End of the Day, Year, Decade

My current fitness group’s theme is “End to a Decade, End to Your Excuses.” It’s now the end of the day and I’ve spent some time thinking about my plans for the next year. Quite honestly I don’t know where it will take me, but I know one thing: I am preparing for it.

I started coaching with Beachbody so I can get even more out of the exercises I love doing daily. I am so grateful for how it’s changed my life and I can’t wait to share that with my future team.

I am over halfway done with my project management course and will then be tackling my experience documentation and studying to take the PMP exam. That will benefit me in my current job and provide endless opportunities for me and my family going forward.

And I am committed to a daily and weekly routine of self-care and mental health development. I push myself to talk about things when I don’t want to, to deal with emotions I’ve buried for decades. It will only help me be a truer woman, wife, mother, professional, friend, and more.

What are you doing to prepare for the beginning of a new day, year, or decade?

Introducing: Coach Amy

That’s right — I’m a fitness coach! Does that mean I know all the workouts and do them flawlessly and never press pause? Hell no. But it does mean I commit to my health & journey and I want to help you on yours too.

If you don’t know me, let me introduce myself: I’m Amy and I’m a 34-year-old mom and wife in Portland, Oregon. My day job is at a nonprofit as a technology analyst and project manager. I get so much out of my growth in that organization, but work ≠ life, so I needed more progress at home to really feel fulfilled in my personal development.

I attend weekly therapy sessions and take medications to handle my generalized anxiety. It’s a daily battle and it doesn’t stop just because I got one treatment. Every day I wake up and decide to take care of myself. Back in January my wonderful friend (& coach!) told me about this fitness program that did wonders for her anxiety. What could it do for me?

I started BeachBody with Clean Week, then went on to 21 Day Fix. I completed 8 weeks of PiYo then did some hybrid months of yoga & Core de Force before I landed on my true love: Morning Meltdown 100. This is the program I’m doing right now, but to look back at that list I just wrote makes me feel SO accomplished. In less than a year, I went from “I’ll never work out” and torturing myself through anxiety attack mornings to getting up at 5am so I can move my body and prepare my mind & body for the day.

And that brings me here. With you. And you’re reading this thinking, “so this is what Amy has been doing with all these posts.” Yep. You caught me — and I’m going to continue. Because being honest with my journey and struggle can serve as an example for others. Whose coach am I?

Fit Your Friends Into Your Life

If you follow my personal Facebook, you know I had a ton of fun with my friends this morning taking photos on the waterfront and working out together. You know we sweat it out and enjoyed the weather. What you may not see is that I almost didn’t go. Another anxiety attack this morning left me nauseous and having slept little the night before didn’t help. But, I knew that I was committed to spending more time with my friends and today’s event was the perfect opportunity to do so.

One of the friends I was with has been my friend for over a decade. We were sorority sisters, then roommates, and now both mothers. When I saw the benefit she was getting from her fitness journey, there was little I could argue with. She introduced me to a new friend who is also on an incredible journey, fostering children and building her own photography business. These women are also fitness coaches who share their real struggles in an effort to grow together. I’m so happy to have them in my life and purposely make time for them on a gorgeous Sunday morning.

Below are a few photos from Laurel at LB Photography, as well as a video of my Instagram story from today’s shenanigans.

Breakfast, Photos, and Beachbody Super Weekend!
My friend of 13 years, Bethany, and me overlooking the Willamette River. Photo credit: LB Photography, Inc.
You can’t watch as much ANTM as I have and not at least try a smize. Photo credit: LB Photography, Inc.
WARRIOR. Photo credit: LB Photography, Inc.
This was my favorite from Laurel’s sneak peek this evening. I am LOVING my core progress. H2T, baby. Photo credit: LB Photography, Inc.