In a previous life (about 1990-2006, a good part of it) I played competitive sports and most recently in college, I played Division 1 softball at Tennessee Tech. Playing sports really shaped my how I grew up. It kept me busy and it taught me how to be a part of a team, be a leader and take care of my body. It’s easy to say that being active is ingrained in me.
Like many former athletes, it is sometimes a struggle to find a way to be active when you’re no longer part of a team. I got into running in my post college days (completed 5 half marathons, whoo ho!) and spent some time at the gym. After some foot injuries kept me from running daily, I hit a dry spell from working out. I was just not into doing anything…I literally went weeks without doing more than walking Kona. At this time in my life, I was just feeling super stressed and couldn’t find a way to fit fitness into my life. I was staying up late and waking up late, eating fast food daily and not living a healthy lifestyle. This went on for about a year and at the time, I didn’t realize my downward spiral.
One day, while shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding, I had my break down. Not to be overly dramatic but I did. I remember seeing myself and being like “who is that?” I may have even shed a tear or two. I hit a low point and I knew something had to change. I had to get back to the person I was — driven, energetic, strong. At that point, I signed back up at my local gym and started following a new weight lifting program by Jamie Eason. I hadn’t lifted weights since college with my best friend, Chanel. At first, it was a struggle because I was pretty weak and my body just looked less muscular than I remembered. Instead of being hard on myself, I embraced my starting point and just kept going. I kept going and even when I had slip ups or bad weekends, I got back on the horse the next day.
Part of my inspiration and motivation during my drive to get back in shape and live a healthier lifestyle, was getting sucked into Instagram. My girl Chanel (now a personal trainer, healthy cook and motivator) was posting motivational posts and I soon started finding other fitness gurus and pro fitness athletes. I totally got sucked into #fitspo posts. For me, seeing daily people kicking ass in the gym and eating healthy, it helps me! I love it. Another part I love is this Georgia company called Flex Till Your Famous. It’s such a great motto whether in the gym or not! It’s all about getting it down and not making excuses and making your dreams happen. I bought one of their shirts as a motivation for me. At first, I felt a little silly since I wasn’t quite the athlete I used to be but after a while and some hard work, I totally rock my “drop it like a squat” tank on leg day. I just love it!
And now that I have a wedding day to prep for, you better believe I have some motivation to hit the gym on the regular. I really do love it and love seeing the progress I am making. Strong is definitely the new sexy!!
In honor of my new found drive, here is my girl Chanel in my favorite motivational tank! As a way to keep myself accountable- I will be posting some of my progress photos (you know I’ve been taking progress pics) on the anniversary of my 1 year of getting back in shape 6/17. I’ve got a few more months to kick into gear! 🙂
Now – DROP IT LIKE A SQUAT!