First I have to say, I am going to be going way out of my comfort zone here today. I don’t even like to look at my before pictures because I choose to forget who that girl was. It’s not because I was grossly over weight, I was unhappy with myself. Although it was only 2 years ago a lot has changed and I am learning to like myself and in lots of ways love myself. Please don’t misunderstand I love how I look, yes, and I may be in love with my self from that perspective. All the selfies and goals I make, BUT… when I say that I am learning to like myself and love myself it because I am finding out who I am and the person I am meant to be. My journey to getting fit and healthy is was just the catalyst.
So I have always been a fairly active person. I have always enjoyed exercising, especially walking. I have had periods in my life where I have been heavier and times when I have been thinner. I can honestly say now though that I am in the best shape of my life and it all started with a decision to try a Beachbody program.
I started my first round of p90x in January of 2012. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was until that first day and week. But I pushed through because I knew I wanted to complete the 90 days of the program. At that time I was more interested in saying I did it!! then I was with the results. Mind over matter. The goal was completion. Sure I wanted to lose weight and tone up but my focus was on saying “hey I just completed 90 days of p90x” Most people who know of the program know it ain’t no joke! I wasn’t seeing great results as far as weight loss but I pushed play everyday and I stuck with it. I was starting to tone up a little and I did lose some weight. My eating wasn’t on track and I didn’t really know that then. Then I thought I was eating healthy, and I was compared to what I had been eating prior but no where near as clean as I eat now. I completed the 90 days, in more than 90 days. As a matter of fact somewhere along the way I stopped being so focused on being able to say I completed the 90 days and started focusing more on what was happening to me physically as I got stronger and emotionally as I got stronger. See starting out I was probably a little arrogant, I like to think I was determined ( at that time little did I know I was really going to learn what determination would look like) and somewhere along the way that started to change. And then tragedy struck.
I have mentioned in previous posts that on Father’s Day June 17, 2012 I broke my back. I suffered an L1 spinal burst fracture that laid me up and put me out of commission for 3 solid months. And that was just the actual recovery where I did nothing but lay in my bed Monday thru Saturday and in my “special” chair at the beach on Sundays. All that time I had been so grateful for p90x and the strength it had brought to my body. I truly honestly believe that because of the time and effort I had put into working out ( and trust me it was not my best time or effort by far in retrospect) it saved me from my injuries being more severe then they were. The 3 month mark meant I got to get out of my brace I had been wearing and I was able to start walking for exercise again. I was super excited but far from working out to a Beachbody program again. That was September of 2012.
From September to January I focused on walking and getting stronger. My life was about to change drastically as I prepared to separate from my husband and move me and 3 of my children out on our own. So I just focused on staying strong for what lie ahead. I packed boxes and sorted through things but did not exercise other then walking a few days a week. January 2013 started a whole new year!
Once we were moved and settled, and yes I carried boxes and moved furniture, I had lots of help and boy oh boy was I sore but determined! I decided it was time to start working out again.
This time I chose to start with Brazil Butt Lift or commonly known as BBL. This program works obviously your butt, legs, and core. Boy was my core weak. And boy did I cry everyday in the beginning. Like most any kind of rehabilitation it is painful! In the beginning I just did what I could and each day I’d try to do a little bit more. Amazingly my body responded and each day I got stronger and stronger. As I grew physically stronger I grew emotionally stronger. Something devestating had happened that past year. It could have destroyed me. Instead I chose to not let it define me but to define who I was through it. I wasn’t going to be a victim. I wasn’t going to live the rest of my life saying I can’t do “x” because I broke my back. Yes I have limitations, I am reminded of them everyday, but I chose to find the edge of those limitations myself and not let some doctor or medical book tell me what I could and could not do.
So wrapping up why Beachbody, because after BBL, I did 2 more rounds of p90x, a half round of Chalean Xtreme, mixed it up and did a combo of BBL and p90x, and just completed a 90 day round of p90x3. On order as of today is the 21 day fix and I think I’ll be ordering Les Mills Pump tonight as well. Beachbody programs work! It’s that plain and simple. You have to want it, and you have to want to work for it. These are not quick fix solutions. It’s a simple plan all laid out for you. You want to get in the best shape of your life, press play everyday! Beachbody is so much more than just the workout programs. Its a community of like minded people working towards their health and fitness goals. People from all over coming together to motivate, encourage, and support each other. Beachbody is a company who really cares about people and ending the trend of obesity. In a back to basics eat well and exercise way.
As a Beachbody coach, that is what I have to offer you. Support, motivation, and encouagment. I will come alongside of you and stay there. I will be your biggest fan and your loudest cheerleader! Why, because if you are ready Beachbody works!! I know first hand and I want to share that with you.