Gosh, where do I even begin!? I realized last week that it has been an entire year since I have written about anything fitness related (see the posts here here and here)!! It has been a relatively hard year in the realm of health and fitness… I have found it really difficult to get back into a groove. Today I wanted to share a little about my fitness journey over the years. It was something I used to be ridiculously passionate about. In fact, one of the blogs that I had in the past was completely dedicated to fitness and clean eating. To be completely transparent with you all, I want to get back there again. Fit, strong and eating healthy.
Where I Was
Right after I had Judah, I was fed up. I was sick of being over weight, tired and in my mind not that attractive. I decided enough was enough. A friend of mine joined me in my efforts and for approximately 6 months hard core we held each other accountable to eat clean and work out several times per week. We were diligent, had cheat meals, but never let each other give up. At the same time I signed up for a few races and began to train for my first 1/2 marathon. My friend Sam and I continued to support one another with clean eating for months to come (We still talk about this season wishing we were still so disciplined). I trained for my first 1/2 with my best friend Alayna and at the same time we also held each other accountable to documenting in our MyfitnessPal app daily (she still does!! #goals). I was also training in the gym several times a week. A huge motivating factor at the time was moving to CA and wanting to be in super good shape. I was at my smallest then, 143 to be exact and was able to maintain that weight once I moved to CA for about a year. My other bestie Car was getting married the following year and I wanted to look killer for her big day, so I continued to work hard and eat well my first year here!
Where I Am
Fast forward a few years and here we are. As time went on my focus shifted from health and fitness to survival. I began working night shifts a lot and this put a toll on me in many ways. You end up eating during the night, not working out during the day due to over exhaustion, and then doing that over and over again. In addition, our schedules were so insane that I found myself at a drive through multiple times a week indulging on fries and addicted to Diet Coke. Once I got out of the job that was night shift only, my schedule was still so all over the place with work and the kids that I wasn’t able to feel the will-power to get my health back under control. I would have a good day or a good week and then fall off again.
Recently I found myself in the midst of a hard reality and several break downs. I decided, I am done and now is a great time to get back in a groove. I have a set work schedule with the exception of one day off per week, I can bring my food to work no problem and I am surrounded by endless support by Ben, close friends and those I work with. I made up my mind. Now is the time and I can do it again. I started taking Spin classes, Zumba, yoga and strength training classes at the gym. Working out with other people is always motivating and I always accomplish more. Back to paleo and documenting in MyFitnessPal. Paleo and I get along really well. My body thrives with no grains, no sugar and no dairy. I am not perfect with this lifestyle of eating by any means but I am going in this direction. It has been a few weeks of consistency and I feel like I am FINALLY getting things back in control!!
Where I Am Going
I am not looking to be 143 pounds again, although if I get there I won’t be mad! Here is my focus:
- Consistency: I am choosing classes I love and sticking to them. I am choosing a way of eating that I know works and sticking to it 90% of the time. I think one of the main keys to success with ANYTHING is being consistent so I am going hard after that!! In addition I will be documenting in MyFitnessPal daily
- Accountability: My vulnerability in sharing this journey with you all here is a way for me to be accountable with myself. I work with several people that are constantly checking in as well as good friends and Ben, as I had mentioned before. Accountability is a necessity for forward progression. I will be doing a follow up post in September and October with you all and then go from there!
- A Sound Mind: Mentally I have been SO HARD ON MYSELF. Life is not always easy. Yes, sometimes I have made excuses and then most of the time I have come last and as a result my body has suffered. This is life…. family and responsibility take over and also take precedent, but need to find a way to juggle it all, mostly in pertains to food. At the end of the day what we say, what we believe, what we take in, is what we become. Circumstances are almost never ideal but we have to make a choice to believe that we are capable and amazing, and BEAUTIFUL no matter what. Its more than size and weight. Its about being healthy and strong ALL around that really matters to me. How I think about myself not only affects me, but it affects my girls. A sound mind is #1 right now for me.
Outfit Details: Workout gear is my favorite and if I were to be completely honest, its what you will find me in at home 95% at home! I am all about comfort but also style when it comes to my workout clothes!! This top is my FAVORITE purchase from the Nordstrom sale! The mesh is so fun and the thumb detail is a must on a top like this!! You can grab yours here! These pants are sadly sold out but these are similar and everything linked below are from the same line!! INCREDIBLE quality and my fave is that they don’t roll down during workouts! You can find a similar pair here! My sneakers I have had since earlier this year and they are quite easily the most comfy pair I own and they are so affordable!
Favorite Workout Gear:
More fitness posts coming your way!! This is a great way for me to keep yall in the loop and for me to also stay accountable!! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!!
All Photos By: Nicole Quiroz