My Fitness Transformation
Most of you know by now I lost a ridiculous amount of weight. I wasn’t always that big though. I was in an abusive marriage, and ate my way to 275lbs in just a few years. I was suicidal, suffering from PTSD and severe anxiety.
One night I was up by myself, eating an entire sleeve of Oreo cookies. I was crying, feeling sorry for myself. Sorry I had let myself get so big. Sorry I didn’t have the energy to play with my kids. I saw an infomercial for P90X and did a bunch of research on it online. I was contacted by a coach named Glenn who told me about the program and the opportunity. I had tried EVERYTHING. I had lost 60lbs using Atkins, but gained it right back. I had every gizmo and gadget out there, promising quick, easy results. I had taken dangerous pills and was even anorexic and bulimic for a large period of my life. Nothing was permanent.
What could I do differently this time? I decided July 21, 2010 to sign up as a Team Beachbody Coach. WOAH! Wait…ME helping others lost weight when I’m morbidly obese?! It was the only way I knew to keep myself accountable…and it WORKED. I ordered the largest package they had, which was $600 at the time (they no longer carry that package unfortunately). I didn’t have the money, so I sold a bunch of stuff to be able to afford it. If I only had to spend a few dollars to sign up as a coach, I never would have committed to it because I didn’t make an investment.
I pushed play every single day. I had to do pushups against the wall. I could only finish five minutes of P90X at first. Eventually, I was able to do more and more until I made it through an entire workout. I lost 123lbs after a year and a half and found myself again. I left my abusive marriage and never looked back.
One day, I got a friend request on Facebook from this gorgeous man with lots of muscles. I accepted–I got a lot of friend requests from bodybuilders and other fitness professionals just because of the line of work I’m in. I didn’t pay attention to where he was located, or the fact we had a ton of local friends in common. He would message me every so often asking how things were going. Eventually, he asked me out–he lived just a few minutes from me. Uhhh no, not interested, I don’t date “meat heads.” Been there, done that. I had ENOUGH of that! As I got to know him more, I realized that he wasn’t just another meat head. In fact, he wasn’t like any of the other bodybuilders I knew. We talked a lot about God.
Eventually I gave in and met up with him because of his faith–that was what really set him apart from any of the other men in my life. After all, we had a lot of mutual friends offline and we were both passionate about health and fitness. Every single day after that, we worked out together. After 10 days, I agreed to make it “official.” I didn’t let him meet my kids until after five months because I’m very protective of them, and wanted to make sure things were serious before letting him in my life like that.
We got married on our one year anniversary, and just celebrated two years together. We welcomed our first son via a home water birth on St. Patrick’s Day 2014! We came together because of our love of fitness and God. Kirk stays at home to care for my father who is on hospice in our home, while I work. He is such a blessing in my life!
I would LOVE to help you on your journey towards stronger Faith, a stronger marriage, a stronger body, and stronger finances. Please reach out to me via any of my social media channels, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.