Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Haaaaave You Met Mary?

If you haven't met Mary from Fit This Girl, you should.  Today she is my guest and she is sharing her story.  Mary's blog was one of the first ones that I started following.  I was impressed by her weight loss and excited that she is a local Minneapolis girl.   Though, I have not officially met her in person, I do hope to take one of her Boot Camp Classes sometime soon!

Here's Mary.......

Working Hard Because We Are Worth It!

Hi everyone! It’s Mary from Fit this, Girl! I am thrilled to be able to talk to you about my story today! In High school I was athletic but I had a horrible diet! Sure I ran track and cross country and considered myself a runner, but I drank pop and at sweets like no body’s business. After high school, my lifestyle slowly got more and more sedentary and unhealthy! I didn’t run or work out, I didn’t eat well, drink water or take time for myself. I was a smoker and a heavy drinker to add insult to injury, but more than all of that I was hurting and unhappy.

When I started on my weight loss journey it was a hugely jarring experience! My lifestyle was SO over the top, that even changing my breakfasts was a hard row to hoe! “HOW many calories in that muffin?” But with any process, it takes a while to get going and get used to doing things a NEW way. Eventually I found my healthy food groove, I found my portion size groove and I rediscovered my running groove. It didn’t’ take very long after that and I started to see the pounds drop.

Fast forward to today, I am a personal trainer, boot camp and kettle bell instructor. People look at me and assume a few things: 1) I have always been fit and 2) that I work out all the time. First of all, jut because someone is always at the gym (because they work there!) they are not always working out. I teach three times a week and for a very long time that was ALL I was doing. For a while I was training for the Honolulu Marathon in addition, but for most of January, I was teaching only.

And, what we see is so deceiving—a fit person, a happy person, a thin person. We don’t know what their life is like behind closed doors. People are shocked to hear that I was a heavy drinker, heavy smoker and heavy period! But we can all stand to be examples at every stage of our journey.

As a trainer, I talk to a lot of gym members and clients about their goals.

It gets to the point where it’s not about being skinny, but healthy and strong. Hopefully it starts out that way to be a lasting journey and lasting change. Just the other day though I had a woman ask me if losing weight and getting fit was hard. The answer was yes and no. When I buckled down, when I put aside what my body wanted and I counted calories (WW points for me!), got to the gym and drank water—then yes, it was pretty easy. My weight came off about 1-2 lbs a week.

Then the other side of that is NO. It wasn’t easy at all—how can that be? I just said it was… the biggest obstacle that I faced was being consistent, being diligent and challenging myself. Was it HARD to do more than 3 pushups—YES! Was I tired? YES! Did it HURT my lungs, my side and my out of shape legs to run for more than 10 min ? YES! But did I find the motivation to push through, to challenge myself to that next level and be consistent in it? Yes I did, and YES that was extremely hard.

The feeling that I was consistent in my accomplishments was almost better than seeing those numbers come down. It was about what I could do, my strength, my level of fitness and the dedication that for me was the biggest part of my lifestyle change. It was not about the skinny jeans or the dress size, it was about my life and my health and whether or not doing something hard was worth it…in the end whether or not I was worth it.

And I AM and so are you—that’s why you are here reading!

Thanks for letting me share part of my story and stop by and visit me at www.fitthisgirl.com! Work hard, laugh loud and be well! Mary

Thanks for sharing your story Mary!


Mary said...

Thanks for allowing me to share!

Mimi C said...

Carly I can't believe you haven't met Mary in person. She is awesome as are you. Do I need to have a social event to make this happen?

Diet Coke and a Lemon said...

I loved hearing Mary's story. What an encouragement to me. I needed to hear all of that. Thanks!

termite said...

this was a great post, mary! i hope to read more of your words very soon!

hey there, carly-girl!


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Quick Weight Loss said...

Thanks for all the valuable tips in this post, specially liked the text about reduce calorie intake. keep up yhe good work you are helping many people!

Trish said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing Mary's story!

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