Happy New Year!

Here are some of my goals for 2016. I cannot wait to get back into action. I am counting down the days. I am looking forward to healing and getting back on the pavement and in the gym.

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Happy New Year! I wish you well!  Chase down your goals like they owe you money!!

Happy New Year! My 2015 Mantra

My 2015 Mantra is said best by Jenny Giblin:

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I intend to do all of thesethings and more. My first day started off well with a trip to the beach. It was a day well spents. Looking forward to many more days like that one.

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Happy New Year All! May your 2015 be one of the best years of your life.  It will definitely be one of mine!

Do you have a 2015 mantra? If so, what is it?

Just BE

As 2015 approaches, I think about all of the things that happened throughout the year.  2014 has been a year of accomplishments for me and I am going to continue along this path in 2015.  As I reflected on the past year I have realized who and what I have become. I am stronger than I ever thought I was.  I am strength training, gaining weight and have run a marathon.  I have learned how to BE.
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My Transformation Journey

As I look through old pictures, I see how far I have come. My journey is not about weight loss. My journey is about gaining weight and muscle the healthy way.
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I have always been thin, but I wan not always healthy. I would eat whatever I wanted and have no worries about gaining weight. I would eat junk and processed foods.
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I was not happy with the way I looked or felt. I knew something had to change. I hired a personal trainer who is also a nutritionist. We put a plan together and changes started happening. I felt better and stronger.

I started seeing results and it made me want more. I have been going to the gym 4 times a week for strength training. I love what I see when I look in the mirror and I feel confident. A feeling a rarely felt. My strength training had helped me mentally and physically.
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I am proud of my journey and they person I am becoming. I will continue to be a work in progress, my healthy living journey will never end.
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What journey are you on? Are you seeing the changes you want to see?

I’ve got New Ink!

With my first marathon a little over a month away,  I decided to get my tattoo early to use it as motivation while running the race.  I wanted to choose something that was meaningful and encouraging. Something that would symbolize what and how I feel in a daily basis. I found the perfect tattoo for me.

It is the Adrinka Symbol.

DWENNIMMEN – symbol of humility together with strength.  (Ram Horns)

The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble. The readiness to learn and to develop wisdom are signaled with this sign.

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I love my tattoo artist Laura Staker.  She’s amazing!  If you are looking to get inked go see her at Agaru Tattoo. I have 2 tattoos and they both mean something to me and symbolize someone or something important in my life. Check out my other tattoo! Every time I look at either of my tattoos, I smile because they are reminders of who I am and how far I’ve come.

 

Self-Appreciation

Today I looked in the mirror and realized how far I’ve come. For the first time, in a REALLY long time I  saw things that I like and dare I say it, LOVE about myself. I appreciate that.
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I took a long hard look at myself. I normally point out my flaws but I realized that they are a part of who I am and I should embrace it. I finally have learned to love my flaws. I appreciate that.

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I have been on a journey and I love where it’s taking me. I have started lifting and it had not only made my physically stronger but also mentally stronger. I appreciate that!
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It had taken me a long time to appreciate me. I am stronger than I think I am, worth more than I give myself value for, and deserve more than I have been giving myself. Learning this has made me a better person. I appreciate that.
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My body has not always looked like I wanted it to look,  has not always performed like I wanted it to perform, has not always been healthy when I wanted it to be healthy, but I STILL appreciate it. Learning to appreciate yourself is not easy. Look yourself in the mirror and find what you appreciate about YOU and celebrate it. You deserve it!

What do you appreciate about yourself?

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My Beautiful 5

This post is inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Hollie from FueledbyLOLZ. In her post she mentioned that people on Facebook were tagging one another with 5 beautiful photos of themselves.

This is hard for me but I want to continuously go outside of my comfort zone and love myself more each day (without sounding and being narcissistic).  It has been a journey and I am accepting myself more daily.  I am and will continue to be a work in progress.

Here are the 5 photos that I selected.

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Top picture I’m pointing to my name on the wall in Georgetown for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, 2nd picture right after a session with the trainer (I’m smiling because I pushed through it), 3rd my boys and I at the Phillies game, 4th holding my Bachelor’s Degree, 5th about to run errands.

