Next Phase


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.


What’s next?

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!

33 Comments on “Next Phase”

  1. Nice to meet you! Congratulations on your weight loss! What an inspiration. I think it’s awesome that you’re going to do a bikini competition, it’s amazing what we can do when we give ourselves goals that really push us!

  2. This is awesome. I watched a Youtube video a few weeks ago where a woman showed her transition from giving birth to being on a fitness competition stage – can’t remember her name but it was really inspiring to see.
    I know you can do it. You’ve already done so much and you’re motivating me over her by sharing your story. I’ll look forward to our updates.

    • That is so cool! I need to find her. There are a few other mothers turned competitors that I have been watching in the last few months. I am so glad I can motivate and inspire. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey! I love that quote about not being able to share from an empty cup. And that’s so cool that you’re pursuing one of your dreams 🙂

  4. Wow, that’s a big goal! From what I’ve read bikini competition is hard work and needs dedication. But reading how much you have achieved so far I have no doubt you have what it needs.

    How exciting that you will have that goal to work towards.

    • I am not going to lie I am super scared, very intimidated and it kinds of intrigues and motivates me to try. Thank you for your support!

  5. Thank you for sharing your journey – I also find that when I’m “underweight spiritually,” my physical health suffers. I have two kids and no time to workout, but think about it everyday, and I am *this close* to being able to find the answer to making it all fit. Thank you, again, for sharing and for joining in on the Blog Hop!

    • Yes, I also feel unproductive. I hope you find a little time for you and to do whats best for your physical health. Thank you for your support and stopping by!

  6. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished! Whether you actually get on stage in July or not, you’ll still achieve a lot by working toward it! Way to go!

  7. That is so amazing!! You deserve all the rewards of the hard work. No matter how much support you get from others, in the end, it’s always you who has to put in the work. Kudos!! You go gal!

    • It’s funny because my trainer said the same thing. I thanked him and he said, “You did it I just gave you the tools.” I guess I should take a little credit. Thank you so much!!!!

  8. Oh very cool! I met another blogger a while back who trained a year for a figure competition and she wasn’t sure if she’d get up on the stage either. I wish I could remember her blog, if it comes to me I’ll let you know.
    But ya she stuck to that strict diet, and the hours a day in the gym and when it came time she decided what the heck and strutted her stuff on that stage knowing she wouldn’t win, but knowing she gave it her all. I really admired her when I read about it.
    Just like I admire you for setting out on this adventure. Of which you already look awesome, wow such an inspiration on weightloss! I’m working my self on dropping some pounds and it is not easy, but 60 pounds you killed it! So awesome!
    Love the hair highlights by the way too, I used to be more colorful with my hair, I should really give it a try again!!!

    • It was my 34th birthday gift! I wanted something different after the year weight loss and this is the longest my hair has ever been as an adult. I figured lets add some pizazz haha. If you do remember I would love to read and follow her. I am actually going to do this all natural too know supplements so it’s going to be interesting. Why not, challenge myself during this challenge. The only thing I am really concerned is the time commitment but if it takes me longer to get there it’s okay. I just want to get there! Thank you for your encouragement, support, organizing the hop! Thank you!!!!!

    • Thank you so much! I think it is so cool and inspiring all the amazing women I have met and learned about through this hop. Makes my heart happy! Thank you so much for your support!!

  9. Wow, congrats on your transformation! I love how commited you are to your faith. I know that I’ve learned I can do all things with Him. He is SO great!
    Keep dreaming and reaching for your goals! I believe that if you truly want to compete in a figure competition, go out and do it! I wish you all the best with your training on that.
    God Bless! I’ll have to check in and follow your journey. 🙂

  10. Hey there! I’m “hopping” by from the other group. WoW! You have an impressive story, and 2017 is really gonna be great for you. Congrats on all your successes this year… already are a “light for others” by what you’ve accomplished 😉

    • Thank you so much for hopping in 😉 I really do try to motivate others and so grateful you see that! Thank you for your words of motivation and support!

    • Thank you so much! This has motivated me to know no limits and to seek greater than I am. It’s going to be an interesting journey nonetheless, thank you for your kind words of support!

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