Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Turn your CAN'Ts into CANs!

Some of you may already know my story but some do not. From time to time I want to share my story in hopes of inspiring that one person out there who could use it.

A few years ago, I had just had a baby, was battling depression, and had just spent day
after day visiting my 48 year old mother who had suffered a brain aneurysm that almost killed her. I was smoking a pack a day, I quit breastfeeding due to the schedule of hospital and nursing home visits, and ate anything I could at gas stations. I lived off of redbull and mini apple pies. I knew I was chubby because of how my clothes fit, but I blamed it on everything but my own habits. I entered a weight loss contest thinking I was not "fat" enough to compete. Guess what? I got picked. I competed and lost. I would work out at the gym (with my free membership from the contest) for 2 hours a night (sometimes at midnight after my 10 month old baby went to bed) and yet I was still not seeing results.

During this time, I was contacted by a Zumba instructor who I used to attend classes with. She told me about some kind of shake and group she was doing. I couldn't afford a fancy shake that I thought only athletes drank or a workout program, so I bought insanity off of Craigslist. I did the DVDs less than 5 times. It was too hard. I still had too many excuses.

Over the next 30 days I started paying attention to what she had to share in this group and I learned a ton. I learned how to fuel my body. I learned that naked juices would not make me feel good or look good naked. I learned that skinny does not always equal healthy. I learned that support in that form worked. I saved up and bought those oh so fancy shakes. I couldn't believe I was doing it. I started participating in that group. I felt empowered.

I signed on as a coach not being at my goal weight, not being a nutritionist, not looking to make money, but strictly for a discount on the shakes. I would never be able to coach anyone I thought. Who would listen to me? Would they think I just wanted to sell them a shake? A workout? This wasn't in my "plan of life."

A new program came out called t25. I bought it and failed again. Something in my mind wasn't ready. Then a few weeks later, it hit me. I WAS READY. I wanted to do anything and everything in my power to be the healthiest version of myself in order to be an amazing role model for my daughter, my family, and my friends. I didn't want to go down the road to obesity, countless doctor appts., and medication. I went for it. After finishing t25 and then the 21 day fix I was 30 lbs lighter and a whole hell of a lot happier.

I decided to push past my love of a discount and share what I learned with others. I HAD to pay it forward if I could help one person feel as good as I did. I started studying nutrition, how to meal plan, organic vs. conventional, local foods, other diets, other shakes, injuries, etc.
There have been a lot of ups and downs. There have been lbs gained and then lbs lost. There have been tears. There has been sweat. I have become a fitness instructor (me? me of all people. yes)! I have become more excited about new leggings or sneakers than I ever got about a pack of smokes or apple pie. I have ran a half marathon for christ's sake. I smile more. I sweat more! I strive for more.

There is no turning back now. There will always be ups and down but that is what makes a journey worthwhile. I don't want to see another soul feel heavy or sluggish. I don't want to hear someone say they can't when I know they can. I want you to feel like I did after I first noticed the changes.
Just take the first step. I hope I have changed your mind from CAN'T to CAN. You got this.
Let's chat. Send that message now and stop putting it off. I am real and have been through all of this and more. No judgement, no pressure. Let me make the start of your own personal journey easier on you.