Happy father’s day to all the dads, step dads, adoptive dads and those who mentor & step in when needed. great fathers are irreplaceable and it’s a title that’s earned not given. . 😍 to my perfect man, @yale411 . your dad skills are on point and your dedication and love to our family shows everyday. happy father’s day, we love you so much 😘 .
seriously time goes so fast!!! look at those little new born b***s way back when!
5 years ago today i ran my first mud run- foam fest! .
i was nervous & excited...it was probably one of the coolest “out of my comfort zone” activities. i’m terrified of free falling and i remember they had a tall slide that just scared the heck out of me- but i did it! ...and then i was hooked on the adrenaline of conquering 👊🏻 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
“if you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. go out and get busy.” - dale carnegie
“you may not control all the events that happen to you. but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” -maya angelou ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ .
when i found out about my auto immune issues (after just recovering from pneumonia!) i was devastated. my mindset plummeted, my drive to focus on my fitness goals suffered (i packed on 15lbs!), and i was just down. my fertility is compromised..and even though i was sad, i became so much more thankful & in awe of god’s perfect timing for the beautiful b***s he gave us 👧🏽👧🏽 and i know, there’s always a chance, and clearly it’s not my timing but his 🙏🏼 .
i knew i had to pull myself out of that funk, so that’s when i committed to doing a bikini competition 👙 it’s always been an interest of mine but i just wasn’t ready mentally to focus on it....then i needed the focus...and man it has been an amazingly, frustrating, kick a*s experience! i’m not where i ultimately want to be & where i know i’ll get- but i am way stronger both mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually because i’ve taken my determination to a whole new level. i’m testing myself daily, i’m learning how my hormones & body respond to certain foods/activities...and it’s such a rewarding experience to go to bed feeling satisfied with yourself— even if you mess up— but to know that you are progressing through life and not staying stagnant. .
in this life we have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable if we want anything great to happen. god provides but we still need to do our part— so work like it depends on you, but pray like it depends on god 🙏🏼 (cause it does) . [onward & upward]
Dare i say that i’m actually excited to take measurements & weight & pictures in my suit tomorrow morning?! 😆 #nailbiter .
there are so many expectations when you start your journey toward a fitness goal- some realistic and some not. our bodies don’t always respond how we want them to..but you’re either making progress...or you aren’t 🤷🏻♀️ #amiright ? .
so there’s no reason to shy away from pics & stats- they are tools to help guide your next steps, that’s all. they don’t own you. they don’t define you. they are the direction to your cute little 🍑’s sails! .
wanna make fitness more enjoyable? holla at me. this is what i do- both virtually & in person 😉 no one, and i mean no one should limit themselves or their own capabilities 👊🏻😘 .
Hormones. . 😳
i take a low dose birth control, not to keep me from having more babies, but for the hormones. i need them. .
after missing a few days (thanks to some red tape with insurance 🙄) i woke up this morning with such a bad migraine. thanks to my hubby i was able to stay in our dark cool room until almost noon! .
now that i can finally move (at 4pm) i am going to lengthen, strengthen and get my circulation flowing again with one of my favorite body weight programs: piyo. .
hormone issues are seriously no joke. but i’ve learned to listen to my body and give it what it needs 👌🏻
You are what you repeatedly do..right? .
so your life will also reflect what you repeatedly focus on. .
i believe each day we have a choice- we can wake up and let our emotions rule us (maybe we slept wrong, woke up with a a headache, etc) and you can let that dictate your day....or you can chug some water, speak kindly to yourself, speak to god and let him calm you down. .
we all have stress & tough seasons- so let your daily habits of self discipline & internal motivation carry you through life 😘 so you can breeze through each season with confidence & security
Here’s something you might not know about me. .
i’m stubborn. like real stubborn- ask my husband @yale411 .....stubborn enough to not gaf what others think anymore. stubborn enough to let haters with a stinky attitude fuel me instead of bring me down. stubborn enough to let god be my guide in the direction i take rather than what other people say. .
i may not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s totally ok. i’m not meant to be 🤷🏻♀️ .
here’s another tidbit: i’m loyal. i’m kind. i’m honest. i’m loving. and i would rather do whats right than what’s easy. .
am i perfect? nope. but again, i’m not meant to be. i’m very flawed. but i continue to strive for positive progress in my life...and i think more people should do that..if you’re constantly focused on what others are doing & spending your time comparing & spreading negativity— well...i’ll let you figure out where that leads... .
stay kind my friends. let the negative nancy’s of the world fall out of your life, so there’s room for your tribe✌🏻
I can’t even tell you how much this gives me butterflies— no- it gives me that queasy feeling in my stomach to share this & even think about stepping on stage 😱 .
but if i didn’t, i wouldn’t be true to myself or my mission for women to step out, face fears & conquer things they never thought they could do 👊🏻 .
hormone & auto immune issues be damned..i will take the stage.... [f the fear] .
a little posing practice and lifting to end this #memorialday . (so i forgot my exercise clothes & worked out in jean shorts...let it go 😂🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️😆)
#unedited on purpose ✌🏻 .
i have always had a love/hate relationship with my thighs. any ladies out there like me?? .
i love how strong they are. i can push & lift heavy weight, i can run, jump & my agility training keeps me quick. .
but i’ve always been a little self conscious by how thick they are. it’s not all muscle there but this area seems to resist when fat-loss is my goal 😏 .
i used to not even wear shorts. how silly is that? 😬 .
through mindset coaching, working with my fit female fam, and learning how to feed my body— i am not only losing f*t around my legs but i am not self conscious anymore. .
growth can happen...you don’t have to be stuck in a negative mindset about your health, life & body. .
it just takes time + good nutrition + proper exercise & nutrition that fits your body ....and a good coach/mentor/trainer to get you there 🤗 .
stay the course. trust the process. learn to love every inch of yourself along the way. 😘
@movementdetroit 🙌🏻🔥 . .
it is hotttttt☀️ today but we did some yoga in 87 degrees, splashed in the fountain, enjoyed some good food & music 🤗 .
hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend! stay grateful 🙏🏼 .
. [a body in motion stays in motion] .
There are just some things i will never give up:
1. mayo in my tuna
2. crackers with my tuna .
. 😍😍 lunch