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Lost So Much. Gained More.

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What an adventure these past eight months have been; divorce, relocation to Arizona, new job, a totally new life. I have lost so much and gained so much more.

My health and fitness have taken a backseat to an emotional roller coaster. Rather than focus on physical health, I was focusing on my mental health. I have processed every single emotion available in this world and ended on a calm, happy version of myself. I was forced to change; my world was literally flipped upside down and inside out, and I am now open and accepting of change, I am more resilient and flexible. I do not worry about every single little thing anymore; rather I allow myself to worry about the important things for a short time, then I let it go and keep moving forward.

I relied on family and friends (including my dog), lots of reading (the Bible, articles, blogs), watching motivational videos, and music (I am a firm believer that music has healing properties). I created a better relationship with God and worked through all the past hurt and anger (from birth to present day). I allowed myself to grieve and most importantly I allowed myself to heal.

At the end of that ridiculously long, dark tunnel there was a light. I worked extremely hard to see that light, to stand in it, and relish that wonderful light called hope. This process made me live breath to breath, then moment to moment, and finally day to day. I am still a planner but I don’t worry about the future anymore, rather I anticipate the fun adventures I plan.

When I let it all go and moved forward, I felt all those chains (all that negativity) fall right off; I literally feel lighter. I finally know, for a fact, that I deserve happiness and happiness looks good on me.

Make sure you are taking care of yourself, especially your mental and spiritual health. Get your head and soul right. Your physical health will be easier to manage when you do; I promise. The psychological hurdles you avoid will directly impact your overall physical health:

  • Cortisol is the negativity hormone that holds on to all your fat, especially the really bad visceral fat.
  • Your metabolism will slow down to a snail pace.
  • Sleep will be impossible so your body will never recharge and rest.
  • Stress and depression will make your body hurt and you will make yourself sick.

** If you are suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts, please contact 1-800-273-8255 now. You are enough. You are worth this amazing life. **

I believe that we are who we choose to be. Nobody is going to save you. You have to save yourself. Nobody is going to give you anything. You have to go out and get it, fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except you. Never give up, ever. Create the life of your dreams.

Every day of your life is a special occasion because you are alive, so start acting like it!

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Progress!

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I have been at this low cholesterol nutrition plan and exercise for three weeks now. I have to give myself a huge pat on the back because things are going very well.

I did not think I would be as successful but the Beachbody Challenge Group is such a fantastic and supportive group of women, which greatly helps in my accountability because I do not want to disappoint them. The first week, I had a few headaches and I was a little irritable; however, I survived and things are much easier for me.

I think my stomach is shrinking because I do not eat very much and moderation is becoming more natural. Portion sizes are easier to manage and my body is not craving food like it used to, which  is fantastic.

I did not lose much weight last week but I did have two cheat meals and did not exercise very much. I continue to lose inches and some of my pants are loose on me now. Not only do the numbers look good, I just feel amazing. I am happy, I have higher energy, my libido is coming back, I am at peace, and have more patience. I just feel…so good.

As I go into week four, I am planning on jogging/running on the elliptical 12 miles per week and getting 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into my diet per day. I heard these measures (on top of my low cholesterol nutrition plan) will help blast the belly fat (which I have a lot) so I am excited to make these additions and see what happens at the end of the week.

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