September 30, 2014

Change is Coming

Or if you know me, you'll know it's already here.  I'm pleased to announce, that as of yesterday I am officially a Team Beachbody coach!

Over the next few weeks, I'll be working with my awesome coach and a group of wonderful women and prepare to start on my own.  I'm excited to be able to share this with all of you as I learn more and more!  Basically, I will be networking with others in the fitness/health field and promoting Beachbody products.  Some of you may be familiar with things like Shakeology, Insanity, PiYo, and Brazilian Butt Lift. (Yep, those are all BB creations!)  Coaches are not fitness experts, but just people who like the products, like to live healthy lifestyles, and want to pay it forward. 

Basically, I am a part of Jaime's team, Team Fight to Finish.  I met Jaime through Instagram last month and have been getting to know her and some of her other coaches.  This girl is real, genuine, and so positive and motivating.  I'm thankful to have met her.  Never did she pressure me to purchase BB products.  Never did she try  to "rope me" into anything.  She was just real with me.  She encouraged me.  She listened to my story and gave me advice when I asked for it.  If I asked for nutrition or supplement ideas, she of course referred to Shakeology and other BB products.  But never once did I ever feel pressured by her!  So, honestly that's one of the reasons I wanted to jump on the opportunity to be a part of her latest group of new coaches. 

As I've shared recently, I am aiming for a career in the health/fitness field.  In 2010, when I lost my first teaching job, I was devistated. And then for the next 5 years I was miserable, unhealthy, and had no idea what I wanted to do with my still very young life.  I realized yesterday, that if I hadn't lost that job, as hard as that was, it's very likely that I would still be obese and even possibly on medication for diabetes, cholesterol, or blood pressure!  If I were teaching, I'd never have had the time or motivation to get moving and turn my life around. Everything happens for a reason.  Everything.

When I had the revelation a couple weeks ago that this is the field I'm called to be a part of, I was so overwhelmed.  I felt unqualified and had no idea where to even start.  The field of health, fitness, and nutrition is so vast. But, it's a field that is not going away as we face the largest obesity crisis in history.  So where would I even start?  How?  I thought, ok.  I'll finish my journey.  Then maybe I'll get certified or go back to school. 

But through a series of very fortunate events, I was given an opportunity now!  Jaime pointed out that my story and continuing life transformation is going to be so relatable to others.  It was actually very  humbling.  But I realized that there's truth in it.  I think of how inspired I was by Danni Allen on the Biggest Loser or the contestants on Extreme Weightloss.  They're just like me.  So why not me? 

I have been given an opportunity to work with some amazing people, inspire others, help others, continue to transform, and network with others in the fitness community.  It's so incredible! 

Two years ago, I never thought I'd be here.  Happy, healthier, and on my way to a completely different life than I ever envisioned for myself.  I'm not doing what I thought I would, but maybe there is a huge blessing in that.  I am stronger than I ever thought I could be.  I'm happy and full of faith that God really does know what He's doing.  He shows his faithfulness to me more and more.  He is using the new people in my life to heal me and make me a better version of myself.  That is one of the best gifts I would never have thought to ask for.  Have a great week, brave ones! 

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