Saturday, February 11, 2012


Since I was younger I can remember every single Valentine's day that I didn't have a boyfriend.  Like all young girls, everyone wants a Valentine.  In school all the girls my age were running around with boy friends starting as young as 2nd & 3rd grade.  I remember waiting for THAT ONE CUTE guy to confess his love and at least give me a card.  BUT, that never happened!  Still waiting on him...

HOWEVER, what I have learned, is I'm not going to wait on Mr. Right feeling sorry for myself and eating my feelings.  I've mentioned this in numerous interviews, but I originally wanted to "Get Skinny" so I could find a guy that would be attracted to me and fall deeply in love and have tons of babies!  My mindset WAS: "NO ONE COULD EVER LOVE A FAT PERSON LIKE ME..."

BUT WHAT I DISCOVERED-> was my mom was right! 

"You can never love anyone until you love yourself."

Up until I lost my weight, I spent my days feeding myself negative thought after negative thought.  I hated myself inside and because of that, I had allowed myself to reach 226lbs.  Through a clean eating diet and a healthy workout plan including weights and cardio I dropped 90lbs.  More importantly though, I also fell in love with myself.  I became self motivated (instead of needing others to motivate me).  I was able to cope with my disappointments in life without eating.  I gained a whole new respect for myself and fit women.  There is a difference between being skinny and being fit!  (The reason for my twitter name Fit_NOT_Skinny)  There are people who can eat WHATEVER they want and not gain a pound... BUT they're no healthier that someone who eats everything and gains weight.  Skinny or overweight- NOT FIT AND HEALTHY!

A FIT&HEALTHY 'LIFE STYLE' only comes into play when you are feeding your body cleanly and combing cardio and weights.  Fit&Healthy includes being positive and KNOWING that you can.  You should be your biggest cheerleader!  First know that you can... THEN TAKE ACTION!

Hate to post it, but it's true! Girls HAVE Muscles!
So for Valentines, take time to love yourself!!! Not by indulging in Donuts, Chocolates, Sugars, Pastries and so forth that you'll later feel guilty about but... Treat yourself to stepping outside your box and EXERCISING WILL POWER!  Look in the mirror and speak POSITIVELY rather than filling yourself with all those NEGATIVE thoughts!  Cheer yourself on... then let that overflow to everyone else you encounter!  ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAYS!

Had to take time and show all my followers this....When I started traveling out of town with my trainer to help her teach Zumba and Tighter Assets, I fell in love with the Smith Center ladies!  Such a fit town excited to workout!  Amongst the crowd, there was this lady who was coming to Zumba and her daughters would come as well.  The girls are always involved in school activities, but it was exciting to see young high school girls coming to work on their fitness.  Well Katie, pictured below, has gone farther than any young woman I've met!  She was always beautiful, but since I had moved, I hadn't seen her! That is until today!  She walked into the gym I was at this morning and my jaw dropped (Yes! Double Take!)  I have to COMMEND this young high school senior!  Kids eat and eat lots of crap!  It's hard to EAT CLEAN and be dedicated to your workouts, but this young lady is another example that changing your HABITS= a FIT AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!  Katie started at 173lbs and is down to 140lbs and looking FABULOUS! Congrats Katie!!!
Katie at 173lbs!

Monica (mother), Abby (Sister), and KATIE!

Katie with her sister Abby!

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