When people ask the question “WHY?” it is so much more powerful a question than they may realize. It goes much deeper and you wonder, how much time do you have??
On August 15, 2015, I gave birth to the love of my life – Brodie. It was a roller coaster of fun for the better part of 24 hours. I was active (for the most part) of my pregnancy and gained roughly 35 pounds by the time little man decided to arrive. He is my little slice of heaven. Being a mom is not easy – it is the hardest, most amazing, most rewarding “thing” I’ve ever done in my life. And now, I can’t imagine my life without him, or what it was like before him.
After I had him, I felt off. I was emotional. I was tired. I was all over the map with my emotions. I felt disgusting, felt like I looked like an umpa-loompa. How could my husband possible find me attractive again? I needed something. I needed an outlet – some “me” time.
After 5 months, I had lost only 15 of the 35 pounds I had gained. Breastfeeding wasn’t making the pounds fall off. So, I knew I needed to make a change while still allowing my body to get the calories and nutrients it needed to feed my tiny, amazing human. With my husband’s work schedule and not wanting to lose out on time with my family, I didn’t know what to do. That is when I found Beachbody.
With Beachbody, I was able to workout at home, on my own time and schedule. The nutrition is easy to follow portion control. There were no counting calories, no figuring out and counting points. And I was still getting all the nutrition and calories that I needed to support breastfeeding my son.
It’s been 7 months since I started and I have lost over 40 pounds!! In the last three months, I have lost over 11.5inches! And I’m not stopping anytime soon! But it is what I have GAINED that is even greater – confidence, strength, energy, passion . . . . . . I feel that I have become a better wife and mother.
In the middle of all this, I was also running my small business. It was an up early, up late work all day kind of job. There is no rest when you own the business personally. In the 3 years that I owned it, I had A LOT of life changes. I got engaged, married, became pregnant, had my son and lost all 3 of my living grandparents. When I had Brodie, I had no idea that it would change my life quite the way that it had. He become my top priority but unfortunately when you own a business that is your number one responsibility and after ear-infections and high fevers and everything else that came with my precious munchkin I had had ENOUGH of putting him second. Every time I had an employee not show up for their shift or being broken into twice or legal battles with our slumlord landlord – I knew my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I knew that while I was my own boss that my family would NEVER come first, it would always be the business. I knew that I wanted to never again have to sacrifice family time because of my work. It simply wasn’t worth it to me. So with a heavy heart, my husband and I decided it was time to move on and close the business. I wanted Brodie to be my number one and know he was my number one that NOTHING came ahead of him and being his mother. But when you find out all the countless lives that you’ve changed and the people that started their businesses because of you, it makes you realize the passion you have for health and fitness. It was time to find another way that would allow me to be with my son and still inspire and motivate others at the same time.
With Beachbody Coaching that has become possible. There are no set hours, no physical location that needs to be managed. I can work when and where I need to. And it gives me the support and accountability that I need to stay on track with my own health and fitness journey while helping others at the same time. But it has given me so much more than I ever could have imagined in the short time that I have been part of this extraordinary company.
I want my son to learn from me. I want to be a role model to him that I can be proud of. I want him to learn to be active and really live life to the fullest. I want him to learn to DREAM BIG and anything is possible. With a bit of HEART and HUSTLE you can turn your PASSION into REALITY.