Hey lova! I know, I know…who is this girl? You probably don’t remember me because I never have time to post anymore. Anyway, I truly appreciate you reading this stranger’s post anyway. I hope you do. Because it’s about an amazing woman who I’m sure most of you know. But if you don’t, you absolutely need to meet her. Well, I haven’t met her (yet) but I mean via the interwebs. She has taught me so much in the short time we’ve been friends and I just think she is fabulous.
Her name is Alexandra.
She is strong, she is beautiful, she is getting in the best shape of her life.
From the very beginning, she struck a chord with me because she is a single mom of a little girl. I have always had a huge place in my heart for single moms because I had a single mom. I was an only child and it was always just be and her. I don’t talk much about my personal life here, but I am very open about my childhood and how I grew up.
I had an amazing childhood, and the best mom I could ask for. Alexandra is that kind of mom. Her daughter is absolutely gorgeous and so so loved. Alex’s story reminds me of my mom’s. For a while, I just read her blog and commented from time to time, till I emailed her one day and the rest is history. I love this girl to death.
I often complain about how hard it is to lose weight, eat clean, work out, balance work and a marriage, etc. I know how silly that is. Then I met Alexandra. No, this is not me throwing a pity party for the girl. She is astonishing. She balances work, school, being a single mom, Crossfit and a healthy lifestyle and she does it with her head held high. She is setting such a positive example for her little one, and it makes me feel that much luckier to have had a strong single mom, too.
Her story has brought me back to my childhood and allowed me to see things through my mom’s eyes. I am sure it was 100% harder for her to be strong for me than it seemed at the time. I just thought my mom could handle anything. But really, she was just being strong for me. Same goes for Alex. She could easily be bitter about her past and about what cards she was dealt, but she is moving forward and making a much better life for her and her baby girl. If she can do it, I can. I want to be a positive role model to my kids when I have them, and I want to show them what being a strong woman means.
Part of the reason I love blogging is that I have met SO many strong women via this little old blog of mine. Some of you are married, some of you are not, some of you have kids, some of you don’t. But you all hold a place in my heart. You all cross my mind when I’m trying to push out that last bit of energy I don’t think I have during a work out. And last week, Alex told me something that stuck with me. It had nothing to do with her personal life or mine. It was so simple. She said “I work too hard to put crap into my body.” Um. Hello. Duh. I should know this by now. I have really been struggling lately with staying on track, especially on weekends.
But what she said made perfect sense. I work too hard. I deserve to have the body of my dreams. Why do I keep sabotaging that? We all deserve it. We all work hard. We ALL should be exactly where we want. She motivated me to get back on track and to be good to myself. And I bet she doesn’t even know it. This woman, who has so to be so strong I don’t even know how she does it, inspired me by one little comment in passing. And that's all it took.
I could go on and on about this girl, really. I won't though. Check her out for yourself. She rocks. Love you Alex!