My favorite Instagram photo for March


Share your favorite photo you posted on Instagram 
this month and give us the back story

You know what I never thought in a million trillion years I'd be doing?

Lifting really heavy weights.

One of the funnest parts of my weight loss/getting healthier journey is finding activities that I enjoy doing.

For several years, that included running. I ran a lot. I ran until I had seven half marathons under my belt.

Then I found a wonderful program called RIPPED that changed my body in big ways. It also started my curiosity towards weight lifting.

About six months ago, a series of events led me to a gym that specializes in powerlifting and training young athletes. At first, my training was geared towards improving my running since I had a half marathon coming up.

Because of my training at this gym, I shaved 30 minutes off my time from the last half. It was my second best time.

I knew that I was starting to get burned out with running, so after the half I started lifting heavier. Now, I'm hooked.

I look forward to my Monday bench, Tuesday deadlift, and Thursday squat. I love knowing that every week my body is becoming stronger.

Seriously, it's an awesome feeling.

So, for the month of March, this is my favorite Instagram photo. It represents all that I have accomplished.

For the record...since that picture I have already increased my weight by 40 lbs.



I've never been a big fan of change. I'm of the thinking that if things are cruising along smoothly, let's just leave well enough alone.

But, is there ever really substantial growth with no change? I'm thinking the answer to that question is a big fat NO.

So, big changes for me are on the horizon. Changes that really in actuality terrify me. Changes that will affect my future and prompt me to think outside the box.

I'm the type of girl who wants to know every detail before I move forward with a decision. In this case, I have minimal details. I don't have all the answers to the many questions rolling around in my mind. I mean, these changes are going to affect not just me but also my son.

I can say in the midst of all the uncertainty and mulling through all the questions, I am proud that I even have this opportunity to change. An opportunity to really grow. An opportunity to show my son that it's never to late to accomplish big goals.

It's so easy to stay the same. I think especially as a single parent, I embraced the mundane day to day activities. It brought a sense of security. What can possibly be good about rocking the boat of stability?

Opportunities above and beyond my expectations...

Want to go back to school? Find a way
Want to change careers? Go for it
Want to move? Let's do it
Want to take you kids on vacation? Start saving
Want to lose weight? Nothing is stopping you

There's always a way to make those big goals happen. It's probably going to take work. It's probably going to push you out of your comfort zone. Think about the rewards though. Think about the look of pride on your kids faces when they see you achieving big things.

Now go and make a change...