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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!



It’s this time of year people really begin thinking of losing weight and getting in shape. This process began a little earlier for me, late summer last year. I had been considering joining a gym or finding some sort of physical activity outside of my home to join, but my attempts had been unsuccessful.

Groupon was the catalyst that set me in motion. It offered an affordable personal training package for a small gym in downtown Lee’s Summit, named SHREDD.  Ryan personal trainer and the owner; Billie is his counterpart and the other personal trainer. She was the bubbly energetic face I met when I nervously walked through the doors. She made me feel right at home and I became excited for what lay ahead.

SHREDD isn’t your typical gym; everything is simplified. You can attend one of the boot camp classes or stick to the one on one training, but each and every workout is tailored to you. The new year doesn’t mean your typical flood of resolution makers crowding the gym. You’ll always have the personal attention of your trainer and an open gym to move around in.

The lack of equipment was initially very intimidating. There are two machines, an elliptical and treadmill, and lots of free weights. I didn’t know how to workout in a new environment so different from my norm. Luckily, Ryan and Billie do the difficult part, thinking. It’s wonderful to walk in and begin your workout without any planning!

My journey with SHREDD has still just begun, but I look forward to continuing down an even better path with the help of Billie and Ryan. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll figure out how to be successful with the food part of their advice and make them proud!


“Just trust the process.”
Photo by: Steven Smith


Amy is proof the process works!
Photo by: Steven Smith