Strong is Beautiful

It wasn’t that long ago that I was admitted into the hospital having every test run on me to determine if I was having a heart attack. Fortunately, it was NOT a heart attack. It was an issue with my gall bladder.  I was lucky that day.  The fact that it wasn’t a heart attack didn’t change the fact that my stats (weight, obesity, and medical conditions) made me a possible candidate for one.

It served as a wake-up call immediately especially after I had to make the call to my kids that I wouldn’t be coming home that night because I was in the hospital.  Since that day I made a conscious effort to change my life.  I started eating healthier.  I made it to the gym every day, either at Crossfit or at the gym at work.  Work was put aside to alleviate stress and to make sure I was sleeping enough.

Some things worked while others didn’t.  That’s okay because every experience became a lesson.  It allowed me to discover my own strengths and pushed me past limitations.  My ultimate goal was to be stronger and healthier.  I wanted to create a lifestyle that was sustainable, realistic and manageable as a busy, working mom.

Strong is Beautiful

I’m on the other side of that journey now and I am feeling amazing.  I incorporated super nutrition into my life.  I found a workout program that was both manageable and challenging.  Over the last 6 months, a shift started to happen in my body.  I was building more muscle and getting more energy.  About a month ago, I ran my first race in over a year and found myself pushing my pace.  My joy at the finish line was driven by power and confidence instead of relief that it was over.

Two weeks ago I went on a hike in Lake Tahoe.  It started with the usual apprehension that the group would be held back by my weaknesses.  Again, I was happy to discover that I was able to keep up and enjoy the hike without worrying about holding others back.  I stood on a rock formation overlooking the lake and took a deep breath into my expanded lungs and simply reveled in the moment.   That weekend was when I turned 40 and had just completed a hike that I struggled with in my 20s and 30s.  I felt younger, stronger and more beautiful than I have in a very, very long time.  This was the best gift I could have given myself.

Strong Is Beautiful

Empower and Inspire

I love that I’m in a stronger place both physically and mentally.  In addition to getting my health back on track, it’s also important for me to set an example for my family.  I find them asking for ways to be active.  I’ll turn around and find them watching what I’m doing; always observing my behavior and choices.  That’s the kind of mom I want to be.  It’s the kind of person I want to be.

The journey to this new me came easier than I thought it would.  In fact, it was harder to keep doing the same thing and being disgusted by what was looking back at me.  I’m thrilled to have found a lifestyle that fuels me with super nutrition, inspiration, strength and mental fortitude.  That’s the kind of mom I want my kids to have.

Are you ready for your change?  Let’s do it together!

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