Fighting to be Fit…3 Years later!!


I’m about a week late but…Happy 3-year Blogiversary to all of us!! Thank you all for your continued support as we Fight to be Fit!

I had big plans for this little blog last year but life had different ideas. 2016 was a rough year for most of us…and I was no exception. I suffered a major setback with my health, in the form of severe chronic fatigue and the reappearance of my PCOS symptoms. On top of that, my shoulder finally gave out on me & I had no choice but to undergo surgery. It’s been a really long road…but I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

For starters, I’m officially 3-months post op! Although I still have pain, I’m 1000% better than I was before. My range of motion isn’t perfect but it’s definitely improved. I’m finally able to raise my arms above my head without pain, which is something I haven’t been able to do in over two years! Despite my progress, I get in my head a lot. I think about how hard I worked and where I was before this injury happened. My workouts have resumed but they are nothing like they once were. It’s a huge adjustment mentally but I’m trying my very best to focus on the positives. I may not be able to lift heavy or do the exercises I once loved, but I will be able to soon. Deep down I know that if I push myself too far too soon, I will only make matters worse…and set myself back even further.

As far as my health goes, I have good and bad days. My chronic fatigue has gotten much better, which I believe is due in large part to a supplement called Adrenal Restore. That shit is magic. I wrote a whole review about it last year…and everything still holds true today. My PCOS symptoms have been horrible. I’ve developed pretty debilitating migraines, which sent me to the ER earlier in the year. All things considered though, that’s been mostly under control and since that episode have rarely happened.

The surgery mixed with my health issues definitely set me back with my weight loss. I gained back a good 20lbs over the last year….and it definitely wasn’t muscle. I went from weighing over 200lbs to getting myself ripped to something in the middle.

I won’t pretend that I’m happy about the setbacks or that I’m proud of where I’m at. However, despite my physical setbacks I learned that mentally I’m stronger than ever. Sure I have bad days like everyone else…but rather than get discouraged by the bad I’m using it as motivation. I know if I keep working hard and stick to a (mostly) clean diet, I will see great results. Hell, I’m already seeing some drastic improvements!

November 2016 >> December 2016

Being on a weight loss journey really teaches you the art of patience…and about yourself. We are all much stronger than we know and it’s not until we are truly put to the test that we realize our full potential. That being said, I won’t make any elusive promises or grand gestures as we go into our 4th year. My goal is simple: continue to inspire all of you reading and give you all hope that no matter how hard life gets or what obstacles you face, it IS possible. After all, nothing worth having comes easy 🙂

Let’s all continue this Fight to be Fit together throughout 2017…& beyond!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!




Taking Time to Reflect


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Like many others, I am taking time to reflect today. Though it’s been a rough year (perhaps one of the worst of my adult life), I have many things to be thankful for.

For starters, I’ve spent many years floundering and being truly unhappy with my job. The career that I planned on didn’t pan out and I was left to take any job that I could get. Which never worked well…or lasted long. I struggled a lot this year to find stable work. When I finally did, it wasn’t enough money and I ended up working two jobs…for 70 hours a week. My body shut down and so did I…mentally. I finally had enough. So once I had enough money saved, I quit one of the jobs and immediately began pursuing my passion. I am so incredibly thankful that I was able to finally take control! And I can proudly say that the new year will begin with a new career – Good bye Corporate America, hello fitness industry!!

Secondly, with all of the stress and overexertion this year, my health began to deteriorate. However, despite how bad I feel some days…I know it could be much worse. I am thankful that I am able to do as much as I do and that I’ve been able to accomplish so much in this journey thus far.

I am also thankful for the amazing friends and boyfriend that I’ve had to get me through one of the worst years of my adult life. Without their support, it scares me to think where I’d be…and I feel truly blessed that they are all part of my life.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I am truly thankful for my family. This has been a very challenging year but we made it. As it’s been said, “We may not have it all but we have each other.” And after a very scary year, I am beyond grateful this holiday season for just that ❤

I know some say we should reflect everyday…not just once a year. However, when you are in the midst of chaos and stress, it’s hard to see that light. This has been one horrible year for me but I am thankful for the struggles. Without them, I wouldn’t have found my strength.

Enjoy your holiday everyone 💕


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