Thursday, July 18, 2013

Letting it all out.. Learning, Growing, and Finding Faith along the Journey

This is a different kind of post. It's not about a killer workout I just did or about some great new recipe. It's about life. My life.

Only my close friends and family know what kind of hell I went through last year and I feel the need to blog it out so that I can share my story and possibly see for myself just how much I have grown since.

Last year, my husbands job took him to California and he was to live in Las Vegas, Nevada. We have two smaller kids and I had zero desire to move my kids to Las Vegas so I made the choice to stay home in Colorado and continue on with our kids in their school. My husband would make trips home monthly and we would figure things out as we went on this new journey. I'm not gonna lie, I tried so hard to be a strong mother and wife and keep things at home under control and flowing, but there were days that I wanted to crawl into a hole and just cry my eyes out or die. I am a pretty self-sufficient person and I can handle most situations, but the lonely days and nights were pretty tough.

Cooking for myself and two kids was a whole different ball game as well! We lived on spaghetti and lots of small snack type meals. I tried new things like making a big meal and having leftovers or freezing for later.. yeah, that's not really our thing. It didn't work out well. We didn't starve and made it through but it was def an experience.

My husbands trips home were always really good, but they always included him having to help me catch up on things around the house so the weekend always flew by and I never really felt like I got enough time with him. We sent our fair share of emails, pictures, texts.. had tons of phone conversations and Skype time, but it's never really the same as being with that person one on one. Again, we made it work.

So while my husband was away making a living to support our family, I really dug my heels into what I wanted for myself and that's a living in health and fitness. I really connect with others on weight loss journeys and trying to figure out how and when and what to do when it comes to a workout plan. I enjoy it. I'm a fitness freak so it only makes sense. I signed up for a personal training certification workshop and went for it. That weekend was so amazing for me! I learned so much and a month later, I found out I passed! I got my Personal Training certification! Now, I could really get my feet wet with clients. I had been doing what I could with "clients" online and in the gym, but now it was going to become a real opportunity to reach more people.

I was totally overwhelmed at first and didn't do anything with my cert for about 2 months.. Then I got hired on at the gym that I have been using for the past year and a half! I still have a lot of work to do in that.. Getting your name out there and getting clients isn't as easy as some might thing. I am making progress and have a couple clients lined up and also joined a couple other trainers at the gym to do WOW (Women on Weights). Exciting times :)

I also started my own online training site.. Find Yourself with Kelly and it's taking off pretty great too! Feeling very blessed with that. I named it Find Yourself with Kelly because I feel like before my weight loss journey, I did not know who I was. I was living life day to day with no real purpose, no self love, and no goals. It's kinda crazy how when you get your health on track, everything just falls into place. I know there are zillions of others out there in this world who know exactly what I am talking about and those are the people I hope to reach. We are all beautiful people who sometimes get lost in this crazy world.

Another part of the journey for me has been my walk with God. I have always felt like I was walking pretty close to Him, but then I realized I wasn't quite as close as I thought. Once I realized that, I made a huge effort to get closer! I joined a Life Group and started attending church with friends in my life group and wow!!! I was not where I thought I was, but I was on my way! I was baptized on May 4th, 2013.

My faith has deepened more than I can express and it has absolutely prepared me for how life is going at this very moment.

My husband worked in California for almost 15 months and has been home now for 4 months and it's been sooooooo good having him home full time again, but things are fixing to change again. I'm not sure of all the details yet, but I do know that whatever happens, we will survive because we have FAITH and we choose to. I will trust in the Lord and I will not be afraid. Every single time I hear the voice of fear creeping into my head, I push it out and think about life's experiences and how each and every one of them have made me who I am and I am stronger for it. Don't get me wrong, I have my weak moments, but they don't last long.


Monday, July 8, 2013

*** GIVEAWAY ***

I have a pretty exciting announcement to make! 

