A Little About Me
I am a Christian wife and mother of 3 beautiful blessings. I love to decorate cakes and give an awesome centerpiece to birthday parties, weddings and showers. I grew up playing volleyball and continued that love through college. Five years after college I started gaining weight and then got married and pregnant immediately. It took me several years to come to terms with what actions I was going to have to take to get myself back, after my first pregnancy where I had gained 80 pounds. It took me a long time to get into the mindset of needing to do something and work hard get myself back again. But I started the journey and had family support.
Not far into my journey I found a home workout program and started doing it. I knew nothing of the whole world I was about to join and how it would stand to impact my life in a bigger way I could have ever imagined. I fell in love with the community and have now inspired to give back by giving hope to others that they can change their health and fitness and help move from “I can’t.” to “I CAN & WILL!” My love for this has continued to grow as I help more and more people. I love being able to meet and help people online through Virtual BootCamps. I was held accountable and saw success by being in one and now I hold my own, and it’s a blast!
I could not afford the investment for the programs at the beginning so I joined the free community and grow a passion to start coaching. But, when I did I was hooked and needed to find a way to stay on it. I thought I would give coaching a try for the discount. I was able to continue on it…yay! Once running my own online groups I quickly realized that THIS is what I needed to do to stay accountable to my health and fitness. Leading others is fun, inspiring and holds me closer to the path than if I was not a coach…I can not afford NOT to be a coach now!
I know have had hope after two more pregnancies that I can and WILL lose my baby weight and see my goals meet physically. Now I am confident in this process and I get to encourage and lead others as they start or continue on their path to better health and fitness through my Virtual BootCamps. I am a online coach for encouraging faith, fitness, family, food and finances…and I love it!
I get to work from home and still be with my family. When I have to do “work” I head to the office and when I am done I walk on out. I am only gone for the amount of time it takes to complete my tasks and and I am still close to my family. I hope to create an impact to others who follow me to strive for better and have hope that they have the power to change their situation in there health and their finances. I am excited to be do
I have always wanted to be a mom….always! I absolutely LOVE being a mom, my children, seeing my husband as a father AND being able to raise them myself.
I married my high school sweetheart after 10 (almost 11…gotta add that) years of dating. I joke about it but it was in God’s timing that I was SOOO long (hehe) after dating that we married. It worked out perfectly in the end.
We got married and immediately wanted to try for children because we were wanting to have a big family as I was an only child, with older step-siblings. We did not know that I would get pregnant as quickly did…but we did!
At 2 months married we were 1 month pregnant…yay! I found out at 4 weeks and at 6 weeks I started throwing up and being sick 24/7. I With the onset of pregnancy came to HG (hyperemesis gravidarum) SERVER morning sickness that is very debilitating and a horrible disorder during pregnancy. I knew it was morning sickness but had no I idea of the HG diagnosis at first. You can research it more here. In fact, I didn’t until the end of my second pregnancy.
I had hopes that it would get better in the second trimester because that is what everyone says right? NOPE! It did not stop until the baby was born.
My relationship with food was not the best and I did not understand what or how to be the healthiest or eat the healthiest. I was just lucky that I did not have to worry about my weight growing up. I was an athlete from 11 years old when I started playing volleyball. I played throughout college. So, I would eat what I wanted and work it off later in practice.
I was so in love with the thought of pregnancy and starting a family. The pregnancy became something that was not fun for me since I was sick throwing up daily 20 – 30 times a day from 6 weeks until the baby was born.
Why do I share this? Because this is what brought on my passion for helping others and leaving a legacy to my children on how to take care of their health. It’s why you are reading this and why I am working to grow a business and inspiration to others.
My goal and mission now is to be the best I can be, give a legacy to my children about health and pay it forward by helping others.
I have now begun my transformation again after my third pregnancy and I am still in the process and will be until the end as we are done having children…a process that really should never stop. It’s a life long journey! Here it is from the beginning!
I grew up an athlete playing volleyball since I was in the 7th grade. I received a scholarship to play at the college level and did so for 4 years!
I never had to worry about weight, how to get it off or keep it off. Just because I did not have to worry about this does not mean I was healthy! I ate whatever I wanted and formed bad habits. I knew whatever I ate I would work off in practice later.
Well, now fast forward many years and I still struggle with those eating habits WITHOUT the practices and youth on my side!
After my first pregnancy, I found myself in a whole new world. Shocked at my new body, naive at how much would fall off by itself (if any at all), in denial that I had to change my habits and not just complain or crack jokes about my situation.
People around me did not want to hear that. Nobody wants to hear someone complain and then not change ANYTHING to help themselves into the situation that they alone got themselves into. So here is from the beginning, beginning of no more complaining and applying actions.
Here is where I found myself to be…well, not myself I had always known. (not the best picture I know. I will replace with better ones
This was with some friends before my first was even a year old, maybe around 8months, I’m not sure. These are really hard to see and put up so be kind :O)
I started my transformation after my first pregnancy and lost the 80 pounds that I gained!
I was in shock that I had gained that much weight. I was on bed rest for the last month of my pregnancy and did have A LOT of swelling!
So yes, I had a lot of water weight but I gained fat too. I get VERY sick when I am pregnant and want to eat anything that will taste good coming back up as well, I know that gross…but it’s the truth!
