6 pound scale difference
I wanted to take a minute to checkin and share with you what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and my progress. One month ago, I took my “before” photos for Bodybuilding.com’s annual 250k Transformation Challenge. I knew it was something I was ready to do for myself.
The photo on the left was the day we arrived in Austin (from Indiana) and moved into our new home. Before we got to Austin, I knew I had to start focusing on me and my health again because I was feeling so uncomfortable in my skin and in my spirit, like there was still this piece of me not whole and complete. It was a piece of me I just put on the back burner to focus on other things that seemed more important like: running a business, preparing to move, a family emergency that needed me and just getting through.
This is not my first time gaining and losing weight. It’s a rollercoaster ride I know very well and about a month after the excitement of the move wore off, I got really honest with myself about where I was and where I want to be and wrote this down: I’m making this a lifestyle that lasts a lifetime. I was so tired of reliving my past, gaining weight, putting myself on the back burner and I knew I needed to do this once and for all and I mean, really do it, if I was ever going to do it. The time was now.
I’ve been working so hard and at the same time, I’ve found the fun in the journey again! I have a new relationship with the gym. It’s no longer something I “have to do” it’s something I “get to do.” It’s something that brings me so much empowerment, growth and strength. That along with stress management, putting myself first every day, making balanced and healthy choices and building an attitude that will move me forward when it gets tough vs. hold me back…these are the things that have been my focus and that I’ve been building on. I have two months left to continue making more progress for my final after photo that I will submit to Bodybuilding.com. My goal in all of this is to work hard, to have fun doing it and to do my best. I know if I do that, if I keep trying and don’t give up, that I’m fiercing forward for me. For the longest time, I was sharing my passion and running a business off fumes. I did my best and really gave it my all but at the expense of me. And when that happened, I wasn’t able to shine my light, I wasn’t able to truly help others because I wasn’t helping myself. And that’s one of the biggest lessons I learned from that journey, is that, to be of service to others and to give of ourselves, we first must always give to ourselves. And that’s what I’m doing. And I have to say, I’m finding my passion and fire again for what it means to Fierce Forward and I’m discovering that through my own movement. Isn’t that always the way…
My current mantra: Fierce Forward!
The Limitless Bracelet I wear daily: Fierce Forward
Favorite quote right now: “What’s standing between you and the life you desire is the story you tell yourself.” ~unknown
The question I ask myself when I’m stuck in my past, in worry, in complaint or on a problem: Is this Fiercing Forward Ash?
I’ll be checking in again in one month and then with my final 12 week checkin! I’d love to hear from you, comment below if you are Fiercing Forward for you, if this resonated with you or you need support in your journey. I’m honestly so happy to be sharing myself and my journey again and so grateful.