Fitness: Where I Was, Where I Am, Where I am Going

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

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.

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

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!

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

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!!

My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.


My journey to health and strength. Longevity and realistic goals is the key to lasting success with fitness and sell being. Slow and steady wins the race.

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:

Sports Bras

Workout Tanks

Mesh Tops



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

  • Comments ( 44 )

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    Cassie Rea

    Way to go girl!! Your story is so inspiring and needs to be heard! So many women can relate and have been/are in the same boat. It is always so good to be reminded we aren’t alone in our struggles. You should be so proud of yourself!
    XOXO, Cassie Rea

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    Kate Blue

    Get it lady! Amazing. And your workout attire is SO fun!

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    Girl your amazing and I love you entire outfit!! Gets me inspired!

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    Nicole Green

    You’re a rockstar for sharing your goals here with plans of updates. That workout top is so cute and seems like it would be super comfy too.

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    Michelle @ And Then We Tried

    My workout buddy was sick for a few weeks, and now I’ve been sick the past week so my gym schedule has been all out of whack. I’m excited to get back into it and you’re right that consistency and accountability are going to be key! Loving that mesh top, too!


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    Marette Flora

    These are the cutest workout clothes. They are so flattering and I love the colors!

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    Girl, you can do it! I can’t wait to follow along on your journey. Sometimes having an accountability partner makes it easier to stick to a routine.

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    I am right there with you! I have never been so out of shape in my life and wonder how I got this way! Lol. I love your openness and realness! You got this! xo

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    I appreciate your realness and your goals are good. I love love your outfit! Good luck. 🙂

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    Jessica Fontaine Swift

    Work it! This is so cute. I’m already shopping these recs. Thanks!

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    Caitlin Fontana

    I think it goes without saying that your outfit is amazinnggg!! I work out all the time and i have really ugly shorts and a fraying tank top that I wear hahah. I need to take some much needed fashion advice from people like you! 🙂

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    Amanda Kruse

    You go girl! This fitness attire is so fun! I love the leggings!

    Amanda ||

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    Allison @ adlibmom

    We are always hardest on ourselves. I absolutely love your outfit, the colors are great together! A good workout outfit is what helps me with my motivation.

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    It’s amazing to be able to take a step back and see where you are and where you are going. I was the same, doing really well until I unexpectedly had to have my thyroid removed 2.5 months ago, and couldn’t workout for a while. I still have trouble with the area hurting sometimes. It’s also so crazy hot out right now in Texas (97 at the moment with 107 heat index) so when it cools off I’ll get outside more. Thank you for the motivation!

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    I used to use fitness as a way to achieve a certain aesthetic I thought other people would like, but the older I get, I just care more about feeling good. Whenever I don’t eat healthy or exercise…… mood shifts downward and so I’ve decided that it’s a lifestyle change that I had to make in order to obtain that homeostasis of feeling good. Great to hear how you come into your fitness journey! 🙂

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    Michael @ Super Millennial

    Consistency is key for sure, don’t be hard on yourself you got this!

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    Good for you! I liked that you talked about making sure your mental health was met too, and remembering that this journey is to better yourself but does not mean that you’re not already beautiful! I’m doing a similar fitness journey, and I joined a Facebook group for moral support.

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    Anna English

    This workout combo is fabulous! You go girl!

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    Keep up the great work girl! Love those sneakers by the way 🙂

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    Proud of you Ruthie! You go girl!!

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    Your workout gear is SO cute!! And sounds like you’ve got yourself a great fitness plan! Get it girl!

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    This is such an inspiring post. Good luck with your fitness journey!

    -Viridianna |

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    Laura Leigh

    This is awesome Ruthie! I love these shots and your look is amazing.

    xo Laura Leigh

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    Ashley Stephenson

    Good luck on your journey! I love the workout pants!

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    Ashley Zeal

    Ruthie, I am obsessed with this post!!!! I relate so so much! I’m training for my first half right now!!! So proud of you for getting back into it — you look amazing! I truly believe anything is possible in that outfit, it is AMAZING!!!! You got this girl!!! Please share some progress posts!!!

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    Such beautiful photos! I love all your workout picks, too. I definitely am in a similar spot where I’m trying to get back on track with my health and wellness. I’m trying to do more blog posts dedicated to clean eating and working out to inspire myself, haha 🙂 Good luck! xx

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    Girl you are killing it!!

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    Girl I’m with you! I’m trying to hard to get back on the exercise train. But with crazy schedules it’s so hard. Good luck with these goals!

    Greta |

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    Melissa Damon-Moore

    Good for you girl; you inspire me! Love the pastels too!

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    Jenna Colgrove

    love this post!!

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    Get it girl! I look forward to following along on your fitness journey!

    April |

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    Having an accountability buddy when working out ALWAYS works for me – it’s the perfect push AND you can get pizza together afterwards! 😉

    Coming Up Roses

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    Get it girl! You are going places and are such a motivation!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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    Sarah K Tripp

    Way to go babe, you look so amazing!

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    Obsessed with those leggings!

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    Chanel van Reenen

    these workout clothes look so fun! definitely checking them out because then maybe I will want to go to the gym 🙂

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    thanks for sharing this!
    i’m so out of shape! i need to get back into it!

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    Such an inspiring story! You got this girl! I’m not where I used to be either and desperately need to get back there as I used to be so passionate about it as well!

    Xo megan

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    I’m not a believer in diets and cutting out food groups because they are rarely sustainable over the long haul (intuitive eating is what I teach my clients) but I’m all about working out and feeling strong and powerful! Love your workout pants!

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    With workout gear that looks like that, how could you not want to get back to it!


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    jill conyers

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m sure this resonates with a lot of your readers. You’ve got this!

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    Sandy a la Mode

    You’re really inspiring me!! You look great, and I LOVE your workout look! All of your picks are so fun!

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    angelle Marix

    Love you, gorgeous!! Love this post and so inspiring. This workout outfit is killer on you!!!!!

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    Good for you! I fell out of my workout routine and this week I realized I can definitely feel it. It’s time to get back into it!

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