Thursday, February 5, 2015

How Fitness Saved My Life

Have you ever been really passionate about something? Like, when someone asks you about it you CANNOT SHUT UP about it? That's how I feel about being a Beachbody coach. But it's probably not for the reasons you think. My story is personal and it isn’t very pretty -- and yes, it's a little long... but I know that if my own story can help someone else, then it was 100% worth sharing.

Left: Summer 2013 (About 2 months into my fitness journey & down a size) / Right: Winter 2014 

For many MANY years, I struggled with depression and anxiety. By the time my 28th birthday rolled around, I was barely functioning. I would go to work, and then sit in my car and cry for no reason at all during my lunch breaks. I would go home after work and cry some more. When I finally sought professional help, I was put on a variety of medications and even encouraged to leave my job because I simply couldn’t process my stress in a healthy way.

For years, the doctors switched me from medication to medication, but nothing worked. They labeled my condition as “treatment resistant” and I just felt so hopeless. Not only was I depressed, I had terrible side effects from the medications, my relationships (especially my marriage) were suffering, and the only actual change I saw is that my weight was going up. And up. And up. My physical health was suffering too. I had developed a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (where you stop breathing in your sleep) and I had to wear a mask at night to force air into my lungs while I slept. I also had chronic pain in my feet that lead to surgery. I felt like a 70 year old woman trapped in the body of a 30 year old.

Surgery - Fall 2011

I managed to wean myself off the medications before getting pregnant with my daughter (they weren’t helping anyway), but shedding the weight I had gained was another story. I had never been “active” a day in my life. I did what most people do. I would go to the gym from time to time. Maybe take a yoga class, or ride on the elliptical machine for a half an hour. I would count calories and restrict what I ate. But obviously I never lost any weight doing that and because I didn't enjoy doing it, I certainly never exercised consistently enough to realize any actual health benefits.

My pregnancy in 2012 was a HUGE wake up call for me. At only 26 weeks, I was in the hospital and put on strict bed rest. I was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to take insulin for the remainder of my pregnancy. In my post-delivery follow up, the doctor told me I would need to lose at least 25 pounds before getting pregnant again and that’s when it finally “clicked” for me just how important my health was. I knew that I wanted to set a better example for my daughter. I knew that I would never want her to see me depressed and I never, EVER wanted to take another anti-depressant medication.

Workout sesh with my little helper!

I was committed to changing my life. For my health. For my marriage. And especially for my daughter. I really had nothing to lose so I reached out to a friend of mine who was a Beachbody coach and I asked her for help. She listened to my story and helped me find a program that I could stick to and actually enjoy. She helped me get my nutrition on track. And she plugged me into one of her accountability groups so that I would have a motivating, positive and supportive environment to turn to when things got hard. I can honestly say that reaching out to her that day was one of the BEST decisions I have ever made because that is the day that my entire life started to change.

I had no idea how I would do it with a newborn baby at home. But because I had found an exercise program that I enjoyed doing, I actually stuck with it. Every day I felt a little more accomplished. A little bit more proud of myself. More CONFIDENT! Because I had support and accountability, I was consistent and started seeing actual results. Because I was fueling my body with a diet dense in nutrition I had natural energy. Yes, I had a newborn at a home, but I felt energized! And I felt HAPPY! Did I lose weight? Yes. I lost 25 pounds, plus another 15 of baby weight. But that was really just icing on the cake for me. Once I started focusing on taking care of myself, my health improved. No more need for medications. No more chronic pain. No more sleep mask at night! My outlook and mood improved. My marriage improved. I feel like I got a second chance at LIVING life.

I became a Beachbody coach because I want to share that gift with other women who are in need of a change. Their struggles might look a little different than mine, some not as serious, some even more so. But I know from experience that Exercise + Nutrition + Support = Success, no matter how you look at it. I’ve invited YOU to participate in my group because I know how life changing it can be and I would love to share that with you.

I get it. There are so many scams out there and everywhere we turn, someone is trying to sell us something… but I want you know that for me, this isn’t about “selling” something. It is about helping people take control of their lives. There's no hidden agenda. No obligation to do or buy anything you don't want to. I just want to help you in any way I can. If you are unhappy and unhealthy, or if you just feel "stuck" in your own body, I would love to help by sharing what I've learned and helping you see the same results. My FebYOUary group will be starting right after Valentine's Day and spots are filling up fast, so if you're interested in learning more, contact me NOW to reserve your spot!

I look forward to being a part of your journey.

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