Alright, I’m jumping in full force with my first blog post. And a lot of selfies. I am going to say this probably time and time again, but I am always going to be 100% honest with everyone who reads my blog. Whether I’m sharing make-up-less photos or going over the cellulite on my legs, I will always share how fitness and life really is. No photoshopped booty or false advertisements. Normally, I’m going to go for the funny. But this blog post is going to be more on the serious side. Everyone has their own story of their journey, and this is mine. Let’s start with a little over 2 years ago.
That girl crushing that beer bong? Oh yeah, that was me. And I could seriously throw them back, if you know what I mean. If you were to look at me then, you would never guess how much confidence I lacked, how I had just about zero goals or drive. I knew I wanted something bigger but I wasn’t sure what that was. I cared entirely too much about partying and drinking and less about where I wanted my life to go. I was unhappy with myself but made no strides to make improvements in my life. I avoided looking in the mirror when I showered because I was actually disgusted with my body, and I didn’t want to accept that I had let myself get to that point. I did not respect or love myself, and one day it clicked; I need to make a change. I was bigger than hating who I was. So thus begins the transformation.
I made my first attempt in October of 2014 to change myself on the outside, but what I didn’t realize is I needed to change on the inside as well. I hadn’t found that niche or passion to stick with it. So I did what a lot of others seem to do when they set a fitness goal, I quit.
A few months later, my best friend was setting out to do her second bikini competition. I have to say, she inspired me. This girl had lost 30 plus pounds and was so confident in herself and her abilities. Seeing how dedicated she was and how hard she worked, I was honestly in awe of her. I admired her drive and didn’t understand where her fire came from. I watched her transform her body and I was so extremely proud of her, yet envious at the same time. So I did something extremely bold in December 2014… I decided to compete in that same NPC bikini competition with her by my side. And that is where my gym mirror selfie obsession began, like so many other gym “bros”. (See bro tanks and flexing below)
I didn’t fall in love with fitness at first. And honestly some days I absolutely hated it to the point of tears. But I had an absolutely incredible friend who made sure I was there every day (at 4 A.M.). That I was eating the meals I was supposed to eat and put in the effort I needed to see changes. She was the shoulder to cry on, the one to push me harder and harder in the gym, and the one to initially show me my worth as a person. The first person to believe that I could do it, where so many others doubted me. And I am so glad I stuck with it.
I told you, gym selfie obsession.
But you always hear from fitness freaks that you become addicted to the changes, and I always thought “sure you do.” It took me about 6 weeks in to my fitness journey to become addicted to the changes. It took about 6 weeks for me to really notice those changes and 12 weeks for my peers to notice. My arms were toning up, my fat was melting away, I had more energy then I knew what to do with, and I was starting finally feel confident. (Changes take time!) Working out, anyway I could, was starting to become my escape. My happy place. And I was proud to show others my hard work.
That best friend I mentioned earlier? Well not only was I competing with her, I was also competing against her. But never once did I ever feel like we were competing against one another. I never felt so supported by another friend. We both ended up placing in the top 10 at our competition in April 2015. I am forever grateful for Laura. If she hadn’t continued to push me, I don’t know if I would have found my love for fitness or transformed my mind and body for the better.
*Competing is not for everyone. Although I loved every second of being on that stage, it was extremely hard work to get to that point. Your body is depleted and pushed to it’s limits, you look the best you ever have. But it is also NOT a maintainable body and I had an extremely hard time accepting that for months following my competition. I had/have an absolutely AWESOME coach and friend, Reece Stanley. He also played a huge role in keeping me sane, and I highly suggest anyone looking to compete pick a coach who you mesh with extremely well. I couldn’t be more thankful for the guidance Reece provided in the beginning of my journey. You can see his website here.
My transformation did more than change my body, it helped me find myself. I figured out who I am, what I want, and that I am capable of achieving anything that I put my mind to. I have made goals, changed direction, and changed my mind multiple times; but I have never let go of my passions. I have always been an adventurer, an avid explorer. I absolutely love seeing a new and beautiful place and daydream about being anywhere else in the world. I also fell in love with seeing people better their lives while working at Gold’s Gym in Grand Junction, CO. I want to inspire others to be the best versions of themselves like so many members at that gym did every single day. Seeing their success and happiness motivates me even more. Seeing other people achieve their goals gives me life, just like seeing Laura achieve her goals inspired me. I am on a mission to inspire other women, men, children, whoever to follow their passions and live their dreams.
So there you have it, this is me. I am a mid-twenty something living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I spend my weekends adventuring to a mountain top, a beach, a forest, or even the great arches in Moab, Utah with a man I absolutely adore. I get to figure out ways to stay healthy yet ENJOY my life with a maintainable physique that I can be proud of. Follow my continued journey of traveling yet living this healthy lifestyle I have grown to love. I’ll show you workouts in beautiful places, tips and tricks, recipes, and make you want to get out and explore. Let’s go on an adventure.