I recently listened to a sermon on defining moments. At this moment I was left to ponder what my defining moments are. Of course, the birth of girls, my wedding and a fun Lollapalooza concert are some to suggest but what pushes a person in life to make you the person you are today? For me, a game changer was at the ripe age of 20. It started with a 1996 Junior Fitness competition that aired on ESPN. I was that crazy girl who thought, because Kelly Ryan, a fitness model at the time, could bust out a 90 second fitness/gymnastics routine then I could to. Little did I know what hard work this was going to be in order to be successful?
My defining moment was not without challenges but I found 4 things to help me be successful.
First, was my allegiance to God. I put my mind to changing my life, but not without giving all the glory to God. At the beginning of each day, I give thanks to God for allowing me to be able to put my two feet on the ground and walk. Think about it, walking is a gift. Not everyone has the ability to get up and walk. I would not feel right if I did not give that glory to God.
Second is Accountability. I had to hold myself accountable in everything including down to the last morsel that I ate. It sucks when you have to leave yourself out of things like: going to IHOP, Waffle House, and parties; knowing that those are just unhealthy choices. Fitness can be a lonely place if you do not have friends that feel they can be Kelly Ryan too. I kept countless spiral bound notebook journals with my meals, calorie intake and exercise for the day. You have to remember that back in the 90’s My Fitness Pal (which I currently use) was not accessible. To make my life easier I just ate the same things which were a lot of canned tuna, egg whites and raw veggies, yummy.
Align yourself with a fitness trainer or friend. Mr. M was my first trainer. I met him at a cheerleading event. He was trying to whip a bunch of my sister’s cheerleading team into shape. Mr. M is about 5’4 but when he said give me 20 burpees those cheerleaders were on the floor. I hired him on the spot. For two years, Mr. M showed up at my house every week, with a megaphone (just kidding) and weights. Mr. M pushed me to see past the word “I can’t”. He also pushed me into running. If you don’t have the money for a trainer, then find a friend who will hold you accountable. Pick someone that will get you through those hard workouts and bad eating days. Currently, most all my walks/runs are with my best girlfriends.
Pump that aqua. Besides my Latte addiction I am also a water addict. I fill up my water bottle at least three times a day.
I have not always been fit but I work hard to be the healthiest mom/wife. That ESPN fitness competition changed my life for the better.
Fitness is simple, but you have to put in the effort. What is/are your defining moments?
- Disclaimer- I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist. I am sharing my journey and what led me through my fitness journey. Today, I would not consider Kelly Ryan a role model. You can read her story: Kelly Ryan Story