My health and fitness journey reminds me of my journey to recovery from my postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. This journey is setbacks and plateaus. I had hit a plateau last year. I had been exercising consistently, but I was not seeing any progress.
I realized that I needed to make a change. A fitness rut had been my undoing. I was not pushing myself to my full potential. I had been doing the same types of activities without seeing results. My friend, Kira, posted on Facebook about starting up an accountability group. I messaged her, and we chatted back and forth. I wanted not only to lose weight, but I wanted to tone up my muscle tone. After two C-sections, my core strength was non-existent.
Cue the amazing Les Mills Body Pump program. I had no idea lifting weights would make me sweat as much as doing a boot camp workout. I also tried out a meal replacement vitamin shake – Shakeology. The workouts varied, and I was never bored. I constantly challenged myself by adding more weights as I became stronger. I am blessed with a onsite fitness center at work, but free weights at the gym have always intimidated me. I stand a mere five feet, barely two inches. When I began, all I could lift was a twelve pound weighted bar and a pair of five-pound dumbbells. I can do Body Pump in the privacy of my home after my girls have gone to bed for the night.
The support I received from Kira and my fellow teammates was infectious. I started taking post workout selfies. I noticed a change in how my clothes fit, and I noticed a difference in my energy level. I felt so energetic. I was able to quit taking my daily dose of probiotics, and my microscopic colitis flares disappeared within a month of drinking Shakeology on a daily basis.
After two months in her challenge groups, Kira talked to me about the opportunity to become a Beachbody coach. I love the products, and I love to help people. I feel that the missing piece of my recovery and a key component in my self-care arsenal is physical exercise. I wanted to give back to my friends and family the same type of support and encouragement that I received. I took a leap of faith, and I became a coach myself. I have learned so much more about myself as an individual, and a team of like-minded fitness enthusiasts who are passionate about helping others lead healthy lives surrounds me.
Full disclosure: I am an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.