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Growing up I never had to think about my weight… I suppose living on a farm and only eating whole natural foods may have had something to do with it — plus the long walk to the school bus — but I think I can also credit a pretty good metabolism. And although I played sports throughout school, I never considered myself a true athlete. I wasn’t brave enough to be good enough! I never believed in myself to truly think I could accomplish anything more on that soccer field.
In my mid-20s, my future husband and I relocated to a small town away from our families and I had to learn to get out of my shell and reach beyond my comfort zone. So, I joined a gym! Working out in front of others was possibly forefront on my list of “I CAN NOT and WILL NOT DO” but I learned to love that time I spent there. Fast forward a year and the birth of my son. I didn’t gain a vast amount of weight but I was at the heaviest I’d ever been in my life. I vowed to lose that extra 10 – 15 pounds before I got pregnant again.
I was able to escape to the gym on days my husband was home to watch our son, but I also began to try to do workouts at home; my son was unfortunately only a 20 to 30 minute napper, so Jillian Michael’s 30 minute shred became my go-to program. I reached my pre-pregnacy weight (around the 135 lb mark) just in time to get pregnant with our daughter. We relocated (closer to family) and I still was fortunate to have just 10 – 15 pounds to lose after giving birth in March, 2012. But between two young kids, I had zero energy or motivation to work out. And finding the time? I wasn’t prepared to make it happen. I knew going to the gym was completely out of the picture so I tried a few programs at home, but as soon as I got a cold (seriously every 4 to 6 weeks) I’d give up the exercise.
As 2012 wound down I discovered Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer and was thankful that I could get at least 10 minutes in! I soon realized I could exercise all I want but my nutrition was suffering. It was time to change how I thought of food; For years it had been that I exercised so that I COULD eat cookies and chips and cake… now I was beginning to think that wasn’t quite right. January 1st, 2013, I did what millions of people across the world was doing…making their resolutions to change fitness and nutrition habits for the better!
I hung a calendar on the wall to record my workouts and took a step to changing my life! January was strong. I started the first of the month weighing 142 pounds and with working out 5 – 6 times a week to Jillian Michael’s “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” and “No more Trouble Zones”, Chalene Johnson’s TurboFire and ChaLEAN Extreme, and Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer, I lost 4 pounds and 4.5 inches.
February continued strong. I wasn’t going to fall off the wagon after my successful January! I lost two more pounds plus another 1/2 inch each from the hips and thighs. TurboFire was my program of choice. It made me WANT to work out!
March began great but I started to struggle toward the end of the month. Honestly I think it was due to trying to do too many HIIT workouts from TurboFire and not letting my body rest like it needed.
April? It changed my life. Starting at 136 lbs, I finished at 130.5. My ultimate target weight goal had been 130 so I was excited to see that number on the scale. I realized TurboFire was giving me a passion for fitness like I’d never had before. I also tried out some Insanity workouts! It was this month I decided I wanted to share my excitement and to help other people achieve their goals too. I sent a message to my sister in California, a 3 year Beachbody-coach veteran, and said, ” Sign me up. I’m ready!”.
I started and completed my first full fitness program (60 days of Les Mills Combat) in May. No, I wasn’t perfect and I didn’t get in every scheduled workout, but I did my best and stayed true to myself and continued to improve my nutrition. Day 1 of Combat I was 130.5 lb, and at Day 60 I finished at 126 lb, with about another 4 inches gone. Ok, so my boobs were gone too but I’d leaned out throughout my midsection.
The weight-loss portion of my fitness journey is complete and now I am excited about building muscle and tightening my core. But best of all? I feel more confident. My fitness journey wasn’t (isn’t) all about what is on the outside… it is about the changes on the inside too. After so many years of insecurities, self-doubt, negative voices in my head, and fear of the unknown, I am taking steps outside of my comfort zone almost daily. I want to be a great role model for my two kids and to help inspire others to find the path to a healthier life.
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I’m my toughest critic, which I think is true for most people. You often hear the phrase “if I can do this, anyone can!” from people who’ve accomplished some of their fitness/weightloss/nutrition goals, because they didn’t think they could do it either. Yet others don’t seem to believe in themselves when hearing that, thinking the person who succeeded must have extreme willpower, or some other quality that they themselves lack.
I never thought I’d accomplish what I have in terms of health/fitness, DESPITE having done it before with P90X. The voice in my head said “no, you’ve had a baby, you’ve lost some of the baby weight but you’re a lot slower than you used to be, and a lot less fit, and that’s where things are going to sit from now on.. That’s just how it is.” I bought into those thoughts and had convinced myself that I didn’t have that “something special” that would get me to where I wished I could be.
I figured my “before” picture was where I’d be forever.
Making my way to “OK”
I slowly started working out a bit, going on a walk/run every so often, and playing ultimate once or twice a week, but I never really pushed myself, and I didn’t work very hard on proper nutrition, which would have made a huge difference. Nevertheless, I lost a few more pounds, then just assumed I’d hit my limits. I was at a point that I was OK with, but not really happy with. I’d definitely settled and figured that I couldn’t do anything more. Only those amazing people you hear about are able to do more.
Then I broke my wrist and wasn’t able to do much of anything for 2 months. I started a squat challenge, which went really well, but was only like 5 minutes of activity per day. A friend suggested I look into the Combat Challenge, since I’d had success with P90X in the past. I had all the excuses (no time, no motivation, being ok with my rut, etc).. but then the frustration of the broken wrist really spurred me to make a change!
Here’s where I got to – pictures after a week of super clean eating while waiting for my challenge pack to arrive:
Down With That Critic!
The voice in my head was WRONG, even though I believed it for a good year or two.
Since I decided to be a Beachbody Coach, I’ve really had to make my workouts and nutrition a priority, or I wouldn’t be a very good coach, right? But honestly, it hasn’t been that tough to do! A few years back, when I did P90X, it was a bit all-consuming, but the Les Mills Combat Challenge hasn’t felt that way at all. Maybe it’s because I’m not sticking to a prescribed meal plan, but also because the very longest workout is 60 minutes, and many are 30-45 minutes long, which is totally doable, even with work and kids! I’ve also replaced one snack or meal a day with their health shake (Shakeology), which seems to have helped a lot too, especially in the energy and body-feeling-good departments.
Here’s me at day 35 of Combat – weight and inches lost, abs coming along, and feeling good!
I haven’t been perfect. I haven’t skipped a workout, but I’ve done my fair share of cake eating, meals out, and having a cocktail or glass of wine whenever I felt like it. I can’t even imagine what my results would be if I had been perfect with my nutrition!
This makes me want to shout to everyone that YOU CAN DO IT TOO! No matter how strongly you believe that you can’t do it, I am sure that you can. Whatever your goal is, you can get closer to it; you just have to decide that you will. And I know; that’s the hardest part!
In 5 1/2 weeks of doing the challenge, I’ve lost 8 pounds so far, and inches everywhere. My clothes are fitting better, and I’m into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes. I have to go shopping for some new jeans!
I’m just really proud of myself, and am able to say “take that!” to the negative demons in my head. They were wrong, I could do it, and I”m feeling so good! I really hope that as a coach I can help someone else feel like this at some point too.Get your FREE Team Beachbody membership