The last 6 months I have really been on a journey for myself. I have tried so hard to find the balance in my life. I love exercising, but ever since I had my last baby, 4 ½ years ago, I have struggled with getting back into the routine of it all. Until my life took a turn and I realized that I was giving so much of myself to everyone and everything I was doing, that I lost myself in the process. I love working out…so why wasn’t I? I love being healthy…so why wasn’t I? What excuses was I putting in my path to keep me in this hole of pain and self abuse that I was in? What blocks did I create that were keeping me from being successful in my goals?
Now, I do have some pretty big physical goals, I would love to be able to be a ring girl and take around the round numbers in an MMA fight…just once and would love to do a bikini photo shoot and not have them have to photoshop out half of my body! However, for me right now, that is not the most important of my goals, defeating my excuses and overcoming my mental and physical blocks are.
So, February 17th, when I knew my life was about to drastically change, I started doing just that. I went in for an “I Love Kickboxing” class and loved it so much, I signed up for a year membership. It has now been 6 months of consistently going to class 3-4 times a week, or more and sometimes doubling up with back to back classes. It has become my sanctuary. My escape. My healing. On August 1stI had lost 11 pounds since I started. Not a ton of weight loss, but I was building muscle, building strength. I knew I needed to be more consistent with my nutritional intake. And that is when I found a group that had formed doing the Whole 30 Challenge. Since I was wanting to do the Paleo diet the month before and didn’t succeed, I took this challenge and did it! I lost an additional 8.4 pounds and lost 4 inches total around my waist, hips and thighs, still continuing to do my kickboxing. That makes a total of 19.4 pounds! That is quite a bit of weight for me to drop, especially since I have never been one to lose drastic amounts of weight at a time.
I feel awesome. Not because of the weight loss, or that I feel super healthy which I do love those things, but it has been because what it has done for me emotionally and mentally as well. I love challenges, and will usually be the first one to get a group together to start one, but this time, it was for me. For my health. For my balance. I am doing what I love to do…exercising and feeding my body foods that give it the nourishments it needs. I am listening to my cravings and noticing the patterns. I didn’t lose my desire for sweets…I have a sweet tooth, but I chose to eat fruit instead of candy. I will not be perfect with my eating and will allow myself to consume things at times that are not the best for my body, however, I have finally discovered what they mean by a life change. I needed the 30 days to explore this.
Because of what I have discovered and how I have healed, I have decided to create a support system within Rainy Days Foundation that will support you on your wellness journey…no matter what that looks like for you. I have been certified personal trainer in my past as well as a CNA and helped with physical therapy with the elderly, as well as a health coach for a short period of time. My path now has taken me to motivate and coach you through your journey and point you in the best direction for your success. Whether you are healing from the loss of a loved one, coming out of a bad relationship, overcoming an addiction, or just need that extra support to take you to the next level, this program is designed for you! I will be sending motivational weekly thoughts or videos, recipes, and different exercises to try. I will also have different exercises to try or fun movements to do, as well as meet once a month have a group exercise or class, whether that be a self image consultant coming to speak, taking a walk in the park, getting a yoga or zumba instructor to come and teach us some new moves, going to a pool and doing some fun water aerobics, or going sledding in the winter! This is a journey no one should take alone. For only $10 a week, $40 a month you can have all the support, love and motivation while you are Healing In Motion!