What a difference a year makes

One year ago to date, I embarked on a journey to get healthy and I had no idea where this journey would take me…

one year later

After moving to Spain in September of last year, the first few weeks/months felt like a never ending vacation.  It was the first time in my adult life that I hadn’t worked in over a month.  I welcomed the reprieve at first, coming from such a fast-pace, high intensity job serving drinks at a sports bar.  What I hadn’t anticipated was how much I would miss my social life, although I didn’t have very many close friends I had plenty of regulars and acquaintances.  Not only was I missing my social life but my body also went into a bit of shock from not drinking/partying as much, I found myself quickly slipping into depression when I had every reason to be happy.

A few years before I moved abroad, I started getting into hiking and going for walks because I lived within walking distance to Golden Gate Park and the Presidio of San Francisco.  I ate fairly healthy in those days as well but with the heavy drinking I would often cave to unhealthy foods and late nights.  Once we moved to Spain I had no fast food option available to me and I began cooking just about daily.  I only knew how to cook a few meals and I wanted to expand my horizons a bit.  Luckily we were living next door to my Darling Dave’s parents and his mum was happy to introduce me to some his favourite English dishes.  I also started going for walks to the beach and utilising the track at the sports complex near our house.  Slowly but surely I was finding ways to occupy my time and get myself into a healthy routine.  My eldest sister told me about a program she had heard about from a friend and she sent me a link to the Instagram page.  It was called Fit Girls Guide, and they had posts of women who were doing a 28 day challenge to eat clean and they had an ebook that included tips, pointers, recipes and workouts.   I thought to myself, why not, let’s give it a try.

I watched from the sidelines for a few weeks and I found myself becoming very interested in the whole thing.  Finally I decide to take the plunge and purchase the ebook!  I created a separate Instagram account that I would dedicate to my fitness journey, this became the start of a whole new world for me.  After a month I had already noticed a difference in the way I looked, the way I felt and my attitude on dining out.  I still had the occasional fast food, cookies, pastries and I still ordered fattening coffee drinks when out and about.  After two months I journeyed back to America to visit my family as well as my best friend and I found myself chasing healthier options on the menu at places I frequently dined at in the past.  I spent some time with my sister who introduced me to Fit Girls Guide while I was back in America, we worked out together, we shared a healthy meal while out shopping and I even prepared a healthy meal for her family, keeping her sons food allergies and her recent 21 day fix diet in mind.  I also spent some time with my best friend who I had help motivate; we went for a run, we planned a healthy Super Bowl menu and we worked out every morning.

When I returned to Spain I had a renewed sense of spirit and world of motivation from both my sister and my best friend.  I decided to sign up for a spin class at the local sports complex in order to have some variation in the ways I did cardio.  By March I was running to the beach regularly, I started becoming more creative with my meals and how I plated them for the photos I shared on my fitness instagram.  I got so involved in cooking healthy meals that I decided I wanted to learn more about the food I was making, so I signed up for an online nutrition course.  I also decided to take a wordpress course because I had a small nagging desire to create a blog over the past few years but I only wanted to do such if it could be a serious effort.

We returned to England in the spring and I dove head first into my new healthy lifestyle and regime.  I got a gym membership, I started my online courses and I was slowly making friends.  The summer went by quickly with lots of traveling, learning how to stay on track when traveling, social events and I finished my courses!  Fall quickly approached and I was in full swing of living my healthy lifestyle and putting my blog together. Here we are today a year after it all began and I’ve never felt more motivated, determined or healthy!  It’s been quite the journey but worth every hurdle in the end…but in saying that, this is all the beginning and I’m very excited to see where this journey takes me! 💕

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