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Health Journey – Progress Update #3

It’s update time again!

These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind filled with friends, family and lots of fun! My mom stayed with me for a week while Derek was out of town for work, and then we traveled back home to VA to visit.

It was definitely a challenge to make changes to my diet during this time. As I stated in my last update, I already eat fairly healthy, but there’s always room for improvement. I was able to clean it up quite a bit, but I was reminded that it is hard to travel and eat clean. I made sure to pack some healthy snack options, but I had my fair share of cheat meals.

I did not, however, have time to workout at all while we were in VA. Our schedules tend to get packed tight because we have so many loved ones that we want to see in such a short amount of time. I had every intention of working out, and it just didn’t happen. Did I beat myself up over it? Nope! Instead, I started right back up when we arrived home to MD.

Honestly, I can’t even tell y’all how many times I have given up on working out in the past. I would get into a really good routine, but as soon as I had an off day I would give up. (When I say “off” day, I mean a day filled with guilt for not making it to the gym or eating bad food.. not an “off” day that is intended for rest.) I would feel like the off day mattered more than any of the workouts that I had completed up until that point. Have you ever seen the pictures of pie or junk food in health and fitness magazines with the caption “it will take 5 hours of running on the treadmill to burn this off”? I mean how negative is that?! It makes you feel like crap for eating something bad or for missing a workout… like you will have to do SO MUCH to undo the “off” day.

The biggest lesson I have learned so far is that if you are consistent and figure out what works for YOU and what you are willing to work for, that the cheat meals.. or days where you are too tired to workout.. or times when you just want to throw back some beers because you’re with your friends and its nice out… they will not undo your progress. You just have to pick it back up and keep on going. Moderation really is key, but when you make positive lifestyle changes to your health and fitness… moderation becomes a little more natural and easy.

With all of that being said, here are my progress photos AND before and after photos. I already shared one on my Instagram, and I was blown away by all of the sweet and motivating comments! I have not yet reached my goal of obtaining the “normal” BMI range (about 4 pounds from it!), but I am really proud of the changes I have been able to make so far. They were easier to post than I thought they would be… cellulite and all 😉




-Rachel xo



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