I’d like to preface this post by saying that I am not trying to sell anyone on any BeachBody products when I write this, but there will be a lot of references to it because it HAS and continues to be a HUGE part of my story.
My story starts back in 2012. Before that, I didn’t care much about fitness. I could eat whatever I wanted, didn’t exercise regularly, but I was still thin. Even after my first son. Seven years later, after my second son, that all changed. I had put on and kept on all the weight I gained with him. I had myself convinced that I couldn’t lose weight because I was nursing. (That whole, nursing makes you lose weight thing is not true for everyone!) Anyway, I stopped nursing my son shortly after he turned a year, and decided enough was enough. A friend let me borrow Insanity, and I went to work! Three weeks into the program, I found out that I was pregnant with my little girl. To be honest, I was upset. Not because I was pregnant, but because I hadn’t lost the weight from my previous pregnancy, and was about to put more weight on top of that… it was my biggest self conscious fear coming to fruition. I swore that I was going to have a health pregnancy and workout and all that jazz, but it didn’t happen. I ate healthy, but I didn’t exercise like I said I would.
I was so unhappy and had been for some time. I wasn’t myself anymore. I didn’t dress the way I liked to dress. I didn’t talk to people the way I used to. I was not outgoing anymore. I avoided a lot of things because of my poor self image.
Flash forward to when my baby girl was 5 months old. I was completely unhappy with myself and it was seeping into every aspect of my life. My friendships, my marriage, my family, even the mother I was, was suffering. I KNEW something had to change.
I had been seeing all this stuff about T25, and I figured, if I can’t make 25 minutes a day for my health, then I’ve REALLY got bigger problems. So I posted on Facebook asking for someone (hint hint to the hubs or my dad) to buy T25 for me. Two days later, I got a screen shot from my husband showing that he had purchased it for me! Excitement and fear came over me! Oh crap, I thought, now I HAVE to commit to doing this.
So, the day came to start Day 1. I snuck into the bathroom to take my before pictures. I emailed them to myself as I hid the tears. Along with hiding the tears, I hid my pictures…. deep in an email sub file to make sure that no one would ever find them and immediately deleted the pictures from my phone.
Some friends had said that they noticed a change in me, but I just figured that they were being kind because they knew I was working out. The scale was going down, but I didn’t trust that either. Five weeks later I finished the first round of T25. I took another set of pictures and sat down at the computer to compare.
I started bawling. Happy tears! I could NOT believe the transformation that I was seeing in my body! It was right then and there that I decided that I wanted to be a BeachBody coach because that was the best way that I knew to make just ONE person feel the way that I felt in that moment. If I could be a part of that, it would be the BEST feeling next to seeing my own results, maybe even better!
Slowly, I started become my old self again! My confidence was coming back with every workout that I did and I continued to share that with my friends and family, inviting them to join my Challenge Groups and helping them figure out programs and nutrition plans that would work for them and their lifestyles. I quickly found success with my new decision and realized that I’d found my calling. The best compliment I ever received on this journey was when I asked my husband Dave if he was noticing any changes in me, and he replied that I smiled and laughed more.
It wasn’t until I started coming out of it, that I really realized just how bad my self worth and confidence had gotten. Now I think I’ve got enough to spare if any one needs some! I set goals and achieve them. I lead of team of AMAZING woman who all want to accomplish the same goal of motivating and encouraging others to lead healthier, happier lives! I even got certified to be a PiYo instructor! If you would have told me I would have been doing any of this a year ago, I would have paused Dr. Phil, put my chips down, and checked you for a fever with my greasy fingers, because surely something must be wrong with you!
My fitness journey has been such a blessing to my life. I continue on my path to a better, stronger, healthier me and get to help others do the same.Through eating clean, regular exercise, and generally loving myself for who I am, and what I have to offer! I always say that my Challengers give me just as much motivation as I am giving them. That couldn’t be more true! Checking in with them daily is the highlight of my business day. Every time another person trusts me to be a part of their journey, I get butterflies. I NEVER thought that I’d be doing what I’m doing. NEVER thought I’d been in a health and fitness career. NEVER thought I’d be a group fitness instructor. Never thought any of these things.
If I can leave you all with just one thing, it’s buy BeachBody!! Buy it NOW! HA HA HA totally kidding!
It’s that YOU ARE WORTH IT! Whether you believe me right now doesn’t matter. I believe it. I believe that you are worth it, and I believe that you can do it…. whatever IT is. Whatever changes you need to make to be a happier, healthier, more fit you. Find what IT is, and don’t let it go.
Make someone realize that you are smiling and laughing more. That’s the best gift you can give yourself and those that love you!