I gained 50 lbs with my first high-risk pregnancy in 2008.
In 2010, I formed my first group of my friends who were all trying to lose weight like me. I knew I needed support to be successful and I wanted to give that same support back to others. I managed to lose 30 of those pounds before I got pregnant again. I gained 40 pounds, on top of the 20 I’d never lost, to put me at over 220 lbs in 2011.
I struggled with finding the $$ for an in-home trainer, Pilates lessons, gym fees. I struggled to take the weight off with 2 small kids and working full-time. In 2012, I discovered that working out at home is the best solution for me and I fell head over heels in love with INSANITY and Shaun T. I started to make working out a daily practice and the results started to show. I joined other support (challenge) groups and continued on my journey.
In 2013, my coach asked me to be a coach, too. She asked me a couple times and I remember being angry – “uh, I’ve told you no three times already! Don’t ask me again!” And while she didn’t ask me to coach anymore, she didn’t write me off either. She continued to encourage me and support me. And I continued to feel awesome, drinking Shakeology daily and finding new workouts to love and new trainers to curse at.
2 years ago yesterday, I messaged her and said, “Okay, if I sign up to be a coach, I get a discount, right? And I don’t have to DO anything, right??” And she told me how it works like a Costco membership, you can sign up and just be part of the discount club. So I became a coach just for the discount.
And 2 years ago today, I remember poking around in the Coaching FB groups and reading everything I could find on the business side of it and thinking, “Holy Shit. This is amazing. These people are amazing. These are my kind of people! I don’t want to work 40+ hours for a company trying to save them MILLIONS of dollars and never seeing that hard work reflected in my paycheck! I want to HELP people for a living!”
I’ve learned so much over the last 2 years and my passion for what I now do full-time has just grown. Thank you for letting me into your lives and know that if I harass you a bit, it’s only because I want to see each of you live long, prosperous lives! Nothing makes me happier than a friend who is achieving success!
Here’s to many more years of working with the best people on the planet – you guys!
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