The Quote That Ignited A Fire

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“It is a SHAME for a WOMAN to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.” – Socrates

 

 

June 20, 2011 I gave birth to my third baby, a little girl we named Phoebe.  And the next day, June 21st, I turned 29.  I remember sitting there in the hospital on my birthday, my baby was asleep, and my husband

I was all alone.was home with my 5 year old son and 4 year old daughter.

I turned on my laptop and starting checking out Pinterest to pass the time.  I saw this picture and it just hit me.

I was in the LAST YEAR of my twenties!

And I KNEW that I wouldn’t wake up on my 30th birthday and hit this brick wall and all of the sudden – BOOM – my metabolism drops in half and it’s impossible to lose weight.

BUT, I couldn’t help think of how much time I had wasted.  Everyone always refers to their twenties as the time they were in the best shape of their life.  “If I could only have the body I had in my twenties.”  “What I wouldn’t give to look like I was in my twenties again.”

Well I couldn’t say that!

I realized that I have never really given myself a chance.  I have NEVER eaten well.  In High School I ate a Wendy’s happy meal every single day for lunch.  In college it was Burger King’s double cheeseburgers.  As a mom I relied on Reese’s Fast Break candy bars & Diet Coke every single day to get me through.  I had NO CLUE the strength and beauty of which my body was capable of because I had never tried!

So right there I decided – THIS WOULD BE MY YEAR!  I would finally make that commitment to myself and work on being healthy.  I gave myself a year.  I delivered my third baby weighing around 185 and the magical number I wanted to reach was 145.  By my thirtieth birthday I would be 145 and in the best shape of my life.  :) That was the commitment I made to myself on my 29th birthday.

I wish I could say it was easy.  That it happened in a month, or even two months, or three months.  But it didn’t.  It was a process.  The mental commitment happened for me June 21, 2011…. but carrying that out in actions was a different story.  A story for another day.  :)

But THIS right here – this quote was what made it CLICK for me.  This is what ignited that fire within me to push my limits, to find out just how GREAT I could be.  I didn’t want to grow old without EVER seeing what my body was capable of!

So I started MOVING FORWARD.  And I KEPT MOVING FORWARD through the plateaus and moments of weakness.

And let me tell you – I not only lost the baby weight, and I not only hit that magical High School weight of 145… but get this.  I have actually gotten down to 131!!  That may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but I don’t think I have EVER seen that number on the scale before!  Seriously.  I think my mom gave birth to me and a week later – BOOM – I was 145. ;)

But honestly – that’s what I thought would be my ideal.  Looks like I truly had NO CLUE the strength and beauty of which my body was capable of.

I’m just glad I KEPT MOVING FORWARD and never gave up.  I’m glad I sought that strength and beauty out.  Turns out I am stronger than I thought I was.  :)

 

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