Body Image Struggles During Pregnancy

Yesterday, I realized I was 16 weeks pregnant. Yesterday marked the beginning of month five of this pregnancy, which is just C R A Z Y to me. I can still feel the tightness in my chest, the dizziness, the nervousness, the pressure in my cheeks because they hurt from smiling so hard, and the extreme excitement/hyperventilation when I saw those positive pregnancy tests on June 24, 2017. If you've followed me for a long time, you know how badly I've always wanted to be a mom. As an extremely indecisive person, being a mom has been the only thing that I have always been 100% sure of. I have always stated that I feel as if it is my purpose in life. Can we have more than one purpose? In my opinion, absolutely. However, my other purposes in … [Read more...]

Lost Your Period? Why You Lost It & How To Get It Back

A healthy, functioning female body gets a monthly visitor known as menstruation. The uterus gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if a woman is to become pregnant. If she doesn't, the lining is released, and is known as a period, aunt FLO, mother nature, whatever you want to call it. All women get periods for a reason, obviously for pregnancy, but also because it's a natural function of a woman's body. Not getting your period is a sign that something is up, and in this case, I'm covering why women may not get their period in the fitness industry. **This also does NOT include those women that are on birth control. However, sometimes birth control can mask these issues without women even realizing it.** First of all, there may be … [Read more...]

Don’t Compare Yourself.. To Yourself

"Don't compare yourself to others." I'm sure you've heard this phrase over and over, and for good reason. Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time, energy, and emotion that probably isn't positive. I know that the time I've spend comparing myself to other people tend to be negative and simply put me down. It happens sometimes still, but I'm much more aware of it and catch myself once I start to fall into this comparison trap. You may be nodding your head in agreement, and maybe you're thinking that you are guilty of doing the same thing. However, what about comparing yourself to yourself? You know, maybe you competed in a fitness competition and now you are 1, 2, 5+ months or weeks post competition and you notice that … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Help Increase Your Self-Acceptance

One of my soul sisters and I usually share our daily devotionals with one another each morning, especially if it’s a good one and strikes a chord within ourselves. I figured I would share mine from this morning about Self Acceptance, because I feel like so many of us can relate - regardless if you are religious or not. “You may not think highly of yourself, but God wants you to like who you are. “ Here are 5 tips to help increase your self-acceptance and improve your opinion of yourself: 1.Never speak negatively about yourself - acknowledge every good thing in you, not focusing on the wrong. 2.Avoid comparing yourself to others.  3.Let God determine your worth. Remember that you have already been accepted by God. 4.Keeps your … [Read more...]

Embrace Your Flaws

If you guys follow me on instagram, you probably saw the last post I posted talking about my flaws. Yup, I pointed out just a few of the many flaws that I have. The other day I posted a transformation picture showing how far I've come physically AND mentally. I post these transformations in hopes of inspiring others that they CAN reach their goals, whatever it may be. The picture on the left I had just started lifting, was eating too little calories, and just stopped running a ton of miles. The picture on the left was recent - barely any cardio, eating much more calories, healthy, and STRONG both physically and mentally. Well, low and behold, someone went out of their way to say "your legs look much fatter". Well, thank you sir, I … [Read more...]