So excited for my 2nd spotlight of the day, the lovely Lucy. A woman I found on Instagram after lusting over her tight abs post two babies! WHAT?! Lucy is this fun light hearted spirit and she's got a heart full of love for community which is what gravitates me to her. Learn a little more about Lucy below.
How has making fitness a mindful part of your life affected your day to day?
Exercising and living a healthy lifestyle is built into my daily routine. Before starting my fitness journey, my days would start and end with me feeling completely exhausted. Now, my days start, and sometimes also end with a workout. My children are my priority, and my schedule is built around them. However, I have learned that in order to take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves. And for that reason, I make sure to take care of my workout first thing in the morning before my kids get up and the madness of getting ready for school and/or work begins. This means waking up as early as 4:45 on the mornings I have to work and 5:30 on my days off. But, my body is use to it now and I love starting my day with a good sweat!
My boys are extremely active, so being on the go with sports and activities is part of who we are. But, no matter how busy we are, I make sure we always eat breakfast and dinner together. My quiet, alone time working out and my time eating and talking with my kids are my favorite times day.
Have you always been so fitness oriented...was there an ah-ha moment that changed this for you? (you can tell your story here)?
Last July, I went to NY for my sister’s wedding. Before the wedding, I insisted on buying the smallest size the dress I chose came in. I hardly ate anything beforehand in order to make sure I fit into it. Of course once the wedding was over, I made sure to overly enjoy my time in NY and ate and drank everything in sight. I returned from the trip feeling exhausted and disappointed with myself. To add to that, I was in the middle of a divorce and feeling pretty insecure. I was tired of being tired. I realized that if I was going to be mommy AND daddy to my kids, I would need to make a change. A friend of mine had heard about BBG through IG and had started it. For months he had been trying to get me to workout with him, but I always refused. The reason behind it was because I was scared. Not scared that I couldn’t physically do it, but scared of what might happen if I started working out again. This fear came from past experiences. My struggle started in high school, but became extreme in college. My life became consumed by an eating disorder. No number on the scale was good enough. I would go days without eating. And when I did eat, I did everything possible to get rid of it. I became angry and defensive and completely shut out anyone who tried to intervene. I couldn't see how badly I was hurting myself AND the people around me. My eating disorder took total control of me and I became a completely different person, mind and body. It was the darkest, loneliest, most empty feeling I have ever experienced. The day I fainted in my dorm gym, my mom checked into a hotel near my school and refused to leave until my last 2 weeks of classes were done. I remember being so angry when she made me stay with her. But I also clearly remember her breaking down when she saw me, telling me that she wanted to be close to me in case something happened. "You never smile anymore. I want my girl to smile again." That was it. I spent the summer in a treatment facility near my home and then following semester at home until I was cleared to go back away to school. Did the treatment help? Yes. Was I "cured" of ED? No. Since college, my weight went up and down, especially during my pregnancies. After each baby, I was left feeling extremely insecure about my body. So, I was in a rut of not working out and very poor eating habits. I would overeat some days and then barely eat on others. I drank wine every night and I was constantly exhausted. But, I was so hesitant to try any kind of diet or exercise program in fear that I would get obsessed again. Once you have an ED, slipping back into the “numbers game” can happen easily. But, after my trip to NY, I agreed to try BBG with the support of my friend who believed that I was strong enough mental and physically to take it on. My first workout almost killed me. I was fairly certain I would quit after a week or two. But, the more and more I did it, the more addicting it became. I started to notice changes in my body, but also in my mood. I wasn’t as tired anymore, despite my 5am wake up calls. I was more patient with my kids and I was more confident in myself. The best part was that I was eating balanced, healthy meals and wasn’t concerned with numbers. Instead, I was focused on things like how strong I felt, improving my form, increasing the amount of weight I used, and just my overall happiness.
It’s taken 8 months and a lot of hard work, but for the first time EVER, I felt like I have found a successful balance between healthy workouts and eating habits. I still have my days where I feel insecure or upset over my food choices. I always will. But the important thing is that I'm able to move on and remember that this is a lifestyle now. It’s not about numbers. It’s not about rock hard abs. It’s about being a happy and healthy mama.
I have been doing BBG long enough now to feel confident in branching out a bit more out of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to trying new classes and activities that will continue to challenge my body. I literally feel like I can do anything I set my mind to!
What does your workout schedule look like on a weekly basis?
I do my BBG workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning around 5:30am, before my kids wake up. Then I do a form of LISS in the evenings, usually 30-40 min on the elliptical after my kids are in bed. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I do a HIIT workout around 4:45am, before work. If I am not completely exhausted by time I have my kiddos in bed, I will do a LISS workout for 30-40 min those evenings. Now that I have joined a gym, I have reserved Saturday’s for incorporating more weight training. I do not have a specific program or routine I follow yet, as I am still learning how to use all the weight machines! I am also trying to incorporate new classes on these days. I just took my first SoulCycle class and I’m looking forward to trying kickboxing, yoga, and pilates next!
Sunday’s are my rest days. I am trying to incorporate more stretching on these days (I’m really bad about that!) and also working on treating my body to things like massages, sauna and spa trips to help with my R&R.
If you could give one piece of advice for anyone starting their fitness journey, what would it be?
At the end of the day, if you ask yourself, “Did I do the best I can do today?” and the answer is a “yes,” then you’re doing a damn good job. Adulting is hard. Being a mom is hard. Put the two together and the struggle is REAL! My workouts and eating habits are never perfect. That’s life. But, I do the best *I* can do every day with whatever my day throws at me. Giving up is never an option when you can remind yourself that you gave your best.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as a woman who loved hard, played hard, fought hard and prayed hard.