I just launched my new Personal Training website!!! You can check it out by clicking the link below:
>>>>>>> Find Yourself with Kelly <<<<<<<

I found my passion for fitness while on my own personal journey. At 29 years old, I was overweight and tired, lacking the energy to play with my kids. I decided to get serious about my health and started by changing my eating habits and getting some exercise. I found myself through my journey; I found that I am good enough, I am beautiful, and I am stronger than I ever thought possible. I found my strength and something that I am good at. I want to help others find their inner self. If you are like I was, sitting on the couch just watching the days pass by, I want you to know it does not have to be that way!!! One day at a time. And remember, progress is progress, no matter how slow. 

After successfully losing nearly 50 lbs., I realized that my passion is helping others reach their own health and fitness goals. I am a Certified Personal Trainer and understand the importance of motivation, support, and education. I will show you that with dedication and discipline, you have it within you to do things that you never thought possible.

I'm doing a giveaway on my Facebook page, Journey to a New Me, to help promote my new site.

******Winner will receive a custom 4 week program written by me AND a one year subscription to Muscle & Fitness hers magazine ($120 total value)! Pretty cool huh! :) 

Here's the details:
Go to my page ----->>> Journey to a New Me
LIKE my page
SHARE the giveaway post {{It is pinned to the top of the page}}
COMMENT the giveaway picture that you've liked and shared

BOOM! You're entered! Good luck! :)

***If you are interested in signing up for online or one on one training, please CLICK HERE. I would be more than happy to help you reach your personal goals!***


Monday, May 20, 2013


I got in my car this morning and drove to the gym. I did a 5 min warm up and then hit some back and shoulders in the weight room. I didn't belong there today. I felt the need to run so I headed to the treadmill and hammered out 10 sprints and did a short walk to cool down. I did some power squats in between sprints too. I left feeling kinda ick. It was a good workout, but not super fantastic. I needed more. I wanted more.

Workout #1. Shoulders/back plus sprints 

I got home and decided to get on my bike and go for a ride. Alone.

Time out.

Lemme tell ya, I am TERRIFIED of stray dogs. Last year I was going out for runs around the neighborhood and there was this one time... I was almost home when I realized I had a running partner.. a stray pit bull dog. Apparently it wasn't going to eat me, but when I saw the dog next to me, I went into a complete panic. I called my husband and told him to be in the driveway when I got there.. I stopped running and went into a fast pace walk. The dang dog never attacked me, but sure scared the crap out of me. Not too long after that incident, I took my dog for a walk around the neighborhood. We were just walking and minding our own business when all of a sudden this stupid yapping dog came running out of a garage we'd just passed.. that stupid dog attacked my dog. My dog fought back and I was yelling and screaming and slapping the pavement with the leash because during the fight, my dog lost his collar/leash. The idiot lady/owner of dog who attacked my dog came running out of her garage and told me to get my dog and get the heck outta there. I yelled at her and told her to get her dog on a leash! Oh I was steaming mad! Well.. that ruined the neighborhood walks/runs. My dog and I finally made it home, but he is forever scarred by the event. Heck, I am too.

We went on a family bike ride a few weeks ago and once again, a dog came between me and the path. The dog was growling and barking at us and we were forced to get off our bikes because he was blocking the path. My husband used his bike as a shield and we slowly made our way past the dog and were on our way, but I was *THIS CLOSE* to a heart attack.

So back to my bike ride that I decided I wanted to go on today.. alone. I let my husband know I was going and hit the bike path. I rode up to a duck pond and back.. To the pond is uphill almost the entire way and the wind was not in my favor up that hill today, but I persevered! My runtastic log informed me it was a 4.04 mi ride with a 157 ft elevation gain.

I did it! I rode the bike path on my own! This is seriously a huge accomplishment for myself! I used my fear to push myself on.. Feels good to conquer it. 

“What do I fear? I fear stagnation and lack of progress. I fear never reaching my potential and being average. I fear being forgotten… The past… Yesterday’s news. I fear giving up and being passed by, going softly into that good night. I fear letting those I love down, letting myself down. I fear settling, giving in to the “that’s just the way it is” mindset. I fear dying without leaving my mark. I fear not feeling these fears anymore and just floating along. These fears feed me, they nourish my drive. I love my fear.” – Anonymous

Workout #2. Bike ride. 

