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I may not look super pretty doing planks yet lol, but I’m really proud of how well I’ve been doing the last week or two. I haven’t talked about actual weight loss much lately, mostly because even though my workouts have been better, I’ve been stalled around 180 for several months. (For anyone not keeping track, at my heaviest after having Jonah I was 189, so my net weight loss hasn’t been very big) It’s pretty embarrassing — I worked as a certified personal trainer and I know exactly what I need to do to get back into shape, but I’ve been making excuses to myself about why the weight hasn’t been coming off. I used to get paid to help people not make excuses, and here I am being lazy and making the same excuses!

It’s definitely hard to stay on track with rambunctious young kids, but even though every day won’t be perfect I should be able to have enough motivation and self-control to eat well and stay active. I may not get actual gym workouts in every day, but there is no excuse for sitting around the house all day. I’ve also been making a lot of Wild diet/paleo meals lately but it hasn’t stopped me from snacking on the kids leftovers, especially pasta and pizza. I should really know better, gluten and processed foods really don’t sit well with me anymore but I’ve let the temptation get to me way more often than I should have. My right knee has been bothering me for weeks, but after less than a week of going Wild (without any cheating) my knee feels great and I’ve lost 3 more pounds. I have a long way to go, but I’m tired of making excuses and hating how I feel and look. It hasn’t even been that hard to stay on track! 🙂

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Even at Bunco tonight I kept my snacks healthy, and I don’t have the crappy food hangover I’ve been experiencing so much lately. 🙂

I’ve also decided that I’m going to get my personal training certification renewed (it expired a few years ago), and get certified to teach a few group exercise classes (hopefully Cage Fitness and Insanity to start with). The fitness world has been such a huge part of my life that I’ve lost touch with the last few years, and I’m excited to get that part of me back! And of course, it doesn’t hurt to get paid to workout instead of just doing it 😛 To keep me accountable, I’m going to weigh in and measure on the blog every Tuesday until I hit my goal weight. It’s a little bit scary to be posting such terrible numbers right now, but I’m excited to see the changes in print. Hopefully this helps some of the other moms out there that are just too exhausted at the end of the day to take any time for themselves — with the right motivation, preparation, and support system, it really is possible to get back to a place where you have tons of energy and feel comfortable in your own skin again, and taking care of yourself can only make you a better parent.

What has been holding you back from reaching your goals?