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It's Monday, Monday, Monday Mums!  How has the start to your week been so far?  Mine has been great because I have been super excited about a project we will be featuring today through Friday on the blog! 

Always wanting to keep things as real as we can here at Mumsy, Natashia and I sat down one day and began to discuss how hard life truly is and how wonderful it would be if there was an accessible manual that was filled with all the guidelines and answers to life's hardest challenges.  Though one of those is yet to exist, we realized that next best thing out there is the human race.  Each and every one of us have faced or are currently facing something hard in our lives.  So, we decided to dedicate this week to some of the hard things we face in our lives; asking some truly incredible individuals to some of the challenges they have faced in their lives, and how they overcame them.

First up is Brittany Powell.  I first met Brittany at Bright Nights and was shocked to learn she had recently lost nearly 100 pounds!  After spending many years being overweight and struggling with personal insecurities, Brittany decided to face these hard things in her life and conquer them.

Here's her story.

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 My name is Brittany Powell and I am a married mother of a two year
old boy. 

When Michelle and Natashia asked me to write a guest post, I was
delighted, but nervous. I think I've always felt overweight
and insecure.  Losing weight is HARD.  One of my favorite quotes is, "We
either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount
of work is the same."  HOW TRUE THAT IS!  I don't know about you, but I
can spend a day feeling bad about myself, my food choices, being
lazy… Or, I can spend a day putting GOOD foods into my body, moving,
and feeling GOOD.


My hope has always been that I can inspire
someone so much that they can say, "Because of you I didn't give up."


   I think for me, losing weight was just the tip of the iceberg.  I
don't know if anyone can really embark on a weightloss or fitness
journey and still stay the same.  It's from the inside out, your own personal
health is an overall thing.  It all started from a remark I received
from an acquaintance, she had told me I needed to be careful kneeling
since i was pregnant, when I WAS NOT PREGNANT!  Then, shortly after that
incident, a co-worker at work had said something to the effect of, "Oh
that stalky girl?".  They were talking about me.  That made me
think.  I knew I had a weight problem, I knew I needed to be healthier,
eat less junk, and think happier thoughts.  I was tired
of being tired, tired of not liking what I saw in the mirror, tired of
being insecure (which by the way has NOTHING to do with weight)!  So
one day, I just decided I wasn't going to be this anymore.  I was going
to change for ME; to become someone I love!  To become someone I love,
because I loved myself enough to TRY.  It is, however, the act of doing it
that determines the difference between who you are, and who you want to

become.



   I really had no clue where to start, so I did some research.  I read
running magazines, looked at pinterest for healthy recipes, and I turned
to Youtube videos for help and inspiration.  I loved watching videos of
others on their weight loss journeys and talking about it, or just
giving motivational pep talks.  I now have a Youtube channel myself,
and my own weight loss video with over 100,000 views.  I finally made my health and fitness a priority.  I literally had to tell myself, "I don't care
how long this takes, I don't care if I'm 80 years old and still
working at this I WILL do this because it matters to me!".  There is
strength in the struggle, people!  It's crazy to me to think how
different I am now from the woman I was. Sometimes I still feel like
the "old" me, or let some of my past thinking patterns creep in; but I've ran two
half marathons, I've lost 80 pounds, I am doing a body beast strength
training program, and
I'm a health coach, ME!


  Being a health coach has given me a team to be accountable to, and
without my team and challenge groups I know I would've slipped back
into my old ways. If you're like me and NEED that support,
accountability, and motivation DAILY, then please, feel free to contact
me! I know how hard losing weight is, I would love, and want to help empower
others. If you want to live this lifestyle forever, don't look for the
finish line, run this race with a smile and you'll never stop
winning!

XOXO,
Brittany Powell


Let's Be Friends!:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brittany-Marie-Powell/1423602361261667
http://brittanymariepowell.blogspot.com
youtube.com/theianuzified
@ianuzified

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Hope you loved this as much as I did!  Though I have just recently met Brittany, I love her dearly and amazed at the tenacity she has to overcome her past and vigorously fight to become the person she wants to be.

As we face the hard things in our lives, there will be many times when we feel completely isolated and alone.  But, as Brittany clearly stated, we are all in this together!  Never forget that you are loved and that there are countless individuals who want to support, love, and encourage you in your times of need.

Much love,



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