In 1998, I was in the best shape of my life. I was 18-years-old, hadn’t had children yet and had just finished basic training and the security forces academy. I’d spent months working out every day, eating healthy, sleeping and doing whatever I was told to do by the man or woman screaming in my face.
Fast forward 16 years…..
I always meant to get back into shape. After my first child, it wasn’t that difficult. I’d had him quite young and was still full of energy. I bounced back quickly. Although I wouldn’t say I was in “shape,” I did fit into my old pants after a few weeks. But after child number 2 and after turning 30, my body didn’t want to bounce back so quickly. My oldest asked me why I was tired more often and why I didn’t want to “do anything fun anymore.” I think he thought it was his little brother’s fault at first and I thought I was just getting old.
Then I met the man who is now my husband. I may have been petite and thin but he was in shape. He was fit. He was strong. He’d been studying health and nutrition for about 12 years (or longer) and knew exactly what to eat and what to do in the gym each day to get his body the way he wanted it. I thought maybe that would be my motivation to get in shape and to become healthy and strong again, but I really had no idea what I was doing! I’d had many gym memberships and rarely went. I paid on a contract I wasn’t using. Going to the gym was super uncomfortable for me anyway and I truly didn’t feel like I had time to make the trip several days a week, nor did I really know what to do once I got there.
Then my husband was sent to Okinawa for two years and I hit a really low point. I was borderline depressed, working too much, eating fast food too often, not sleeping well and still didn’t feel like I had any energy. And to top it off, I kept thinking (wrongly) that I would be such a disappoint to him physically when he got home from Japan.
Thankfully, someone out there put together exactly the program I, and so many others like me, needed.
For the last year, I’ve been lucky to have discovered Beachbody. Not only do they provide the training (and certifications and extra training for those of who desire it), but they have fitness and nutrition experts who make it easy for moms like me to get fit at home – in a comfortable environment and in very little time each day! I never wanted to “count calories” and thanks to their meal planning guide, I still don’t have to. I never knew what workout to do on which day, and thankfully they do. It’s all planned out. And thanks to the training, I’ve now learned so much that I’m helping others on their fitness journey, and here’s what I personally learned: your health and fitness journey is like a four-legged stool. As a journalist, I’ve spoken with many experts and
As a journalist, I’ve spoken with many experts. One in particular was a doctor who helped patients who have diabetes. I’ve taken some of the knowledge I’ve gained from him and the training I’ve now received as a fitness coach, and I use this example to help my challengers understand the importance of not relying on just the workouts or the shakes.
Here’s how it works:
One leg of the stool is the accountability groups that I provide. I give you a group of friends to encourage you and remind you of your goals. It’s like having drill instructors, but nicer. If you’re not participating in the group, depending on the placement of the remaining three legs, your stool could still be usable but it’s not as sturdy.
The second leg is drinking your Shakeology every day. Shakeology is like 5 healthy salads at once. It provides the vitamins your body needs but is likely not getting. Worried you’re getting too much? Nope. Your body will flush out extra vitamins when you use the restroom. So there is no need to drink two shakes a day hoping to get extra healthy. It has just the right amount you need. The bonus is that it reduces cravings, provides you a full meal (usually it’s my breakfast), and makes my hair grow like crazy. Without Shakeology, your stool is wobbly at best.
The third stool is eating healthy – getting rid of processed foods and sugar. This is what I cover in the first week of my accountability groups.
And the fourth is working out. You have dozens of workouts to choose from and they all work amazing, so it’s just a matter of choosing the one that is most fun for you.
You don’t have a usable chair with at least three of those legs, but I prefer to use all four.
You don’t get results for your body without the proper work. It’s up to you whether or not you want results, but I’ll provide the tools to get you there if you bring the dedication.