Hey everyone! I am so excited to have a new Happy guest on my blog. The power of social media and the way it can bring people together is incredible! Mallory and I met on Instagram because of our shared love for all things Disney! After chatting we discovered we were both Canadian, AND both personal trainers. Small world eh? (Canadian humor). Her upbeat attitude on Instagram, and love of bringing others up with her had me reaching out have her on the blog! Being a Disney lover, and full of all those endorphin’s from exercise has her upbeat and the perfect person to share some happiness hacks with all of you! Her message is an amazing one, so sit back, and enjoy! 🙂
My health and happiness journey started out just like so many others: a New Years Resolution. My sisters and I decided to make a promise to each other. A promise that we would change our eating habits, go to the gym and live a healthier life. We were all slightly overweight and it was time we got back on track.
So fast forward about six months. After working out consistently for half a year, counting calories, sleeping properly and drinking tons of water, I managed to lose about 30 pounds. I was over the moon proud of myself. But then, I started to notice some things. Waking up every single morning the very first thing I did was hop on the scale. If I was at the same weight or even down, great news, I went on with my day. However, if I was up, I told myself I needed to push myself way harder at the gym, burn way more calories, or even eat a little less that day. I started to weigh myself sometimes two, three even four times a day. I was so obsessed with the number on the scale. In that time of my life all I could think about was that my number on the scale was what defined me and nothing else mattered. I started fad diets to get rid of the extra weight I thought I had. I became skin and bones. I could hardly lift my own body weight. I couldn’t run for a minute straight. All I wanted to do was lay in bed. Yet in my mind I never looked good enough for myself.
Cut to present day. I am now 50 pounds heavier than I was at my lowest weight. I left my job as a hairstylist and I am now a certified personal trainer. I teach anywhere from four to eight group fitness classes a week. I have finished three half marathons. I am the strongest I’ve ever been. I am training for my first marathon this year. And I am HAPPY. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I hate what I see. We all have those days. It’s very hard not to compare myself to the old me. But when I look at what I’m capable of now and what I have already accomplished, it has really taught me a valuable lesson. I may not have the perfect body and I might not compare to some of the fitness models on Instagram, but sometimes all it comes down to is having the heart to love yourself no matter what. And that is the message I pass on to all of my clients.
Thank you so much Mallory for sharing your journey to happiness. Its not always easy to open up and share your journey, so thank you for having the courage to write about it here!! I encourage everyone to check out her Instagram accounts as well! She has 2, one for her love of Disney, and one for her love of Fitness.
Disney account: https://www.instagram.com/thelifeofmallory/?hl=en
Fitness account: https://www.instagram.com/movingwithmallory/?hl=en
Thank you all for reading!
And we all live healthy and happily ever after <3