Tips and Tricks

This is just what it sounds like…tips and tricks that I have learned along my journey.

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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My Top Tips For How I Find My Own Sunshine and Continue My Personal Growth

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                  We are all on a journey.  That journey is life.  Life can be…tricky.  It has a way of knocking us down and kicking us when we feel like we can’t get any lower.  It also can be wonderful and we can travel down paths that we only ever imagined and learn more about ourselves than we ever though possible. For me, spring is always my time of the year where I truly believe that anything is possible!  The flowers that grow from seeds buried underneath some dirt, finally found their sunshine and blossomed into beautiful flowers. Each flower is different and unique and no one is exactly like another.  Each one had to fight its way to push through the dirt  and find the sunshine to fully blossom.  No matter how deeply we feel like we have fallen and are buried under the dirt and can not get up we must remember that we must fight like those seeds to push through that dirt and find that sunshine.  If the sunshine is not there we must make it for ourselves.  Spring reminds me that anything is possible and that I am the one who is ultimately in charge of my own happiness, my own sunshine. For many years I struggled with my own self worth and my body image and felt like I was kicked down so far that I definitely did not have the strength to get back up.  No matter what you…


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Workout Q&A With My Trainer.

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       500 is a big number.  It is also never a number that I ever imaged that I would EVER see on a scale.  I remember that day so well.  I stepped on the scale for the first time in forever and it read 510.2 pounds.  I was sad, angry and devastated that my weight was so completely out of hand.  It was at that moment I decided that I needed to change.  I wanted to change.  But where do I start first?     To be honest, it was a while before I really began working out and even longer before I joined a gym.  For me, the best thing was to break it down into parts, and not just jump right in and say “ok today I am going to lose over 300 pounds”.  I set small goals, and when I accomplished them, I set new goals.  That was the same thing with starting a gym.  I worked up the confidence in myself and my body before I ever thought about joining a gym or before I stepped foot into a gym.  But when the day came and I decided that I actually wanted to stop working out at home and face my fears and actually walk my booty into a gym, that was the day that my life and my body changed forever.         I decided to join a bootcamp style gym where it was group classes of both cardio and weights mixed together.  There were…


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