Last summer was a journey. I had just had my third baby. I was trying to take care of myself while caring for my family. I also had responsibilities with my church, trying to set up programs for online fitness training and, oh yeah, my job at the local gyms. I was stretched thinner than ever. I powered through the hard times, little sleep and chewed off all of my nails with stress.
I was trying to be Super Mom/Wife/Coach/Volunteer and I was failing... HARD.
It was too much. I was getting down in the dumps. Something had to give. So I stepped away from my online coaching for a time. I wanted to rediscover my joy in fitness. I started training MYSELF again. It didn't take long for me to remember why I love fitness. Being outside while running, cycling or hiking is a feeling unmatched by anything else.
I also remembered my REAL goals.
I don't care about being popular.
I don't care about having a billion followers on social media.
I don't want to sacrifice my family.
I don't want to put up a front about being "perfect" because it doesn't exist!
I want to race.
I want to help people.
I want a healthy family.
That realization resonated within me and completely changed my heart and head! It was like when Repunzel realized that she was the lost princess and her "mother" was actually some crazy person that stole her away from her REAL parents! Well, I was the lost princess and all of the distractions were the woman that kept me from my REAL goals. Anybody with me on that one?
I started listing out how I was going to do that. I cut down the number of classes that I was teaching, started studying for my Personal Training Certificate and I began training for triathlons again.
It felt right.
I started knocking things off of my goal lists!
Since we last talked, I have:
- Become an OFFICIAL Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)
- Completed TWO Tough Mudders
- WON an Olympic Distance Triathlon
- Completed my FIRST 70.3 Ironman Race
- Ran a PR for my Half Marathon time
- Worked with my endocrinologist for my hormone health and nutritional advice
- I'm excited about these accomplishments because I feel at peace.
It's amazing what you can do when you finally declutter your life.
So what does this mean for you?
Here's what I will be working toward in the future.
- Training and Race Recaps
- Tips and Tricks for training with a family
- Some of my favorite Healthy (and not-so-healthy) foods
- Gear Recommendations!
What do YOU want to hear?