This is so cool today is my Spotlight day in the blog hop hosted by Runaway Bridal Planner, so WELCOME WELCOME I am excited that you’re here! I figured since there are so many new people I might as well unfold the master plan that has been brewing in my head for the last six months. Before I go there let me catch a few people up.
Let Me Introduce Myself
My name is De Bolton and haphazardly am now a faith-based fitness blogger sharing my love of faith, family, fitness and food. I started out as a mommy blogger, and I was going to drop some knowledge on the world through my little platform. After being picked up by a corporate sponsor in my first four months, I got the bug and began pursuing the world of blogging.
Meanwhile, I had some other things going on. After my third daughter, a year of anxiety, weight gains and bouts of depression I decided that I had enough. I had to do something different. My love of family and food lead me to become 196 lbs on my small little skeleton of 5′ 3″ and it was just physically uncomfortable to live in my skin. I realized that you couldn’t pour from an empty cup and sought out ways to fill mine up. I was a girl on a mission.
And then it began….
August 4, 2015, I began my weight loss journey, and here I am over a year later almost 60 lbs lighter, and I have learned and grown so much in this year through my faith and fitness. With God, I have pushed myself past boundaries; pulled myself up from my condemnation. I have tamed the anxious beast in my head and it has motivated me to want to do the same for others. Seven months ago, I decided to go back to school and get my degree in Fitness and Exercise Science. I am also studying to get certified with NASM as an Advanced Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Not only have I transformed my body I have grown so much spiritually, mentally and I now have on my heart to serve others dealing with weight loss challenges. Having experienced the uphill battle, plateaus and scale disappointments myself. I want to be there to coach, motivate and give others the spiritual motivation,tools and skills that trainers and my education have given me.
Now that I have quickly caught you up! What’s next? It’s a good one. This weight loss journey has brought out things in me; that I have daydreamed about before but never put into action. So many untapped goals that I never thought I could even attempt to achieve until now. When I was a little girl, I remember my mom and I watching fitness competitions. I used to think it was so cool. I also did gymnastics, so I figured it was amazing to see women is such great physical shape. I had grouped them into bodybuilding.
Well, I met a awesome trainer from England back in May and was so grateful he started working with me. He was different from the other trainer that I had previously worked with. Initially, I went to him for a transformation workout program. Upon our first assessment, he already began to inspire and motivate me. He asked me my six weeks, eight weeks, twelve weeks, six months, and year goal. I never even considered what I would do after I got back to my post baby weight. I knew I wanted to be a personal trainer but never thought of my fitness goals or journey. I had only thought to the point of “getting back to the old me.”
I told him of my daydreams, but thought I could never do that in a year. That’s when he challenged me, “Why not?” “Look what you’ve done in a months.” I laughed it off and started working with him. Then I began hitting goal after goal. No plateau, constant progress, and motivation and it lead me to commit to one of my goals I made with him in May.
Drum Roll, Please
Announcing my dreams and goals to strangers is something that would have sent me to a dark corner cowering a year ago, but today? Beginning December, conveniently after Thanksgiving. I am going to start training to compete in a figure competition. I am not sure if I will get up on stage and wear that sparkly bikini, but I am going to work everyday as if I am.
My hopes are to be competition ready by July. While I’m so sharing a few things that worry me. Discipline? Do I have it? Can I do it? Commitment? I have a lot going on, and I have heard Figure Competition Prep can be like another job. Getting on Stage? That’s the big one. It’s hard trying to be a light and represent Christ. I get so many nasty comments for bearing my belly for before and after transformation pictures. I can’t imagine what I will get as standing on stage in an eenie weenie bikini. Is that’s what stopping me? Kind of but I know that the next several months I have to get over myself and what other people think.
So, that’s it. That’s my plans other than my husband and my old trainer, “the cat is now out of the bag.” I’m excited to see what this body God has given me can do. I also plan to use my faith just as I did this last year to get me where I want. I only pray that I can be a light for others during the process. I will be tracking my journey through my Social Media platforms as well as a Video Diary?!! I think it’s going to be a fun thing to say one day “I did that!” What’s your “out of reach” dream?
Thank you again for checking me out all my Runaway Bridal Planner blog hoppers! It’s been nice getting to know all the new blogs and I look forward to checking out yours. Thank you Kristy for the opportunity!