Celebrating My 1 Year Fit-aversary With Macklemore

A year ago today I set foot in a gym for the first time ever.  So today, thanks to my amazing niece, I'll be celebrating that milestone with a Macklemore show at Fallsview Casino!
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Can't Hold Us nails.

This was me a year ago, just after my first workout, I had a brave face on, but man it was hard.  But fun.  Exactly why I kept going back.  I joined Go Fitness Niagara to spur myself back in the right direction as after having my son, a few of the 160 lbs I lost with Gastric Bypass in 2011 were creeping back.  I figured the 6 Week program was the perfect start and Josh convinced me with his contagious positive energy.  For the first time in a long time I was excited to challenge myself to something out of my comfort zone, which was my couch, Netflix and, pizza and cake.
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First Post Workout Selfie

That gal in the background there made me enjoy working out!  Melody believed in us and helped us believe in ourselves.  Over those 6 weeks, I fed my body better and astonished myself with the things it was capable of, like doing squats while holding a 230 lb tire!  I lost 21 lbs in those 6 weeks, and had so much fun taking care of myself I decided to stay on indefinitely!   I have since slowed with the weight loss, only losing about another 10 over the year, but I'm seeing big changes in what my body can do, what I like to eat, how my clothes fit and I feel so much better.   It's true that investing in yourself is never a waste.

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Today, right now, typing this.

During that first workout, this song came on, it was so catchy and invigorating that I resorted to Shazam when I later heard it on the radio.  It was Can't Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and that was it, I was hooked.  I mean I'd obviously heard Thrift Shop and Downtown, but that one led to recognizing that I was actually bopping along to quite a few of his songs before I even knew who he was!   When Gemini came out I loved everything on it so now I have a mix that I keep in the car of my faves that I have to listen to on the way to the gym, my 'hype' music I guess you'd call it?  So I can't think of a better way to celebrate my commitment to my own fitness than to see Macklemore tonight right here in my hometown!  I might be a wee bit excited. 

I did some cute nails to match my mood using this pretty Night Owl Lacquer November exclusive for the Holo-Maniacs group on Facebook called, Holo Love.  I stamped over it with Twinkled T stamping polishes and the Moyra Scrabble stamping plate.  I attempted to draw the cover art from This Unruly Mess I've Made on my pinky.  This is when having longer nails would have been so much more fun! 
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Can't Hold Us mani

On my other hand, I replaced the Us with Me because I feel like it's true now.  I have definitely developed the attitude where if someone thinks I can't do something, I immediately think 'well you just watch me'.  💪
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Can't Hold Me mani

We had a pretty rough year in 2018, a sewage backup, replacing the furnace and air conditioner (but of course not at the same time because that would have helped us save a few bucks), a few pricey car repairs (she's an old gal like me) and suffering a loss in July.  Through it all though I had the tools and support I needed to deal with the stress and sadness.  I mean, I still haven't found a time where getting in the car and belting out some of my favourite tunes hasn't made me feel at least a little better.
So if you see me rapping ridiculously, alone in my car, wearing my workout gear, flinging my arms around...laugh!  I would.  It's great for you!  Or give me that 'you do you' nod, and I'll smile and nod right back.  This 40-something mom is not embarrassed by much anymore! 

It's a mere few hours to showtime now and I've got to rest up a bit so I have the energy to enjoy the show.  Seriously, having a kid definitely makes you realize how amazeballs naps are.

Thanks to all those who have supported me on my fitness journey and a special thanks to the talent of Macklemore for helping hype me up to be my best self! ~ Kelly

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