Tag you’re it!  FInd 5 photos that you are beautiful in.  You are all beautiful, let me see  your 5. GO FOR IT!

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Fit, Fab and 40! Happy Birthday to Me!!

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I turn 40 today and I feel fabulous! I am the fittest I have ever been. I am exercising regularly, eating clean and living healthy lifestyle.

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I have become more committed to my fitness and my health. By hiring a personal trainer, I have been able to gain weight and muscle the proper way. My body is changing and so are my workouts. I am becoming stronger and leaner while putting on weight. I am seeing the results of my hard work and it is making me want more.

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I am eating cleaner and it has helped tremendously with my fitness as well as my stomach issues. That is a win-win for me. I have become a little more adventurous with the foods that I have been eating. I am fueling my body and it is paying off!

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My hard work is paying off, my body is changing and I feel amazing! I asked myself why I was not as committed to fitness in my 20’s and 30’s as I am today and the answer is…TIME! In my 20’s I had my kids and was committed to raising them. I am ready now. I am committed to being a better, stronger, healthier, happier me.

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I am proud of who I am becoming and what I am accomplishing thus far. I have set several goals, put a plan in motion and there is no stopping me! I am not ready to reveal what they are right now. As I accomplish my goals, I will write about each and every one of them. I am getting stronger, healthier and happier!!

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Strong mind, stronger body! I am in this 100% and I am getting better with age!

How do you feel you are aging?  Are you getting better?  Stronger? Happier? Healthier?  

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Making it a FRANtastic February

Hi everyone! I have made it though January injury free!  Woo hoo!  I have also been consistent with my workouts and clean eating.  My plan for February is to continue to do the same with minor tweaks here and there.  I am committed to being a happier and healthier me.

I want to continue working out 4 days a week, continue training for my 10 miler and half marathon races and remain positive.  I am seeing progress and love the confidence I am gaining from it. I am going to go by the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  I have a foundation and I am going to continue to build upon it.  I am getting stronger, faster, happier, and more confident while staying positive.

Looking forward to a Fantastic February!  What are you looking forward to in February?  Are you making any changes?  Whatever you are doing, make it FRANtastic!

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Why are you here? You are so skinny!

That is a question I get almost weekly at the gym. Along with, “Please tell me you aren’t trying to lose weight.” Why is it okay to ask that? My reasons for being at the gym are personal to me. I have always been thin, ALWAYS. I weighed 48 pounds until 5th grade. Hated it! I wanted to wear what kids my age were wearing but it did not come in a child’s size.

My weight has always been a struggle, a struggle to gain it. Most people focus on losing weight and I applaud all of those who have and continue to lose or maintain their weight. Kudos to you! I do want to gain weight and I want to do it in a healthy way. I have been told on countless occasions to “eat something” because I am too thin. The thing is, I do eat and I eat a lot. What I eat is not junk food. I like to eat salad, vegetables, lean meats and all of the foods that are good for me. Then I am faced with comments like “you eat way too healthy”, “you’re a health nut”, “that is why you are so skinny, you eat rabbit food.” My reaction to this, most of the time I smile, change the subject and keep it moving because I do not like talking about it. I do not feel I need to explain myself.  I do not comment about what they eat and they should not comment about what I eat.

My first time wearing a bathing suit on over 15 years.

My first time wearing a bathing suit in over 15 years.

But there are times when I do react, I ask them “Why is ok for you to call me skinny?” I am met with hesitation and a puzzled look. It is not okay to randomly tell me that I am skinny, or any other derivative of the word. I know I am and I am working on it. Being called skinny is not always flattering as most would think.

I want to gain weight. So, I decided to do something about it. I hired a personal trainer to help me gain the weight I needed and to help turn it into muscle. It is going great. He is so encouraging and helpful. He pushes me outside of my comfort zone, just what I needed. He makes me want to workout because I know he will get me where I want to be. I leave each session knowing that my hard work will pay off.

So please, the next time you see a thin person, do not point it out to them. They know they are thin and have heard numerous comments throughout their entire lives, at least I have. If it’s offensive to call someone fat, isn’t it just as offensive to call someone skinny? I am starting to finally feel comfortable in my skin and it is because I am embracing my body and learning to love myself.  Think before you speak, you never know what someone has been or is going through.

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