This girl

Hey, I'm Courtney. 

I'm a wife, mama, scientist, yoga instructor, and fitness lover. I work full time doing research and development work in cancer genetics for a biotech company and teach yoga, manage my instagram, and blog on the side. I have an amazing husband, wild 2 year old, and the laziest dog that has ever been. I know what it's like to not feel like there are enough hours in the day but I truly believe you can have everything you want if you plan and work hard. Our life is a busy one, but I love every moment. 

I have always been active, but my recent fitness journey started after having my little boy. Pre-pregnancy I ran 5-9 miles a day in addition to teaching/practicing yoga. I was fit, in a cardio sense, but I was never happy with my body. I was completely convinced calorie restriction and cardio was the best fitness regimen and the only way to get the body I wanted. 

While pregnant I discovered Kayla Itsines's instagram and Bikini Body Guides (BBG). The before and after photos she posted were incredible. I saw women just like myself getting fit and toned and I wanted that. I had a few life threatening complications during and immediately after my pregnancy which required a lot of inactivity at the end of my pregnancy as well as additional weight gain and muscle weakness. Looking in the mirror 6 weeks postpartum, I felt broken.  I was so uncomfortable in my own skin and I was so hard on myself. While my mind, at this time, was in a pretty rough place, I was motivated to get back in shape. I bought Kayla's guides and got started as soon as I had the okay from my doctor at 6 weeks postpartum. For two years I did nothing but BBG and yoga. As of October 2016 I added lifting to my schedule and absolutely love it. 

While my physical progress has been significant, my mental shift has been even greater. I have learned to truly love myself and my body at every stage of my journey. I've leanred that no matter our weight or shape we are not ruined, broken, or too far gone. I have learned to embrace my flaws and love myself imperfections and all. This is the message I am here to share. I know so many women who have shared my same feelings of inadequacy, who have been critical of their own bodies, and judged their worth based on their weight. You are more than the number on the scale. You are beautiful, strong, and capable of amazing things.

I'm here  inspire and be inspired. I want to share my fitness journey and help others on theirs. Seeing my stretched and swollen postpartum body was heartbreaking. I want other women and mamas to know that you can have the life and body you want if you're wiling to love yourself, work hard, and trust the journey. Let's do this together.