It took me more than 30 days of little exercise, more than 30 days of not watching what I was eating, more than 30 days of consuming too much alcohol to look like this on the left.
And it took me more than 30 days of weight training and intense cardio, more than 30 days of active activities on my "rest day", more than 30 days of logging every single thing that I put in my mouth, more than 30 days of limiting alcohol intake to START to LOOK and FEEL like the old me on the right.
When in reality I am a new and improved me. I'm happier than I've been in a long time. I'm proud of what I've accomplished and I'm ready to go farther.
I've been inspired by many, many people have put in the hardwork and dedication to lose weight, get happy, get healthy....whatever their end goal may be. These are people that I know and some that I don't. My Facebook has become somewhat of a gym these days.....all I have is posts from the fitness groups I have joined in my newsfeed. While I don't share the same goals as many of the ladies (stage competitions) their drive, dedication and hardwork are super motivating.
I see "drink this shake everyday and you will lose it all in 30 days....drink this packet and take these pills, its a lifestyle." I can't help but think try exercise everyday.....that's a lifestyle. Try eating real food, healthy food....that's a lifestyle. I will admit that I do use protein powder in moderation to meet my macro goals each day and to help my body repair from the exercise that I put it through, but I sure eat alot of meat and eggs too!
I'm really excited to keep improving me...making healthy choices, building muscle, toning up and trimming down.
And while looking at these pictures makes me happy, they don't make me nearly as happy as being able to write blogs about being half crazy, hiking the daddy of 'em all, swinging a club in the middle of the ocean, spending weekends on the slopes, and all the adventures that are yet to come!