First thing’s first, my name is Kayla, I’m 24 years old, and I’m #SweatingForTheWedding [I’ll get to that in a minute]. I work in Ottawa for the federal government. It’s not that exciting, so I’m not going to bore you with the details. I love to do anything active, and really enjoy being outside. The picture below was taken in Gatineau Park along the Luskville Falls Trail.
In my spare time, I love a good mystery novel or a cheesy romantic comedy. I do my best to workout five days a week, and eat as healthy as possible. Technically, for the next year, I will be Charity’s guinea pig. And for those of you who don’t know, I’m also her first cousin. We grew up down the road from each other, so it seemed like she was more of a sister than just a cousin. I recently got engaged, and am getting married in August of 2019. When she asked me if I would be willing to have her document this next year leading up to my wedding, I immediately said yes. Not only will I not have an excuse to slack, it’ll give me the chance to help her demonstrate just how good she is at her job. Not that we don’t already know that, but for those of you new to this blog, I can’t wait to show you! This is not a weight-loss journey, it is a journey to a healthier me, so that I can feel my best on my wedding day.
I met my fiancé, Austin [pictured above with me], while I was living in Huntsville, Texas, studying for my Master’s in criminology and criminal justice. We actually met at a country bar on a night when neither of us would usually have been there. He made up a story about how he needed a pool partner, and then eventually asked me to dance [two-step] with him. After saying no probably nine times, he finally convinced me. If you had told me two years ago that I would love to two-step, I would have said you were out of your mind. Fast forward one year and a half, and Austin has graduated from university. I had since moved back to Canada for my job, but I flew down so I could watch him walk across the stage. While we were taking pictures, he got down on one knee, and changed my life forever. It was the greatest surprise ever, and I am so excited to be his wife. Only five people knew: his parents, my parents, and a good friend of ours, Megan [pictured below, on the right]. All five of them kept it a secret for over one month. Props to y’all. He got me good.
Austin is as southern as they come. Yes, he says y’all [if you noticed in the previous section, it’s rubbing off on me], wears cowboy boots, and loves his sweet tea. He’s adventurous, athletic, kind, loyal, and probably the most honest person I’ve ever met. He’s a hard worker, and when he puts his mind to something, don’t get in his way. When we first met, he was just learning to play volleyball. Volleyball is my all-time favourite sport, and I was so happy we could enjoy it together. However, the guy couldn’t set or hit a ball to save his life. But over the next year, he worked hard at it, and I couldn’t believe the improvement. He was back-setting, blocking, and smashing the ball. I love how determined he can be, and it makes me so proud to say he’s mine.
Now back to the main reason for this blog post [sorry, I got a little carried away]. Charity asked me why health matters to me:
1) I want to be healthy for my future family. Some day I want to have kids, and be the best mom I can be. Not only do I need to be healthy to carry a baby, I need to be healthy so I can raise them, and be there for them in full capacity. I also want to be able to continue playing sports, going on hikes, and having fun outside with Austin. It’s something we both enjoy doing together, and I would hate to be the reason we couldn’t do them anymore.
2) I want to be the best person I can be, not only for myself, but for anyone I cross paths with. I need to take care of me first if I want to be able to help others.
3) Overall, I just want to feel good. Some days I go to bed bloated. Other days I wake up with a zit, and think, “Shouldn’t this have stopped now that I’m in my 20’s?…apparently not.” I want to take control of my health, because there’s no one else to do it for me. It’s starts with me.
I’ve always been a fairly healthy eater, and have consistently stayed active, but there’s still more I can do. My main goals for August of next year is to feel good, have a clearer face, and know how to interpret what my body is telling me. If all goes well, this should happen before then, and it’ll just be routine on my wedding day. But more specifically, I don’t want to feel bloated after the reception, I don’t want to need a ton of makeup to hide blemishes [because I hopefully won’t have any], and I want to be able to say I worked my butt off this year, and it shows. Of course, there are a few areas of my body I’d like to see a little more toned before I go into an unforgiving white dress, but that’s not as important as how my body feels on the inside. The hardest part for me is time, fitting in all of my daily health goals into a 24-hour time period. A lot of mornings I’m rushing out the door, and don’t have the time to make a hearty breakfast, or I’m so busy, I forget to drink enough water throughout the day. These are challenges Charity is going to help me address, and I’m very excited to get the ball rolling. I’ve actually already started the first 4-weeks of workouts she prepared for me, focusing mostly on muscle building to reach my toning goal. I’m also starting each day with a glass of warm lemon water and a probiotic to help with bloating, in addition to taking omega-3 and vitamin D after I eat breakfast. We’ll be keeping you posted with how it’s going!
I hope I didn’t bore you too much, and you’ll stick around this next year to see how things progress so I can show you just how well Charity Elliott Nutrition can help you achieve your goals!
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