A year. A year of ups and downs, self doubt, and over analysis. A year of questioning myself, my sanity, and everything I thought I knew about my own body. Yes, it took me this whole year to get back into my pre-pregnancy pants. And I'm PROUD of it! I'm proud that I practiced continued patience with myself, as hard as it was. I'm proud that I didn't succumb to juice "cleanses" or 21-day miracle diets. I'm proud that I weigh MORE than I did before I was pregnant - even in the same size pants! Why? Because I'm building muscle. Muscle is your friend, ladies and gents. Who doesn't want to be stronger? To increase their metabolism? To help shed fat faster? And to eat MORE food?! I've eaten more than ever and watched the waistband get looser - now that's an amazing feeling. I'm focused on the long-term, on my health and well-being, and on continued progress and behavior change. I've worked on building new habits to create lifelong change, not quick, unsustainable fixes--and it's liberating.
This year also led me down a path I've pondered for many years, but never took--until now. Last February I signed up for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer course and passed the final exam last month. It was far more intense than I'd imagined but I learned a ton and was anxious for more. After much research for a reputable and valuable nutrition course, I choose Precision Nutrition and have just began studying for my Pn1 Nutrition Coaching Certificate. PN not only covers nutrition, but goes on to educate you on coaching people through behavior change - something I continue to work on myself. I look forward to my ongoing education and journey to a better, healthier me!