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She Started Working Out At Age 49...

Today I'm sharing a story about the woman that INSPIRES ME TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. That person, is my mom! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that one of my favorite things to do when I'm with my mom is to workout! Since we live 5.5 hours from each other, when we are together, we take advantage of being able to go for a run, do some yoga, or some other fun physical activity together. 

Here's some fun photos from her most recent visit:

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We had such a great time. She joined me for my Stroller Strides class, we went on runs together, went hiking, and challenged ourselves to a triple stacked plank! I love that working out is what we enjoy doing together. 

Now, taking a look at those photos, and us together, you might think that this is just what we have always done. Doing 5K's, and finding healthy recipes to share together is new for us though! 

Growing up, our go-to snacks were Little Debbie's, or for me powdered donuts. I remember in junior high and on, when my mom picked me up from school we would go to the store and get a HUGE fudge round and a big sweet tea or Icee. I mean it felt like we did that daily! It was our thing. (And I won't say that I didn't enjoy it!)

Anyways, though, as I got older, my mom joined Weight Watchers and did awesome there! She hit her goal weight, and did great! It wasn't until she was 49 years old though, that she committed to walking the Weight Watcher's 5K! Her first race.....but it would not be her last! Prior to this, I never recall seeing my mom workout. 

Sometime after that, my mom became a member of Anytime Fitness, and now she works out every morning BEFORE work! Did you hear me...BEFORE work! Now that takes dedication if you ask me. (I'm more of an afternoon evening worker-outter). She goes to the gym around 4:30AM, each morning, and after that first 5K, she kept going! 

She has run more 5K's than I can remember, (she has definitely passed my race count), and in 2012, she even completed her first half marathon! Wahoo! That's right! My sister and I talked her in  to joining the Disney Princess Half Marathon with us! You can read her recap HERE

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So all this to say, my mom inspires me to be healthy! She was one of the many American women who tried various diets for years, but now, she lives a healthy lifestyle, and works out! 

She took a chance, challenged herself, and WALKED a 5K. Then she fell in love with fitness! Now, she has a desire to take care of herself. She sees the benefits of working out and being healthy as she gets older and has more and more grandkids to play with. She loves that she is taking care of herself, and she looks great doing it too! Plus, no crazy dieting anymore! She eats healthy pretty regularly, but still gets to enjoy a sweet treat sometimes, or the occasional, or dare I say weekly Mexican food that my family loves so much! 

So I hope that her story can inspire you too! It is never too late to make changes! Take a chance, and do something new! And try it several times, get moving, and eating better! Start taking care of yourself, so that you are your best you! Live a #LeaveYourLegacy Lifestyle, and spread the #LeaveYourLegacy love to those around you! I know my mom has! There are so many people local to her that are inspired by her go-getterness, and her fit lifestyle. They saw her before, and they see her commitment to fitness now, and the changes that it has made for her physically, and that inspires others! So even without intentionally doing it, she was inspiring those around her! 

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I'm linking up with Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch for the Dish the Fit linkup today! 

 

Average vs. Awesome plus an Affirmats Yoga Mat GIVEAWAY!

I know that today is going to be a GREAT day!

I am DETERMINED to kill it in my workout today!

I WILL complete all my reps!

I AM strong.

I KNOW I can finish this race!

What determines an Average Workout vs. an AWESOME WORKOUT! 

My attitude, my inner-self, my chosen  Mantra, my internal dialogue! 

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When going into a workout, my mental state, how I am feeling, or the thoughts I am feeding myself always determine if it will be Average or AWESOME!

That's one reason why I love Affirmats

It's a Yoga Mat with an inspirational phrase on it! That way when you are in the midst of your workout, feeling tired and worn out, you can look down, see your inspiration, and be internally encouraged to push through and finish strong!

The Affirmat Mission is to "add an emotional layer to yoga by wrapping form, function, and a dash of inspiration in PURE LOVE."

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Using my Affirmat, inspires me, motivates me, and is my personal support system.  It's almost like I have my biggest fan in my ear telling me I can do it, and encouraging me to keep going in my workout!

My "I AM WONDERFULLY MADE," mat reminds me of who I am, and why I workout, or in this case do yoga.  It encourages me to keep going, to be me, to be committed to myself, and finish what I started.  It helps me remember who I am, and the person that I am wants to be AWESOME, not just average!

Who else would love to have their biggest fan cheering them on in their ear....aka who else wants their own personal AFFIRMAT!?!?

Because guess what, I'm giving one away! I am so excited to partner with Affirmats to give someone a little bit of inspiration found in a yoga mat! Plus, not only is it inspiring, it is also an awesome piece of workout equipment.  I use mine not only for yoga, but I also take it to my Stroller Strides workouts and use it there for various exercises. The mat is awesome, it is a high quality, biodegradable and ergonomically friendly mat.  The mat is slip-resistant, made from a Jute/ECO-PVC Blend, and filled with INSPIRATION!

