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Why I Became A Beachbody Coach

I remember when I first started using Beachbody programs and people made SO MANY JOKES, “what do you do? Just dance in front of your television?”, “Julia can’t eat anything but broccoli because she’s trying to get a ‘beach body'”.

Here’s the thing, I am the first person to call BS on ANYTHING…..but these programs have truly changed my whole lifestyle. I went from laughing when my husband asked me to workout with him to …..actually wanting to workout. Daily.

Here are a few reasons why I believe in Beachbody:

1). The meal plans are NOT a diet. This is what got me first. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know how I feel about dieting. Long story short, I hate it. Anyway, Beachbody uses a portion control system and gives you TONS of options of what to eat, just not overeat. I honestly didn’t know I was overeating (…which I should have because I would easily eat a bag of potato chips on my own, but…let’s not dwell on that)! It also gives you categories of food that you have to eat each day. It made me realize that I did not eat enough fruits, vegetables, or even healthy fats.

2). It improved my mental health. I believe that a lot of people that have weight issues struggle with their mental health. I, for one, have always turned to food as a source of comfort when things went wrong. As a recovering perfectionist….a lot always seemed to go wrong. Working out is not just about changing your body, it truly changes your mind. I never thought I could lift weights. I never thought I could do push ups or have definition in my arms and abs. You may have heard the phrase, “your body achieves what your mind believes” – it’s true! Say you won’t, you can’t. Say you can, you WILL. Working out has proved that I can do things that I thought I couldn’t.

3). Workout plans for all levels. Most people think of Beachbody and think of INSANITY and P90x. While those are great workout programs, they are INTENSE. I definitely could not have done those back when I was using 2lb weights for bicep curls. They have HUNDREDS of workouts ranging from yoga to kickboxing…and you can do them anywhere! My favorite spot right now is in my kitchen.

Have you ever thought that you couldn’t workout because it just isn’t the time? You want to get your eating right first or join a gym and try a few smaller workouts? I’m here to tell you to stop the excuses. There is no time like right now. Imagine where you could be 3 months from now if you start today. If I can do this, anyone can.

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The Instagram Fitness World

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I recently created a fitness profile on Instagram (@fit.asamother) and in the month or so that I have had it, I have learned a lot about people.

This will probably make me sound like an 80yr old woman finding out that any kind of social media platform even exists, but I’m willing to take that risk. I joined Instagram to find a group of likeminded people. I want to see what they’re doing, we can all motivate each other, and just create a support group. However, Instagram is much more superficial than that. A lot of you are probably nodding your head like “duh. It’s a profile made of 99% selfies”. Okay, I get it, but…..well let me give you some scenarios just from this past week:

  • This guy direct messages me: “wow, you’re a mom and you workout. How do you have time to get a body like that?” I don’t respond. “Have any tips on how to get abs?”…before I can even THINK to respond, *sends shirtless pic of shredded abs*. I can’t even eye roll enough to get across how I’m feeling.
  • Guy DMs me: “I sent you a request because you are a very beautiful woman and seem to be a very nice person that I would like to know more about, God has a reason for all purpose, Are you single?” *gives me an email address*, “drop me a message and I will get back to you asap. baby please don’t share my number with anyone.. Kisses & Hugs for you!!!” …….I’m not even going to comment.
  • Guy DMs me: “have you ever let anyone photograph you before?
  • Every girl on IG that sends a DM: “Hey! Just noticed your profile and it’s so inspiring and motivational. Are you a coach? You should be with results like that!”

So…. these kinds of messages disturb me for a few reasons. I had to come to terms with the fact that most guys are following #fitgirlsofig just because they find them attractive. Not out of respect for what they are doing or what they have done, but for the hope that they will post a lot of good booty pics. Girls follow a lot of people just so they could potentially be clients of theirs. I do respect what coaches are trying to do. Would I love to make money on Instagram? Um yes please, I just thought it could also be a place to find genuine people with similar interests. Don’t get me wrong! There are some, but they are few and far between.

Again, this may only be surprising to me, but it did stop to make me think. It’s not even surprising….it’s that it has made me become a little jaded. As soon as someone messages me, it’s like when you see that mom at the mall with their kid that keeps poking them, “mom. Hey mom? Mom. Mom. Hey mom?” and she finally snaps, “WHAT?!” Someone DMs me, “WHAT?!”

Has anyone else experienced this? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts!

 

 

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Resolutions

The Beginning

I’ve talked a lot about what my pregnancy was like so that I could get into how I finally got into working out like it’s my job….and….enjoying it? Such a weird concept still, but hear me out.

I have always been skinny, but not the “good skinny”, you know? Not the fit skinny, the soft skinny. I have always had a great metabolism. If I wanted to lose weight, I would just really make up my mind to be all in on a diet and within two weeks would lose the weight, no big deal. I’ve also always been kind of physically lazy. There was a point in my life where I would run 3 miles a day, but that only lasted about a year before I decided I would rather just….well, do nothing.

So naturally I assumed that losing the baby weight would be similar to how I normally lose weight. Quickly and with minimal effort. It was not. Three weeks postpartum, I was basically screaming at my love handles in the mirror, “YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!”. Looking back, it was really ridiculous. I had just had a baby and gone through the most physically exhausting year of my life and immediately expected the weight to just melt right off. There is a lot to be said about the societal pressures about feeling like you need to lose the weight right away, but for right now, that is not the point I’m trying to make.

Anyway, it was January 2018 at this point and I had decided that I was going to make a New Year’s Resolution and actually keep it…..like everyone says every year, so original I know. I wanted to lose the baby weight. I weighed almost 160lbs, I’m 5’6″, and wanted to get back down to at least my pre-pregnancy weight of 135lbs.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it this time because this is the first time I had a significant amount of weight to lose. I am so thankful that at the same time, my sister-in-law had just become a Beachbody coach. She recommended the 21 Day Fix program to me and it.changed.everything.

This program was super easy to follow, was very clear on the type of food you could eat, but I never felt like I was starving myself. In 3 weeks, I lost about 10lbs so I decided to do another 21 days. I lost another 10lbs. I lost the last 5lbs I wanted to lose in one more round and never felt better about myself. It was the first time that I worked out on a regular basis and I LOVED IT. Well….I hated it at first, but when you start seeing results and you get to feel like you really worked hard, it’s 110% worth it. For the record, I am not a Beachbody coach and I am not promoting it in any way except to say that it really helped me decide what to do and how to do it. If anyone is new to working out or just wants to get in a routine, I highly recommend the 21 Day Fix.

The first picture is me at 6 weeks postpartum, the 2nd one is of me now. Neither of them are good pictures….but it gets the job done.

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Now I weigh 132lbs, workout 5 days a week, do intermittent fasting (feel free to ask), and I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in…. and I actually enjoy it. I eat junk when I want to, I drink when I want to – except one thing has changed. My focus is not, and never again will be, to keep losing weight just for the sake of a number on a scale. My goal is to be healthy.

Question for everyone: What are your current fitness goals?