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Making a commitment to change can be a scary step. Whether you want to change your eating habits, exercise habits, the way you feel about yourself, the way you treat others, or any other change, the first step in your journey is making the decision to commit yourself to those changes. Because if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!

So, if you’re ready to make changes, I’m here to help. I love helping people come up with plans and learn the tools to implement changes that can be really hard to make without help. A support system is vital, and my favorite part of my job is supporting people who are ready to change.

If you’re ready to make some fitness and/or nutrition changes and want my help and support, please don’t hesitate to email me at corp8292@gmail.com. For extra motivation, please browse through my latest posts below or use the menu above to check out all that this website has to offer.

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I started with Beachbody when I was 6 months pregnant. That was just a little over 2 months ago. I had been trying to stay active, but hadn’t been doing very good. The first trimester, I was told to take it easy because of some issues with my placenta. Those issues resolved themselves and I was given the go ahead to be active again, but I had let my restriction be an excuse to eat unhealthy as well. I didn’t do too bad with weight gain at first (mostly because I was throwing up all. the. time.) but after the morning sickness ceased, I started packing on the weight. In two weeks, I put on about 10 pounds. My doctor told me that was not okay and gave me a pedometer. That was about the time I signed up for Beachbody.

When I started with Beachbody, I started drinking Shakeology (a nutrient dense meal replacement drink) and doing the 21 Day Fix (a fairly low impact workout system). By making a few changes in my diet, I saw my weight gain slow and some weeks I didn’t gain any weight at all. My doctor was aware of what I was doing (IMPORTANT STEP!!) and was happy with what was going on. I had more energy and I felt so much better than I had during my previous two pregnancies.

So, here are a few tips for having a healthy pregnancy:

1. Don’t worry about restricting calories, just eat more healthy foods. Now is not the time to do a restrictive calorie diet. While I did end up cutting calories just by eating healthier, I wasn’t focused on that. When I cut out those two candy bars and can of pop each day and traded them for fruits, veggies, and water, I obviously consumed less calories. Focus on a good diet. Exercise is important, but a bad diet will overshadow any workout.

2. Be active, but take it easy. Listen to your body. If you feel like you’re over doing it, or are having contractions too soon or anything like that, STOP. You have nothing to prove to yourself or anyone else. The thing that matters more than anything else is you and your baby.  If all you can do is walk for ten minutes, that’s better than nothing.

3. Get support. Having support from your husband, friends, significant other, parents, whoever, makes a big difference. You need a cheering team! Post about your workouts on Facebook. Do whatever it takes to get support. Find another friend, ideally in your situation, and support each other. If you’re one of my customers, join a challenge group. They are a HUGE avenue for support.

4. Talk to your doctor. I know I mentioned this before but DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!

5. Write down your goals. Write them somewhere you’ll see them often and look at them over and over again. Remind yourself WHY you want to stay healthy. Remind yourself every time you open the cupboard or fridge or get anything to eat.

I personally feel that Shakeology is one thing that made a big difference for me. I know a lot of people are hesitant about taking it when pregnant, but here is a video from the creators of Shakeology about that very topic:

Of course, talk with your doctor first. The drink has so many amazing nutrients and superfoods in it that I was able to take it instead of a prenatal vitamin. One thing it doesn’t have a lot of is Folic Acid, so it is smart to take a supplement for that but again! Talk to your doctor.

I’d love to support you on your journey to fitness in any way I can. Please feel free to send me a message on my facebook page or email me at corp8292@gmail.com.

 

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As I am getting started on this website and my journey as an Independent Beachbody Coach, I thought the first thing I should share is my story. What makes me unique? What makes me “qualified” to help you on your weight loss journey or journey to a healthier self? Why should you trust me to help you reach your goals?

I am a mother of two, soon to be three next month. When my third child is born, I will have a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a newborn, so my life is a little crazy. I have chosen to stay home with my kids. To keep from going crazy, I always have a ton of projects going. One of my big projects is a blog called A Mouse In My Kitchen. I share a lot on that blog. Everything from crafts to essential oil tips to parenting advice. Anything on my mind. It keeps me busy and allows me to make a little money to spend on fun things.