Take your workout from Average to AWESOME with an AFFIRMAT

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Today I'll be linking up with The Fit Switch & Jill Conyers with the Tuesday Link-up, #DishtheFit

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Check it out for more awesome inspiration on how to change Average to AWESOME!

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WLW Episode 6

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I honestly don't know what I am planning to write about here… I had planned on talking about how getting off your routine can be difficult when trying to lose weight… but everyone knows that! :D I was looking for a picture to compare with another.. and the same time my mom and sister were making another. They had no clue that I was even doing that… when they sent me their picture it just brought me to tears- for real. I have never posted my wedding pictures online… they are so embarrassing. I hate them. I was the biggest ever. I couldn't even tell you what I weigh in them. I have always been big, always struggling with my weight, not very active… but when I went to college I gained like the Freshman 30. I lived off of ramen noodles and KFC Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. I don't eat either of those today… Sister took a picture of a picture while we were in Texas at my dad's and said "We are so using this…" I had zero intentions of doing so. It is strange how something can hit you so hard in the stomach… I wasted so much of my life FAT! My high school and college years. But I am SO blessed the man that is my husband still loved me for ME.. not for my outward… But anyways.. here is the picture:

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I was only 19 when I married my husband… and I looked like that. I literally HATE my pictures. I have set goals to take beach wedding pictures (before we lived at the beach) 2x before. When I get to {THIS} weight, we will take pictures.. I want to wear a little white sundress… but both times I have successfully lost weight, yea-- you guessed it.. I get pregnant. So the goal this time is to NOT get pregnant… and to get those pictures! The picture above makes me so very sad. I am just so thankful I know what to do to lose weight.. the issue is, I DO STRUGGLE.. and it is so very easy for me to put weight on… My family has said each time I have lost weight-- "Wow, I didn't see you this big!" I know I was NEVER happy with me, comfortable with ME.. I always had skinny friends…. ALL of my college friends were skinny. I was jealous, but I ate and ate and ate.. Just ask my roommate. UGH! Wow, seriously, I keep scrolling up… and just shaking my head.

I just read a blog today about a mom who said "I will never look like I did when I got married." She had a beautiful wedding dress, in shape, looking happy…. For me it is the other way- I don't want to ever look the way I did on my wedding day. So freaking embarrassing. So.. anyways.. on to better pictures. HAHA!

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So above you see a picture with 3 months difference, almost to the day. And guess what else?? There is a 22lb loss there! I realize the one on the right is a little more close up, but there is a definite difference in my neck and stuff. But the main difference I see is that the girl on the right is HAPPY. I am in a happy place. I am happy with me, life, family, etc. I am feeling better. I am working hard getting the weight off.. I am focused, and overall I feel great! So there you guys have it… An updated picture for ya. Can't wait to share in another three months!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 5: -4lbs

Week 5: -3lbs

Week 6: -3lbs

Total: 22 pounds!!! 

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It's funny what we are sharing today.  Big Sis is discussing how she doesn't want to get back to her wedding self ever again, and just last night I told my husband, "I am going to look as good as when we got married one day!"

I remember in 2009 at my lingerie shower how I felt.  I had my party, then I had an after party with my closest friends! I tried on some of my fun lingerie for them as we sipped Pina Coladas, it was a fun special night for me.  I remember that night realizing how good I looked, and how good I felt. I am excited to feel that way again! Really, I am just excited to fit comfortably in all my clothes again!

And today I am one step closer! Feeling good about seeing these pounds drop off and staying in those 150's!!

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 4: -0lbs

Week 5: -.4lbs

Week 6: -1lb

Total: -2.4lbs

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WLW Episode 5

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Wahoo!

I am here to say that I hit the goal I made last week! I broke through the 160 barrier and am officially in the 150's! Maybe only by .2lbs, but I will take it!

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I didn't do perfect this past weekend.  I went home to visit with family and Big Sis, and I had to eat at our favorite, small town Mexican Restaurant! I only get to eat there a few times a year when I visit family, so I wasn't holding back.  And we were so busy with lots of kiddos, I didn't get to workout any from Friday-Monday.  I always wonder when I have a not great weekend and still lose...How much I would've lost if I would've stayed in my eating and working out routine.

Anyways, I am excited to have broken through and am in the 150's now.  I can't wait to continue seeing the numbers drop and getting back down to my comfortable size.  I haven't tried on any of my blue jeans yet, haven't had to since it is so hot here.  I am hoping that by mid-late September when I need to put them on, that I will be able to slip into them.  I am hesitant to try too soon, because even before I got pregnant I was up in weight, and all my jeans were so uncomfortably tight.  So i want to make sure to lose a good amount, so that when I put them on I am encouraged because they fit!

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 4: -0lbs

Week 5: -.4lbs

Total: -1.8lbs

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Update on Big Sis, she has been traveling for the past week and doesn't have access to the computer or a scale, so just an update from Little Sis this week!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 5: -4lbs

Week 5: ?

Total: ?

