My Fitness Journey Part 8

My Fitness Journey

Well shits about to get real here people. We both know I’ve been at this for several months now. This crazy journey to get up off my ass and do something rather than complain about my butt literally growing as I sat on my computer day after day. It would’ve been much easier to swallow my complaints, put my nose to the grind and call it a sacrifice to grow a business that I love. It would’ve been much simpler to drop my kids off at school on Monday morning, my “day off”, come home and take a nap, or catch up on my very backed up DVR.

I’m going to tell it to you straight. No matter how many inches I’ve lost in the last 9 months, or how much better those burgundy pants look on me than they did a year ago, it’s still a freaking daily choice and struggle to get to workout. I know it’s going to be hard, I know I’m going to sweat, I know my trainer is going to push me beyond what I think my limits are to help me achieve new goals, but it doesn’t make it any easier. It’s like a friendship or a marriage, you have to be purposeful with it. You have to work at it, even when you love it, it’s still a choice to go. You will always have that work thing, full inbox, blog post to write, tv show you’re dying to watch, but you won’t always have your health if you don’t start taking care  of yourself.

And so now entering the 9th month of this journey, I’m decided to join a challenge with my trainer and other amazing ladies I work out with and we’re doing a 24 day cleanse through Advocare. I personally love that Advocare offers products that don’t have as much crap as some of the others on the market and after having some very health conscious friends look into it for me, I went for it. As I sit here I’m beginning day 9 and it’s been 9 pretty shitty days. My stomach hurts, I’m not “cleansing out” the way I thought I would, I’m grouchy and to top it off I got my period yesterday.  I guess that’s what happens when you fill your body with junk without thinking, it get’s you back, taking it’s sweet ol’ time to come out the other end when you decide to do something about it.

I hesitated to even share this part of my journey with you because it makes me feel so vulnerable and open to criticism. That touches all my insecurities, but I keep telling myself that this is my little space online and I want to remember these moments so I can go back and use them as reminders on those days when I don’t want to go workout, or cook that healthier meal. So, I’m going for it and baring all in the process. I’m going to share before pictures (please keep in mind that I’ve been working out 4 times a week for 9 months + have been eating clean for the last couple of weeks, don’t let these pictures deter you from your own journey, but motivate you to keep kicking ass!)


Weight: 138


Arms – 11.25in
Chest – 36.35in
Shoulders – 37.25in
Waist – 37.25in
Hips – 35.5in
Glutes – 39.75in
Thighs – 23.5in
Calves – 15 in

PicMonkey Collage

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been working hard to eat clean and really support our local farmers for our meals. I found some incredible cookbooks that have really propelled a love for cooking that I never knew I had. Just ask my husband, I don’t think I’ve heard him talk about meals I’ve made to other people as much as I have lately. It’s so amazing to know that we’re eating healthier and loving it, that it doesn’t have to be a choice. Eat gross, healthy food, or eat yummy fast food. And that doesn’t mean you never eat fast food, maybe it just means you eat it less often because you crave it less.

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| Bountiful Cookbook + Real Girl’s Kitchen |

 Please understand that I’m being real here when I say that we’re doing the cleanse not to loose weight, although that would be an added bonus. There is no super model agenda here. I’m doing it to cleanse the junk I’ve been putting into my body out, so that I can continue to feed it with the water and nutrients it needs. So wish me luck, I’ve got one more day of the first 10 fiber cleanse days and then we move onto rebuilding the nutrients in our body to get it on the right track. Mostly, I’m just hoping to survive the next 2 days. Day 11, I can’t wait to see you!

If you want to know more about the cleanse or my fitness journey, please feel free to email me at This journey has given me a renewed confidence and has showed me that if I can commit to doing this, I can do anything I put my mind to. I’ll be back to share part 9 with you when the cleanse is done.

If you want to read more of my journey, you can do so here.

xo, Alissa