I have always tried to be active. I have ran for over the past 20 years, sometimes a lot sometimes a little but have always been pretty consistent. That was until this past October. I finished my 4th marathon last October, I had trained great, did all my long runs, speed training, tempo runs consistently. I was so happy when I was done, I had finished in the time frame I wanted to be at and felt ok at the end and said to myself at the end, once again, I am done running marathons, I am a halfer girl here on out. After the end of that marathon a friend of mine and I had taken a picture together, that was my eye opening moment that something HAD to change. I looked at that picture and was disgusted with how I looked. It wasn’t the salt lines all over my face and shirt or the wangers of my hair it was my chubby self. I had just completed 26.2 miles, burned over 1800 calories for probably the 6th weekend in a row, was in great shape cardio wise and I was bigger than ever! On that drive home from Chicago, after I put away my post marathon sub, mocha and chocolate chip cookie and I made a decision on what had to change, my workouts was my first step.
That next week I started 2 things, yoga and Insanity and both have been life changing, in two different ways of course. Insanity is tough, but it was the sweat and workout I needed to start making changes in my body shape. I like the style of the workouts the different workouts each day and the good soreness I felt at the end. It helped me realize how weak I really was and how I really had zero strength, especially core strength. My ‘trouble’ area has always been my gut, even before I had kids that was where I have always stored my chub, but after kids it has just gotten worse and worse over the years. I realize now that is mainly due to my diet, a struggle every day, but the fact I had no core strength was not helping me either. Insanity helped me identify that and began that transformation. Yoga has improved my core a ton as well!
Most important yoga has helped me so much to focus and breathe, I love yoga and it has helped me to be a better person and mom overall. It builds so much strength and confidence, I cannot stress that enough for me. Hot yoga though, that is a whole other amazing ball game! Each time I leave a hot yoga class I fell so refreshed, detoxed and like a new start. I also am completely dumbfounded on how I can possible sweat that much! The sweat just pours off me and it is just so refreshing!! I love that each class I can find myself getting stronger, hold the pose longer, maybe get in a little further, but it is happening and I LOVE that!
Early November I changed my eating habits, mainly due to a yoga event. This helped tremendously and I can honestly say I have never felt that great in my life. Eliminating many foods from my diet for 21 days opened my eyes to know how great I really could feel and with some more confidence I was down right happy with myself, boy what a difference that makes. Yoga just changed my outlook on many things, and allowed me to let go of a lot of things I needed to. IT was SO well worth it.
With the success of Insanity I knew I wanted to finish that 180 day program, and I was determined to! I had always heard about Beachbody programs and had given Insanity and P90X a try in the past but never finished and was never committed. I was so happy to finish and to see positive changes in my body shape, I missed running, but really wanted the changes I was seeing by using different muscles and different parts of my body were gaining strength. I decided to commit to Shakeology. I was VERY skeptical about this. I had tried protein shakes in the past and Never liked that taste, texture, feeling after. What I didn’t realize was Shakeology is NOT a protein shake. The first time I made my Shakeology shake I added so many extra ingredients to try to mask the taste it ended up being almost 600 calories!!! I then started leaving an extra out, and realized it was great without anything extra. I can honestly say I LOVE Shakeology! I carve Shakeology, it gives me amazing energy, has reduced my cravings and most importantly allows me to start my day with a dose, dense amount of vitamins and super foods. It is packed with so much goodness, more than I would ever be able to get into my system alone. Seriously, just typing about Chocolate Shakeology makes my mouth water thinking about it. I cannot say enough good about Shakology and how it has provided so much goodness for me.
That brings me to making the decision to become a Beachbody coach. I am NOT an expert on nutrition and fitness, but what I do know is how much Beachbody programs and products have helped me reach fitness goals. I am still working on those goals and the goals change as I move forward in this journey, but I have all the tools that started with Insanity, moved into Shakeology and currently T25. The results have been great and I want to share that love with everyone! It makes me so happy when I can introduce the fitness programs and products to new customers to start them and work with and encourage them down the health and fitness path. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE and it is not so much about weight loss as it is about being healthy, strong and doing it for yourself!!!