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Me & Me (My Felt & Found Post) *Long Post–My favorite part of the message is the last sentence*
Ever see those ripped bodies?! The magazine cover? The competition bodies? 
I once had a goal -I wanted to look like a fitness pro –>all the time<– I FELT that was a great goal to aspire to. I wanted to be able to wear a swimsuit and have ripped abs popping without needing the flex a muscle. I’ve seen those ripped stomachs and thought WOW so lean. So tapered. I’m going to have that. 
So this is me & me. Matter of minutes apart. Well the picture on the left is me flexing. The picture on the right is me normal no flex. 
While preparing for my past ‘bucket list’ body competition, I personally realized the discipline it takes (I’m pretty disciplined lol) and its unrealistic for me (no longer a priority to me) to look like that every single day and exhausting to even try. I FOUND that FOR ME my mindset has changed through my lifestyle job and journey & the real deal and real long term goal is healthy and happy. 
Still fitting my fitness goals in, strong, lean, and healthy, but now with knowledge and understanding *in my mindset* for those perfect chiseled bodies you see in competitions are exhausting to achieve and unrealistic to maintain. 

Even those magazine covers are often digitized to perfection and strict food intake to lean out. 
Just know that those images one sees and thinks WOW they’re so ripped most likely isn’t a 365/day body image…they aren’t walking around day in and out that lean and ripped. So for me I know my abs are there…they were made in the kitchen and with help from my workouts. They show up when called upon (LOL) and keep me stable and strong. 
Instead of having that goal (to look like ‘that person’ THINK healthy and strong instead. 
Let YOUR body become what it’s capable of doing in realistic terms and healthy terms!! 

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I am 35 yrs. old -a Wife and Mother to a Beautiful Boy and my Rainbow Baby Girl. I am a dance and fitness instructor. I own a fitness studio where I offer a variety of fitness classes in the evenings. I recently have become a FULL TIME Fitness Coach after 3+ years of working as a Day Care Assistant after having my Son and leaving my Emotionally Taxing Case Management Position. Fitness is my passion! I love to work out on my own AND with others! Throughout my both of my pregnancies I continued to work out on my own and with Beachbody programs, live my dream of being a work from home mom (for most of the day), and teach at my studio (and other locations) in the evening. After the birth of my son I have worked hard to get my pre-preg. body back. Shaun T's T25 was initial program and then Tony's P90X3 BOTH which I loved the short affective times because with having a newborn baby that was EXACTLY what I needed. I know and understand the self discipline it takes to achieve your desired goals and I am still on that path and have my struggles as everyone else does! I love to offer my support to my clientele with group fitness classes I offer in my community and I feel we work as a team all together to HELP each other. I LOVE offering my support via the web too as I REACH other people that I can't physically see. IT IS AMAZINGLY rewarding and I can't imagine NOT doing what I do! Im currently on my postpartum journey once again and so GRATEFUL and BLESSED to live this healthy lifestyle, lead by example for my family, and support others on their journey too!

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