On March 17, 2013, I made a decision that would unknowingly change the rest of my life.
I was a stay at home mom at the time, with an 11 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. I was unhappy with myself and my body. I had tried numerous times to lose the baby weight, but over 3 years later it was still there. Not only did I feel unhealthy…I WAS unhealthy. My doctor had recently told me that I was deficient in vitamins D3 and B12, which resulted in the need for me to take extra daily vitamins and give myself shots in my legs weekly. I was also on the verge of being pre-diabetic and was supposed to work to lower my A1C.
I tried everything — I was running, got a gym membership, tried to follow the Atkins Diet…but nothing worked. I still felt ugly, insecure, didn’t like how I looked in my clothes (much less OUT of my clothes), and I was depressed. I happened to see my friend’s pictures of her phenomenal transformation on Facebook. I sent her a message and asked for more info. She told me I could do what she had done and choose a fitness program and drink Shakeology to get the same results. She would support me in a private challenge group on Facebook while I worked to reach my goals. Umm, no…I wasn’t a “shake person.” I wasn’t into drinking protein shakes, and didn’t want to drink this scammy stuff either. I believed real food was better than that Slim Fast type of junk. She told me it wasn’t like that; it was Shakeology and was full of nutrients that my body would need to get the results I wanted. I still wasn’t sold. Finally, in a moment of desperation, I agreed to do it. I still didn’t want to drink silly shakes but I was ready to do whatever it takes to feel good about myself.
So I ordered ChaLEAN Extreme (and at the same time signed up as a coach for the 25% discount), got my Shakeo, and was put into Kelly’s 90 day challenge group on Facebook. I was so motivated by the support and accountability that I received from Kelly and the other members in the group — there was no way I could quit. I stuck with the program and finished on time, and loved my results! I was no Sports Illustrated model, but I looked better than I did before! And I felt STRONG. There was no stopping me now. I immediately decided to move on to Focus T25 and join another challenge. Some of my friends had noticed what I was doing and decided to join in on the fun.
My friend, Leigh, also had some baby weight to lose and decided to get the coach discount on her Shakeology as well. Little did I know that she would be the very first member of Team Phoenix (the name I chose for my team of coaches).
Together we completed T25 and began tiptoeing into the world of Beachbody Coaching. We invited others to join us and supported them in both their journey as a challenger and as a coach. As a result of our efforts, our team has expanded and the number of lives we have affected is immeasurable.
Two years later, I find myself in the best shape I have ever had in my life. No longer do I give myself weekly B12 injections. No longer am I worried about becoming diabetic since lowering my A1C level over a point. No longer do I hate my body. I do not, nor will I ever, look perfect — but I am fit, I am strong, and I am happy. I have confidence that I’ve never had before, I have strength (both physical and mental), I have goals and aspirations, and I have a family of coaches who I love dearly — people who I would have never encountered if Beachbody had not put us in the same path.
I have a life I LOVE. No longer and I dreaming of the life I want…I am living the life of my DREAMS.
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