My Journey

Welcome! This is an exciting adventure that we are on and we are thrilled that we can share it with you. I wanted to write today and share with you why I have decided to make health and fitness a priority in my own life as well as the lives of my family. I am a mother of three young boys and they are BUSY as you can imagine. I have often wondered where they get their energy from. My third pregnancy was complicated and left me unable to do much during the pregnancy and for a while afterward. I didn’t feel great about myself and knew I WANTED to be healthy and in shape, but didn’t know where to start and let’s be honest, it takes a lot of work and dedication. It isn’t easy at all.

One of my family members recently lost a large amount of weight the healthy way! By changing his eating habits and incorporating exercise into his life he has completely changed himself for the better. It inspired me to want to be better. If he could do it, why couldn’t I? I started researching pictures of people who had posted a before and after. They blew me away! I could not believe the transformation that can happen with one person, by incorporating healthy habits into their lives. Once again, it hit me. Why not me? So, a friend and I talked one day and decided to start lifting weights three times a week together. It was the best thing for me. It made me realize how much I like being active and how much I like strength training. Our time together those three mornings a week made me stronger. My body started feeling stronger and so did my mind! I started to realize that I, too, could do hard things! We did this for a couple of months when I heard about P90X3. I told my husband that I wanted that for my birthday. He got it for me and I haven’t looked back since. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have missed a workout. I crave exercise daily now. When I don’t do it, I have low energy and I feel like I have failed myself. It makes me a better person. It makes me happier and more energetic. It makes me less self-conscious and more confident. I am more positive in general. It relieves stress that I am carrying and helps me have a better outlook on life.

I titled this post “My Journey” because that is what this is for me. It is a path with winding roads. Sometimes I hit a dead end and have to go back a bit before I can continue on. I have tried to make small changes over time so that they are easier to adapt to. It’s okay to have a bad day! It’s okay to enjoy a treat with your family. I have learned that I can’t beat myself up about it and instead move on. Focus on today, and be your best self today!

Hillary

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A lot of people wonder why those of us who are “obsessed” with fitness do what we do. Well, the answer is easy. I want something. I want something I have NEVER had. I want something I know I will need more down the road, but will be less able to get it. I want to be healthy! I want to be fit. I want to be able to run and play with my kids to their hearts’ content, without becoming winded. When they are teenagers, I want to be able to take them on harder, longer hikes…and keep up! I want to plan our family boating adventures to be something that will make a bunch of teenagers actually EXCITED to be with their parents. I want to be THAT mom whose kids think she can do anything or be anything. I want to be around for my grandkids and able to experience all these same joys with them. I want, I want, I want.

Like I said…I’ve never ¬†been fit. It’s not something I’ve ever had. I’m lazy. It’s just a part of my nature and always has been. When I was a kid, growing up in the heart of spud country, we got two weeks off school every fall for potato harvest. While other kids spent that two weeks working sunup to sundown and earning a couple thousand dollars cash, I spent the two weeks on my couch watching soap operas. Awesome.

Not anymore. Not my kids. I can already see the same tendencies in my oldest daughter, who would rather stay home with her book than go have an adventure, and who is terrified of new things and new places. Um, hello, mini Kandice! I love that she enjoys reading too. I LOVE that and I know it will help her in so many ways as she grows and learns. But I want more for her. I want health, and the confidence that comes from being fit. I want her to have adventures her whole life, to see new places and not be too scared to try something new.

This is why I’ve changed. This is why I workout nearly every day. This is why I SHARE my workouts every day, because it keeps me accountable to my own goals. If I happen to inspire someone else along the way…awesome! But for me, and my family…I am going to do something I’ve never done before. I am NOT GOING TO QUIT.

Is there something you need to do? A goal you need to reach? Have you tried again and again and again, and always seem to end up on the side closest to failure? I’ve been there, I know how you feel. And it’s okay! We all fall down. But if we get back up again, that’s all that matters.

So tell us…what is one big GOAL you have in your life that you’re going to push harder to reach, starting today? Tell us something NEW you’re going to do to reach that goal!

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