Good Morning everyone and happy Daytona Day!!
I am so pumped up for today and the Daytona 500. While it makes me sad that this is the first time in three years I haven’t been there for work, I am looking forward to watching it at home like a fan. I may even just crack a beer, because #NASCAR, duh!
I am also happy to start this blog encompassing what makes me grateful in life. It has been a long time coming, as well as a process for me to learn how to change myself for the better. Don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty to learn and plenty to accomplish in the days and years to come, but I think I am well on my way of being the best version of myself.
I will also say it took a lot for me to feel confident enough to put myself out there in this way, I usually like to keep to myself.
I have decided to start this blog to share a little bit about my lifestyle and how some small changes have made a big impact in my overall well-being. As I said I am still learning, but I love the way I feel each day and I think it’s important that I share that. Hopefully through this I can help others learn to love themselves a little more too!
I guess I should give you some background for starters. My name is Madison, but most people tend to call me Maddy (or Maddawg in the case of one of my best friends). I am a newly engaged 26-year-old who lives right outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
I grew up in a small town in Maryland, called Cumberland. It was a great place to grow up and I love visiting home, even if it is a completely different world from my life these days! I have always been super active in nature. I grew up playing every sport in the book until I really excelled at golf and then started running in college. I didn’t run for a team or anything, I just enjoyed it because it made me feel healthy and helped to clear my mind.
For me, I always thought I was, “Fit,” despite actually being rather unfit. I always thought that running for an hour was a hard workout and that I could eat whatever I wanted because I ran. I never cared about weights, I never cared about high intensity workouts and I never cared about food – aside from shoving it in my mouth and loving it.
All throughout college I tended to yo-yo with my self-image and how I felt about myself. Often times I would look in the mirror and not necessarily like what I saw even though I have always been considered a, “Skinny,” girl. It wasn’t the brightest of times and no one should settle for feeling like that – you control you, so make yourself happy!
At 24, when I met my now fiance, I weighed my heaviest. While I could run three miles in under 25 minutes, it seemed pretty unacceptable to be able to grab a couple of inches worth of fat around my waist with very little muscle mass. I was a compilation of skin and fat with vague leg muscle. Turns out for me, the more beer I drank and junk I ate the more weight I retained – which sucked, I freaking love beer. I mean in my perfect world I could have a beer every evening – but it doesn’t work like that. Hat’s off to you if you can do that and still feel great, but it just doesn’t work for me. And you know what made me hate beer? My stomach.
Anyway – I met my fiance and he brings out the best in me, or maybe me scarfing down a cheeseburger, fries and beer while he ate grilled chicken tenders and a salad brought out the best in me. I guess I shouldn’t complain, I still to this day laugh about those first few dates and my IDGAF attitude with eating back then…
Two years ago I started really pairing down what I ate. It seemed having a healthy boyfriend and thinking about my image it made it easier for me to make smart decisions. I started to want to be better for myself, and for him. I began to make small changes in my diet and over time, a lot of it, I started seeing big changes. When I say over time, it really did take time because nothing worth having comes quickly… a first hand lesson I’ve learned.
Suddenly my life was all about getting grilled instead of fried, getting sweet potatoes instead of regular ones, and drinking vodka or wine instead of beer. Overall, I would say the beer part was the hardest – we have so many good local breweries in Charlotte! And don’t get me wrong, I still have and love beer, but I am very particular about it. I mean how can I possibly hate beer when I met my fiance at a run club where everyone drinks beer after running?
It sounds silly, but small changes led to big numbers. In roughly a year I lost about 10 lbs – by just cleaning up my eating and drinking habits. Then, I started adding weights to my workouts. I would run for 45 minutes and then add five rounds of 10 squats in there with a 30 lb bar. I saw my legs change and I started to gain a self-confidence I had never known.
Sidebar: I apologize if I have put you into a deep sleep while reading this.
The moral of the story is that in two years this, “Skinny Fat,” girl lost roughly 15 lbs! Woot, woot!
Although some may say I didn’t need to lose it, I say I feel better physically and mentally then I did when I was 16/17-years-old. I am stronger than ever, I have muscle I didn’t know existed and I feel amazing. I believe there is something to be said about naturally waking up at 5AM everyday and feeling like you could run a marathon – I had never had that type of energy before.
Now, I am on the journey of getting better everyday and learning as much as I can about myself. As a significant other, as a someday mother and just overall for my own body, I want to be the best version of myself. I want to try to help others, and learn from those who are improving themselves too.
So I have started this blog because I want to take you along with me, each day, to help myself and yourself be more accountable for how we fuel and work our bodies. I am not a nutritionist or a scientist, but I have learned what works for me and I hope that maybe that can help someone too.
Through this blog I want to share what I am eating on the regular, how I am working out and even what current crap is going on in my life. I may even blog about shows I am watching, places I am going, people who are BA in life and whatever else comes to mind.
I hope if your curious you’ll stick around, you never know whats in store.