Give It Your Best!

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine

Let’s face it, sometimes you have all of these plans to kick ass at every area of your life, but then life decides to stop you in your tracks and make you rethink everything on your plate. At the end of July I was ready to put my focus full fledged into getting healthy again and back into shape. I was working out a few days a week, meal prepping or bringing leftovers to work, and was feeling really good about the track I was on. Then September rolled around. I started to work 14+ hour days, going to dance rehearsals for 3-6 hours twice a week, and taking 2 dance classes on top of that. The old me would have sucked it up and sacrificed sleep and resting time for getting a workout in. Something stopped me though. Two years ago when I was going through a similar season at work I took up boxing and as a result I injured a pectoral muscle. From that injury I have built up deep and painful knots in my upper back that hurt to the point of nausea sometimes. When those began to flare up I knew it was time to take a step back and rethink my plan.

With the Goddesses Empowered The Show coming up (we just performed on Saturday, October 20th), I knew that my priority was the show. It was going to be my last one for a while and so I wanted to put in my best performance. If I continued to beat my body up I would sacrifice my performance in the show, so I made the choice to put all of my efforts into my solo. This turned out to be the best choice for me as I kicked ass up on that stage (I will post videos as soon as I receive them). 

Now that the show is over I can put all of my focus into my workouts and meal preps. As part of my continuing education for keeping my CPT I have decided to take a nutrition course. This is something I am really looking forward to because I believe it will not only be beneficial knowledge to have, but will also greatly impact my weight loss journey. So here I am on day 1 (again) of my journey, ready to give my best! I will have good days and bad days, but that is what this journey is about. It’s about sharing the ups and downs with all of you and showing you the progress I make along the way. With that being said, here is my starting point as of today:

Weight: 184.2 pounds
Right calf: 14 2/8″
Right thigh: 25 1/8″
Hips: 43 6/8″
Waist: 34 6/8″
Chest: 37 4/8″
Neck: 13 7/8″
Right forearm: 9 2/8″
Right bicep: 12 6/8″

Thanks for coming along this journey with me! 

Love Always,

Jess


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