The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napolean Hill. That is exactly what I had, a desire to be a better me for myself, and my family. With that in mind, I want to share with you the journey that I am on that has lead me to ONE of my greatest achievements.
Let me just start off by saying that my whole family has struggled with weight. My Grandmother has Diabetes and has additional health issues because of it. From the ages of 13 to 14 I was borderline anorexic, I would only eating 1 meal a day. When my mother noticed that I was losing weight, she took me to the doctor to figure out if there was something wrong with me. She probably never would have guessed that I was not eating because I made sure that I always at dinner (my one meal of the day). Immediately the doctor realized what was going on because he knew all the right questions to ask! He said I was not eating enough throughout the day, and my body was going into starvation mode and I was basically losing muscle mass. After listening to the doctor’s lecture about all the health risks involved if I were to continue down this path, I vowed to never do this again. I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones, I did stop starving myself and started eating. I became more active and never had an issue with anorexia again.
Throughout high school and into my early 20’s, I always tried the next best get skinny quick plan. Funny thing is, I was never over weight, but I sure did think so! I partied like a rock star in 1999 every night, I drank obsessive amounts of alcohol and smoked weed every chance I got. When I was 23, I became pregnant and 9 months later, I gave birth to my oldest son. My lifesaver! I realized that I needed to change my ways and live for him, it wasn’t just me anymore, I had a real responsibility now. I made the decision that I did not have to isolate myself from my friends to be a good mother, so I allowed myself 2 nights a week to go out dancing and have some fun. This making it very easy to drop the extra 45 pounds that I have gained while pregnant because I thought it was okay to eat for two, because l was pregnant.
In 2008, I met my soul mate. We were married in 2010, during the first 2 years of our relationship I gained about 15 pounds. I was okay with that, and my husband loved my body. Shortly after we were married in, we found out we were pregnant. Again, one of the perks of being pregnant is eating for 2 (well that’s what I believed), and I gained 60 pounds. My son was born weighing in at 9lbs 8ozs!! OH MY GOODNESS, he was a big baby! In my mind I believed that once I had him, I would be able to lose the weight just like I did 7 years ago. Not the case, I did lose around 30 pounds in the first 2 months, but that was it. I became comfortable in my skin and did not care if I was fat, my husband honestly did not mind and that was all that mattered to me. I was still wearing maternity clothes on my sons 2nd birthday, and I was just fine until one day a lady asked me when I was expecting! Really?? I was horrified went home, looked in the mirror and I finally realized what she was seeing. I was huge! I had a lot of health issues and needed to get them taken care of. I was on heart burn, allergy, and taking pain relievers every day.
A short time after I had my youngest son is when I first heard about the Insanity program, my husband mentioned that he wanted to do the program, and that I should do it with him! I told him for 2 years he was crazy! Thanks to that very sweet lady, (at the time I didn’t think she was sweet all haha) I came home and started researching the workout, and different things I could do to change my life. We didn’t have a lot of extra money, so we couldn’t afford the workout right away. I started walking to and from work and using the MyFitnessPal application to count calories. I lost about 11 pounds in 2 weeks! Then someone copied the Insanity workout on to a USB drive for me so I could start doing it. (I know shame on me) unfortunately, it was missing work outs. One day while talking to a co-worker, she mentioned that she had the program, and I was welcome to borrow it. I was so EXCITED!! I also had no idea what I was getting myself in to.
I started the Insanity program in April of 2013. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, but it was so rewarding the first time I completed it! I lost 33 pounds in the first month, and was able to stop taking some of my medications. I did take pain meds almost every day because those workouts were INSANE to me J ! After I finished Insanity the first time I did not want to stop!! I had a new lifestyle and wanted to continue to grow stronger and become as fit as I could. I ended up completing the program 3 more times! Yes, I have completed Insanity 4 times! (You could say I was a little obsessed, but it work and I had so much fun. I doing T25 now and I love it just as much! I have not reached my goal, and that has a lot to do with my diet. I count my calories, but I did not eat the best things for my body. I have lost 50 pounds since April of last year, but if I would have eaten right and drank Shakeology, I would be ripped!
During the past year I have been contacted by Beach Body several coaches, I thought I couldn’t afford it. I loved Beachbody and ShaunT because they changed my life! I wanted to become a coach so I could help change people’s lives, and give them the encouragement and motivation that I could have used this past year. So a few months ago I went ahead and did it!! I ordered the T25 challenge pack and signed up to be a Beachbody coach! I am so excited to be able to help people with the same journey and passion in life. Now, I work out harder and try to eat cleaner, because I know I have people who are counting on me for encouragement and motivation!
This past year has been a wonderful year! I have learned a lot about myself and my family! I am living proof that if you work hard, you can achieve ANYTHING! I hope you find my story inspiring and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! http://www.beachbodycoach.com/cspears32