‘The MEANING of life is to find your gift. The PURPOSE of life is to give it away’ – William Shakespeare
That’s me on the left at my highest of 255 pounds. I was very much a depressed food addict – it was my best friend…whether I was celebrating, sad, angry, lonely…food was there. I was newly separated, going through a nasty divorce, realizing that I was now a single mother of 3 small boys and could barely make ends meet. During this time, I was also drinking at least a bottle of wine a night and cutting myself daily because it was the only way that I could relieve the pain, self doubt, and the feeling of drowning.
One night when the boys were with there dad, I was channel surfing with my face in a gallon of ice cream and came across an infomercial for Turbo Fire. The workout looked appealing to me because it was kickboxing with great music and a side of sassiness which I loved! More than that, I fell in love with Chalene Johnson – the creator and trainer of Turbo Fire. She was this little blond woman but had so much LIFE…which is exactly what I needed during this time in my life. I know that it probably sounds weird…but she gave me hope during a time when I didn’t know if I could go on. So…I ordered it.
When Turbo Fire came, I did the first workout and was all over the place. I couldn’t keep up, I was out of breath during the warm up and I felt like a complete failure. I tucked the program in my closet because it was just too hard. A month later I got it back out because I was tired of being tired, I was mad at myself for being a lazy mom, not being the role model that I always thought that I was going to be for my children. I knew that I NEEDED to stop abusing food and cutting myself. So…I swallowed my pride, followed the modifier and stuck to the program. I followed the workout schedule, the nutrition plan and ordered Shakeology. Now, you have to understand….I was POOR! So poor that I had to get donations from churches for food and Christmas gifts but somewhere in my soul I KNEW that I needed nutrition help…I was ADDICTED to food….that is why I sucked it up and ordered Shakeology. I was never a shake person, I thought spending $129 on a shake (even though it’s for 30 days) was just ridiculous…but I NEEDED TO CHANGE….so I had to trust that this was going to work for me.
90 days later…I was down 30 pounds! 30 POUNDS IN 90 DAYS PEOPLE! That was HUGE for me! I didn’t weight myself during that time….I was always that person that would workout, not lose weight in the first week or two then give up. So I promised myself that during Turbo Fire, changing my eating habits and drinking Shakeology that I wasn’t going to weigh myself….These 90 days were not only to lose weight…it was MY TIME to find myself, stop hating myself and try to embrace all of me…the good, the bad and they ugly.
After the 90 days I decided to become a Beachbody Coach so that I could save 25% on my Shakeology…which was huge for me! Remember…I still was poor but this was my new lifestyle so I knew that I had to stick with it. I stopped going out, I stopped spending money on pointless things and threw every extra and even non-extra funds to Shakeology. I was a coach for 6 months…just doing my thing, working out, checking into my online accountability groups that my coach was running and slowing…changing my life. In June 2012 I decided that I wanted to help other moms who were depressed, who didn’t think that they were being their full potential…moms who were abusing food and hated themselves….I wanted to be their life preserver. So I started using Facebook as a way to share my journey, to meet people and to see how I could help.
Fast forward to June 2016, I had the chance to become a full time Beachbody Coach so I took the leap of faith and did it. During my 4 years of coaching, I realized that this is where I’m suppose to be. I have learned that the difficult path in my life was for a purpose. It was to figure out how to come through it stronger so that I could share it with others. My passion is helping those that need a change. Whether it’s helping them with their fitness goals, their nutrition, being a friend during a difficult time, or helping them build their at home health and fitness business like I have done.
During my journey I have learned that if I can do this, anyone can! It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, how old you are, or what your situation is. If you WANT IT…then it CAN HAPPEN….it’s that simple! I really want you to dig deep and think about the kind of life that you want. How important is your health? How important is it that you are happy? How important is it that you feel confident in your own skin? If you are ready to take that LEAP OF FAITH…then I’m here….waiting to help you!