I have battled with my weight my entire life, and have been on every diet invented. My weight has affected my mental and physical health. I was depressed, anxious, had sleep apnea and high blood pressure. I was so tired all of the time, I couldn’t make it through the day without laying down after work.
I finally sought the help of a doctor May of 2018. I was the highest weight I’d ever been. I was nearly 300 pounds. I was in desperate need of help. I spent the next six months getting checked by every specialist in the book telling me what I already knew – I needed a giant life change. I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. I had stopped doing things I loved, and had stopped enjoying my job, my social life, or really anything. I had stopped participating in my life.
On February 26, 2019, I had bariatric surgery, and the pounds literally melted off at first. But, as that was happening, I knew it was not a permanent solution, and I needed to use this time to develop healthy habits that would help me be a healthier happier person in the long run.
As every person with food issues (especially binge eating issues) knows , we can always find cheats in the system. Even though I have a much smaller stomach, I can still eat crappy food. In fact, often, crappy food is something I can eat more of than healthy food. But the thing with crappy food is that it makes me feel like crap. And then I find myself in the same place I was before. Too tired to make it through the day.
I knew I needed to develop habits and routines that would make a change in the long run. Around that time I was following so many Beachbody coaches on social media who not only talked about these healthy routines and habits, but actually lived them. They were real life working moms who made these healthy habits so they could fit them in their busy schedules. I started following their suggestions, and was seeing changes. You see, I love group fitness at the gym, but in this season of my life, it is not feasible to get to the gym. I love the community that Beachbody has given me. I will be honest -I was hesitant to jump on board as in my group of friends, we’ve joked about MLM, and I’ve even made fun of Beachbody in particular. But, now that I was working the program, and I was seeing success, I could see why somebody would want to shout it from the rooftops and share it with their friends. It is completely doable, and the workouts are usually 30 minutes or less. There are also all fitness levels, types of fitness, and modifiers in every program. It’s like a Netflix of workout videos at such an affordable price!!
So, I decided to become a Coach. I signed up weeks ago, but it took me this long to get the nerve to tell people. But, I knew I wanted to share these great programs with others – people are always asking me what I am doing to get in shape.
I know my personality, and this was a big risk for me. I didn’t want people to be uncomfortable around me worrying I was going to try to sell them something whenever I was around them.
And, I promise, that’s not me. If what I am doing is something that interests you, let me know, and I’d be happy to help you, coach you to the best version of yourself. I just want everybody to feel like I feel right now. I finally have my life back, and I love it.