After my first born turned 1 and I still weighed roughly what I did when I gave birth to her I thought, hmm maybe I should change this. But it wasn’t until I was watching an Alabama football game that I KNEW something had to change. I was watching the stats as they rolled past the screen. I weighed more than most of the football players on Alabama’s team. I was smacked in the face hard with the reality that I needed to change my lifestyle, fast!
That’s when I started to change my eating habits and exercising. I lost 30 pounds in roughly 5 months. Then, my husband and I decided to have another baby. So, all of that went on the back burner. I got pregnant right off and stopped exercising. I still ate fairly healthily but stopped working out.
I lost most of my baby weight within the first few months but after 2 c-sections it was and is still hard to lose the mommy belly or as I like to call it, my c-section flap. I have recently started back into my healthy lifestyle. I eat right and exercise daily. This is the way it will be from here on out.
This is my life now and I love it. My kids are learning what a healthy lifestyle is and they love going on walks and runs with mommy. Joining the Sweat Pink family has been the motivation I needed to keep going. I have people who push me and motivate me every single day. Please visit me on Twitter and Instagram and my blog. I love feedback and meeting new people. If I motivate just one person a day, I am a happy gal.
I have taught spinning for 9 years at the local Y. It is my favorite workout, and I have always had a special connection with our members. What they don’t realize is that they inspire me more than I feel like I could ever inspire them.
A few years ago, one of the members approached me after class was over to tell me that her husband was in the ICU. She had an hour to herself, and she chose to spend that time in my spinning class. Her husband passed away a few weeks afterward.
I will never forget that experience. The purpose of my ‘aha!’ post isn’t that I’m some great instructor – it’s about the human connections we make, how vital exercise is in stress relief, and how precious our time is.
I am new to the SweatPink community, and I just wanted to drop in and say hello and tell you all a little about myself!
I am a total health freak going to school for Holistic Nutrition (Certification) and with a degree in professional studies with a minor in nutrition and psychology. I love fitness, colorful foods, food photography, and boxer dogs. My favorite way to Sweat Pink is at a spin class or any type of heart pumping cardio.
My health journey started a few years back when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, a thyroid condition, acid reflux, and was 25 pounds heavier. I realized that I needed to drastically change my lifestyle. I changed my diet, and incorporated exercise into my life and have been better off ever since.
I am now living a vegan, gluten-free active and fabulous life. You can find me at fitandfabveganlife.com