Being real

IMG_20171108_082611_071April to November, 6 months of transformation.πŸ’ͺ

I’m very proud of my accomplishments in the last 6 months. Not only did I start a new relationship, travel and manage to consistently (yet slowly) lose, but I learned that if I continue believing in myself, that I can achieve results no matter how many times I fall. And I fall … a lot!

It’s easy to post about the positive, about success, about changing your life, but what many of you don’t know based off of my posts is that I STILL STRUGGLE. ➑I struggle with my mind, my eating, my perception of myself. Losing 125 lbs doesn’t make you endlessly happy. It won’t solve all of your problems or instantly remove insecurity.β¬… I struggle with loving my physical self and being content with how I look. I always want more. I beat myself up when I binge eat, or when I maintain my weight without loss in a while. I am surely not over the hump, as the last to transform is the mind.

Don’t feel alone. We all have insecurities and doubts. Know that we are always evolving into something greater but that we have to struggle to learn the lesson and ultimately, become the master of our minds. My story is here to help. As I evolve, I want you to see the struggle. ➑It wouldn’t be a journey without the hardships, but no matter how many times you slip up, what defines you is how you prevail.β¬… Keep your head up, the best is yet to come!πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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1st 10 MILER!!!

IMG_20171107_075227_445IMG_20171107_075227_458IMG_20171107_075227_448Words can’t describe how it felt running past the finish line and being handed the EQT 10 miler medal. I almost cried (but there were too many people around 😜). I never thought I’d become a runner again. At 310 lbs, I gave up thinking that I’d ever achieve the same level of success I did in my first weight transformation back in 2009…and boy…

DID I PROVE MYSELF WRONG!πŸ’ͺπŸ†πŸ‘Ÿ

Completing this 10 mile run proved to me that truly rising from the ashes and turning defeat into fire is the only way to successfully move forward.πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

A huge thank you to Stasi Longo who organized the Sonshiners running group. It was fun being part of a group and being surrounded by good people to talk to as we ran our butts off (Tayler Hutton Erin Fitzgerald). Stasi has taught me how to preventatively take care of my body to avoid injury and was the reason why I passed the finish line yesterday without injury or soreness. Being fit is important but being fit without injury is a blessing.

This race proved to me that I can conquer ANYTHING that I put my mind to. With enough passion, dedication and training, truly anything is possible.πŸ’Ÿ

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And the winner is!

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Congrats to Greg for his first place win at the OCB Natural Steel City body transformation competition! So proud to be on stage with you and the rest of the competitors! I came in 5th place and had a absolute blast with everyone today!

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Competition day

IMG_20171106_192933_793.jpgToday is the OCB Natural STEEL City show! I will be reading an essay about weight loss with my bikini before and after photos behind me.πŸ’ͺπŸ‘™ I get to be in this competition with some pretty amazing people who I’m happy to share this experience with! May the best body transformer win!πŸ†πŸŽ‰πŸ’ͺIf you want to come see all the competitors, join us at 11am! It’s at West Allegheny high school! I would love to see you there.

This overall 1 year 2 month journey with Stasi Longo (since August 2016) has been amazing. I can’t believe what a year of transformation can do to the body and overall well-being. I’ve struggled and stumbled along the way but ultimately succeeded in changing my physique and most importantly, gaining health and becoming fit. I am honored to be a part of my trainer’s show today and look forward to what the beauty of sharing our stories has to offer. Thank you for following my journey. Your love and outpour of support moves and motivates me.πŸ’ͺπŸ’—πŸ˜

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Training for the 10 miler

IMG_20171029_225501_930IMG_20171029_225501_927November 4, next Saturday is the OCB championship “Natural STEEL City” competition. I am in the body transformer category and will have my before and afters on a big screen behind me as I read an essay on how the body transformation has changed my life. Come to show to see the afters that Stasi took last Wednesday! Not only will the transformers be interesting but to see all the amazing bikini, figure and male competitors, it will be amazingly motivating and encouraging! It will be held at West Allegheny high school at 11am. Tickets are $40! I would love to see you there!😍

