Fitness

I never would have thought that I would say this but fitness has become a huge part of my life…I actually LOVE working out.  I love how it makes me feel, the people I have met while exercising and putting together new outfits to wear to the gym.

How Did I Stay Motivated to Lose 350 Pounds? Being Disciplined with Healthy Habits are Keys to Success.

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        Let’s talk about motivation. I think this is one of the questions I get asked the most. How did I stay motivated to lose 350 pounds and how do I still continue to stay motivated now? Where does your motivation come from and how can I have it too!?  Well, let’s start with the definition of motivation. “Motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a certain way”. Where to find Motivation If I am having a difficult time staying motivated I like asking myself, “why am I doing this?” I like figuring out what my “why” is.  These “whys” are your motivation, they are why you want to make the changes and pick a plan to make those changes happen.  For me, I ask myself, why do I want to lose weight?  I came up with a whole list of reasons as to why I wanted to lose weight. I came up with all of my “whys”. Yes, one of the reasons was to “look good” but that wasn’t the sole reason I wanted and needed to lose weight. Many of my “whys” had to do with my health, wellness, and overall wellbeing. I knew that I needed to change my lifestyle in order to be successful. I knew that what I had been doing was not working and would not get me where I wanted to be. Starting Out Super Motivated After I figured out why I wanted and needed to change,…


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Recommendations for Getting Started, Being a Female in the Fitness World; a Q&A session with Helene one of my Basecamp Instructors

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        I met Helene about a year ago.  It was right when I joined Basecamp Fitness and I felt like I had an instant connection with her.  She has only shown me love and support.  We met at a time where I was recovering from my first skin removal surgeries and then taking time off to have more surgeries.  It was a lot of coming and going and me making a lot more modifications and taking things easy but none of this changed how Helene treated me. Never did she ever make me feel weak, that I should not be there or make me feel bad about all of my modifications.  I feel like it would have been so easy for me to take the time off from surgery, and come back and feel insecure and out of place.  Helene is great with helping me, pushing me and supporting me and for that, I am so grateful!!! Helene is not only serious body goals, but she is strong, loving and a great instructor.  She has her own fitness goals and pushes herself to the max to be the best she can be, but she also does the same for everyone in her classes.  She only wants the best for you, and for that, I am so thankful. Basecamp has quickly become my home away from home, and the perfect place for me to continue on with my own fitness goals.  I feel like I am there for a while, then…


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Tips for How I Stopped Comparing Myself to Others

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                  Along my weight loss journey, I was constantly comparing where I was to others and constantly wishing I was farther along.  I found myself wishing I was at the place others were, and saying “I wish I had her body.” I was so focused on everyone else, that at the time, I never realized all of the amazing things that I was doing or just how far along I really had come myself!  When you are constantly focused on the finish line and worrying about what others are doing, you have no time to recognize or realize just how great you are!  You are amazing just the way you are! Along my journey I was told that “comparison is the thief of joy” and it wasn’t until much later on my journey that I realized and understood what that really meant. Finally, I realized that if I wanted to fully love myself, take care of myself and believe in myself then I had to focus on well…myself. Comparing yourself to others is easy to do.  I am sure at one point or another we have all done it.  Yes I have to admit that I sometimes still find myself slipping back into those old ways of thinking and say, “I wish I was more like her” or “I wish I had what she has.”  But these tips have really helped me to try and overcome that constant need to compare myself, my journey or…


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I Cannot Wait To Get Back In The Gym!

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                  I cannot wait until I can get back into the gym and start working out again. These new legs are so ready to get moving again.  Honestly, even though I am so ready to be back, I am a little nervous too. I keep reminding myself that little setbacks, or not being able to lift as heavy or go as hard is not a big deal.  I remind myself that I am on a journey and that there is no finish line.  I have to remind myself that being a little “weaker” since I have been recovering from surgery does not make me weak.  Sometimes we all need to remind ourselves that when we are on a fitness and health journey, that there is no finish line and that as long as we keep moving in the right direction, and bettering ourselves and our health, then that is all that matters.  Even though surgery might have set me back a little, I would not change it for the world because the changes it has already made in my overall mental and physical health are more than worth the time away from the gym.  “I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am, and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.”   I feel like I have been living in this outfit too.  This top is everything and I am in love with this purple color (well all of…


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