Ya know how I RARELY step on a scale? The last time I did, it was the beginning of October. I’ve always known people carry weight VERY differently. I used to think I had to weigh 130 pounds my entire life. High school, college.. after college. I had to be 130. Wanna know a secret? I weigh over 160 right now. And I have never loved my body so much! We all have different body types. I carry a lot of weight in my legs. Maybe you carry it in your stomach... or your arms... BUT IT DOESNT MATTER! Who cares how much you weigh? I used to play the comparison game on Instagram. “I want to look like her because I bet she weights 140 pounds and is perfect.” When in reality, it isn’t physically healthy for me to be 140 pounds. Don’t play the comparison game. Don’t stare at the scale. I even told the nurse at my last gynecologist appointment NOT to tell me how much I weighed, and that’s all good!
In honor of Ranger’s birthday A throwback for you! The picture on the left was when we first moved into our house. I was so excited. I was so stressed. I was so HAPPY! The picture on the right was almost a year and a half lady. Still happy. Still excited. Still stressed. When I first made this picture, I was a little upset. I obviously got a TINY bit bigger - MUSCLE WISE, but it’s not a bad kind of “bigger.” I’m so in love with my body. I wasn’t back then. I always checked myself out in the mirror or glass at the mall when we walked by. Now? I don’t own a scale. I only weigh myself when I go home.. so maybe once every few months. I still struggle. I still eat like crap and then my mental health deteriorates (aka what is happening right now). When you look at an old picture, don’t compare how you look. Remember how you felt/how you feel now. Don’t like how you feel now? Change your mind 💋
Our sweet boy turned TWO today! Thanks for loving me more than dad, for always taking over dad’s pillow when he’s gone, and for always protecting me from the scary smoke detector 💓💋
Sometimes you fall off the wagon.. ____ And when you do, it feels like the end of the world. You can’t jump back on. You’re struggling. You feel like shit about it. What does feeling that way do for you? It doesn’t help you. It doesn’t motivate you. It pushes you further and further down into that hole of no return. ____ This happens to me A LOT with my fitness. I find a groove and then lose it after a few weeks. Adam even noticed that I wasn’t “on my workout kick” like I had been. And that’s fine! There isn’t anything wrong with that. Instead of finding excuses, I relaxed a few more days than normal. I ate horrible food. I went to Dairy Queen several times. I ate A LOT of candy. ____ Instead of feeling bad about all of that, I enjoyed the hell out of it. Now I’m putting it out there that I’m back on my workout kick. I’m putting my health and fitness closer to the top of my list. ____ Swipe right for my favorite little motivator 💓👏🏼
You hear/see it all summer... ____ “Why do people post pictures in bikinis or on beaches? Don’t those girls have any respect for themselves?” This one is for you, judgmental Judy. Here is a beach picture in DECEMBER! Since I started this journey, I have become such an advocate for doing whatever the hell you want. I know it’s hard to do that. I used to struggle. Someone would tweet something vague, and I KNEW it somehow, some way, had to be about me... when it absolutely wasn’t. ____ If you’re worried about what someone thinks of you, just STOP! Unless it’s your momma... then you should probably listen. Live your life how YOU want... not how others want you to live. ____ My bestie @khill_fit said something that threw me for a loop. She said people are going to judge and try to tear you down when you start working out or building a business or simply bettering yourself because that’s what THEY want to do, but they’re scared or don’t want to fail. They don’t want to see you do better than them. So my advice? Do way better. ____ ____ ____ @khill_fit
When you get new clothes & are feeling yaself all the time ✨ ____ I never used to buy myself clothes. I never used to treat myself. I never thought I was worthy enough for a darn selfie. ____ Then... I changed my mind. I bought myself clothes. I treat myself (too often). I selfie it up like a maniac. I promise it doesn’t take a huge life changing event to let yourself realize YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Buy those clothes. Treat yourself. Take selfies. Who cares, ya know? ____ If I had a superpower, it would be to get it through everyone’s heads that it doesn’t matter what ANYONE thinks of you. If you’re happy & can make at least one person smile a day, that’s amazing. ____ I wholeheartedly believe coaching has changed me for the better. It opened my eyes to so much more. It gave me confidence. It gave me purpose. It has given me so much in life already, and I am SAPPY about it ✨ ____ ____ ____
I don’t normally get deep into these captions on weekends.. but HERE WE GO 👏🏼 ____ People are often told, “you’re perfect the way you are.” And that is GREAT! But sometimes that just doesn’t feel true at all. We all have flaws of course, but some of us are more self conscious and aware of these flaws that they impact our every day lives. ____ I have tiny lips, a big nose, and a messed up jaw. So when I went to the orthodontist my junior year of high school, I was told I was “lucky” to look the way I do because of how bad my overbite was. I didn’t feel lucky. I still got made fun of RELENTLESSLY because of my side profile (hence why I HATED posting that picture with the giraffe a couple weeks ago). ____ To this day, I hate pulling up next to someone in a car. I feel like they will look at me and laugh. Granted, it probably isn’t that big of a deal to others... but it is to me of course. For most of my life, I have wanted a nose job.. is that wrong of me? ABSOLUTELY NOT. DO NOT LET ANYONE EVER TELL YOU IT IS BAD FOR YOU TO WANT TO CHANGE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR APPEARANCE! ____ Sure, we are all beautiful as hell the way God and our parents made us. But if I ever get the money, will I get a nose job? Will I get lip filler? YOU 👏🏼 FREAKIN 👏🏼 BET! And again.. is there anything wrong with that? ABSO 👏🏼 FREAKIN 👏🏼 LUTELY 👏🏼 NOT, GF!
