Jennifer KippComment

Rome wasn't built in a day

Jennifer KippComment

 

December 10, 2014

I was passing by a lady yesterday I had met several months ago at church and she excitedly told me she was starting a weight loss regimen. She said she thought of me and that gave her motivation for it. That definetly put a smile on my face.

You see 2 years ago I was 40Ibs heavier. The days of eating whatever I wanted and not gaining a pound were over. When my husband and I were dating the weight really started to pack on. We were happy though ;) After having my sweet babies it was even harder to loose the weight.

I reached a point that I was so tired of still having to wear materntiy jeans and never having anything fit right. For a girl who loves fashion it was hard. I came across a weight loss challenge and nutrition club practically down the street. It was there this whole time and I had no idea what it really was. I have to say the accountability was amazing. It was just the push I needed. Soon after my husband joined too.

After 2 challenges, starting to slowly run, Zumba and joined a fitness group I won 1st and 2nd place. I had to really change my eating habits and especially learn portion control. All of these things led me to doing actual Crossfit and lifting weights which is the most empowering feeling ever. No, I didn't get bulky from lifting weights. A lot of people have a mis-conception about that. I feel like I'm truly in the best shape of my life. I have an amazing group who has become family that I work out with and in general my lifestlye has changed. I still splurge sometimes and I stil enjoy the things I love ( I had pizza and a cupcake last week) I just know now and am able to have better discipline. Everything in moderation =) All in all I make better choices for my family and I feel so good about it.

It wasnt easy but looking back it was so worth it. I really had to pull from God's strength to get me through. My husband also lost 46 Ibs. It's been awesome doing this together and when one of us falls the other is there to whip back into shape! Fitness for me is so much more than just physical but its very spiritual as well. I saw this quote once that said, "it would be a shame to work so hard to be fit for this world and be unfit for the king". When I work so hard physically it's a reminder to give the same endurance spiritually. Let's just say I'm a work in progress for both. I fail all the time but I get right back up.

Before and after

Before and after

I say if you are trying to change your lifestyle and eating habits find what works for you. Stick with it and don't give up. Rome wasn't built in a day ;)

 

 

 

 

XOXO,

Jenn