I win! I conquered today and feel so good because of it! :)

Now, it is time to conquer the next fear.. I am a Certified Personal Trainer. I want so badly to continue with my passion and get to training people. In the back of my mind, I am terrified of failure.. someone getting hurt.. my client not getting stronger or losing inches.. all kinds of nonsense. I would think that other trainers had/have these same fears. My friend told me the other day, if it doesn't scare you, it's not worth it. Right on! It is time to find a gym to train in.. I want to help people. That is my ultimate goal. I want to help change someone's life. I know I can do it. I know it won't always be rainbows and glitter everyday, but I could be helping someone else conquer their fears!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shopping! Try a new look!

Shopping has not always been something easy for me to do. Heck, I wouldn't say it's EASY now, but it is definitely a whole lot more fun! I do still find myself looking at clothes and going to the larger sizes first and then realizing that I need to look at the S or M sizes. There are times also that I will be folding laundry and I'll hold up my jeans or shorts and wanna cry cause I can't hardly believe that I've lost the weight and kept it off!  I hold up the jeans or shorts and think to myself.. "These are so small...."

Yesterday I went to Ross to find some bike accessories and didn't find what I was looking for so I decided to look through the clothes and see if I could find any good deals. I checked out the fitness clothes first and found two awesome Nike brand shirts and decided I had to have them. I also found a nice Nike brand tank for my hubby. Then I ventured over to the dresses. I've never been much of a dress person, but I see others wearing such cute summery dresses and decided to try on a few.

I was really surprised that I LOVED the dresses that I chose..

I can hardly wait for some nice weather so I can wear these outta the house! Colorado hasn't got the "Spring Memo" yet..

Sometimes it's really nice to get out of our comfort zone! It might be awkward at first, but it's the only way to move forward! And now that I've also tried on last summers shorts, I need to go buy new, smaller ones! Looks like I'll be hitting Ross again soon! ;)


Monday, April 22, 2013

Torching some calories! *Workout included*

When going to the gym with my husband, I must be prepared to stay a little while and put in some work (which I don't mind!). We put in a killer good workout on Sunday morning!

Dressed and ready to hit the gym!

Workout: Chest/Back/Abs 

50 pull ups (Yes, 50!!!!) 
Flat bench press 4 sets of 12
Incline bench press 4 sets of 12
Pull overs 4 sets of 12
Incline flyes SUPERSET with Dumbbell chest press 3 sets of 12
Bent over row with barbell 4 sets of 12 
Straight leg deadlift SUPERSET with crunches 3 sets of 12
Lat pull downs 4 sets of 12
Partner crunches with ball -- one crunches and the other throws weighted ball
(will try to video the partner crunches for next time) 

A few shots of our workout:

pull overs 

pull overs 

pull overs 

pull overs 

bent over row with barbell 

straight leg deadlift

straight leg deadlift  

829 calories gone! BAM! 

Totally pumped after that workout! 

It is so much fun working out with my husband.. He pushes me and helps me with my technique/form. I do most of my workouts on my own because our schedules don't allow us to workout together through the week, so it is so nice to workout together and help each other out. He'll tell me "Quit using your back" or just push my back down into the bench. He helps me lots more that I help him! I can root him on and help him get those last couple reps, but God help us if I ever need to help lift the bar up! I'll be chunking weights off the bar quick and fast if needed!!!  Thanks so much babe for being an awesome inspiration to me!!!! :)

Sunday afternoon we also went for a family and friend bike ride! We rode 10 miles and kids did awesome! It is safe to say that my back, chest, lats, legs, and butt are sore today!!!!!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

She let herself go.. A story about myself, but applies to so many...

She quit wearing makeup. It didn't help her feel pretty and it couldn't cover up the sadness in her eyes so it seemed pointless. She quit fixing her hair. Everyday was a ponytail or hair covered with a hat day. She even quit going to a hair stylist to get her hair cut. She would cut it at home by herself.. it didn't really matter much what it looked like because it was in the ponytail or hiding behind a hat. Her smile was fake if it was even there on her face at all. She was tired and out of breath all the time. Too tired to chase kids. Too tired to cook dinner. Fast food became the norm. She quit wearing fitting clothes and started choosing baggy pants and sweatshirts to cover herself up. She would take a shower and make sure to not make eye contact with herself in the mirror afterwards. She couldn't bare to look at herself naked.

