New year: 2018
There is something magical about starting a new year. New years can mean change. It can mean a fresh start and the first day to a new life.
Since my transformation in 2015, my life has taken a 180. I used to be so uptight, so fearful, so unhappy. That all changed when I dedicated to a lifestyle change. Not only did I lose weight, but I found a better version of myself. I became obsessed with wellness. Not only with health but with mental clarity, spirituality, and self-love. I want people to experience the epiphany’s I found.
I learned how to forgive, how to let go of relationships that hurt me, how to be thankful for the small things in life, and how to put your whole heart into a passion. I learned to take risks. To find adventure. To live as myself without compromising to please others.
Now I am nowhere near perfect and I still struggle with many different aspects listed above. The biggest change though comes with mindfulness. I can recognize when something or someone is hurting my growth. Although I cannot control people, I can control how I react. I’m not going to lie, there are some relationships I am working on to find clarity but life has a way to continue growth. Once you’ve tackled one challenge, another one is always on the horizon.
I just started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s the story about one woman’s journey to happiness. She recognized that she was just living through the motions of life. She was ill tempered, easily triggered, and overall not satisfied. She made it clear that she was not depressed. She had the life she always wanted with a loving husband and beautiful children, but she didn’t appreciate what she had. So she went on a year journey of finding happiness. One of her quotes really stuck with me.
“They say that people teach what they need to learn.”
On the first day of January, I launched my first fitness program called Wise Women Workout.
This group is aimed for women who are ready for change. Who recognize that they need help and support with their fitness goals. I opened this group up for free. Although I am enrolled in a Certified Personal Trainer course, I am not yet certified. I know what a lot of people thought. “What is she doing? She isn’t qualified.” They have every right to say that, but that didn’t stop me. I needed to know for myself if I could do this. I had an idea, and I didn’t want to wait. The program is completely free and does not guarantee anything other than accountability and support. When I launched, I thought for sure I would only have 10-15 people just interested.
What I wasn’t prepared for was the support and the COUNTLESS women who reached out to me for more information. I was brought to tears multiple times reading people’s messages to me about how they have been following my journey and found inspiration. Here I am, an average girl from a small town that lost weight, connecting with so many people. Their stories, their struggles, their passion. I was inspired.
The interest grew in just the 5 days I had the program open. Now, I have over 50 people subscribed and 30 active members. To some that may seem small, but to me, it’s beautiful.
What I realized was, although I love fitness and wellness, I love connecting with others more. I thrive by hearing their stories, and helping as much as I can.
I think back to when I was in college. I went into special education because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to connect with students who were like me. Who are struggling just like I did, and help lead the way to success. Although I loved the kids, I found that I am better at connecting with adults. Adult women in particular. Women who watch their husbands/boyfriends/fiances lose 20 pounds in two weeks by giving up sodas and were frustrated because they couldn’t. I can relate, I have been there.
I have felt the pain of hating how I looked in a bathing suit. I felt the pain of not fitting into jeans that I wore in high school. I felt the pain of not wanting full body pictures taken of me. I know that pain, I know the struggle. But I found a way to lose the weight and not only fit back into those jeans but find happiness along the way.
Now, I want to make it clear, losing weight will not lead to happiness. I had to learn to love the hard work I just put in. I learned to love myself by fueling my body with natural whole food and moving it the way it craves.
These women in my group think I am helping them, which I hope I am but what they don’t realize, is they are helping me. They inspire me every single day. Their hard work, their vulnerability, their struggles. I am so incredibly thankful for them and I feel like I just created a new line of sisterhood. Now it has only been a week in this group, but I have learned more in this one week than I ever thought I would.
I am teaching what I want to learn for myself.
To my Wise Women, you ladies are incredible, resilient, and inspiring. Never doubt your power. Your journey will inspire others and your dedication will make you strong. I am so proud of each one of you already!
Now, if you are not in this group and wish to be, I will be opening it back up in February. I promise to give everyone more time to join!
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