Two years ago I was in my final weeks of pregnancy before my son was born. I was extremely excited and anxious to meet my little boy, but it also happened to be a time in my life that I was super stressed about other things going on in my life. I am a HUGE stress eater, and I let that take over my life and I used the excuse that I was pregnant and can eat whatever I wanted, but that only worked for so long. When I gave birth I was at my heaviest ever and very disappointed in myself for not being stronger. I was ashamed and so uncomfortable in my own skin that I avoided cameras and missed opportunities to have some of those great landmark photos that you usually take when baby is in your belly and when baby is born. There are just some things that you can't go back and do over, and I am SO sad about that.
The first year or so after he was born I pretty much just resorted to how things were and figured this was just going to be my new life...not feeling good about myself, having body aches and pains from the extra weight, hiding my depression from my friends and family, being grumpy and essentially blaming everyone else for my problems. With two kids now and a full time job that I juggled, I felt like I would never have time to focus on myself and having time to go to the gym was absolutely impossible in my daily schedule.
And then I met someone that changed my life. Whitney, my husband's best friend's fiance, started posting things about exercising at home. She had just signed up as a coach for Beachbody, yet I had no idea what that really meant. But I saw she was doing some amazing things and helping so many people, and I was definitely curious about it and watched her for awhile. Finally in May 2014, I hit my wall and decided I was ready to make a change for myself and for my family. I decided to JUST GO FOR IT and do something to take back control of my life! I threw out all my excuses and put my priorities in perspective, and was ready to be the happy and healthy person I knew I could be.
I contacted Whitney about her programs, and joined in one of her Challenge Groups using the 21 Day Fix program. Not going to lie...the first few weeks were rough since I was so out of shape! But I soon saw the changes in my body and mood and started loving myself again, and it got easier and easier. Honestly, I am pretty sure if it weren't for Whitney and her groups cheering me on every day and being that POSITIVE light I needed, I probably wouldn't have made it through the first week. I finally realized that Beachbody is more than just fitness programs and meal plans, it's about community and personal development...the tools you need to better yourself from the inside out.
So fast forward to today... I am definitely a happier and more confident me, and proud to say I've actually followed through with something (not typical). And becoming a coach myself has been one of my best decisions in a long while. Not only do I have that extra accountability to stick with my own journey to betterness, it's an amazing feeling knowing that I'm helping others do the same - by hopefully being an inspiration and that POSITIVE light that might have been missing from their life. Paying it forward...