I am starting this blog to share my story without having to takeover your Facebook news feed:) So why Beachbody? Well, I wasn’t blessed with skinny genes. I wasn’t naturally skinny and couldn’t just “eat whatever I wanted” without gaining weight. In fact, I was a little chubby when I entered the world at about 9lb 8oz. Which is okay with me because chubby babies are cuter anyway 😉 And growing up I was always active in various sports (basketball, softball, track, cheerleading–yes, it’s a sport and requires athleticism, strength, and endurance!). So I had an athletic build, but was never really thin.
The first time I really lost a lot of weight was in high school, but it was totally unhealthy. My boyfriend cheated on me and I couldn’t eat. Not by choice. I would never give up food by choice. I just physically could not eat or keep food down. For about a week straight I was so nauseas that I threw up just about everything I put in my body. I managed to keep the weight off for a few months…
And then came Pitt. Four of the greatest, unhealthiest years of my life. Beer. Vladdy. Eddie’s Café taco salads (R.I.P.). Antoons Pizza with extra ranch. Late nights at Booms (also R.I.P.). Einstein’s pumpkin bagels with pumpkin shmear. The list goes on and on and on. And in the middle of those 4 years I went to Australia. In the Land Down Under, I gained: 3 and a half months of the best experiences, great friends, 50 bottles of Passion Pop, 30 jars of sweet chili sauce, and 11 pounds.
My weight fluctuated throughout college. I tried fad diets and even dabbled into weight loss pills. So unhealthy and SO stupid. I went to the gym, played intramural sports, ran, etc. I felt like I was doing everything I should at the time, but I could never keep the weight off. The exercise I was doing could not compensate for the amount of drinking I was doing at the Sigma Chi house. Yes, I had A LOT of fun in college, and a lot of friends. The one thing I did lack was confidence. And that negatively affected many of the choices I made. I figured after college I would stop eating pizza and drinking beer almost every night and lose all the weight.
I was wrong. It was about three years after college and I still wasn’t comfortable in my body. It was time to get serious. I needed to lose weight. For my confidence. For my health. For good. So I started running more. Running became a great release for stress. I viewed running as my time to get outside, get some fresh air, and as weird as it sounds, relax. But after awhile I wasn’t losing the weight I wanted. I heard about people trying and getting real results from some new workout DVD called “Insanity” – so I ordered it from eBay. When it arrived, I put it in my DVD player and just watched Shaun T workout. He is literally insane. Hot, but insane (that shit is bananas, yo). Finally, I decided to just do it and get the 43 minutes over with. After a couple of weeks I started to see results. But not the results I saw others have. I was missing something–Accountability. I would start insanity many times over and over again but never stuck through it the whole 60 or 90 days. I needed someone to push, support, and motivate me.
It wasn’t long after until I plateaued and started gaining weight, AGAIN. But whyyyyy?! Do I actually have to eat healthy, too? I can’t just eat what I want and workout to make up for it? CRAP. I LOVE FOOD! Pizza. Wings. Buffalo chicken dip. Bread. Ranch dressing. Gnocchis. More bread. And beeeeeer. I want it all. But, I can’t eat all of that and lose weight. That’s not how it works. At least not for us non “naturally skinny” girls. We can’t have our cake and eat it too, or whatever.
So I decided to make another change. I had been seeing a lot of success stories on Facebook about Beachbody programs, challenge groups, Shakeology and coaching. I mean, I already loved Shaun T for helping me lose a few lbs, and Chalene of course (Turbo Jam, 2007–thanks Ali) so I was interested. I really had no idea what coaching entailed, but I knew I wanted to make healthier choices for myself and helping others along the way would be a bonus. I reached out to my (now) coach and got the deets.
I purchased my first challenge pack (Piyo-whoop whoop!) and signed up as a coach. Still wasn’t really sure what I was supposed to be doing. All I knew for sure was that I got a discount on workout programs and Shakeology. Woooo! But there is way more to coaching than a discount. There is support, positivity, and some pretty amazing people. I have had my doubts with this, but then I look at how far I have come. After just 30 days of the first challenge group, I felt healthier, more energized, and more confident. I have lost a total of about 20 lbs since starting Insanity the first time (and after realizing that eating healthier food makes up for about 80% of your success). I wouldn’t have kept the weight off or lost the extra pounds if it weren’t for my coach and the accountability in the challenge groups. I have seen other people who have had awesome transformations from challenge groups and they always inspire me. Beachbody and Shakeology have seriously changed peoples lives, including my own. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too.
I am ready to help others believe in themselves the way my coach has done for me. Are you ready to make the change?