Fukumoto Friday: One Year Later

It’s really mind blowing what can happen in a year. Life can change so drastically that we can sometimes feel as though we’ve lived 5 years in the span of 1. That’s kind of what the last 12 months have been like.

I walked through the doors at Fukumoto Fitness for my first official workout one year ago this week. I was barely 2 months post-partum, I was tired, nervous, excited and not at all sure what I was getting myself into. I was instantly in love with the workouts, the people and the environment. It was great. Some weeks were harder than others. Sometimes I struggled because try as I might, I just couldn’t *get* something. And other times, I surprised myself with what I was able to do with my body. I really had no idea that I would get so much stronger in just a year. But I did. Mentally, physically, emotionally. Strong.

I never thought I would lift a sandbag over my head, and enjoy it. The thought of swinging a kettle bell gave me palpitations. So much so that it took MONTHS before I really allowed myself to try and get better (and not to instinctively close my eyes whenever I swung…because that would totally ensure I wouldn’t drop it, right?!). I couldn’t do one single proper pushup, even with a thick resistance band helping me. Now I can do small sets of them, unassisted. I couldn’t do a burpee and now I almost enjoy doing them (almost…I’m still human…).

Pre-Halloween charity workout then and now. I don't wear metallic booty shorts and side pony's normally. Though maybe I should...
Pre-Halloween charity workout then and now. I don’t wear metallic booty shorts and side pony’s normally. Though maybe I should…

 

Now, I should disclose that although I’ve seen some pretty awesome changes over this past year, 1) I’m not done! I still have so much more to accomplish and am already looking at my goals for the next 12 months and what I want to accomplish in that time. 2) it took more than committing to working out a few times a week to get results. I had to focus on nutrition, getting enough sleep (ha! thanks for not helping me out with that one kidlets…), and knowing when to push myself harder and when to ease off. It’s a process that I really had to get over some growing pains to embrace.

And the really awesome thing is that the learning is really just beginning for me. I’m no where near the peak of the mountain and my intent is to fully embrace every step of the climb because the journey is just beginning!

I’m training to become a coach now and though it’s been a tough battle with some weeks being really hard, I’m embracing and enjoying this part of the journey so much! Sure there’s frustration in those things I need to do that I still haven’t figured out but I’m learning and pushing and trying my best and at the end of the day, I have to be able to rest in that or else I won’t be able to move on to the next challenge in front of me.

If you’d asked me a year ago where I’d be standing today, I’d have had no clue, absolutely no clue that it would be here. My comfort zone is so far behind me, I can’t even see it anymore and for this little scaredy-pants, that’s saying something. That’s saying a whole lot.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see where I’ll be 12 months from now!

I clean up reasonably well if decently bribed.
I clean up reasonably well if decently bribed.
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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

One Response to Fukumoto Friday: One Year Later

  1. LOVE that last photo! You inspire me daily to put one foot in front of the other. You are going to be a ROCKIN’ coach!

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