Flex Friday!

It’s Friday, so we flex… taking 3 weeks off of lifting while on the Reset made me nervous I would lose the gains I worked SO damn hard for, and I honestly almost went into a panic… but what eased my fears is knowing MUSCLES have MEMORY, so instead of focusing on what I might lose temporarily, I stayed focused on THAT – and it helped!

Back to lifting I am – back to building, growing, and challenging myself. Life is too short not to push!

Happy Friday!

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Flex Friday – April

It’s Friday, so we {{ FLEX }} and {{ REFLECT }} on just how far we have come!

I was always small – never in my life did I think I could have muscles, much less ones that people actually compliment!

But I worked for them. I earned them. I did what I { could } do until I was able to do what I { wanted } to do.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but slow and steadily, it happens if you keep going, if you believe, if you put in the work and learn to PAUSE, not STOP.

Keep going! If you are ready to build your own muscles and would like some support and accountability, let’s chat!

Flex Friday – February Edition!

Happy Friday! I love flexing every week and documenting some of the pics because it allows me to go back and see how far I have come when it doesn’t feel like I have budged an inch!

I don’t push myself super hard because I have to be cautious of not reinjuring myself, but I do lift, and I do work on building muscles and strength!

Do you like to lift?

Flex Friday – WHY I flex

In one of my challenge groups today, we were asked to share WHY we flex, and I mean, of course part of it is wanting to show off my hard work (what, just being honest! You know that’s how I roll!), but truthfully, it does go deeper than that.

I am constantly reminded of a time in my life where I couldn’t even carry a small purse or a bag of groceries without spasms, pain, and an overwhelming sense of feeling weak.

This is actually what almost kept me from even beginning to work on myself, but luckily, it didn’t, and I began… and I kept going.

And I don’t feel pain. I don’t suffer spasms. And I DON’T feel weak, and thats powerful! I feel STRONG.

People think our flex pics are us being vain, but if you look deeper, you see there is a LOT more under the surface. Pride. Proof of hard work. Empowerment. The promises we made to ourselves. Emotional journeys. Self love. Self worth.

So much more. It’s more than a flex, that’s definitely the physical aspect of it, but the real power lies in the mental, spiritual and emotional aspects.

I flex because I once felt weak and helpless, now I feel strong and empowered. And that deserves to be celebrated!

Flex Friday – How Far I Have Come

Many people don’t know that just a few short years ago, my back, neck and shoulders were in a constant state of pain – the pain levels varied, but were always there.

This was the result of my body going through multiple traumatic car incidents in 8 months time.

Carrying a purse hurt. Taking steps hurt, and sometimes actually triggered spasms. It always hurt. And that was the exact excuse I used when I was offered to join a challenge group – “ummmm walking and existing hurts, you want me to do actual physically demanding stuff?” – that was my frame of mind. “YIKES!”

But for whatever reason I did join. I modified HEAVILY but I showed up, consistently. Started to get a little stronger. Started to strengthen my core, which greatly relieved the pain issues. So I kept going.

Today, I am pain free – certain things do sometimes trigger it (being outside in very cold temps for long periods of time, sitting or laying on hard surfaces, etc) but my quality of life is MUCH better now, and I am so thankful.

And that’s why I take these “silly flex” pics. To show how far I have come. To have something to compare to as I go further. A visual reminder that consistent effort pays off, and we are never stuck in a cycle of pain.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen! Keep going!