She'd let herself go.

This is my story. I'd let myself go and I am here to shout it to the mountain tops that it doesn't have to be this way!!! WAKE UP!!!!! Snap out of it!!!

I look back at what my life was just a couple of years ago and how it's drastically changed for the better. I finally got control of my life. I put myself first. I made time for myself. I got a hold of myself.

Fitness is a part of who I am now, but the bigger picture is that I choose to be healthy. Healthy feels good.

I smile now and it's a true, happy smile! 

Yes, everyone has a bad day occasionally, but if you start your day with a positive attitude, you can accomplish anything.

And stop it with all the diets. Please just forget the word D-I-E-T. Think of your eating as FUEL! Fuel your body!! Use that fuel to get moving! Go for a walk, a run, a spin.. pick up a weight, a sandbag, something heavy! Feel your body come to life!

It's never too late!

You are beautiful.

I want to help people see that they can do things they never thought possible. I've been there.. I can relate.

I want everyone to know that you DO have time for yourself. Make an effort and make it a priority.

Everyone has to start somewhere. Your journey is YOUR journey. Do not compare to anyone else's. Set your own goals and then go for it! You got this! Let's do this!!!

Where are you in your journey? What are your goals? 
Do you need some motivation??


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Happy Happy News!

March was definitely a month of awesomeness! I have lots to share... 

First piece of awesome news:
Me with my AAAI Personal Trainer Certification!! 
I tested for my AAAI Personal Training cert March 3rd and FINALLY got my results back!!! 

The conference for the cert was just awesome! I learned so much information and then when testing time came, I said a prayer and took a deep breath and filled out the test. I went over it twice and checked my answers. I counted the ones that I was unsure about and might get wrong. There were about 6 out of the 100 questions I wasn't entirely sure about. Labeling the muscle man was a cinch and the essay question was easy too. So when I left the conference, I was pretty confident that I'd passed! I called my husband and my close friend and shared the news with them... They both said they were sure I'd passed.. Waiting for the results was the hardest part!!! As the days and weeks passed, I grew less and less confident. I started to doubt myself. This is the first thing I've ever done for myself, my dreams, my passion. It would totally crush me if I failed. I let that nonsense take over my thoughts.. So when the big envelope came in the mail, I told my husband that whatever the results, please just hug me. 

We sat down at the table together and opened it. 

My stomach was so nervous!!!!

I pulled out the papers and about hit the roof!!! I immediately started crying and was just so damn happy!!!! One of the best days ever!!! I will start looking for clients and a J-O-B soon.. that's the next step, right!!?? ;)

This is so true! I am excited to start training somewhere.. a little nervous too! But holy excitement!!!!

March also means Spring Break! Oh boy did we have a good one! We drove down to Houston area to hang out with my mom and her neighborhood was absolutely stunning. I couldn't get over the trees and the greenery everywhere. I live in dust-filled-tumbleweeds-blowing-around Colorado. When people hear I live in Colorado, they think mountains and trees... Nope. Not this part of Colorado I live in. I can see the beautiful mountains and dream of trees, but I live in a dust bowl. Anyways, I hauled our bikes down to Houston so we could ride the bike paths down there. 

One of the bike paths.. so beautiful

I am doing a GIVEAWAY on my Facebook page.. CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE AND ENTER! 

I'm giving away a $50 iTrain gift card! Check out 
Awesome training plans for:

And then on the last day of March.... HAPPY EASTER!!!! 

My  husband and me 

My beautiful family 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Pyramid Sets! Getcha some of that!!!! ;)

Pyramid sets

I've been doing pyramid sets in my weight training for awhile now and I LOVE em! My hubs introduced me to them and I've loved em since!! I do change it up every 4 weeks or so to keep it interesting, but I always look forward to going back to the pyramid. The pyramid sets will GET YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!!!

