I’ve always been active ever since I can remember. It began with my desire to play volleyball and basketball throughout junior high and high school and only continued from there.
When I went off to college, I really started to struggle. I was no longer playing sports and was terrified of gaining the “freshman 15”. That along with all of the changes that come with college and moving away from your family, I started to develop a bad relationship with food and exercise. I was constantly in a binge-restrict-exercise cycle, and I was never satisfied with my body. My self confidence took a huge hit during those first couple years of college. I just wasn’t a happy person. The years went on and things got better, but it wasn’t until I wanted to get pregnant about 3.5 years ago that I realized I still had a lot of work to do to develop a healthy relationship with my body. I started looking at food and exercise differently, and through my whole journey I was able to develop a much healthier perspective of what a healthy lifestyle truly entails.
Then I became a mom a little over two years ago and wondered if my life would ever be the same (P.S. It hasn’t been the same … it’s only gotten better). Would I be able to workout like I used to? I surely won’t have the time or energy. This is what I constantly told myself and it made me anxious because fitness was my thing.
Those newborn weeks flashed before my eyes, and I was smitten with our baby Hunter. Workouts took a backburner, but I didn’t care because this little person took over my life and changed my outlook on so many things. But then the lack of sleep caught up with me, and I yearned for some time for just me. I won’t lie, those first several weeks were rough for me. Hunter was on oxygen, he wasn’t eating well, and we all weren’t sleeping much. We were tied to the house and I was exhausted. I learned a lot those first couple months, one of the biggest things being that while my baby was my utmost priority, I know I needed my workouts and that “me time” to help me be the best mom I could be because he was my utmost priority.
As time went on, our routines became more established, sleep wasn’t as nonexistent, and I felt like I was actually able to do some of the things I enjoyed before Hunter came into our lives. I got a gym membership and was able to get back to the gym a few times per week while Hunter played in the gym daycare. I remember feeling like a new woman after that first week of being back at the gym. My muscles were a little sore, I was sleeping better, and I started to see some muscle tone reappear after being gone from the gym scene for quite some time. I wouldn’t for one single second take back those first several weeks of minimal workouts, but I did recognize that fitness is very much a part of me and I was so excited to be back at it again.
Fast forward several months, and I got back into the group fitness scene and started teaching Les Mills BODYPUMP®, RPM®, and freestyle Total Body Conditioning classes. It was then that my passion for fitness continued to evolve once again. I was reminded that while fitness will always be something that I love, helping others achieve their fitness goals is something I love even more.
Now as my “baby” is a two year old and will soon be a big brother to his baby sister, I am continuing to pursue my love for fitness and helping others by joining Team Beachbody (the creators of Insanity and P90X) as a coach. I’m beyond thrilled for this new adventure, and I look forward to helping people change their lives for the better in the process.
It’s been so rewarding to see how my passion for fitness has evolved over the years. It began with a simple interest in sports, I went through some struggles that sparked a big passion for fitness, I became a mom and started teaching group fitness, and from there I’ve realized that helping others live out a healthy and happy lifestyle is truly what fulfills me. I believe that taking on this role as a healthy lifestyle coach is all part of continuing to pursue that passion.
As part of my new venture as a Beachbody Coach, I’m planning to form a team of women under me that will enable us to work together to impact even more people than I’d be able to on my own. I will be recruiting 10-15 women that are passionate about fitness, healthy living, and helping others. Other qualities I’m looking for in my team include: self motivation, confidence, encouragement, and determination. If you feel like these qualities may fit you and you’re looking to start up your own business, work from home, and potentially make significant income from it, then I’d love to have you as part of my team.
If you’d like to be considered for my team, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you!
I’d love to know – How have YOUR passions evolved over the years?