Hello divas! I hope that you are having a fabulous weekend so far. It is super hot and humid (temps are finally hitting the 90s) here in Tennessee. I have some big news to share today – I have become a fitness coach through Beachbody. If you have read this blog you would know how much I am a big fan of their workouts (Shaun T. rocks :). But today I thought I would do something a little different here on the blog. I love all my readers and am so glad that everyone has decided to follow my journey to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. I have realized, however, that I haven’t talked about my personal journey much and why I am on it. I also want to share why I decided to become a fitness coach.
I was always active growing up. I was a cheerleader from the 6th grade all the ways through high school. I even cheered for basketball my freshman year of college. I also played soccer throughout high school. With being so active, I didn’t worry too much about what I ate or how much I ate. It was when I got to college that things changed. I gained quite a bit of weight in my 20s and was generally not living a healthy lifestyle.
When I turned 30, I went to my doctor for my regular check-up and it was like a switch had been flipped. I was borderline obese and my blood pressure was high for the first time in my life. So I set about making lifestyle changes. I began by walking and yoga. I started eating right and counting calories. And I lost 30 lbs. Which, unfortunately, I was not able to maintain for long.
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in 2011 when I went to a check-up before trying to start a family. This diagnosis has led to years of infertility as well as a hormonal imbalance which makes it hard to lose weight and keep it off among other issues. I took up running in 2012 and love my half marathons but I didn’t always maintain my healthy eating like I wanted. I am pretty fit but not always very healthy.
My outlook changed when I attended Fitbloggin last year. It was a fabulous conference and I am so excited to be going back in a couple of weeks. But while there, I took a PiYo/Insanity class and met my fitness coach Katrina Pilkington. Since then, I have done 2 Shaun T Workouts (Focus T25 and Insanity Max30) and a little bit of PiYo as well. These have been great for my cross training. I have also began to really focus on what I eat and why I need to balance the nutrients for both fuel and good health.
Which leads me to my big announcement that I am now a fitness coach through Beachbody. I love their programs. They are great for wherever you are on your healthy and fitness journey. I also love that they focus not just on the workouts but also on the nutrition and healthy eating. I will be starting the 21 Day Fix on Monday so stay tuned with updates on how it goes.
I love sharing what I have learned along the way. That is the whole reason I started this blog after all. I am by no means an expert in either fitness or nutrition, but it has been an ongoing journey for me for over 5 years now so I want to share what I have learned and learn from others who are on their journey. I would also love for you to join me on my journey. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email or send me a message on Facebook. You can also read more about Beachbody programs and Shakeology.
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