Wax On, Wax Off – Did The Karate Kid Wax Nostalgic?

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nostalgiaIt’s usually around this point that I start pondering that summer is done and it’s almost time for the leaves to start turning for Fall. Or as much as they turn in Texas before they all fall into my backyard in the span of a couple hours. It doesn’t help that kids go back to school earlier here in Texas than it did where I grew up. I didn’t go back until the day after Labor Day. Here they go back mid-August!

Do you get nostalgic this time of year? I do, but not in a negative way. Mine is positive nostalgia, not that mixed feeling of happiness and sadness. Is there such a thing as only positive nostalgia? As I look back on the last year, I love going through all the pictures and blog posts along the way and reliving everything that I’ve accomplished.

I’m incredulous at times realizing that it’s actually me that did all this. I’ve done so much but there is still so much left that I want to do! All in good time. I no longer have doubts that I will accomplish my dreams. Look for some posts on my dreams, goals, and empowerment in the upcoming weeks along with the usual workouts and recipes. Why am I rambling on about this stuff? I can see you sitting there wondering.

Doing incredible things is the main purpose behind my blog. I’m just like you, an average person with all kinds of responsibilities. I’ve fought my fitness and healthy eating journey every step along the way. Most times I’d prefer to sit on the sofa. I hated chicken breasts and even gagged at times when eating one. I told myself that I couldn’t force myself to eat a single ‘nother one. Ever! Now I’ve figured out how to cook and actually enjoy what I’m eating.

I still struggle daily with resisting yummies and food temptations. I can’t eat at all you can eat restaurants because I can put food away like a competitive eater. If I stray from eating right, my body fat goes up and my mom stomach hangs over my waistband. I’m tired when I get home in the evenings after work but still have a to do list a mile long that needs to get done and a house full of kid-friendly eating temptations. I’m just like you.

I don’t blog for the fitness models and professional competitors out there, although I’d love if they are reading what I write. Most of them have fitness backgrounds and grew up in relatively good shape. I haven’t always been into sports or eaten healthy. In fact, I never did sports of any kind and all I ate was junk. I flew for 40 years under the radar as obese in a normal weight body. My body fat was 34% even though I weighed in my suggested weight range. I blog for me and for you – the average, every day people that struggle to get it all done.

I don’t have a fast burning metabolism, or feet that move with the grace of a gazelle. Trust me on this. I write about my eating struggles, my gym hang ups, my Howard Hughes tendencies because normal people have them. There’s so much out there that makes us feel like we are the weird ones if we don’t fit the model mold or we fall short on the standards set in the media.

So many people have helped me believe in myself along the way, that I want to pay it forward and empower you as well as myself. Maybe you will see yourself here and relate to what I’m saying. I don’t have all the answers but if I can do it, you can too. We’ll struggle through this journey together.

I wanted to take this moment to thank you for being a reader and constantly inspiring me. You bring a smile to my day and I’m grateful to you. 🙂

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