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New Year New Clothes

***NEW YEAR NEW CLOTHES***

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Ok the day finally came! I HAD to buy some new pants because all of mine are too big (even my stretchy yoga pants). Chris actually bought the ones in the picture for me and I was actually NOT happy with him because he ordered them online and I am very picky with how things fit. BUT, turns out I love them!!!! They are the perfect lounge-around-the-house leggings OR wear-under-a-long-sweater leggings OR workout leggings.

I also bought new black dress pants (not pictured here) and I know it’s not about the numbers (but actually it is for me sometimes). Yesterday, I bought a size that I have NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER bought before. Back at my heaviest, I wore size 14/16 pants. Trying clothes on at Target (or any store for that matter) was always a depressing day and RARELY did I find pants that fit me AND were cute.

Here’s how a typical day of pants shopping would go. I’d haul in a few different styles of pants in the largest sizes I could find into the dressing room (the stores I shopped at rarely carried sizes above 16).

One by one I would do the “dance” and follow these steps:
1) Wiggle hips to the left and then to the right as I simultaneously attempted to pull them up past my hips.
2) IF I got them past my hips, move my butt back and forth to make sure “everything was in the right place” because they were ALWAYS tight somewhere.
3) Next, I’d suck in my stomach as much as humanly possible to see if the button would actually button.
4) And IF…IF…IF I got this far then I could finally check to see if they actually looked good.

Nowadays, I can walk into any store and I don’t DREAD trying things on. For the past few years, I have hovered around size 8 (sometimes 10 and sometimes 6 depending on the brand). Yesterday, I walked out of Target with a size 2! Again, I know it’s not all about numbers but numbers do show progress. As I continue to focus on strength training vs. cardio I continually see my body completely toning up and leaning out.

I am NOT trying to lose more weight for those of you that will feel obligated to say something about that. I am eating clean (okay maybe not the past week with the holidays…hehe) and doing short 30-45 minute workouts each day and truly focusing on my all-around health (mental and physical). I FEEL AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Although, I have been slacking a bit on my workouts…. unsure emoticon

I am betting that 90% of the people reading this will have some New Year’s Resolutions around health. I am here to show you that you CAN change yourself. It WILL take TIME and LOTS of effort and LOTS of hard work. It WON’T happen in a week, or 30 days, or 60 days. It doesn’t just happen. You don’t just “get there” It is a LIFESTYLE and a willingness to continually LEARN, TRY, FAIL, SUCCEED, TRY, FAIL, LEARN, and on and on and on! It is never-ending!

Will you be starting your “never-ending story” in 2016?

Oh, and just in case this post made you think I that all is peachy-keen in my eating-world right now, here is what the delivery man just brought to our doorstep!

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Happy New Year!

Are You Getting Uncomfortable?

Today I finished up the book, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero!  GREAT READ by the way.  I highly recommend it for a positive, uplifting, life boost!12002361_10100537085569860_6218415006216777796_oAnyway, there were sooooooo many take aways and I flagged them ALL!!IMG_4457I plan to turn many of them into inspirational quotes images for Pinterest.  Who else is obsessed with pinning quotes?!  Here is one I made today 🙂walk around with sunbeams shootingWell, there was a quote about getting uncomfortable that really struck me.  It struck me so much that I felt the urge to TALK about it rather than just WRITE about it.  So, here is a quick video of me blabbing about getting uncomfortable!  By the way, I originally made the video for and online health and fitness group I am running but it definitely pertains to everyone!  Also, be sure you are following me on Facebook to stay updated about all my online health, fitness, and wellness challenge groups!

Are you living in your comfort zone?  How do you plan to push yourself out of it?

Push Yourself

Recently, I have had to push myself outside my comfort zone in sooooo many other areas of my life besides my physical fitness. It is scary. It is hard. It is unknown. It is exciting. It is emotionally exhausting. Some people understand and some people don’t. It WILL all make me a stronger person ultimately. Just like a challenging workout…it’s hard to take the first step, it’s exhausting while you are doing it, it’s still hard even after you’ve done it a few times, and some people will think you are crazy!

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What are you doing to push yourself?  We can help push each other!  Find me on Facebook!