Thank you

Dear Readers,

I am so grateful for you. Each person has played such an enormous part in my fitness journey. In the beginning when I first started this journey I thought I would be alone and I thought that no one would understand why I was doing this. I've said this over and over on my Instagram account. I'm doing this for me. I didn't realize that my own personal journey to find inner strength and happiness would impact and inspire so many others.  It's truly a beautiful thing.

After my workout this morning I was stretching and taking some time to practice my posing for this weekend and I was overwhelmed by this feeling of gratitude. Of all the attempts of getting back into shape, I was never honest with myself as to why I was doing in the first place. I never faced the truth behind the reason why I was trying to get into shape. This time I did. This time I said it loudly. This time I went public with my commitment by starting a separate fitness Instagram account. I did this so that I could hold myself accountable, see my own progress, and document my own journey through photos and words.

What I didn't expect to happen was my followers on Instagram inspiring me and motivating me. I know that I am not strong enough on my own to change the world and my intentions and purpose in the beginning was not to inspire others, but as journeys take their own course so has mine. I love that sharing my story, my journey, my life, and my posts have infused so much hope to women, especially mothers out there to not give up on themselves. 

Each of you has helped keep me honest and intentional with my fitness journey. You all may have thought that I have motivated you to start your own journeys, but you each of you have helped me to continue on a fitness journey that's turned into a lifetime dedication. Thank you for helping me fight my depression and thank you for helping me find my self worth. You have all showed me encouragement, support, and the love and grace I have needed each day to keep going.

 

Much love and gratitude,

Joanne

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.

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