Sunday, November 5 I’ll be running the EQT 10 miler! I just trained today in the rain and cold with Tayler who be alongside me next weekend for both the transformation competition and the run! We ran about 8+ miles in an hour and a half AND we talked the whole time! Man do I feel in shape. Thanks again Tayler for helping me to realize that I can talk and run at the same time! Not only did you push a stroller the entire time but you looked completely flawless the whole time! Cant wait to be competing alongside you this weekend! πŸ’–

 

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Results

IMG_20171028_095339_919I feel proud, fit, motivated, confident, strong and accomplished. I worked HARD to get here and I’ve earned all of it. I can’t believe that what I now see is me in the mirror. I’ve blown my own mind. And with success comes the acknowledgment of who helped you to get there…

I’ve learned everything I know from my personal trainer Stasi Longo. You won’t get results if you do the same thing you’ve been doing, you need to jump it up a notch and call her at 724-942-BFIT. You can talk to her about your goals, what you’re looking for and ask her about the 10% off coupon when you call. Just have a conversation, see if personal training is for you. The first step is making the call. I’ve earned this physique and I’ve been taught how to do it strategically and without injury! I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance of a professional! Are you ready to get serious? You’ll never know the greatness you can achieve if you never try. Give yourself the gift of transformation and blow your own mind. You’d be surprised what all you can accomplish.

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Keep moving

IMG_20171028_094402_876.jpgShout out to this beautiful mama Tayler Hutton who was able to push her little guy, talk, run and still look flawless and unphased after our 6 mile run!😍

I NEVER thought I could run a 10 min mile and talk non stop but thanks to Tayler, I found that I could! At the gym, I feel like it takes forever to get through a run and that I’m working 10x harder because my mind is focused on when it will be overπŸ™ŠThis seriously was the first time I’ve ever ran and genuinely enjoyed every minute because it went SO FAST and we had so much to talk about! Once again, the buddy system is hard at work!πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’ͺ

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A little push

20171017_194330After completing 7 miles of running yesterday morning, the last thing I wanted to do was lift after work. My throat started feeling sore and I had a headache brewing. I texted my bf and gave him the option of meeting me at the gym as planned or doing his own thing for the day and I’d meet him at home. Of course… babe said we can meet at the gym.πŸ˜“πŸ˜«πŸ˜³

But but but… I threw up all the hints to him that I wanted to skip… yet, there I was at LA Fitness after work, after already completing a long distance run feeling like I should’ve given myself a break for the rest of the day.😰Cheers to round 2.

I started lifting and the world was right again. I just needed a push. This is the buddy system at it’s best…

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Running

PhotoGrid_15081590787987 mile run. 70 minutes!!!πŸ’ͺπŸ’–πŸ’ͺ

With a little motivation and a lot of dedication, absolutely anything is possible. A year ago, if you told me I’d be running seven 10 minute miles, I’d be in complete disbelief.

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Gaining health

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We all want to look better, to see definition, lose excess fat and to ultimately to reach our body goals, but being fit is much more than looking great. It is knowing that your heart and body are healthy enough to be pushed to the limit, day after day. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ƒπŸ‘Š

November 5 is the EQT 10 miler I’m doing with other Sonshiners on behalf of #sonshinefitness. Every 10 minutes, I hope to complete a mileπŸ˜œπŸ˜“πŸ˜³. I’ve only ever ran 10 miles 1x before and it was 15 minute miles on a flat road, so this would be stepping it up a notch and would be my first ever official big race. Who would’ve thought a 310 lb person could be transformed into a fit, long distance runner? And you can transform yourself just the same as long as you’re willing to go the distance. The time is now. No excuses. Earn the body of your dreams. You know it’s possibleπŸ’ͺπŸ˜ƒβœŠ

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