Wellness Wednesday | The Start of My Journey | Clayton, NC Family Photographer

It was May 11th, 2013.  Mother’s Day weekend and we had taken a short trip to Kure Beach, NC.  We had tons of fun relaxing, playing in the sun, going out to dinner, and making memories!  I was happy!  Or at least I thought I was.

It wasn’t until we arrived back home and went through our photos from our short vacation that I realized that I didn’t look or feel healthy.

I wasn’t caring what I put into my body.  I’d have that 2,000 calorie milkshake from Cookout, and wouldn’t have thought twice.  I wasn’t active, and I felt sluggish.  How could I have let this happen?  I was 31.  And my youngest child was 4 years old already!  I couldn’t pull the baby weight card any longer.

That is when I decided that I was going to make the change.

The year before I had bought the Beachbody Insanity workout dvd’s.  I had started it, then after going to MN for a vacation I never stuck with it.  So, I dusted them off and started the workout program all over again.  I’m not going to lie and say it was easy.  I can’t believe how TIRED and out of shape I really was!

Was I overweight when I started? Maybe a few pounds.  Was I out of shape?  Definitely.  I also know I wasn’t eating well at all.  That was also a change I made at the same time as starting the workout videos.  (I’ll touch on those changes in my diet in upcoming Wellness Wednesday posts).


Are you ready to make healthy changes?  What can you do to start? Let me share with you 3 simple steps to start.  We shout it as a group at the end of every workout at CrossFit Clayton.

1. Want.  It all starts with WANTING to change.  Whatever, the reason may be you just need to want it.

2. Choose. Choosing to start, whether it be with walking.  Not drinking soda.  Just CHOOSING to take action in whichever way possible!

3. Committ. This is the hard part for most of us.  Committing and staying focussed on your goals.  Surround yourself with other individuals who have similar goals and that will encourage/motivate you!  Decide to succeed, and hold yourself accountable.  And tell yourself ” I WILL”!


So stick with me every Wednesday to see the changes I have made in my journey.  What I do to stay fit, healthy, active, and even what I eat!

But, for now I’ll share the photo that made me change the way I took care of myself.


Take Care of Yourself!!



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March 12, 2015 - 10:40 am

sarah cambio - Can’t wait for you to share more! I went running yesterday and did a video workout, just got done with the same for today 🙂

March 12, 2015 - 3:03 pm

kimberlydierkhising@yahoo.com - That is wonderful Sarah! Stick with it! Something small everyday is a step in the right direction!

March 13, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Sharleen - I started a health/wellness plan last year right before the photographer’s Fall Rush. I sadly fell off the wagon, but I miss how energetic and refreshed I felt working out and eating healthy. I am going to start up again after we move to our new location, I’ve heard amazing things about Beachbody and I am going to look into that :).

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