Well, i'll start off by saying this is a really emotional post for me to write. Today is the last day of my 8 week boot camp. The first photo was taken a few weeks before I started my #FitJourney. The second photo was taken a few days ago. I don't know if you can tell, but what a change my body has gone through in the last 2 months! I started this journey very unsure of how it would go. I had read all the success stories online about this boot camp I was joining but I was still skeptical. However, after a year of sickness and feeling horrible about myself, I decided to try it. What could it hurt? Well 2 months later I am here to tell you that it was the biggest blessing ever.
I joined my gym not realizing the complete transformation my mind, body and soul would go through. I really didn't expect to have a total makeover, but apparently God had other plans. After starting boot camp I was teamed up with a coach named Teah. I loved how uplifting she was and encouraging in all aspects of my life. She probably doesn't even know how much I have cherished talking to her everyday for the last 60 days. Sure, the goal was to shed a few pounds and feel better about myself but Teah also helped me with something else. My walk with Christ. There is something completely amazing about having a coach who motivates you to eat well, to push yourself in your workouts and to trust God's plan in your personal life. I can honestly say I gained a friend through out this process.
I have also learned a thing about balance. I am notorious for cramming my schedule so full that I can barely breathe. I have now come to realize that it isn't healthy. Down time is a good thing. Lesson learned. I have learned to push myself. On days I don't think I have the strength to pick up a kettle bell I some how find the will power to push myself through 45 minutes of hard work. I now understand that if I put in the time, beautiful things happen.
I am sad to see boot camp end, but I am excited to continue working toward whole health. As much as society wants to tell you that life is measured by what your waist size is, it is not. You are not defined by the clothes you wear, the way you look in them or how other people view your body. Only you will know what true beauty is when you finally feel confident with yourself. It was never about being a size 4 and looking good in a bathing suit. It was all about how I felt about myself and how I felt when I looked in the mirror. I am excited to see what the next year holds for my health and body. I know what I am capable of and can't wait to see what I can accomplish next. So my #FitJourney doesn't end here, it is only the end of the beginning! <3
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Let me just start off by saying that i'm not one of those people who takes pictures of all her food. However, seeing as how it is a requirement for bootcamp, I've been doing my best to keep up. I'm so excited to share my week 2 update! When I was putting together this collage I was thinking about how I really need to work on my meal presentations haha. Some of these are just sad. LOL. So Friday I had my first weigh in since starting bootcamp. I am pretty stoked about how it went. I have been sticking to my meal plans and workouts now that my cold is gone. I was a little nervous to step on the scale but was beyond excited once I did.
These last two weeks have been such a rollercoaster. I didn't really expect to have any mood swings or anything even though I was warned I would. However last weekend, one snuck up on me and caught me completely off guard. What started out as accidentally burning my finger while cooking dinner, turned into full blown tears and frustration. I kind of felt pathetic for crying because I never cry and my finger didn't really hurt as bad as it could have. However something just made me ball. I'm really thankful I was around my family and my sweet nephew cause they cheered me right up. Honestly, I have never experienced anything like that. I laughed about it later but phew, it was weird.
I have learned a lot in the last two weeks. For one I have learned that healthy food isn't gross. Yes, I actually thought that before bootcamp. I guess I was just eating the wrong healthy food. Another thing I have learned is i'm physically stronger than I thought I was. I have been pushing myself like crazy in the gym and am surprisingly only moderately sore. I am grateful for my gym where they are encouraging and inspirational. I don't feel like i'm failing even if I don't get to all the reps I needed to. It makes all the difference you guys! Want to read why i'm doing this? You can find that post here. You can also find a great recipe, here.
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So I totally have to brag right now. I have never considered myself much of a cook. I love to bake but really am not a fan of cooking. Well with joining bootcamp, I have been forced to cook, a LOT! This isn't a bad thing. I am pretty impressed with how well I've cooked. I have yet to burn anything! 🙂 I pretty much assumed that I would have to eat super boring foods like chicken and spinach for the whole 8 weeks. Let me tell you how wrong I was.
As soon as I got the meal plan for week 1 I was so excited with how yummy everything seemed. There were spices and stuff that actually had flavor. Coming from a girl who previously drenched everything in ranch dressing, I was thrilled to say the least. When it came to breakfast, I was thinking it would be nothing but oatmeal, I was so excited when I saw that I got to have these Strawberry Banana Oat Cups. They are so easy and very low maintenance, which for me, is a GOOD thing! Hope you all enjoy these!
A huge thank you to GetFit Modesto for letting me share this recipe!
Trust me, you'll have a great morning if you make these! God bless!
Strawberry Banana Baked Oat Cups Recipe
1 1/2 cup dry rolled oats
2 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup raw maple syrup
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2-3 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
[Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet into another. Add wet to dry. Spoon batter into greased muffin pans and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes. ** Makes 6 servings, serving size is 1 oat cup.]