Mindset. It Begins within!

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Mindset. It truly begins with YOU — YOU MUST transform the INSIDE to see it on the OUTSIDE!

{The first image} This was taken a few weeks before I got the news I was praying for. That I was pregnant with my Olivia girl. I had been on a rollercoaster ride for months after my miscarriage and trying to control —> EVVEERRYYthing. Month after month of wanting to be pregnant again and the not knowing, praying, stressing etc. was a real mental struggle for me.

So for months I had dipped into my own depression. I would have a tornado of emotions hit me randomly just about daily. Many times I’d be ok. Other times I’d be hiding behind a smile, or conversation, and when alone sobbing so no one would see and give me the “you’ve got to move on” talk (btw friends….that advice isn’t helpful).

Just before my loss people had been asking me if I was pregnant because of my weight gain. I still hadn’t let the cat out of the bag. I was waiting for that 12 week “safe zone”. So after my loss, and at that time, all I wanted to do was to NOT look 12 weeks pregnant. This mindset, coupled with my depression, set me off. I was running 1/2 marathons plus doubling up workouts. Not following my own advice of “Honoring” my body!

What in my head looked like “Yay I don’t look pregnant anymore” had someone saying “you look to skinny and that’s unattractive”

(A complete stranger mind you – life of social media). From that point on I made a choice. All the stress. All the worrying. All the physical activity. All the uncontrollables. 💡Lightbulb. Less is more. I stopped over exercising and I focused better on balanced nutrition. I may have gotten to the point I didn’t “look pregnant” but also came to realization that I was doing WAY to much and trying to CONTROL way to much. You never know what’s going on behind the smile friends!!

{The Second image} NOW for that 2nd Image 😍

“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 30:17.

I was 35 weeks pregnant 💗. I got the answer to my prayers. I kept that “corrected mindset” into my pregnancy and throughout my pregnancy.

❤️My focus was always Faith first with lots of love and prayers 🙏🏻!

🍽 Fueling my body right to nourish my growing little one!

💪🏻 Physical activity to keep that endorphin kick coming (that feel good feeling helps keep stress levels low)🙌🏻!

🤟🏻Honoring my body when needed!

Currently on my postpartum journey. 11months. My mindset remains the same. Love and Honor. Loving my body. Honoring my body. I have no huge desire to rush into a lean mean muscle machine. My focus is *Strong not Skinny*.

Friends out there. No matter YOUR current situation or journey — if your mindset isn’t set right you’ll have those struggles, stresses, rollercoaster ups and downs, and feeling of getting no where near your goals, wants, and desires.

🛑 Reset your mindset. Focus forward. Start with the basics. Stop waiting and wishing! Start somewhere. #transformationtuesday

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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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