Fuck Yeah Friday – Celebrate Your Hard Work

There is nothing wrong with celebrating your growth, your efforts, your progress… there is power in reflecting just. how far. you have come.

When I think back to a time in my life where I was weak and actually HATED my body, to now where I feel strong and have learned to LOVE my body… I get emotional.

I work so hard and I’m GRATEFUL to do so, because there was a time in my life where I COULD NOT do so; I couldn’t even hold my purse without pain and back spasms, so my consistency and gratitude stems from KNOWING what it feels like to feel HELPLESS, and I’m honored to show up for myself every day, and I’m PROUD to celebrate the hard work I put in – and YOU should celebrate YOUR hard work, too!

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!

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 – 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!