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The True Me

I’ve heard a lot of skepticism and doubtfulness since I first began my health and fitness journey in August about others who are on their own health and fitness journey and sharing Before and After pictures.  I’ve heard people mention they either touched up their photos to make it look like they lost weight or they’re not that really toned. It’s not really them.  I guess it has just really bothered me for some reason, because it takes a lot of time for someone to feel confident enough to build up that self confidence to post those Before and After pictures.

I never want you as my reader, mentees, accountability partner, or team member to come here thinking I’m going to show you anything that isn’t real. My journey in my health and fitness is the true me. When I was younger, I would have never second guessed posting pictures of myself thin or with extra pounds. When I got older, and gained a few extra pounds is when it seemed to get harder. With the new upcoming year, I’m really looking forward to a new year, new challenges and new accomplishments. I’m no longer afraid to share how I’m feeling or the obstacles I face through my journey. Many bloggers out there struggle with what to truly share with their readers and what not to share when writing. I’m not going to hold back anything. What you see is exactly what you are getting.

I have two very simple rules when I write:
I refuse to share pictures that my husband thinks aren’t appropriate. I believe fitness and weight loss bloggers can tastefully show their progress without degrading themselves.
I won’t share any clean eating recipes or tips that I haven’t personally tried myself or that my family hasn’t tried. Every recipe I share is family tested and approved. If I do want to share something I’ve never tried before, I will post my review.

Other than that, you get one hundred percent me.

It’s Not A Diet…It’s A Lifestyle Change!


Showing muscle tone and inch loss seems to be a bit trickier now.  Sometimes, I don’t see the changes, but my family and friends do. But honestly, I want you to see the authentic side of things. Don’t come here and expect to see only the perfect side of things. 

I can tell you I haven’t lost my goal weight yet. I’ve hit a few obstacles like the move of the store, working for 2 weeks straight  and not giving my body a rest, took it’s toll on my left side. I’m hoping it will eventually work it’s way out, but my bones feel really old right now. Then the dental procedure I had, put me out of commission for a week after the move. I’m just now starting to feel back to normal. And I won’t use a camera or cute clothes to trick you into believing anything otherwise. That’s just not me. If I have progress, I am proud of it and I own it. I don’t feel like I’m done with my journey though. I have more to go, but I also admit that everyday it can be a struggle to maintain if I don’t plan my weeks out in advance.

Last week, the scale showed a two pound decrease. I was honestly a little furious! This week has been all about me buckling down and refocusing (and the scale is back down too). I needed to show that drastic increase to fire up my drive. I will be the first to admit that this past month I completely lost that burning need to keep going over the last month. I was tired. Thank goodness I was lucky enough to just maintain, but this isn’t where I wanted to stop. So, I will keep going. 

With the coming year, I think it’s time to focus harder on where I want to go from here. I’ve had fun and slacked off a bit, but now it’s time to dig back in.


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About noelskitchen

Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family meal times back to the table and stay fit.

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