey.
Sometimes I let defeatist Diane creep into my head (I stole that term from another thanks Rachel). Defeatist Diane says "Ugh!!! Your working so hard and you still have so much belly to lose" or ugh!! your arms are still so flabby"

What defeatist Diane doesn't say is " girl you killed those lunges the other day even with bad knees" she doesn't remind you that you wore a dress last night you bought too small last year and looked good in it πŸ˜. She doesn't tell you to look at that badass in those end of phase 1 photos and tell me you don't see a difference.
Don't listen to Defeatist Diane, that bish is crazyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜ƒ. Take pictures, enjoy and celebrate every victory big or small and go into every workout knowing they were designed to help you become the best version of you possible. For the last two weeks of February I will be opening my group for women that are ready to make this the year you make your comeback. Message me to grab your spot. I mean summers coming whether your ready or be ready 

Monday, January 29, 2018

2 weeks in

So here I am two weeks into this new program and I am feeling great. There are a few things that I need to do better with; Like getting in my water, making sure I am getting in my healthy fats. I am not used to cooking with oils anymore so that's quite the adjustment. And controlling my sweet tooth. But the funny thing about seeing results is it pushes you to do better where you can because you can feel and see the difference it is making.

There's nothing like waking up on the 1st day of the 3rd week of your program to feeling and seeing the difference. The progress, the blood, sweat, tears and hard work showing on your body. 

In two weeks I've lost 2 inches off my waist. Thankfully I'm being forced not to get on the scale and focus on other measures of progress. Let me tell is so much more rewarding and gratifying. 

And honestly....... let's be real ladies. The measurement that matters most to us is that midsection. So to see that number getting smaller, closer to the twenties and out of the health risk range is everything. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this journey takes me. Week 3 bring it

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's time

Early last year I was going through a pretty rough time. My heart was broken, I had just suffered a miscarriage and I was in devastating internal pain. Then I went on a 90 day health and fitness journey because...... I had to channel that hurt someplace. Besides, I needed to loose weight, so why not that way....right?

So I proceeded to lose 22.5lbs., heal a ton and get a semblance of a life back. Well, I am no longer in a heartbroken or emotionally broken state. I do need a physical and mental overhaul...if you will. So as I started the year off on a spiritual journey, I am ready for yet another physical journey. With that being said, I am going to start tackling another health and fitness goal tomorrow. This time it is for 80 days and I plan to document as much of it as possible. Including my dreaded before photos, what I am thinking, feeling and every emotional because I think your that interested. ;)

Let's start with my goal: to finally after 15 years reach my goal weight of 130lbs. I want a minimum of a four pack, toned sculpted legs with visible quad, hamstring and calf muscles. A toned, rounded, sculpted bottom and defined arms with biceps for days. I want to feel amazing and glow with energy and contagious love of life. And most importantly, I want to pass this on to you. 

Are you ready? Let go!