Happy Wednesday Friends!
So at the gym on Monday I hit a wall, a mental and physical wall that I have been hitting repeatedly over the past few months. I’ve been getting closerrr to overcoming this hurdle but on Monday I failed again. Well Brent started to give me a pep talk about how strong I am, how close I am to achieving the weight & lift and how what I am currently able to do is so amazing and at the “bad-ass girl level.”
During this pep talk I started to shed a tear because all I could think was “I’m not good enough… Ive been stuck at this weight for too long… those girls on instagram lift so much more…” Then I heard those last words trace back through my mind again.
Those Girls On Instagram Lift So Much More…
WHAT WAS I THINKING??? Since when did this comparison game get so deep inside my head. I have always been proud to see other women pushing themselves to achieve their goals and have been beyond inspired by their achievements. WHY can’t I be proud of myself for the achievements that I have made and my small victories?
Well I can & I am & instead of playing the comparison game I thought I would shine some light on the ladies who inspire me the most both in fitness & life.
Kasey – Okay so if you have followed me for any length of time you will know that Kasey is one of the bloggers I first started to follow and she constantly inspires me. I love to watch her accomplish her goals and push herself. PLUS I have been LOVING following her on snapchat and seeing her coach her soccer girls this summer. (powercakes.net; @powercakes)
Jaclyn Hill – Y’all if you don’t follow Jaclyn on Instagram you should but even more than that you NEED to follow her on SnapChat! I honestly look forward to hearing her snapchat rants & random conversations each day. She is an amazing make up artist, has the cutest dogs and some sick fashion but beyond that I feel like she is the most down to earth person EVER and has never forgotten where she came from. Jaclyn is the true definition of “you can have anything if you work hard & pray harder” (jaclynhillmakeup.com; @jaclynhill)
Katie – I love to see what this powerhouse is up to. She is always pushing herself with her runs, her training plans while staying beyond true to herself and living her life the best way possible. I love following her and learning about how she manages her macros! Katie is another one of those girls who I want to be my best friend and training partner, I would love to have this amazing chica pushing me through workouts and lifting me up with her amazing spirit! (katiesfitscript.com; @katiesfitscript; @katiespassionatelife)
Kelly Olexa – I feel like Kelly is a first & last name person, its just one of those names. Kelly is not only the founder of FitFluential but she is amazing. I have recently been watching her morning #KOCawfeTawlk Periscopes on my way home from work and I always leave feeling beyond inspired and ready to take on the world. She is another person who is so real when you listen to her talk that you’re able to relate. She is a FIERCE lady and such an inspiration. (kellyolexa.com; @kellyolexa)
Lauren & Becky– My AdvoCare inspirations, sorry girls you are too good to split up… Lauren is probably one of the nicest people I know and getting to know her through AdvoCare has been one of my favorite things. I am beyond inspired by this mom of 2 and her killer bod! She has definitely given me life goals! Becky and I first connected from our blogs and then became friends (real life and internet) via AdvoCare. Becky continues to inspire me and push me to find my best and most confident self. I seriously hope when I am pregnant I am able to stay as active & healthy as Becky, or as Brent likes to call her Beckster! (heylaurenrene.com; @laurenrenefitness & olivesnwine.com; @fitgirlbeckyklap)
Marcie – Marcie is one of my real-life friends, often I talk of people I’ve met through social media as friends when I have never met them, and she is an amazing inspiration. Marcie not only has had some amazing jobs as an event planner in LA but she recently started her own blog Curvy Girls Can and is killing it with embracing her body and body love. I love love LOVE her point of view and that she is sharing her amazing self-confidence with the cyber-world! (@curvygirlscan; curvygirlscan.wordpress.com)
Michelle – Mshell is another fitness phoneme that I have been loving lately. She is hilarious and kills it everyday with her workouts, plus I love hearing about her marriage, and life with AdvoCare. Beyond that I am truly inspired watching her go from a Competing to “real life” and seeing the changes that have happened with her body & her mental state. It is so refreshing to hear someone say “Michelle then would have looked at Michelle now and thought ‘soft’ ‘fluffy’… Michelle now see a 5’2 women whose 138lbs healthy, confident and BEAUTIFUL” YES!!! Own your gorgeous body girl! (@mshelllll)
Julie – Y’all if you don’t follow Julie’s blog you are missing out. She has the best workouts, simple recipes and the sweetest dog ever!!! Plus her and her husband just had the sweetest little boy. I love reading Julie’s posts everyday and something about them just make me happy, they are true life situations and she just seems like the sweetest person ever. (I think Ive said that about everyone above but really they are all super sweet!!!) Julie might be my number one blogging idol. (pbfingers.com; @pbfingers)
Amelia – Amelia and I actually went to high school together, she was in the year above me and while I knew who she was we didn’t run in the same circles. When I started my blog I found Amelia’s blog through Instagram and instantly fell in love. I was seriously in awe of this girl who then was going through law school, planning a wedding, and running a seriously successful blog. I love going to Amelia’s instagram and blog to see pretty things, her sweet baby boy (so many babies born this year!) and get inspired by her amazing clothing & interior design style! (thechicagolifeblog.com; @thechicagolifeblog)
Okay so there is my Women Crush Wednesday & 10 Women Who Inspire Me. These are just a few of the ladies I have been digging lately and the people I go to for a pick-me-up when I am feeling bad about myself.
I guess the moral of this post really is just to remind you that we all have feelings of insecurity but instead of COMPARING each other to the people we see online why don’t we USE those people to inspire us to work harder and be at peace with the body that we are given.