I am a 37 year old mom of a little boy who is almost 4 and most recently a new baby girl in May 2016. I currently work full-time as a Resource Specialist at a local school in my area. I have always had the desire for fitness and wanting to eat better but never had the motivation to be consistent. Less than a year after having my son, I saw a picture of myself and gasped. I knew that something had to change. More importantly than my weight, I knew I wasn’t living a healthy lifestyle. At that point, I felt it was exercise that would make things better. So I bought some home workout DVD’s, joined a great group of gals online and thought I would give it a try. Sure enough, I had GREAT success. I followed the workouts faithfully and followed the 2 week meal plan to give me a boost and lost the lbs I was seeking to lose at the end of 60 days. When the program was done I felt great! Two months after a trip to the Dominican I had regressed dramatically. The good eating stopped and so did the exercise. I realized I didn’t maintain what I worked so hard to achieve. I wasted all that energy and was back at the place I started from. Frustrated and miserable I felt like, living healthy was nothing I could ever keep up. It wasn’t for me. I felt like I didn’t have the time and certainly knew I did not the energy trying to juggle work, home and family.
I fell deeper and deeper into a “funk.” This rut I was in was so bad that I figured I needed medical help and was waiting until Monday to call my doctor to see what why I was so emotional and in the dumps. I was surfing Facebook one night and I saw these posts and transformation pictures praising this workout DVD package. It described the workouts as only being 30 minutes long. With the bundle you got a nutrition guide, and Shakeology (a dense nutritional shake – not a weight loss shake. I don’t believe in those) and the program was described as being only 21 Days. It also boasted a FREE coach and a FREE membership to this website full of articles and recipes (who doesn’t like free?!)! I thought you know what? I will give it one more try and if I don’t feel better in three weeks then I will call my doctor. After all it is simply just 21 Days. Well 3 months later and after 21 Days x 2, here I am rejuvenated and full of energy! I am several pounds lighter and when I see pictures of myself I cannot believe what I had overcome!
What was the difference you ask? The difference was the free coach that I was offered who prompted me to join a closed and private online challenge group. She spent time with me, supporting and encouraging me through social media. The girls in the challenge group were other moms who worked full-time and knew exactly what I was going through. Together we shared our goals and why we were in the group. The coach and nutrition guide enabled us to learn how to plan and prepare meals! We learned that we weren’t “exercising so that we could eat (whatever we wanted!). No, we learned the secret to success! Do you want to know what it is? Here is the funny part.. there is no secret to success. It wasn’t a magic pill or a magic drink claiming to melt fat away. The secret to success was everything that was in front of us the whole time. Learning how to eat clean and exercise to see our health improve. Simply learning how to eat to live. Eat the foods that nourish our bodies, not eat foods that aren’t even food! I was able to be accountable to these wonderful ladies and encouraged when I had a rotten day! And know that tomorrow is always a new day!
Because I felt so awesome, I decided I would become a Beach Body Coach to get a percentage off the Shakeology. I realized the foods I had previously eaten probably provided me with zero vitamins, and nutrients that I needed to function and to feel my personal best. Shakeology was the perfect addition to my workout program that enabled me to get dense nutrition on the go. The story is not yet over… keep reading! 🙂 Then, I decided to post my transformation pictures on Facebook and here is what happened…
… From my transformation pictures I got all kinds of positive responses and private messages asking for help and for more information of what I was doing! And low and behold I had several girls sign up for my first very own challenge group!
So here I am at this very moment. And here you are reading a blog from a girl who thought eating clean and exercising was never for her. My hope is that my blog will help you to Dream. Believe. Succeed at becoming a healthier you and finding that true happiness that is somewhere inside you. I have chosen to become a Beach Body coach for more than Shakeology and I would be flattered to help you succeed at your health and fitness goals. It does not mean you won’t have ups and downs throughout the process. What it does mean is that I will be here to help you every step of the way.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.