and YES, I was always one to complain
about the heat. I had a good childhood and I ate well from an early age, as my Mom was very dedicated to my nutrition. But, that didn't stop me from developing a binging problem, especially when I was away from my mother's watchful eye. I was also lucky enough to inherit my father's terrible sweet tooth, which has and will always be a monster needing total control.
My weight always Yo-Yoed and I always carried guilt, knowing that my mother had done her due diligence to teach me proper nutrition. My father would also point out that I had put on a few extra pounds, although I knew he was only trying to help me and teach me to love my body and be good to it. My parents set forth good examples on nutrition and fitness, and I believe that’s one reason why I was so successful when I finally decided to change my life…it’s due to their
On the day of my wedding I weighed 171 pounds, and I ballooned from there reaching an all time high of 234lbs. After completing nursing school, I became pregnant with our first and amazing son, Gavin. The scale kept climbing and at 9 months pregnant, I had reached 280lbs. I was completely mortified with my size and more uncomfortable than ever. I had lost all control of my food choices during pregnancy and had a “worry about it later” attitude when it came to my nutrition, which didn't help me at all. I ate whatever I wanted and desired, and none of those choices were healthy. I allowed myself to indulge and had made my mind up that my poor food choices would be ending after Gavin was born.
I wanted to change my body more than anything else. I wanted to feel happy in my own skin once again and stop the crazy insecurity roller coaster I was on. I wanted to be sexy again. I was sick and tired of not feeling like myself and had to do something about it. After Gavin was born, I curbed my eating and restricted foods, but in a not so healthy way. Still, with the increased activity that came with going back to work, I got myself down to 207lbs right before Gavin's 2nd birthday.
Around the same time, I had a sudden desire to change what I was doing and get healthy. I wasn't feeling great, my skin looked horrible and I still had a terrible relationship with soda. It was time to face the music. If I wanted to really break free and get my body back, I was going to have to change my diet completely and start to exercise.
I ordered a T25 challenge pack on August 3rd, 2013 and never looked back. I was immediately drawn to the ease and taste of Shakeology and the fact that the workouts I had dreaded were only 25 minutes long. I thought, "I can do that, no problem!” Ironically, I had no clue about the coaching opportunity when I contacted my coach for information on T25 and Shakeology. When I found out I could cover the cost of my products by sharing with my friends, I was all in, and little did I know that my life would be forever changed.
I have always been , and I always knew I was destined for something bigger and better than what my life currently looked like. I’ve made mistakes and taken steps in the wrong direction, but what is more important is that I have learned from those mistakes, making me a stronger mother, wife, nurse and now, coach. Today, I am a more developed and refined version of myself. I have always had a heart for helping, which is what led me to a career in nursing, but as a Beachbody Coach, I feel it is a way for me to help others before they have to become my patients.
I have always struggled with self esteem and a lack of confidence, but finally at age 31, those issues are weakening their hold on me. I am becoming more in control of my thoughts and my life by choosing to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. I benefit from being a coach, helping others and ultimately, helping my family. I get to be a positive role model and although my initial intent was to better myself, what was born was a passion for motivating and inspiring others to do exactly what I did. I have made new friends and life long bonds with people I probably would have never had the privilege of getting to meet before Beachbody. My team has now become an extension of my family.