I did lose my 80 lbs but still has about 30-40 more pounds that I would have liked to get off.
I did this with joining the gym and getting back into the mood of working out, but working out in a completely different way than I ever had before.
I started working on my nutrition and starting losing weight. Then I found a home workout program through some friends and ordered it and started doing the program.
With all these combined efforts I was seeing awesome results!
To the side here is a picture my daughter snapped right before I got pregnant for the second time.
Then the time came…we decided, my husband and I, that it was time for another baby. I was not at my goal weight yet, but that was ok we were ready to add to our family. Yaaaa!
To the side here is at the end of my second pregnancy. As it began I realized and was aware that I needed to be careful this time.
I was trying to eat better but really I was SO sick again and it was very hard to stay on track. I did not exercise at all…bad I know! I did throw up a lot longer and so I feel that was God helping me to keep my weight down…lol!
Making jokes about that but I really have no idea, I did not gain as much though so you never know!
As my second pregnancy ended I had gain about 56 lbs, less than the first but still not what is recommended your normal weight gain during pregnancy.
At my post op appointment, I had a c-section again, I was down 5 lbs…wait just a min!
5 pounds…my baby was well over 8lbs!
What about the amniotic fluid and the placenta weight!
Had I already started to gain? That is my only assumption.
Here I am after 2 months after the birth of my second.
I had already decided when I got the go-ahead to start working out that I was going to get serious. So I did just that! I started my home workout program, thought I was going to be joining my husband in a journey through another harder one, however his job took him out of town so we were unable to do that together so I stopped that one and did a program completely focused on nutrition and not working out for 3 weeks. I lost 19 lbs in 21 days and felt great! Then, I returned to my old bad habits. I am not going to be one of those overnight success stories you see because I struggle with food and having will power to make the right choice more often than not. I am working on that and will continue, it just means until I get better at that my results will come slower.
I began Insanity over again and went through the entire program using a meal replacement as well! Start to finish with this process I lost 38.5 lbs. Not baby weight that was just going to fall off…now way! This was my blood sweat and tears I put into getting these results! With this formula PROGRAM + NUTRITION + SUPPORT = SUCCESS I had found success! Now to improve on it and repeat!
Moving on, I have completed 2 months of a home workout program with a weight lifting focus and had realized it is not my soulmate workout. I am not jumping out of bed to do it and I want to be super excited about the program I am doing so I will be more successful! So I have decided to finish out my lift days this program and start another with a cardio focus on the other days. On my lift, days I will be doubling up so I stick to the cardio program as well. I hope to get my food under better control….but, I think this makes me human and others can relate because I KNOW I am not alone on this!
Here is the before and after photo I have for that period of time.
Below is my workout buddy. She would work out with me or cheer momma on :O)
Today she will start a video on her own occasionally and thinks my favorite food is salad lol…totally not. She has her favorite trainer and program for sure. She was 4 in this picture below. I am so glad I am leaving a legacy like this to my kids.
They see momma working hard to earn her health and do it the right way!
Working out became part of my routine.
Yes, I know ketchup should not go with my diet plan and believe me when I say I do not have as much as I use to…but I still LOVE it! Just ask anyone I know :O)
I am trying to be a good role model for my kids! She loves working out with me and she tells me of her favorite trainer and program, she has informed me of this many times…lol!
Now my son is old enough and he joins in with me as soon as he hears the music from the videos….it’s SO stinkin cute! My little one (the third). Just climbs on me whenever I get on the floor. He thinks it’s funny and it is pretty cute. Here are some moments I can share with working out and my kiddos. I am proud of these as they are seeing momma fight for her health and not give up or do it the wrong way!
Now here after my third csection and a gain of 56lbs from my pregnancy.
I lost 30lbs by watching portion control the first 2 months post csection and then I stopped losing and start gaining. From here on out I know I have to get serious. Not just about portion control but eating the right foods and starting my workouts. Here I am 3 months post csection number 3.
Here I am working on getting my food under control so when I start a program I can see great results. It has been hard to start this time around because I started too soon and knew I had to wait because my body was not ready.
After every child a pull my lower back….it’s a thing I do…lol. Anyway, starting slow and trying to get Insanity in my schedule. It’s very hard in the early stages of baby because we don’t have a schedule yet. I just need to enjoy this early baby stage and get what I can done.
I would LOVE to help you reach your goals and enjoy your journey as I go through mine. I have been successful TWO times before and head to a third time….join me!
***UPDATE 8/17/15***I have been doing so good lately and working on myself since the baby turned one. I am excited to say I am down 50lbs in total.
Would I like to be farther along….sure…but its part of my story and my struggle. Most important thing is that I am doing it :O) Below is my current “progress picture.” Progress picture because I am NOT done!
Did you notice it’s the same shirt?
This page will be added to over and over again because my journey is not over and will last me a lifetime. I hope this has inspired you to start your journey and know that it does not have to be the overnight success that you see…your journey is yours and you can set your own pace!
I have far ways to go but I will get there and I will do it the right way….no surgery, no fad diets, no gimmicks…hard work on my diet, exercise and the support from family, friends and most of all my fitness friends!
I would love to hear about your journey, successes, and struggles, so if you are reading this and would like to share…please do! I am sure it will motivate and inspire me in some way!