Good morning! Happy Thursday! This is going to be a rather short post, but I figure if I don’t just sit down and give myself a second to write, my time will be filled with other things and it won’t happen at all. I’m headed to the gym here shortly to get my pump on. I started tracking my macros again yesterday and had a pretty fantastic leg workout wrapped up with a nice little cardio sesh on the stairclimber. It felt amazing!! You ever get your fitness goals back on track and then expect to wake up and look different the next day? Ya, don’t do that. It’s very disappointing. If anything, I look a little puffy from the trauma of adding weight back into my routine.

I should back up a bit. Last August I went on an amazing fitness journey. Upon my arrival home from a wonderful and fully satisfying vacation in Spain, I came home to realize that all of that satisfaction had cost me about 20lbs in weight gain. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but my pre vacation mode that I’d indulged in the weeks leading up to this fabulous trip, had allowed me to begin my rampant acceleration of gains before I’d even set foot on the plane. Of course a vacation in another country isn’t complete without exploring all of the colorful, culinary tours that my tastebuds so craved. It’s almost as though you don’t get the full experience of another culture without exploring the many food options available to you. And if you’ve ever been to Spain, you know that they include lots of bread, dried meats, churro’s, and please don’t forget the hot chocolate and the wine (and of course, the beer). The mirror was not my friend when I got home. Actually it was, but it was the kind of friend that loves you so much that they sit you down in private and have a very tough conversation with you that hurts at the moment, but can also change your life for the better.

After this harsh realization that I absolutely HAD to do something about this, I sat down at dinner with my husband and told him….I’m ready. I made a decision, and I cried. I hadn’t realized how in bondage I was to food and alcohol, mainly wine. There were a lot of factors involved such as stress eating and drinking wine to cope with some things that I felt powerless over at the time, to name a couple. In that moment I took control. It was my life, my body, my time, and my decision. I had a friend who was going to school to become a health coach. She was offering her services for a donation while she was going through school. She put me on this wretched juice cleanse for a week. I have to be honest there were days that I turned into she devil and never wanted to speak to her again. LOL! She was awesome, and encouraging. I lost 7lbs in 7 days, but that was because I wasn’t eating. I don’t think I’ll ever do that again, but what it did for me was give me a whole new appreciation for food and my responsibility in controlling what, and how much food I put into my body. I’d already had plenty of experience in diet and exercise, but I’d lost control and needed the accountability and motivation that came from working with her. I lost a total of 20lbs and got down to my goal weight of 128 lbs. I was in the best shape I’d been in in a very long time.

Recently, I’ve suffered some set backs with my health and a whole lot of trauma in life on top of that. About 3 months ago I was diagnosed with having two inguinal hernias. Yay me! So fun! Not!!~!~! We made the decision to move forward with the surgery at the beginning of Summer so that I could take some time to recover while the kids were on break. That was all great except I slipped back into old eating habits and once again lost control. I’m not all the way back where I was, but I was very disappointed in myself once again. I’m ok now, since I’ve begun to take the proper steps to get back on track. My only worry is that I may have to go back in for more surgery because the right side didn’t heal properly. I may need some extra support and encouragement if that’s the case, however I am determined to maintain a healthy way of living and eating even more as I recover for the second time, but I’m not there yet. So, I’m going to get as fit as I possibly can before that time comes if it does. If it doesn’t even better!

Until next time my friends! Happy Health and Wellness!

Jessica Wilson

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