First of all Happy Good Friday! It is the first year my birthday has fallen on Good Friday (well that I can ever remember anyways ;)). Today has been a great day, besides the absence of my family, who I am REALLY missing! Living away from family can get really hard at times, but one positive thing that has always come out of it, is you really appreciate the time you have together and never take it for granted. But I did Facetime with my parents this morning, so it was like they were really eating my birthday breakfast with me! I also have an amazing husband who woke me up with hugs and kisses (maybe also a few from my doggies too) this morning, and there is nothing better. I have received so many phone calls, text messages and Facebook messages to make me feel loved on this day! There is one birthday I am quite a bit more excited for than my own, and that will be the birth of my baby girl!
But another reason I am so excited today, besides the fact it’s my birthday, is I wrote and passed my NASM International Personal Training Certification today!!!! I have quietly been pursuing this since the end of summer, but once I found out I was pregnant, it kind of went on the back burner. Within the last couple of months I have been studying my butt off and finally took the test today! I enrolled in the course prior to me getting pregnant, and was planning on becoming a full-time trainer, but sometimes life changes (for the better) and now I am focusing on finishing one job and beginning the most important career of my lifetime, becoming a mother! I do want to add though, that I fully plan on using my certification and want begin training after the birth of my little girl. I haven’t decided on when, but it is definitely in the plans. This is what I am EXTREMELY passionate about in life, and want to help others in any way I can! I am overwhelmed with the amazing changes about to happen in my life, and I can’t wait for the day I begin training others!
As I look back on where I have come in one year, I am proud of myself. For the first time in my life I have come out (well almost all the way out) of my shell. Out of my comfort zone! I have done and tried things I would have never imagined for myself, they have made me stronger (physically and mentally), and also a better person. I have such a different outlook on life, than in the past. I live more stress free, and am able to let the little things go more easily. I am more willing to step out of my comfort zone, time and time again. And I can honestly say I have never once in this past year regretted stepping out of my comfort zone. I do also accredit my husband for helping me become this way. He has been by my side every single step of the way, pushing me and encouraging me. Getting my ass out of bed in the morning for a workout, but also telling me to take a rest day. Walking into the Crossfit box for the first time knowing he was by my side put me at ease, driving me to my first “photoshoot” and telling me I was going to do great, working out with me every morning even knowing he was going to have to put in a 12 hour day of work, eating all of the “food” I have cooked in the last year. That makes him a hero haha. Trust me, he’s lucky now when it comes to meals, but in the beginning I can’t vouch for that ;). Sometimes people look at a year as a very short period of time, but I can’t. I also want to thank my mom and dad for ALWAYS supporting me, no matter how silly my ideas were. They are just as crazy as me, and have willingly joined my on this amazing journey to health and wellness!
I have managed to do soo many things in this past year, and almost don’t even feel like the same Tiffany I did last year. Birthdays aren’t just about celebrating with friends and family over a nice chocolate cake, they are also about taking the time to reflect on yourself. It’s not just a day to celebrate you, it’s also a day to celebrate who you have become. I have learnt a lot this year, not only about nutrition and exercise, but about myself.
So my challenge for you this year is to do at least on thing that scares you, that you have been wanting to do forever but never had the courage, one things that puts you out of your comfort zone. And on your next birthday you can share with me what you chose to do, and how you accomplished it! Dreams can scare you, but don’t let them scare you so much you’re never willing to achieve them!
No turkey for me this weekend, but I am heading out with my husband after work today for a nice little Birthday dinner!
Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!!
This morning was hemp pancakes and peppermint tea!
For an afternoon snack, it was a banana, peach & mango green smoothie! 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 tbsp hemp, 1 tbsp chia, 1/3 banana, 2 frozen peaches, 5 chunks frozen mango, 1-2 cups spinach, 3 ice cubes and blended until smooth! It was the best smoothie I have had in a while!
27 weeks pregnant heading out for my 25th Birthday supper!