Happy Exhaustion is officially two years old!
Look how little change there is in those after-after-after pictures! SCORE!
Guys, I maintained! I really, really did! Happy dances all up in this piece.
On December 6th, 2012 I stepped on that scale and the goal that once felt so out of reach had become my reality.
On that day I set up this blog with no intent to become a blogger. I just needed some extra online space to answer all of the questions that came flooding in when I announced my success to my social media circle with my very first Before & After picture. (The first two of the four seen above)
Two years later, Happy Exhaustion is an essential part of who I am.
As I considered what I wanted to say in this anniversary post, I thought of my Healthy & Strong lifestyle like a 2-year-old child.
On my first anniversary, my Healthy & Strong self was only a one-year -old. It was barely past it’s infancy, just learning to stand on it’s own two feet. I could hardly believe I had kept the weight off, which made me feel a bit unsteady. I was still afraid I was going to fall and lose it all.
Now that Healthy & Strong is a 2-year-old, it’s running all over everywhere. It’s pretty sure it’s the boss of the household. But it still slips and falls, has temper tantrums, and has a lot to learn.
This year has been one for the books. No danger of forgetting the year I was on the cover of PEOPLE Magazine!
PEOPLE was the hands-down highlight of this Happy Exhaustion year. It still feels like a full-on out-of-body experience. I’m grateful for the new friends I made at the shoot for reminding me it was real.
Happy Exhaustion even kicked off a new career for me this year!
A few months ago, I became a goal coach. I have the privilege of working with people in pursuit of their own Happy Exhaustion. I get to blog in person!
With all of the precious lessons I have learned along the way, I’m able to help others to tailor their own approach. It’s a dream job for me, and I feel very lucky to have it.
If you could use the support of a cheerleader who understands *all* of the excuses and obstacles on the road to fitness, reach out to me over at the Happy Exhaustion Facebook page! I have yet to meet a roadblock that I can’t wrestle into submission 😉
Now… my Proof of Maintenance picture. I gotta tell ya – I contemplated not posting this part.
But, as my brother pointed out – I have already ‘primed the pump’.
I have stated publicly & repeatedly that this picture will be here, and I don’t want to appear to be hiding anything when the rubber hits the road!
I toyed with the idea of only posting the Red Dress pictures. Because, really – that’s so much more important than a number on a scale.
Every single one of my clients is married to the number on the scale. *I* am married to the number on the scale.
I don’t want to be. I don’t want my clients to be, either. I want us all to use the way our bodies feel & the way our jeans fit as our guides.
Some day I hope to occupy that head space. I thought leaving out this picture would help to make that statement.
But, since I tied myself to the tracks… Maybe next year will be Red Dress Only. Today, you get some proof 🙂
It’s not the number from the scale in my Miami hotel room during the PEOPLE shoot. It’s better than that – it’s my happy place. It’s where I reached my goal. It’s where I was this time last year. And despite the way the scale can drag me down, you know I enjoy when it lands where I like it to!