My Total Inches Lost: 

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WLW Episode 4

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Hey guys!! I am so thankful to have WLW! It really is helping keep me motivated just like it did when we did our first round of it back in 2012 before we both go pregnant!! I am feeling great! I love knowing I can go take a two mile run without stopping!! It has taken me so long to get there. I bet I could do more if I had Mom and Little Sis with me… I just get so BORED! :D My weight is going down and I just SEE myself where I want to be! I am pretty excited too because we go to Cancun in January and that will be so awesome to not be over 200 pounds!! I mean, I guess there really isn't a huge difference since we live at the beach, haha!! But it motivates me! I am learning to stay focused on my desires… being with my babies, homeschooling, my Scentsy business, weight loss! More than weightless I am wanting my whole body to be stronger and more in shape and with running and CrossFit I will get there. I still have until April of 2015 on my FREE year with CF so I still have some pretty great months ahead of me! I am trying to refocus my body at getting up early so I can go to CF at 530am on three mornings a week. I can't on Monday or Wednesday because my husband has to be out of the house by 620am for PT and I won't get back until around 645-650.

So this week was a GREAT one. I took my measurements and I was so motivated!! Also another HUGE thing.. I finally splurged and bought some new workout shorts. My two favorite shorts are coming apart. One pair I have actually had since 2008.. I ran my first half marathon in them. The other pair I have had since 2012. Both have been worn on SO many runs… you can ask my mom, Little Sis, or my friend over in Destin.. it was time. My issue is, I hate to spend money on clothes… So I tend to go to Wal-Mart, buy a 10 dollar pair and wear them once and trash them.. because they just aren't great workout shorts- I am sure you know this… So I did it. I splurged.. I bought some adorable workout shorts… for $25!!!! The most expensive shorts I have ever bought. HAHA! I also bought a little black skirt and a blue top for my sister in law's wedding on Saturday.. wanna hear some GREAT NEWS???? All three things I bought were in Size LARGE! Not a single XL! And the shopping experience itself was amazing!!! Anyways.. let's get to the stats!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -4lbs

Total: -16lbs

My Total Inches Lost: 22.5

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Well, let's just get honest from the beginning.  I would love to be able to write today bragging about the weight I lost, but sometimes it is just harder than other times, and sometimes you just don't lose.  Today, for the 2nd week in a row, I haven't lost any weight.  Now I know that I am at the place of losing where it is going to be a slow process, it's not all just going to fall off, but it should still be coming off.  But I will have to "man up" and take the blame for being stagnant at this point, because it is definitely my fault.  Since returning home from vacation, it' s like I have forgotten what I am working for, and forgot that to see these lbs come off takes works.  I just haven't been pushing myself much.  I will teach yoga 3-4 times a week, and just count that as my workout.  And if I can make it out to run, then I will.  I think I ran once last week.  Although I have still been eating well, I haven't been working hard to SWEAT! I have totally forgot about the high cardio workouts I was doing.

So, yes, disappointed I am this week.  Especially since I am sitting right above the 150's, and ready to be under that 160 mark and get there.  (for some reason that just feels good!) Now though, I know that I need to stop playing around, I'm not at this wonderful weight/body where I just need to maintain, I have made great progress since having Zander, but there is still so much more I want to achieve, so I plan on getting my butt back in gear and working hard this next week!!! I have between 10-15 more lbs to lose total to get where I need to be.  Like I said, I know for my body type and where I'm at, it want just shed off quickly, so my goal is to be there my December.

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -0lbs

Total: -1.4lbs

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WLW Episode 3

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I am proud to say that vacation was a success in the eating and working out department! Although, the first of the week we did better, and starting slacking at the end of the week.  I still did not come home disappointed or feeling guilty though.

It was great to go running each morning with Little Sis and Mom.  Plus running with others really does help you push yourself.  I ran further without stopping on vacation than I have at home.  Which just motivates me further now that I am home, knowing that I can do it! Towards the end of the week though I missed a couple of morning runs because my Little Girl was up what felt like most of the night.  She just wasn't sleeping, so I would sleep in some in the morning instead of running.  I felt bad at first, but I knew I needed that.

Now I am home for a bit, and ready to get back into my routine and back in the Cross Fit Gym! My weight will definitely be down next week!

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

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So this week, post vacation has been harder for me than actually during vacation.  I got home and have been so busy and just wanted to rest, I have barely worked out.  Plus for me, I wake up in the morning with baby boy, but can't find motivation to get out of the house to go run.  It's the perfect time, but I have just always run at night, so both Monday and Tuesday I talked myself out of it, saying I would run at night. BUT, something has gotten in the way both evenings and I haven't made it out for a run all week!

Still though, I'm proud to have gone on vacation and worked out, and eating mostly well.  It was really a lot of fun to plan workouts and do them as a family.  We got to do yoga and agility workouts out by the pool, which almost always ended in me jumping in the water when I was done.  It was great! So even though I'm not down any this week, I am still proud to not be up any either.

I'm hoping in the next two week's I will be in the 150's.  I know that my weightless from here will be a slow progress. I'm just at that point in my postpartum journey, but I will keep pushing and will make progress, and I will reach my goals!

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4 lbs

Week 3: -o lbs

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