For those of you who've been following me for a while, this may come as a shock....Just kidding, I hope it doesn't...I like things OTHER than fitness. I have a whole life outside of my passion for helping people get fit that quite honestly, I've been ignoring. I had a come to Jesus moment a few weeks ago when my husband, who is often my sounding board, said to me "Are you sure you're happy doing this?" I stopped dead in my tracks. "Holy crap, I don't even know anymore" was my response. See, while I LOVE helping people get their lives back through health and fitness, it is a bit difficult at times. It's hard to help someone who you know is unhappy with their body but doesn't have the internal strength just yet to make the changes necessary. It's hard when you KNOW someone would benefit from a program or product that has COMPLETELY changed your life, but they just won't make the financial investment or time commitment in themselves to do it (yet they post on social media about how they just bought the last 4 seasons of a popular television show on DVD...which costs money AND time). When it comes down to it, even though I love what I do, it still gets a little stressful at times because much of my work is KNOWING how unhappy people are and how badly they want to change, but then I end up wanting it more for them than they want it for themselves. So after I realized that something was missing, I took a day off. No social media, no friends, no nothing. I took myself out to lunch and got a mani/pedi in a completely empty nailshop. It was glorious, but more importantly gave me a lot of time to think. What I realized was that while I do LOVE helping people get fit, it has recently become ALL that I do. I am "on call" with some of my challengers virtually around the clock. I am available to my coaches at all times. And that's ok! But it has been weighing on me because I haven't done anything ELSE that I really LOVE in while. And what do I love? This is weird, but...Weddings. And college football of course, but yeah, weddings. If I had my druthers I'd be a wedding planner. I've even helped a few friends plan theirs! Unfortunately my life being what it is (I'm married to a football coach), I can't exactly commit to helping a bride plan her wedding when there is no guarantee that I'll be around to help see her through her big day. After coming to this realization, I came home from my day of luxury and looked back at my wedding photos for some inspiration. I didn't get to have my "dream wedding" due to circumstances that will be another blog for another day, but I did have a beautiful day and got to marry my Prince Charming...except for one thing...I was significantly overweight. The day of my wedding, I felt so happy and beautiful. It was amazing even though I didn't get to have the big gala that I wanted. And then a few weeks later I got my wedding photos back. I. was. devastated. I knew that I was overweight, because I desperately turned to "cutting carbs" a few weeks before the wedding (like that was gonna help) but I had NO IDEA that it was that bad. I cried for days. I had ruined my wedding photos. Even though I had this handsome husband and gorgeous scenery from Charleston, South Carolina, I had tainted the photos that were supposed to document our special day forever. There was nothing beautiful about the huge flab of armpit fat sticking out above the sweetheart neckline or the fat rolls that outlined my G-string under my dress. It was my breaking point. I've talked about this publicly, and on this blog before, so I'm not going to go into it again, but let's just say it didn't take much for me to get my shit together. So now, fast forward a few years. I've gotten into great shape and am super healthy (yes, that is the technical term that my doctor used for my last lab results). I now work full time helping others do the same, and for the ones that found a passion like I did, I'm helping them build financial freedom for themselves too. But something WAS missing. They always say "find your pain and you'll find your passion"....Well, a lot of pain came from my wedding day. Obviously it wasn't all bad because I've got an AMAZING husband, but it wasn't the DREAM wedding that someone who LOVES weddings would have had planned in their mind, and I didn't have that DREAM body filling out my dress. So I've decided to take my pain and shmeld it with my other passion, which is helping women get their confidence back through fitness. I'm not saying I'm not going to help people that aren't brides looking to get in great shape for their wedding. Obviously I want to help EVERYONE. But what I AM going to do is let a little of my inner wedding planner passion go free and share with you on this blog some other things that spark my interest, like gorgeous centerpieces, beautiful bouquets, and breathtaking gowns. I hope that's ok and that you will all continue to enjoy the content that I am putting out. And please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me if you are looking to get fit or get out of your 9-5 duldrums and figure out how to create the financial freedom to pursue YOUR passions.
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.