The (Hopefully-Not-So) Terrible Twos

iStock_000016093894SmallIt’s hard for me to believe LauraLovesFitness turned two-years-old over the weekend. It’s even harder to believe how much my life has changed since that very first post on July 13th, 2011.

Some of those changes have been difficult to work through, but I know I’m stronger today – both physically and mentally – because of them. Along with my faith and the unwavering support from an amazing group of people I’m lucky to call family and friends, there’s one other constant that has always helped me work through life’s challenges: my love for exercise. While there’s no doubt an extra piece of chocolate cake or glass (or two) of Prosecco made some of the tough days more bearable, it’s the endorphin rush from a good workout that never fails to boost my mood while keeping my immune system strong and my mind focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. Those endorphins are working overtime right now.

I lost my job last week. I know I’m one of so many Americans – including some of you loyal readers – who’ve been in this situation at least once, if not multiple times, over the course of a lifetime. While exercise itself isn’t going to help me land a job, my workouts have certainly helped me work through some emotions over the last several day. I have no doubt each stride on the elliptical and each rep I get through at Physique57 will help keep my energy level up as I look for new opportunities ahead. To that end, I’m using today’s post as one to share a snapshot of my professional life. I’ve posted videos with you before, but this time, I’m sharing my “sizzle reel” as one can never know where the next opportunity will present itself.

Of course, I also want to use this post as an opportunity to say thank you to all of you who have inspired me to keep writing during the past two years. Your “likes,” comments, questions and shares have motivated me to keep plugging away on some of my own down days. I do plan to continue writing, but based on these recent events and one other issue in my personal life, I’m looking at this summer as a potential hiatus from new posts. Or I may simply post something simple like a photo or quick workout idea on a random day during the week. While I’m still working out the details, I hope you’ll stay connected and continue to send any questions to the email listed on my contact page, post them on my Facebook page or tweet me.

As I’ve written about before, sometimes being strong means re-assessing your goals and priorities and knowing when to say no to certain things so that the important ones get the attention they deserve. So, I thank you for your understanding as I focus on the next steps I need to take to navigate yet another new part of my own lifelong journey to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on July 15, 2013, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m So sorry to hear that you lost your job… it seems it’s a story that I have heard way too many times over the past couple of years. You will bounce back because of the amazing strength, determination and passion that you have shared with all of us on here!! Best of luck, I’ll be thinking of you, and looking forward to your “good news” post where you tell us about the amazing new opportunity that you’ve landed 🙂

    • Hello Stephanie,
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging comments! I realize I’m one of many people who worked for a company that hit rough times and couldn’t bounce back. It’s hard to believe it’s been about 10 days since WestGlen declared bankruptcy and let us all go. I’m happy to report I have definitely embraced a positive outlook and realize this only opens the door to many opportunities I may not have ever explored before. Stay tuned…and with strong people like you behind me, I know I’ll bounce back better than ever before! Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. My thoughts & prayers are you! I know your Stength will get through this, you are truly an amazing inspiration!!

    • This is my belated thank you, John for your kind words at this unexpected time. You have been one of my biggest supporters since I started this blog two years ago, and I appreciate you taking time out of your demanding schedule to offer so many boosts! People like you are the reason I keep writing, and you are also a reminder that things can only get better from here.
      Have a great weekend!

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