A year does not seem like a long time, in fact with how fast these weeks have been flying by, a year is not very long at all. One year ago to this month I started a huge lifestyle change. Last October I was newly single, finishing my last year at CCSU, and battling 3 jobs. I was an avid marathon runner, INSANITY instructor and definitely not eating enough. Last Halloween I was the skinniest I have ever been. I was running anywhere from 6-10 miles per day and for a span of a few weeks I was eating only 1,000 calories at the max. Between the stress of school, work and my break-up I turned to running as my escape and did not properly fuel my body despite the high amounts of stress I was putting on it.
I would call last Halloween my breaking point. I went out with my girlfriends, drank way too much and all I can remember is waking up the next morning feeling the WORST I had felt in a long time. It was that day that I decided to make a change in my life. It was time to stop feeling sorry for myself, and get my act together to be the strong, confident woman I knew was somewhere inside.
Training for my first NPC Bikini Competition was one of the best decisions I made. Now, I did not jump right into it. I took November and December to jump on the clean eating train. I experimented with fun recipes and really focused on myself. I didn’t go out much, if at all but that was exactly what I needed to refresh my body and get my mind right. I still kept up with my running (as I had The NYC Half-Marathon planned for March) but I began to really fuel my body with the right foods and WOW what a difference that made! It truly is amazing what can happen once you learn to let go of the things that no longer serve you, allow you to grow, or make you happy.
The day after Christmas (come on did you really expect me to skip out on being able to eat my Mom’s delicious cookies?!) I started prep for my competition. I hadn’t picked out what show I wanted to do, nor did I know very much at all about the whole process, but I made this my goal and I was sticking to it. I spent countless hours researching and talking to people about doing shows and as I got more excited about it I realized this is exactly what I needed.
Beginning to strength train again was an amazing feeling. Making up my own workouts and seeing how much stronger I was becoming each week built my confidence and made me feel whole again. I absolutely LOVE running, however I absolutely LOVE lifting heavy weights too- and despite what everyone told me (that doing both was impossible) I continued to run and lift weights. For the first time in a long time, I was happy. I was happy with my body, I was happy with my life, I was surrounded by my amazing family and friends who supported me through 12 weeks of eating clean, mood swings and food prep and most importantly I was happy being on my own. Those 12 weeks from January to April, I spent more time getting to know myself and what worked for my body than ever before. Looking back I am so thankful for that break-up and thankful for that time period where I felt so awful because it made me the strong, confident person I am today.
Today, I am grateful for my relationship with fitness and health because it has led me to find myself and most importantly find myself in a supportive, amazing relationship with my best friend and now business partner. Without that downfall, SD Evolution would not exist and I cannot wait to see what happens in another year from now. With that, I leave you to think about what you want to accomplish in one year. Is it weightloss? Is it a bikini competition? Is it incorporating a healthier lifestyle? Let me help you get started. Don’t wait another day to become the happiest, healthiest YOU that you can be.
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