Today I am just focusing on the question of the day

What inspires you

Here is what inspires me to get up and workout everyday, to eat healthy and let go and enjoy life.

I can honestly say that I am in better shape now then I have ever been.

I was a very active teenager, I danced 5-6 days a week in high school. However, back then I didn't always watch what I put into my body. I could easily scarf down an entire box of macaroni and cheese. I would happily eat 4 donuts on a Saturday morning. My Dad would go and get fresh donuts on Saturday mornings (he is a morning person like me) and who can turn down fresh bakery donuts, not I!

Throughout college I attempted at times to exercise. I would run a lap and walk a lap on the track or attempt to run when the weather got nice. But I can honestly say I didn't truly exercise in college and did not watch what I ate or drank at all.

I have been fortunate through those times to have a decent metabolism so I never felt like I was overweight, however I wasn't healthy.

I graduated, met my husband and had my first son. Shortly after my first son was born my world collapsed in one phone call, while my parents were on vacation in Hawaii my mom had passed away from a problem with her heart, she was only 58. I can honestly say I spent the next year in a daze from it all.

A little over a year after my mom passed away, I had my second son just before Christmas. I stayed home with my boys and loved every minute of it, although chaotic at times with 2 under 2, I loved it. But after my second son was born I made a promise to myself, to my children, my husband, my family and my mom, I would do my best to be healthy.

I asked for an elliptical machine for Christmas and that is when I began my early morning workouts. It truly was the easiest time to get in a workout, nap times didn't always happen at the same time and by the time bedtime rolled around I was in bed too. I started to eat healthier and watch what I put in my body.

So to make a long story short, my mom inspires me. She was amazing and I miss her everyday (they say it gets easier, I'm still waiting and it's been 8 years). She inspires me to exercise and eat healthy. She inspires me to do everything in my power to be here on earth with my family as long as possible. She is with me everyday, in all that I do. I know she is watching over my family and I take comfort in that.

Now I know there are things that are out of my control. I cannot prevent somethings from happening cancer, Alzheimer's, etc. BUT I can keep my body strong in order to be strong to fight those things if they ever were to happen.

I have been thinking about my mom a lot lately because it would have been her birthday at the end of January and because of some other recent events. She helps me remember that life is short and to live it to the fullest and make it count.


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