For those of you who don’t know, earlier this year I set out on a journey to get healthy and fit.
I have always believed in going to a gym over working out from home.
I told myself that I couldn’t stay motivated on my own at home.
Except then, you know what happened? I couldn’t find the time to go to the gym. Because going to the gym took me at least an hour and half by the time I drove there, worked out, and drove home. I didn’t have an extra hour and a half a day.
I told myself that I didn’t need to workout because there was just not time.
You know what happens when you begin to let your body and health go? You become depressed about how you look and feel, which affects how you parent, how you love your husband, how you approach your friends, how you treat your family…it affects every aspect of your life.
That’s when I decided I was going to try out an at-home workout program. I guess you can say, the rest is history.
You might look at my before pictures and think, geez, I’d be okay with those before pictures (I’ve heard that several times after posting these pictures).
My response to that is this: Everyone has their own comfort level of what makes them feel good about their body.
The picture of me on “day 1” might not look that off to YOU, but to me? I was at a place where I did not feel confident about being ME.
I am currently in my fourth round of the program and I am in awe at the way it is changing not just my body, but my confidence and energy level.
I love it (and saw such amazing results) that I decided to become a coach.
To me, becoming a coach was a perfect fit because I don’t have to “sell” a product, I just have to help people. And helping people is part of what makes me feel like I am making a difference.
I NEVER thought I would do something like this, ever, but it’s truly been the most rewarding feeling to help others change their life for the better.
I got this email today from one of my previous challengers and I had to share it here because it’s such a reflection of my hope and heart for these challenges and for YOU:
“I just want to thank you for all of your work and input during the challenge. I stepped out wanting to change my body and feel better about myself. But the first day God stepped in and showed me that my change needed to come from within. He needed to change the way I had been dealing with food. For the past year I have been an emotional eater. I knew that God wanted my attention, but I didn’t want to spend the time with Him and tell him what was in my heart. So food became my help in time of need. During the 21 days it was so much more than a get fit challenge. God was able to help me stop eating out of emotion, trust Him in the place where I felt weak, and to believe that I have been created for so much more.
Yesterday as I was reading the Bible I came across this scripture ‘Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever end he chooses.’ Proverbs 21:1
I really felt that You are that leader that God placed in my life during this time to help me get healthy not only in my outer body but in my relationship with Christ.”
I’m humbled that God used me to help her, but did you know that God uses YOU too. Not everyone gets an email with confirmation on how God is using you, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t using you.
God has used you in ways that you’ll never know.
I feel like right now, in this season of my life, God is using me in ways that I never dreamed and frankly, ways I never hoped for before…but love now.
Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a risk is all it takes to lead you in a direction you never knew you were going.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a fitness coach, I would love to help you!
Or if you are just interested in getting your life back on a healthy track by joining one of my fit challenges, I can help with that too. I just opened up by June Fit Challenge Group – space is limited!
For more information GO HERE!
Oh and I set up a new Instagram account strictly for fitness stuff. If you are into healthy living and want inspiration and motivation? I’d love for you to follow me – @fitmomfirst.
Leave your Instagram name in the comments so I can follow you too! 🙂
Here are some other posts on my fitness journey: