SOOOOO neat to look back at yourself and SEE, really SEE how much you've changed.......physically, but I can also see my eyes.....and the depths of the change that has truly happened for me.
When I got married, I was in decent shape! I had just finished my 5th year of University, Teacher's College, and I had been super stressed out, barely eating due to it, but I was working out to maintain sanity....I was learning by night and teaching by day. I felt lost, and then along came Shaun Corkery. He swept me off my feet.......he saved me from a really unhappy place in my life!
When we got married....I became really sedentary! I settled into HAPPY LIFE.....I ate, i drank, i smoked......i slept, i read......I was just LOVING being happy and with the man I loved. Within a year, i had gained 35lbs of HAPPY WEIGHT. I didn't like what I saw, but I wasn't willing to do anything to change it. I was just content doing what I was doing, but complaining about my body in moments of insecurity.......also wishing I could be a healthy version of the happy that I was.
So, the top two photos here are ME post marriage....PRE kids......
REMEMBER.....when I started working out, I had no set goal in mind to have a six pack or be fit (I also didn't know how to cook, or care to, for that matter).....I was just doing little bits every day as a coping mechanism to deal with the anxiety and depression of having my hubby working away, along with the fear of having NO help, except for 3 provinces away. Every day I just chose to do a little bit of exercise (30-60 minutes) at home and consciously made an effort to change my nutrition. The results I was seeing were DRAMATIC......and I liked the energy and confidence I was starting to feel. I was less anxious, less depressed and MORE excited for when my husband would come home......I was changing A LOT and VERY quickly, so for a dude who was gone for 21 days....to come home to a very different looking wife......that was a bit of a struggle at times........
I just kept going.......I had NO IDEA that I would turn this into a lifestyle....in fact I didn't take before pictures or measurements cause I had no intention of sticking with it......but IT HAPPENED.........
I'm thankful that Shaun was working away, cause then, just like now, we send each other a lot of photos, so I have photo documentary of my journey due to the circumstance. It's really neat to look back at my albums and see the progression from month to month! It only took me 6 months to go from size 10 to 0........164 lbs to 127 lbs.......I stick around 140 ish now, cause I prefer myself there....I had no idea that it was going to happen but I'm very thankful that it did!!!!
I'm now a Mother of 2 and in the best shape of my life. I've gotten through diastisis recti, symphysis pubis dysfunction, battled my anxiety and depression, raise my kids with a husband working away and family across the country (thankful for friends and babysitters who help out).....run a business and I'm HAPPY AND HEALTHY........I have good days and bad but I'm determined to keep up my new healthy lifestyle and find my strength even when I feel weak.
Is it possible that my 30s will be the best of my life?? I used to think 30 was old ahahahahaha but I'm just getting started!!!!!!!!
YAY for finding ME!!! still a work in progress, but I'm liking who I've become!
I LOVE being able to help other women and mothers dig themselves out from life's stresses and struggles and discover that fitness and nutrition can really make a difference in your MIND BODY and SPIRIT!!!! The most overlooked and underulitized form of "care"......even 30 minutes twice a week makes a world of difference.
The last two years have been the hardest but most rewarding years of my life!