Changing your daily habits will change your life.
I started my journey into a healthier lifestyle when my son was diagnosed with a corn and rice allergy. I started to do more research on foods. I continued to come across the term "clean eating" and realized I could do this for the rest of my life, along with my family. I ended up stumbling upon a blog that mentioned clean eating. I read about a mother's weight loss journey and I could really relate to so many things she said. I saw her before and after pictures and I was amazed. I decided to contact her. After a great conversation about clean eating and discovering she was a Beachbody Coach, I decided I wanted her to coach me. I spoke with my husband about making this investment. I had wasted our money on many things that I thought were going to help me. He was so great in supporting me. He said we spend that much on cable and other things that do nothing for our health, so why not give this a shot. I knew I needed to get our eating in check, but after my conversation with her I realized I needed to start working out as well.
Give yourself grace. We are all just trying to do the best we can and we have to be okay with that.
As a mom of three children, putting myself first was never in my thought process. I have done so many different diets in the past like Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, juicing, and sadly the latest in diet pills. I was on medicines that helped me gain and regain weight over the years. Add that to the lack of exercise and the emotional eating, and things were spiraling out of control. I had topped the scale at 198 pounds and had to purchase my first pair of size 16 pants. I was never feeling good, sick all the time, headaches weekly with the occasional migraine. I was so tired and completely embarrassed to be in my own skin. I had reached a point where something had to change. I knew I needed a complete lifestyle change that I could do for the rest of my life. When I discovered my coach and learned about clean eating, incorporating Shakeology, working out daily and getting support from her, along with others in my challenge groups, it seemed like this was everything I had needed. Committing to this was the best thing I have ever done for myself. My coach and the support of my challenge groups has helped me immensely!
In three years I have lost and maintained 50 pounds and 50 inches off my body. I have also gone from a size 16 to a size 8/6. The beginning was very difficult. I realized quickly once I started working out, how out of shape I truly was. It was a big wake up call. I also have to admit something. After my first challenge group I quit. I know you're probably thinking, "Why would I do that?" The reason was I found myself comparing how I was doing to everyone else in my group. I wasn't losing the weight as fast or as much as I'd hoped, so I quit due to frustration and not believing in myself. I took two months off. Then on my birthday of March 2014, I said I was done feeling this way and I didn't care how long it was going to take to get to where I needed to be, I was doing it. I knew I had to stop comparing myself to others and just focus on my small milestones. I knew I had to create a lifestyle that I could live with for the rest of my life. I knew I didn't want to feel deprived and I knew it was up to me to make these changes. I decided I didn't care how long or how hard I was going to have to work at this, I was in this 100% for the rest of my life.