You don’t know who’s watching

Working out is apart of my daily routine. I’ll go train clients at my boot camp (click here for info on that) then 3-4 days a week I drive towards my other job with Fox Sports Southwest.  I’ll go to a boot camp out by Fox or hit up the gym.  But I always go to the gym to shower.  There’s never been a time where I just shower. My workout is so set in my daily lifestyle I’d be off without it.

When you create a lifestyle with fitness and eating healthy as priorities it becomes hard to NOT live that way.

This has been my schedule for over two years but before I was living in Texas, I would wake up early to beat the terrible traffic from Maryland to Virginia and workout and shower at the gym near work.

So in August when I found out I was pregnant, nothing changed, at least with my schedule. My workouts certainly have lessened in intensity.  Sometimes i have to take a 15 minute nap whenever I get to where I’m going. But I still pack up my healthy lunch and my clothes to shower at the gym after boot camp or a workout.

Some days I can’t do much but walk on the treadmill but it’s still something. There was no option to skip really, it was just apart of my life as much as eating or sleeping.

One minute of exercise is more than zero.

I’ve had a relatively easy pregnancy but every once in a while I get a little discouraged because I get tired faster than normal and have to continually dial back. Mainly because I’m super competitive with myself, but don’t worry I’m being smart!

Today someone came up to me and said you are so inspiring.  Watching you makes me feel like I can keep going.

WOW!  What an amazing complement! That hit me right in the heart!

The point of this is to keep going despite your struggles, whatever they may be, keep going!

You never know who is watching, who you are impacting just by doing what you normally do.

I want this little baby to be proud of their mom and my work ethic and my lifestyle.  I want to live as long as I can to see them have kids and their kids have kids! So I take care of myself, eat well, sleep enough and have fun.

If you’ve kept reading my message for you is to keep working, keep pushing. This lady may be inspired by me but she’s truly the one who left a lasting impression.

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