Monday, June 30, 2014

Why I Chose to Coach

It was only months ago when I was in such a dark place, I didn't know how I could get out. Throughout my alopecia, my self-esteem had completely disappeared. Z tried to help, tell me I was still beautiful... but I couldn't get out. I had gained about 50 pounds and constantly made excuses as to why I couldn't change. I wanted to be healthier, but I had no idea how to begin.

Moving to Seattle really helped. Sometimes, when you move to a new city, it gives you a completely new perspective on things. It allows you to look at things, not from what they are, but at what they could be. All around me I saw people here enjoying life - living life to their absolute fullest. At the end of each week they asked, "What are you doing this weekend?"

"Going skiing."

"Going camping."

"Taking a weekend trip to wine country and biking from winery to winery."

I was green with envy. I wanted their lives.

Then, one day I saw a post on Facebook from a friend about the 21 Day Fix. It's a new nutrition program released by Beachbody - the same company that launched the extremely successful Insanity and P90X. I was drawn to the fact that it wasn't a diet - it seemed like an educational tool that would help me learn portion control and how to balance my food groups to maximize my health and energy. I could eat real food and even make up my own recipes that fall into the program. Now, I love to cook, so being creative in the kitchen was a must for me.

In addition to the program, I also received Shakeology - a vitamin shake powder I could mix with all sorts of different fruits and other ingredients to have as a snack or meal. I had tried other protein shakes, but this one was so delicious and so versatile.

Within days, I could immediately tell a difference. My energy level was so much better, my stomach aches were disappearing, and I was finally starting to feel like myself again. I started running with Z in the morning, I started working out at the gym. I have never felt better in my life!

Today, I am 15 pounds lighter, inches thinner... I mean I am running out of clothes that fit!!! I have never felt healthier in my life. And what's better, this is a lifestyle I can keep. It's not some fad diet where I am going to gain it all back when I started eating normally again. I am already eating normally!

I have never felt better and I feel it's my honor and duty to pay it forward. The team I have joined is compelled by a mutual desire to change lives and to help reverse the obesity epidemic in this country. If I can inspire just one person to become a healthier version of themselves, then I will feel like I've won. Do I make money doing this? Well, we will see! Yes, I will get a commission if I inspire anyone to purchase a Beachbody product, but that's not why I'm doing it. So, I will use this blog to post recipes, fitness things I'm doing and anything else inspiring I come across. I can't wait to continue this next chapter in my life and I hope I can help you start yours.