Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fitness Journey and Coaching

Hello from a once bride, to now a wife ;) It's been over a year since I've written a post. Things are always moving, and are very busy. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Life has changed a little for me. If you follow my Instagram...or if you've peeked at it, you'd notice I've found myself a new journey. A new hobby, a new passion, whatever you'll call it... I've found it's not wedding planning (and thank god for that). Y'all would never guess it from looking at my blog, but I kind of hated planning my own wedding. I might've enjoyed it more if I had a year to plan it. Although, I'm super creative and love DIY'ing, crafts, and anything to do with saving money...I truly am not very girlie, and no I didn't plan my wedding from when I was little. In fact, my best friend and I had a convo about my blog, and how I was living a persona type of life. I just wanted to share my ideas by creating this blog, and lend a helping hand. I am the type of girl who loves sports, and I'm not too crazy about heels. I'm more of a chill human being who likes being casual and cool.

At the moment I don't have any friends getting married, which kind of sucks because I love helping my friends come up with wedding ideas. So here I am with nothing to plan, but a blog to keep a float. I've noticed that my resources have helped my fellow brides out and I couldn't be happier to help. May the force be with y'all beautiful brides out there! Since I love sharing, and helping this is where my new journey begins...

So what can I do to further help all my bridal readers?? Mmmmm well given much thought and preparation on my part, I can incorporate my new journey/passion/hobby into this blog and my readers. I've developed a love for my own personal health and fitness. I've become obsessed, really. Y'all know I have a story about it, so here it goes.

I started my fitness journey (this is what everyone calls it)in August of 2015. I really wasn't serious about it at first. I was just following my fiancé's (then, now husband) lead. We were bored with the normal routine, and pretty much wanted to lose some weight. Now that I look back at it, it's so funny how it wasn't even my idea. Back then, I was naive about the whole thing. I didn't know the first thing about "the gym." I had my own assumptions about what happens in the gym like most people. I assumed the gym was where people who want to lose weight go because they are overweight, or big buff guys go to juice up. Well my fiance pretty much dragged me, under the pretense that I was just going to give him moral support and motivation. In reality, I was kind of in denial at first because as soon as I turned thirty...things started to change. Whether I wanted to believe it or not but my metabolism began to slow down, and I started letting myself go. Yes, that's what I was doing. I was dragging in keeping up with my little sisters, nieces and nephews. I was just living an unhealthy lifestyle. Drinking 10 cups of coke a day, eating fried foods, candy galore, chips, carbs, basically you name it...I consumed it. One summer afternoon, I put on my bathing suit to go swimming with my siblings and I hated what I saw in the mirror. This was a person I didn't recognize. I was athletic, and full of energy in my past. One fact you may not know or like...I am a very competitive person. OMGoodness, am I competitive in any type of sport, games, board games, etc. Competing drives me, and makes things fun for me. I use to run track, I use to play softball, tennis, hand ball, bowling, skateboard, volleyball, etc. with friends and family. I still love it, that'll never change. My body type has pretty much been the same athletic type, which consists of pretty lean muscle, flat chested, small butt, in short...minimal curves. Working out was going to help me get back to the old athletic Jess, and not the potato I saw in the mirror.

(Me in September 2015 just starting out)
Overall, once my foot stepped inside the gym things began to slowly change my life as I knew it. I found myself on the know that machine everyone goes to first?! Yeah you know that's pretty much the only machine everyone feels comfortable with and not very intimated by. That machine swallowed me in for a few months. Yes, I said a few months. I feel so ashamed now that I'm thinking about it. I didn't want to get off that thing. In fact, I would do a whole hour on it. I had a whole routine too...thinking I was actually doing something to better myself, but I wasn't. The treadmill is a great form of cardio but not for the goals I set aside for myself. While on the treadmill I began admiring some of the female specimen who attended regularly. They were HOT! I was so jealous, but never mean about it. I wanted their body so bad. It drove me crazy that they would only do like 10 minutes of cardio and look so good. What was I doing wrong?? EVERYTHING. I was doing everything wrong. I was so uneducated. I wanted results, yet I wasn't actually doing anything to achieve it.

One really amazing quality that you may not know about me is that I love doing research. Especially if I'm really interested in the subject. I can absorb large amounts of information quickly. During these research sessions, I began to learn about everything health and fitness. I'm not going to lie, it was a little overwhelming. There was a bit of a learning curve given the certain terminology that was being used e.g..."macros, glutes, sets/reps, HIIT, core, training, rest day, leg day, etc." I was kind of lost half of the time. It's important to mention I learned this trade all by myself. No one helped me. No one held my hand and showed me the machines in the gym, and explained what they did specifically to build which muscle group. This was exclusively self taught. I went in deep into the research by watching countless videos, reading articles, staying active on, I followed all the big fitness models. I opened a body space, and started making fitness connections with people like minded. I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right, because I was so intimated by the fitness world. It's such a big industry, and I'm sorry but being fit is trending. Everyday, I found myself doing research, learning about supplements, form, muscle building, name it I was all over it. I was so curious, and yet so anxious to start the biggest project I EVER came across...MYSELF.

Project bettering Jess commenced in January 2016. The goal I set for myself...bigger booty, and letting go of all insecurities I may have at said gym. I forced myself to come out of my shy shell, and start working on the glute machines. This was a big step for me, because I was so self conscious. I didn't like that people were there...potentially watching me (hands over my eyes ha). That's a little out of character for me, because I'm very easy going, and friendly but the gym really intimidated me. Slowly but surely I made the gains I was looking for. As I got comfortable with the process, I started taking pictures after every work out. I didn't take any before pictures which kind of sucks. I had old pictures to kind of compare my results too, which helped me with my motivation. Once I saw the progress in my pictures, I was so proud of myself. I started challenging myself more. I made more goals for myself, and the addiction is continuing forward.

That's where I've been, and that is whats consumed my every minute. So here we are. How will this help you? Every bride wants to lose some fat, maybe fit into a slim wedding dress, look good on their honeymoon, no? Well I've got a transformation pictures i would love to share with you. Maybe it'll inspire you, motivate you? Maybe you'll come back in the future and follow some of my tips and advice when it comes to losing fat, being fit, eating right? Let's see...because I have so much wisdom I'd love to share with you, so long as you want it.

As you can see, my body is constantly evolving. It's really been a journey to get to this point, and surprisingly, I have so much more work to go. I can help you with results, motivation, ideas, food, supplements, etc. Let's see where we can all go from here.
From wedding planner, to bridal fitness coach! Let me hear your thoughts. What you want know? What questions, you may have?

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