The other day, I posted this on my Facebook:
So some of you may not know, but I just recently joined the Beachbody team as a coach, and I’m super pumped about it.
Over the past almost-two years, I’ve received so much support from so many people; my family and friends, other runners, and even those who just happen to read my blog from time to time. I realized that without the support of those people, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Now, it’s my turn to support others. The hardest part of weight loss for me was getting started. I needed a push, and got one from my mom, which took me down a road of trying new weight loss methods, failing sometimes, running two (and training for another) half marathons, and ultimately starting to really feel better about myself.
I’m starting up a challenge group on March 2nd, which lasts for 21 days. It’s a combination of an eating plan and following exercise videos; something I’ve already done twice through. The videos can be done at home, and no, they don’t involve running half marathons…at all.
So, if you’re interested in joining me and others in the challenge, leave me a comment here, or shoot me a message. Or, press the “share” button to get your friends involved too. You’ll have access to an amazing support group where you can share victories, recipes, frustrations, or new ideas.
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I was so excited to post this, for a lot of reasons. First, because I am really excited to be a coach because I really love being able to share my journey with others, hence this blog. I know I’m not perfect, or a crazy unique success story, but I’m 100% real, and willing to share my successes and my failures.
I didn’t think my story effected too many people, honestly. But, I did get some messages from people I didn’t think even remembered me; telling me that they had read my blog, and that they could relate to what I was going through. It made my heart swell up. I had no idea I could have such an effect on people who I had spoken to only a handful of times in my life. I wanted to keep being able to do that, and coaching lets me.
I was also really excited to post this because of the challenge I had put together. I’m pushing myself to reach outside of my comfort zone and re-connect with those who I haven’t talked to in a long time and hopefully help them make a healthy change like I did. Even though it doesn’t always seem like it, I have a hard time with one-on-one conversations with people. But, this challenge isn’t about reaching out; it’s about making a change.
The challenge is to participate in the 21 Day Fix, something I’ve gone through twice. I aspire for this challenge to bring a group of strangers together virtually; supporting each other and finding success. It also pushes me to make healthier choices, and learn to motivate myself. Because, really, if I can’t motivate myself, how can I motivate others?
I felt really proud of myself in the moment I hit “post.” I thought about my progress, and every effort I have gone through to be where I want to be. I joined Weight Watchers and tracked my food, beat myself up on the scale for a +.04 lb reading, and said goodbye to nearly 20 pounds. I started running for real, and set goals and achieved them; conquering 5 mile runs in 18 degree weather, and half marathons with a bad ankle in the pouring rain. I joined the “wearable tech” revolution and lived religiously by my FitBit, and ultimately landed here. A coach at Beach Body, based on my experience with the 21 Day Fix.
Weight loss and healthy habits have become such a big part of my life, something that wasn’t anywhere near important to me three years ago. Now, I workout once a day, at least, and feel strange without some sort of exercise plan or running goal. I itch to sign up for running events, and get frustrated when I go off the wagon and eat a little too much too many days in a row.
I’ve been so grateful for the support I’ve gotten from friends and family, and even you, reader, for struggling along with me. Now, I get to be that support for others, and I could not be more excited.
The fitness challenge starts on March 2nd, and if you’re interested in getting involved, or need someone to push you to get involved, let me know. I would love to help you.