In 2008 I swore I was never going to fall in love again, let alone get married.
After getting divorced my heart was simply not trusting and the idea of stepping into vulnerability scared the hell out of me.
And then he happened.
He swooped into my life like a warm breeze on a chilly spring day.
Taking the nip out of the air but leaving the freshness of new.
Suddenly all I saw in front of me was possibility.
Possibility of a love that I had come to believe only existed in the movies.
Me, a woman who's notion of love had been shattered.
He made it easy to trust again.
He left no question in my mind that not only could I love again but that I was capable of more than I knew.
He became my life partner.
My parenting partner.
My business partner.
And my best friend.
We never planned on getting married because for us the commitment happened the day he drove 17 hours from Chicago on a frigid winter day to become a family with Chase, Miyah and myself.
So two years ago at the end of a remarkable day to begin with I stool paralyzed in awe for a moment as I realized what was happening.
A complete surprise.
To myself and everyone else in the audience.
One of the most memorable moments of my life... when he married me.
Not for conventions sake but a further expression of our love.
Today as we celebrate our two year wedding anniversary I can't help but think... The best is yet to come. ❤️ #luckiestwomanalive#coach#personaltrainer#onlinetrainer#love#tbt#instagood#me#fitfam#follow#cute#girlswholift#followme#photooftheday#happy#tagsforlikes#beautiful#selfie#fitness#like4like#picoftheday#smile#success#instagram
Below you will see 3 pictures.
The one in the center from my last cut.
The two on either side taken this morning in my current cut.
I am telling you this story to remind you that there is more than just a number on a scale to reflect your journey.
As you can see all three pictures are basically at the same weight... Here is where it gets interesting.
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Cut 1: This picture was taken 5 weeks in and I had started my cut at 139#. Cut 2: This picture (taken today) is 5 weeks in and I started my cut at 143.5#
Ideally during a cut you want to be weighing in each week a little less than the week before (and I mean a little) like .5# is enough.
So this morning when I woke up and weighed in at the same as last week, heavier than two weeks before, I thought... let me look at my numbers.
Here are the points I noted:
1) You can clearly see that the 'now' pictures present with a more muscular frame and are leaner (the result of a good growth phase)
2) What you can't see here is the measures of my body:
In the first picture my thighs were 21.75in, hips 36in and waist 26.25inches.
In todays picture thighs 20.5in, hips 35in and waist 25.25in.
Clearly the SAME weight but smaller measures = more muscle less fat!
These are all indicators that I am doing my job consistently day in and day out.
These are also great reminders that stepping on scale CANNOT be the only measure of success when it comes to body composition.
The numbers in all areas matter and the way you look and feel.
So many people claim to "KNOW" this and yet so many people still get annoyed along the way when the number on the scale slows down.
So consider this just my public service reminder to find perspective and not draw conclusions based on the scale.
PS: A massive thanks to @jasonphillipsfitness for showing me the way!
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