My weight loss journey started about 4 years ago. Before that point, I had no problem maintaining the weight I desired and I could really eat just about anything I wanted. I was 20 and loving life. I had just gotten married and things were good.

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Then, in January, just four months after I had gotten married, I contracted an infection in my eye called Iritis. It was not fun. My eye hurt all the time, and I couldn’t stand to be around any kind of light without sunglasses on. I remember one night crying because the street light outside our bedroom window hurt my eye so bad that I couldn’t sleep. Seriously, no fun.

In an effort to get the infection to go away, my doctor put me on steroids. The dose varied, but at one point I was taking 9 pills in the morning and 9 pills at night. If you’ve ever been on steroid pills, you know all about the side effects. If you haven’t, just trust me, they aren’t pretty. One of the hardest ones for me was the weight gain that came with them. In the course of 2 months, I gained about 40 pounds. I sort of tried to lose it, but didn’t have much success. Even when I was able to get off the steroids, I just couldn’t lose that weight.

A couple months after that, I was ecstatic to find out I was pregnant with our first baby. I used that pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and to be super lazy. Couple that with the fact that my hips hurt pretty badly and the end result was weight gain… and a lot of it. I went into the hospital to deliver my baby boy at 200 pounds, 90 pounds more than I was when I was married just a year and a half before.

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Three days after baby boy was born

After the baby was born, I started trying again to lose weight. I got on Weight Watchers, I exercised, and I went walking with my boy almost every day. We go on long walks, sometimes two or three hours. I was successful in losing a lot of weight, about 40 pounds came off pretty quickly. But! God saw fit to bless us with another pregnancy when my son was just four months old. So, I really didn’t have time to lose much weight before that second pregnancy. I did do better with the second pregnancy and ended up at 175 when I went into the hospital.

After my baby girl was born, I knew it was time to get serious about my weight and my health. I had lost some weight from nursing, but I was still clocking in at 150 pounds. Back to back pregnancies had really taken a toll on my body. I didn’t have time to go to a gym, or the money to afford a membership, so I borrowed an exercise program from a friend and I joined a facebook accountability group.

 

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After baby girl was born, before Insanity

The program I borrowed was Insanity. I followed the nutrition guide the best I could and worked out almost every day during that 60 days (I skipped Sundays and I think I skipped two other days during the program) It was an intense 60 day program that I had to work hard to complete. Most days, I had to follow modifications because of the level of fitness I was at. But, I saw results. By the end of the 60 days, I noticed a big difference. I felt stronger than I had in a long time. I lost 6 inches off my waist, 4 inches off my hips, 3 inches off my chest, 2 inches off each arm, and 5 inches off each thigh. My weight at the end of that 60 days was 136 pounds. Lower than it had been since before I had the steroids. I wasn’t as skinny as I had been when I got married, but I was fairly happy with my results.

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After Insanity. Sorry, this is the best picture I got :)

After that one round of insanity, I did some Turbo Fire and started doing some running. I never saw much more weight loss, and I know it was because I although I was exercising about 3 times a week, I wasn’t eating very well. And you can’t compensate for a bad diet by working out. It just doesn’t work. I held steady at around 135 pounds until I became pregnant a third time. Because of my hard work and because I was in better shape at that point than I had been probably the rest of my life, I decided that I didn’t want this pregnancy to set me so far back like the other ones had. I made a commitment to keep working out and eating healthy.

I have done a lot better this pregnancy than I did the last two. I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and I’m right at 160 pounds. I have been drinking Shakeology for the last two months of pregnancy and have felt amazing. It has helped me keep my weight gain to a minimum. Some weeks, I’ve even seen a little loss and I’ve been able to lose inches off of my thighs and arms through moderate workouts such as the 21 Day Fix. Because of the results I’ve had using Beachbody products, I decided to become a coach so I could help others. Because I feel like these products are too good to keep to myself. That would just be selfish. And I’m anything but selfish (most of the time :) )

 

 

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