Using the pyramid set, this was my workout today:

Weights: Upper body

Flat bench press
Barbell clean and press
Shoulder lateral raise and frontal raise on cables
Standing barbell curlsIncline dumbbell flys
Tricep dips on bench
Wide grip lat pull down
Tabata abs on TRX (plank and jacks)

Cardio: 1.50 mi on treadmill and 1000m Row

So, for example, my barbell clean and press looked like this using the pyramid:
1st set: 12 reps 20 lb barbell
2nd set: 10 reps 30 lb barbell
3rd set: 8 reps 40 lb barbell
4th set: 6 reps 50 lb barbell

Heck yes!
Feeling the sweat run down the back of my arm and drip off my elbows...



Dig Deep

Man oh man, last week was tough! I had to really find it within me to keep hanging on and pushing through! I was chatting with a friend early last week and she was telling me she was having a hard time and felt like giving up... I said these words to her: There are highs and lows in this journey.. Dig deep during the lows and when you reach that next high, you'll feel that much higher!!! You're worth it!!
At the time, I wasn't having a 'rough patch', but soon after chatting with her, I hit a low.. I remembered what I told her and thought to myself.. JUST DO IT! I got this!!!! Last week is done and over with and I can't go back and change it, but I can make this week awesome! I can make it my high!!! I had to make myself a poster with my words on it as a reminder.. :)

Brand new week... fresh start! Get out there and tackle it!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Major excitement going on over here... !!!!

Lots of exciting news to share!!!

First of all, I finally got over that sickness, including the cough! I am good as new ;) I took it slow getting back into routine and have finally been able to kick it up a notch and weight training is going great! I'm doing a new routine and changing up reps... keeps it exciting and leaves me ever so sore.. and I do love a good sore body after working it out! My new schedule is:

Upper body


Lower body


Full body**


**For full body days, I have been going to Pilates Reformer class. If you've ever thought about trying out the reformer, you should just take the leap and go for it! It is an amazing experience and will work every part of your body.

My next piece of awesome news ::::::::::: >>>>>

 I applied to the Sweat Pink Ambassador program about a month ago... I have seen the Sweat Pink badge on a few of the Facebook fitness pages I follow and I had to check it out and see what it was all about.

Who are Sweat Pink™ ambassadors?
  • Enthusiastic health nuts who love sweating and eating well, but can also appreciate the finer things in life (chocolate, cheese, wine…)
  • Natural leaders. They motivate those around them to achieve their best, and set an example of healthy, positive living. They set up running clubs for their friends, and organize gym dates early in the morning or after work. They get their co-workers to try yoga, and to order fruit instead of donuts for meetings.
  • Passionate. Whether they go gaga for green smoothies or tear up the floor every day at Zumba, there’s something about living well that really gets them going, and their enthusiasm is infectious.
  • Curious. Always looking out for the latest fitness or foodie craze, eager to learn, connect, share, and discover.

  • Once I read what it meant to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I decided it fit me and went for it! I filled out the application and have been waiting patiently for a response.. I got the email response yesterday with my invitation and lemme tell ya... I jumped up in the air screaming with excitement!!!! I feel very honored to have been accepted and invited into this amazing community of amazing women! Feel free to check out the program by clicking here.

    **Due to the popularity of the Sweat Pink Ambassador program, applications are currently closed. To be notified when we reopen, please sign up here

    Decided it was time for a new comparison pic..

    I started weight training mid last year and have made some great progress. I have had my share of battles and have been able to push through.. It's so great to see the progress!!! When I took the picture on the left (Feb 2012), I was so freaking excited to see the formation and start to some definition.. not to mention, the 'bat wings' were getting smaller and smaller!! I was not weight training at the time of the pic on the left.. Just lots of cardio and some bootcamp type workouts.I started weight training around May 2012..
    I had no idea I'd be where I am today! I'm no body builder and that's not my future, but seeing the progress from putting in a daily effort to take care of my body really gets me pumped!!! I have muscles!!! Pick up the weights girls!!!  :)

    One more piece of news.... I am attending the AAAI/ISMA international fitness instructor certification program in 12 days! I will be attending lecture March 2 and 3 and will test March 3rd!!!
    So say a prayer for me! Passing and getting my certified personal training certification would mean so much to me!!! I finally found what I'm good at and what my inner passion is... I want to share it with the world! I want to be that trainer for someone who helped change their life and helped someone achieve their dreams!