I wasn’t a fitness success story. My journey has taken years. And it isn’t over.
In fact, before joining the military in 2007, I never worked out. Most of my extra curricular activities included being co-editor of my school newspaper, yearbook staff, student government Vice President, and so on (you get the point). Even being in the military, I wasn’t necessarily “fit.” Sure, I could run 1.5miles and do some sit-ups and pushups, but I wasn’t where I am today.
Before we get to today, there were so many ups and downs. I gained nearly 80lbs with my first pregnancy in 2008 (born 2009). Luckily, I dropped most of that weight within 6 months so I could pass my military physical training test. But wouldn’t you know, I would do the same damn thing again. I had my second daughter in 2011 and had to get healthy all over again. I thought for sure I wouldn’t make the same mistakes, but I did.
Through the years, I was married, and then divorced, leaving me to take care of my two young daughters while working two jobs, and going to school. Was fitness always a priority? Hell no. SURVIVING was my priority.
Now after finishing my education, working as a dental hygienist and having a stable part time job in the Air National Guard, I can make fitness one of my priorities. My daughters will always come first, but making sure I’m healthy and happy makes me a better mother.
I know it’s hard. I know you are tired. I was too, and most days still am. But you can do it. One day at a time. Whatever your goal is. Whether it’s an educational goal, fitness goal, life goal, etc. It might take years, but the time will pass anyway. And I am cheering for you.
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