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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Resolutions

 Happy Workout Wednesday y'all! Today is the final post of this series for 2017 and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on how far we've come and look forward to starting off the new year on the right foot, the healthy and active foot. I want to talk a little bit about resolutions going into 2018. I know New Year's Resolutions can be a little daunting. We are all guilty of setting somewhat lofty goals and deviating from them about midway through February. I can understand. Now I want to tell y'all a little story. You see the girl in the top three photos? The girl y'all see on Instagram and on My Life as Molly Mac every week? Well I haven't always been her. Scroll down.
When I was in high school and college I was always the heavier set girl of my friend group. When my friends would share clothes I always made sure I had enough of my own to wear. When other girls wore clothes from Forever 21 or local boutiques where sizes were a little different from mall retailers I never did because I had a hard time fitting into the clothes.  For the most part I was okay with the way I looked. Sometimes I wished I could wear other things or was built differently, but for the most part I accepted it and thought this was just the way I was. I had successfully mastered the art of good angles and flattering clothing styles. However, there was always a small part of me that wished I could share clothes or buy the cute top at Forever 21 or feel comfortable wearing a bathing suit in front of people.

The summer after my first year of grad school I hit a new point in my struggle with my weight. I had surgery that spring and gained about 20 pounds as a result, which brought my weight to about 225 pounds. None of my clothes fit me they way I was accustomed to, I was uncomfortable, and I had no energy during the day. I started a new workout regimen and meal prepping at the end of that summer, but only saw minor success. Throughout the year I kept exercising and meal prepping, but like anyone else I would fall off of the wagon time and time again.
In the summer of 2016 I decided to try something totally new. I had several friends who had tried something called Advocare and saw positive results in reaching their weight and fitness goals. I was willing to try anything once so I reached out to Amanda about trying Advocare. When we talked she asked question about my lifestyle, eating habits, and exercise regimen and from there we created a plan to help me press the restart button on my life. And y'all, the results I saw after my first 24 Day Challenge had me hooked. I quickly dropped 10 pounds just from the first 24 days by incorporating the supplementation and grocery guidelines. From there things only got better as each month I saw more progress. I was eating more healthy and following the guidelines from Advocare in order to live my best life. Then I decided to challenge myself just a little bit more by increasing the intensity of my workouts from a cardio and weight training perspective. Almost a year later, here we are! Happy, confident, and over 50 pounds lighter than my heaviest point in life.

I wanted to share this story and my overall journey with y'all today as I'm sure the idea of a New Year's Resolution associated with eating healthier, going to the gym more often, or losing a certain amount of weight has come to mind. If you're scared or apprehensive to try any of these things I'm here to tell you YOU CAN DO IT! I never thought I could have done it, but I have and I continue to workout and train the way I do, eat according to the guidelines I've set for myself, and remain diligent to utilizing Advocare to help me. I've had a great support system through Advocare, my trainer, and friends and family. They've all been so encouraging throughout my process and tried to understand and help however they can. 

Start small. Pick one area of your life where you would like to make improvements and work your way from there. Rome was not built in a day and you can't expect changes to happen overnight. But if you stick with it, the change will come. It takes 21 days to form a habit, just 21 days. If you can stick to one aspect of a healthy lifestyle for 21 days, then you've conquered half the battle. Then you will see the changes. I promise. Utilize your resources and don't be afraid to be vulnerable in your process. There is more than one way to skin a cat, if you will, and different approaches work for different people. Try one thing, try ten things, but find the way that works for you and that you enjoy. When you find that, you will be unstoppable!

If you would like to know more about my journey or what I do on a daily basis to live my healthiest lifestyle feel free to message me!

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