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Rockin’ Bod


Who doesn’t want a rockin’ bod? We see pictures on a daily basis of the ideal female body.For me, it has always been Oxygen magazine’s muscular fitness models’. To stick to a goal and finish strong. To use my body for what it was meant to do, work! While I don’t plan on gracing the covers of Oxygen anytime soon, I have made a major change to further my health and fitness goals.

As usual with these sorts of endeavors, I jumped in with both feet and became a Beachbody coach. Beachbody is the founder of programs like P90x, T25, and Insanity. It also has an amazing meal replacement shake called Shakeology. Being a coach is scary for someone like me who has a long way to go in her fitness journey, but it’s a great motivator to have a few more pairs of eyes keeping me accountable. That’s why I’m sharing this with you! I want you to follow me on my journey to a healthier me.

Sharing something so personal is scary. I have failed at this before. I have made a 360 degree change just to turn right back around. I have lost weight and found even more. I am at the heaviest weight of my life, and that’s why I knew it was time for a change. Not just a temporary diet, but a new way of thinking. It was time to take small steps toward a goal important to me.

So, I started slowly this time. I am drinking a gallon of water a day and drinking my Shakeology every morning. I will make time to get in an at home workout everyday. I will eat more meals at home. This won’t be perfect. I will make mistakes and miss workouts. The difference this time is that I won’t allow my past to interfere. My past doesn’t control my future, I do.

As terrifying as this is…I wanted to share my “before” picture with you. I want you to see where I’m starting. See that making a change is scary and hard but if I can do it so can you! Here it is:

Please send me a little support and encouragement as I work to make this BIG change! leave a comment and make sure to follow our blog to find out how my journey progresses!



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Why workout? Why eat foods that fuel your body? Why say no to those comfort foods that we’ve come to love and maybe even rely on? My answer to all these questions is simple: because I’m worth it! I wanted a change in my self-esteem, my body, and my life.

My journey towards healthy living began roughly about 2 months ago with the help of a trainer. Living Social deals CAN be good for something; a deal got me into SHREDD (the gym) with Billie. She is a fun, energetic woman who knows how to balance the right amount of drive and cheerfulness to help me succeed at each workout. She has made working out easier just by her approach.

Billie started me out with core and stability building excercises that would prepare me to safely work towards my fitness goals. Working out had never been so motivating or frustrating. I was used to more difficult moves at a quicker pace than my body was allowing for, and it was humilitating. I wanted to go back in time to previous years and use THAT body. We all know that isn’t possible, but it doesn’t stop us from wishing. I had to learn to push through each day making the most of the body I’ve got.

One road block I continue to struggle with is nutrition. I have never, even in my more fit days, eaten healthily. My meals are fatty and thoughtless, and changing that is a daily struggle. Putting time, effort, and thought into each meal of each day is exhausting. Fast food is simple and easy. Healthy food requires shopping, planning, cooking, and so much more. It isn’t easy.

I can only make decisions that help me down the path to improvement. I cannot dwell on mistakes or days I consider failures. Focusing on overall improvement and foward movement keeps me motivated better than focusing one certain aspect of the journey. I am changing my life, and it feels great!

Just remember:

It’s your journey; only compare you to you.

Set backs will happen, but they don’t define you.

You’re worth it!