We are missing our favorite guy tonight 💓 So grateful for the little family we have made! Almost one year ago I secretly adopted Adam’s love of his life for a Christmas present 😭😍
Beginning of college vs. now... ____ All I can say is WOW. When I started college, I LOVED wearing crop tops and short skirts because I was skinny on the outside... even though I felt 80 pounds heavier on the inside. Mentally, I could never stop thinking about how long I needed to go without eating or how long I needed to be on the elliptical at the gym. ____ It’s funny to type this out as I sit here on my rest day eating candy and drinking Sprite. Oh.. also had ice cream tonight. I’m not going to punish myself because I have my period and feel like a pile of garbage. I’m not going to starve myself. I will just get back on track the second I wake up tomorrow. ____ In all honesty, if it weren’t for coaching and my husband talking sense into me, i would still be that girl on the left. Rarely eating because I thought I was fat but still fitting into a size 2.. then binging for days but not keeping the fat off because hello slower metabolism.. driving 30 minutes to the gym to be on the elliptical for an hour.. sitting on my phone instead of trying to build what little muscle I had. I have talked about the money. I have talked about the opportunity. I have talked about the friendships. But I rarely talk about the confidence it gave me and how it literally saved my life from myself. ____ Do what you need to do to live ya best darn life. Other people aren’t paying your bills. Other people aren’t building your muscle. So why the effin eff do I still need to convince you to take care of the one body you have? 😇😅
Ranger has something to say! ____ Not really... but I have your attention right? As I was walking into work today, I heard little kids laughing and playing like crazy at the park near our building. Do you remember the days you’d play outside with your friends for hours? Not judging when they were out of breath? Not judging when they tripped and fell, but helping them back up and continuing your game? ____ I just want to know why adults think it’s okay to judge one another. (Most of the time) We are not foolishly running and screaming in our offices or outside on a playground. We are literally living our own lives. Why is that something others decide they can judge? Yeah, everyone has an opinion... but sometimes it’s better to keep it to yourself instead of judging someone working damn hard every single day... living their best life. ____ Since I started coaching, I’ve lost people. I’ve lost contact with some people. I focus on my business or my personal life more than other things now. But guess what, it’s paying off. I’m happier than i have been in YEARS. I have a purpose. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. If you’re living your dang best life, like I am trying to, do not let others’ judgmental thoughts get to you. Own the life you’re living, AND KEEP THRIVING, GF! ____ ____ ____
Rest is my favorite 4 letter word ____ When I start up a new workout program or get an itch to workout more than once a day (rare... but it happens), I forget resting is an option. I overwork myself and end up being constantly tired. I wake up tired. I am tired throughout the day. I am tired when I get home. Rest is so important. I’ve taken the last few days to relax and spend time with Adam. ____ Do I feel guilty about it? HECK no. Do I feel my best physically? Nope. Do I feel my best mentally? Absolutely. Mental health is just as healthy as physical health. ____ ____ ____
My favorite munchkin 💓 ____ About a year ago, we welcomed this guy into our house. We had tried fostering his sister, but she was such a handful. We couldn’t keep her while we both worked because she was still such a puppy. It broke our hearts to take her back to the rescue, but she was adopted shortly after. Then... I got a text from the rescue saying they have the perfect fit for our next foster. I knew it would be a fail when they said that. Jackson came into our lives, and I could not bear to send him back. Adam LOVED him. I loved him. Ranger loved him. So, I adopted him behind Adam’s back as his Christmas present. ____ It was honestly the funniest story when I told him. I talked about our “growing family” and how Ranger would get a sibling. Little did he know.... that sibling had 4 legs 😂 ____ I’ll have to share that video with everyone when it has been a year since. I still laugh about it today 💓😂