I have been on a long hiatus, and it was well needed.
So those of you who follow me know that I had my son August 2016, went through post partum depression, and just basically needed time to dedicate to myself to recover. I needed to focus on self-care and self love. I took a long hard look in the mirror and I didn’t recognize the reflection looking back at me. I knew I needed to focus on loving myself better and becoming the best version of myself. In other words, I decided to “glow up”.
Glow up: To go from the bottom to the top to the point of disbelief. An incredible transformation.
I recently turned 30 back in May. I was so thankful to reach this milestone in my life and I wanted it to be the continuation of my journey of putting myself first, loving myself better and just overall upgrading my life in every area. I wanted to glow up spiritually, mentally and physically. My pregnancy and birth last year took me through it. I went through so much emotionally, mentally and physically that I felt I reached an all time low, I stopped writing, I stopped focusing on my goals and desires, I was literally at the bottom in all areas of my life.
God has a way of surprising us though, showing us we have strength we didn’t know we had, grit and endurance we didn’t know we possessed. Taking what the enemy meant for bad and what was meant to destroy us and turning it around for our good. The first part of my “glow up” journey was to lose all the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life. And let me just add this for clarity; I did this first FOR MYSELF. I was tired of making excuses. So far I have lost 80 pounds! YES 80 POUNDS! I’m very proud of myself and my fitness journey and will continue to reach my personal goals! I started at 234 pounds! These two photos below are a year apart. I started August 2016 and my results are August 2017.
I am not exactly where I want to be yet but I am well on my way to being the fit mom I aspire to be! Another aspect to my glow up journey has been me focusing on my inner glow. Growing spiritually and mentally. I have placed myself around women who I admire spiritually and mentally so that I can learn from them and become a better me. I have started a women’s bible/book study and I don’t plan to stop there. I am determined to be consistent with my writing and sharing better content. I’ve gotten connected with some awesome people who help me stay focused and not let the process cause me to give up. I have become confident in my abilities and will push to stay focused.
My blog has and will always be a work in progress, just like me in real life! I have learned what self love truly means and that I can’t give good love, time and attention to my family If I’m not at my best. I also realized that I have to put energy into my gifts so they can cultivate and grow. I will no longer sit around in fear or be lazy with my gifts and talents. What God has for me, he has FOR ME. My gifts will make room for me in HIS timing, all I have to do is be obedient. My fitness journey has also involved a 90 day vegetarian/vegan challenge. I’ve read about all the benefits of a plant based lifestyle so I decided to give it a try. I’ll blog about my journey there soon too. So far I haven’t passed out or eaten any meat! Lol.
Enough about me, here’s what I want to say to you. Start. Just get up and start. Nothing will ever happen in your life if you don’t push yourself to do something different. That was the biggest revelation I gained when I first started my journey. I didn’t like who I became. I didn’t like where I was in my walk with the Lord, I didn’t like how I looked in the mirror and I was worn down mentally and emotionally. If this is you, no matter what the area is, you have to get up and do something different. You will appreciate the results when they come, but I guarantee you this, nothing great will happen if you choose to stay stuck or choose to give up on yourself. Currently, I am in a good place with my faith walk; I am a lot closer to God and my relationship with him is intentional not religious. I am focusing on training for a 5k, my family life is my happy place and my relationships (Friendships and marriage) are blossoming. I don’t say any of this to brag, I’m saying this to point out that none of this would have occurred if I didn’t get tired of being sick and tired. I asked God to guide me and I put in the work.
So I challenge you to put energy into self-care. Focus on your glow up and bask in the beautiful results that follow. Don’t rush the process, take it one day at a time and soon enough you’ll see some beautiful changes happening in your life. In the mean time follow me on my journey so we can keep each other inspired!