I am a Beachbody online coach. What this means for me is I get to be my own boss! I am officially CEO of Team Living Healthy!! This is by far the biggest adventure I have ever gone on. My husband thinks I am crazy for trying to take this on while already working two jobs, but I know I can do it.
So why did I become a Beachbody coach? This part is depressing so be prepared. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! I had no energy, no oomph, no will to do anything really. I would get home from my full time job (which I love), throw a pizza in the oven, sit down and watch tv all evening. My house was a mess, I was a mess and I couldn’t find the capacity to care. Then one day, my shoe came untied and I realized that I had to hold my breath to be able to tie my own shoe….seriously?! Bending over to pick something up off the floor was a chore. Putting on socks or my bra…the stuff that should be a no brainer! Then I got on the scale. You can guess how that went. A shudder ran down my spine as I saw 303.2. I always told myself that the numbers on the scale don’t matter, it is how you feel. Well to be completely honest I felt like crap!
I ran back through the catalog in my brain of all the quick fixes that I had seen on television or heard people talk about recently and kept coming to the 21 Day Fix. I thought to myself “I can do 21 days” when in all reality I had never made it past day 2 of a program because everything hurt so much! I remembered a girl at work mentioning that she was doing the workouts from the 21 Day Fix. Doubt crept in quickly because she was fit already. I didn’t want to die during the workouts! I just wanted the pounds to melt away while I watched people exercise! I didn’t want to feel the pain that is associated with working hard when I had spent so much time hardly working. Surely if these workouts worked for her they would be too hard for me. I mean, come on, I almost weighed 200 lbs more than her! I weighed an entire large male more than her. She assured me that there was a modifier and that I could do it.
So I took a leap of faith. I googled 21 Day Fix and found that you could order through a Beachbody coach and that they would be your online coach for free! Finally, the light at the end of my tunnel! I could do Insanity if Shaun T was in my living room yelling at me to “Dig Deeper!”. After talking to my future coach through a few emails I decided to take the plunge and ordered a 21 Day Fix challenge pack. This was the best decision I have ever made and the worst one to explain to my husband. Of course he was angry at first, reminding me of the elliptical, the treadmill, the zumba, the insanity, the two year gym membership (that I went to 5 times….that makes it $200/trip to the gym), the protein shakes, the supplements, the paleo diet…all of the things that I had “tried” and failed. I assured him that this time would be different, but of course he didn’t believe me.
So with the purchase of a challenge pack I was admitted into a private 21 Day Fix Challenge Group on Facebook where others like myself, with varying degrees of fitness levels, could get together and talk about the workouts, the meal plans, recipes, questions, etc. First, I had to do before measurements and a picture. Great…I had to photograph this physique that I was already ashamed of. I found that it wasn’t the photo that really hit me though. It was that I realized that I am literally as round as I am tall. My height is 5’2″ or 62 inches. My 5 foot tape measure would not go all the way around my hips. At 63 inches I was literally bigger around than I was tall….yeah, I couldn’t really say anything after that either. So I prayed for the strength to do this and the endurance to stick with it. I just kept repeating in my head Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”, and I got to work.
Day 1 was great! I made it through the workout without dying and felt great. Then I woke up on day 2………….If you have ever wondered what a cross between a human and a penguin would look like you just had to watch me walk to the bathroom that morning. The bend in my knees would only go to 45%, and I literally fell the rest of the way onto the toilet. Every movement of my legs was painful. Walking made me feel like I had bilateral above the knee amputations as my knees would lock back. And don’t even get me started on the stairs…up wasn’t bad but down was impossible! Doubt crept in as I remembered that was why I had stopped every program before. That night I got on the group to complain about my soreness and someone had posted a pic that said “Excuses don’t burn calories” and for some reason that resonated with me. One day of exercise, no matter how painful, was not going to correct all that I had done to my body.After day 2 my legs were still so sore and day 3 was leg day! How was I supposed to squat when I couldn’t even sit on a toilet?! I reached out to my new found friends on the Challenge Group to see if I should repeat upper day and leave lower until some of the soreness ebbed or suffer and do leg day anyway. I received a resounding DO IT ANYWAY! I shuddered but…did it anyway. They were the worst squats and lunges I have ever seen, but I went as deep as I could through the pain (which was not very deep!). The muscles in my legs felt like they were tearing on some exercises. I just knew when I woke up the next morning I wasn’t going to be able to walk.
So I wake up, very slowly get out of bed, walk to the bathroom, sit down on the toilet, and then it hit me…..I just sat…without falling! I hadn’t waddled down the hall! Well, maybe shuffled but my legs didn’t even hurt a quarter of what they had the two previous days. I had a light at the end of my tunnel. To make my already long story a little shorter….I completed my first round of 21Day Fix successfully and never again felt the pain that I had experienced in the beginning. I had lost 7 lbs and 14 inches in 21 days. I realized then that I could this. I could be successful. I could be the person I wanted to be.
It didn’t seem like a big difference in the picture or in my clothes yet but 14 inches is 14 inches. After my success post on our Challenge Group, my coach told me that since I loved the Shakeology shakes and was drinking them every morning that I could become a discount coach and get 25% off of all Beachbody products and not have to coach anyone! I was stoked. Just in Shakeology alone I would save $200/year! That was a trip to the gym for me! LOL. I originally thought that I would just sit back, do my own thing, and get great discounts. Then, I realized that I was being selfish. I wanted time to do my own thing. I mean I was already committing to a half hour of exercise a day, what more did they want?! How many more people could I help if I shared my journey with them? How much more accountability would I have for myself if I knew people were watching? So what if people look at my progress photos and think “wow she is fat”…because “she” is me and will always be me no matter what size I am. “She” is beautiful, and strong, and powerful, and successful. “She” will succeed.