This week is all about getting back on track and committing to better health! This post is by my wonderful friend Jen who is not only a weight loss and fitness warrior, but battled some depression and anxiety issues and fought her way back! She’s So inspiring with her story and how she’s jumped back in to kick some BUTT!
Making a Comeback
Hi there, it’s me. Don’t know who I am? That’s OK. I’m a mom, wife, fitness coach, personal trainer and more. Over the past year, I struggled with depression and anxiety to the point where I did not really know ME anymore. I used to be a rather successful blogger with a strong social media following. Then, I essentially dropped off the internet as I spiraled downward into the darkness.
My former blog was PersonalFitCoach.com – Don’t try to visit, it’s gone right now. My host is some guy in Delaware who did me a favor to host my blog for free after it was hacked twice on GoDaddy. One of these days I’ll try to track it down. Over the past year, I really did not care to even worry about reviving it. The last time I posted was February. I had not touched Twitter since about the same time as well. Although I missed my buddies in the virtual world, I felt unable to reach out.
Are you still reading? I hope so because this is the best part. I making a COMEBACK! I am making a COMEBACK for my husband, for my kids, but most importantly for myself. I am making a COMEBACK to prove to all the women and moms who struggle with some kind of mental illness that it is possible to crawl out of the darkness. It may take a while, but it is possible. I used to be @MyFitCoach on Twitter. Well now I am @COMEBACK_MOMMA. I am rebranding myself. The old me was too caught up with being this perfect role model with workouts and before and after photos posted regularly.
It’s not to say that I am not proud of my past accomplishments. Here is my own before and after photo as I turned 40 and completed P90X for the first time to make a significant transformation in my body. I’m even on page one if you Google search P90X before and after photos (although many other blogs use this photo and I wish I got royalties from it, no such luck).
Now, I am closer to the first photo rather than the second after neglecting my health and fitness for far too long. But, what is most important in my COMEBACK is getting healthy mentally before physically. I think fitness fanaticism contributed to my crash and burn. My COMEBACK includes taking it slow and steady to recover. Today, I happened to be checking out Facebook and my friend posted a quote from one of the Rocky movies.
“Why don’t you stand up and fight this guy HARD? Like you done before, that was beautiful! But don’t lay down like this! Like, uh, I don’t know, like some kind of mongrel or something. Cause he’s gonna kick your face in pieces! That’s right! This guy don’t just wanna win, you know, he wants to bury ya, he wants to humiliate ya, he wants to prove to the whole world that you was nothin but some kind of a freak the first time out. He said you were a one-time, lucky bum!”
Well, I am getting up and making a COMEBACK just like Rocky did. It may sound cliche to some, but I am going to kick depression in the ass and come out the winner. Want to join me and create your own comeback? If you can’t find local support, turn to the many amazing communities on the web that can help (Mamavation.com being one of my favorites) And, please stop by Twitter and say hello at @comebackmomma. Thanks to Wendy for allowing me to guest post. She is a great inspiration! Hopefully I’ll be back with more of my story. Thanks for reading!