Shed and Share

{The Basics}

Age: 46
Profession:  Educator
How long have you been on this weight loss journey?  March 2015
Weight Loss/Inches: 74 pounds and lots of inches 

{Your Story}

What was your “low point”? I penned these words in my journal in October 2014. Today is October 12 and I don’t love myself the way God wants me to. I look in the mirror and I am disgusted with what I see. Mark 12:31 says ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” I don’t feel I have the balance as God has intended. I love my neighbors more than myself. Cody is getting married in a year, and I am not ready to see myself in photos the way I am now. So…the journey begins. Yes, I have been on this journey many times before. Sometimes I announce it to everyone hoping they will help keep me accountable, that didn’t work. Then other times, I would share it only with my family so that when I failed, nobody but them would know. My family is the one I should not be okay with failing. Today, I am only making this commitment to God and myself. I want to journal here about my ups and downs…yes, I know there will be downs. 
I PLEDGE to lose 50 pounds…yes 50 pounds by September 13, 2015. 

Fast forward to February 1, 2015 ….instead of losing, I gained 9 pounds!!!!
How did you get started?  A teacher friend was hosting a weight loss challenge group. She was a representative for Beachbody, and talked me into ordering the 21 Day Fix program. It had 30 minute daily workouts that targeted a different part of the body every day, and portion control containers that taught me how to eat properly. After 21 days, I lost 10 pounds, and I decided I had to keep doing this. I couldn’t afford the Shakeology that came with program, so I signed up as a representative to get it for a discount. Fast forward to my goal date of September 15 and I had met my goal of 50 pounds even though there was no longer a wedding to be photographed in. By the one year mark, I had lost 65. I kept it off for almost 3 years. But…I suffered a knee injury that set me back, and I started a part time job that took the place of my daily morning workouts, so the pounds starting creeping back on. By the time I committed to the LiveFIT 2018 Biggest Loser Challenge, I had put on about 10 pounds. I know that does not seem like much, but I knew I had to get back on track. LiveFIT was exactly what I needed to keep me motivated, and I made a ton of new friends along the way. 

What is your workout routine and eating plan?  I workout 6 days a week, and mix it up so that my classes at LiveFIT are part toning, part strength, and part cardio. I also run 2 days a week. After 4 half marathons, I now stick to one 5k race a month. This gives me a goal to reach for, and is also a fun way to give back to my community. The most recent challenge of carb cycling was very effective for me. I am going to stick with it for now. I also drink my Shakeology every day!

{Help us!}

What are your top 3 favorite resources that helped you along the way?
1.) My faith in God. I knew my obesity was a sin, and I prayed my way through this journey. 
2.) Having a Beachbody Coach/ LiveFIT family of coaches and friends that pour into me.
3.) Shakeology and portion control containers.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is sitting on the sidelines and waiting? There will never be a perfect time to get started. There will always be a holiday, a party, an event, etc. Stop saying when I this, or when I that, I will start my journey. One day my pastor asked us, “When is your when going to be your now?” This can apply to so many aspects of our life, but I am asking you to make your plan now and stick to it. I will be there to support you along the way!

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is in the process, but is feeling discouraged? We all go through seasons in our life when we are more dedicated to our fitness plan than others. What worked for you once, may not work for you now. Our bodies change, and so do our lifestyles. Change up your routine. Take a new class, work out at a different time of day, or try a different eating plan.  The most important thing is to NOT give up. Your future self will thank you!

Anything else you would like to share? Don’t shy away from the camera. You may not be the you you want to be, but document where you are today and along the way. Set realistic goals, and celebrate your successes!!