My fitness journey is a little different than most that I have found as I scan the internet. I had the advantage of having a mother that was a personal trainer before she had 7 children ( yes, you read that correctly) and I got to watch her work out and lose the baby weight after each of my siblings. I was also exposed to tons of healthy food and learned to love veggies at a young age. By the time I was 13, I was working out with her and by 17 I had a gym membership and I went 4-5 days a week for an hour or more. This continued through my twenties. I got married at 28 and at 31 I had my first baby. I did all the "right" things and only gained 35 lbs but even so the things that happen to your body when you're pregnant will quickly leave you discouraged! I was able to lose the weight just through healthy eating but my stomach muscles were stretched and I never did regain my before pregnancy shape. When Scarlett was 11 months old, I found out that I was pregnant again! I was 8 weeks pregnant, lying on the floor of Scarlett's room cradling a trashcan when Phillip came in to tell me we were moving to Georgia. It was a whirlwind of events, leaving Florida where all my friends and family lived to Georgia, with a 14 month old and one on the way. I opted to still use my midwife in Florida and was making monthly trips back to Florida for my appointments which resulted in eating more Chik-fil-a than I care to admit! The quality of food that I ate that year went down as we moved around and traveled like crazy. It wasn't that I gained a lot of weight but I slowly started making less healthy choices than I used to out of convenience.
Our sweet Juliet was born on September 17 2012 and unlike our easy quiet Scarlett, she screamed from the moment she left the womb until...wait she's still screaming! The child wouldn't sleep and I still had a 19 month old that needed me as well. Then, one week after she was born, I came down with bronchitis which lasted a month. Phillip got it next, followed by pleurisy. Scarlett had two rounds of rotovirus, and in between all those things we had colds several times all within six months. Away from our network of family and friends, we were eating premade meals and take-out almost every night just to get by. I didn't gain weight but I couldn't lose it. We were living in a two bedroom apartment off a main road and there was no where to walk like I did after Scarlett was born. Even on the rare days when we weren't sick and actually got out of the apartment, Juliet would only last about 10 minutes in a stroller, She hated being worn in snuggly wraps and it was honestly too difficult. I gave up for awhile. I say all this because I want you to know that I, who had every advantage and all the nutritional knowledge I needed to know better, still wound up in circumstances that enveloped me. I couldn't find a way out. Nothing was working. I was exhausted. Over a period of two years, I kept plugging along and I'd lose a pound here or a pound there but I plateaued and the last 10 lbs refused to come off.
In June 2014, i started hearing a lot about the 21 Day Fix. I had been a big fan of P90X before I got pregnant with Scarlett, so the thought of a Beachbody workout that was only 30 minutes a day peaked my interest. I started the 21 Day Fix in August and it was exactly what I needed! The nutrition plan is easy to follow and I realized how far off the mark I had gotten. I started making calculated food choices and pushing play everyday and in three weeks I was looking like my pre-pregnant self.
I wish that I had documented my journey better. Honestly, I didn't want to be in pictures during that time and even when I started the 21 Day Fix I didn't think I would become this inspired. I was hesitant to show my results simply because I know compared to many others, they really aren't that impressive. However, this program got me to a place in three weeks I had not been able to get myself in two years! The Beachbody system works!!! If you're tired of fads and diets and failing, this is for you! No tricks, no gimmicks. 30 minute work outs and nutritious meals, delicious shakeology, plus a challenge group to help you stay on track.
I have done several rounds now and every time I am more excited about the program than the last time. I am also excited to start trying some of Beachbody's other amazing work outs, but most of all I really have developed a passion and desire to start helping others. I feel so blessed to be comfortable in my clothes again and comfortable in my own skin again. I want to help others get to this place! If the desire for change is rising within you and you dont know where to start or failed attempts in the past have left you feeling discouraged, there is hope! You can do this! Don't let the negative thoughts leave you resigned to being less than you want to be. No,its not easy to bounce back from having babies, but can you do it? YES! No, you can't lose in a week weight that took years to gain but can you do it? YES!! We can exchange our bad habits for good ones and transform into the strong healthy people we were meant to be. If this is you, PLEASE message me! Even if you're not ready to jump in with both feet, I'd love to help you on your health journey in anyway I can. We all get those inklings, those uncanny moments when something you've been thinking seriously about keeps resurfacing in odd ways. Trust your journey, follow your instincts, and take risks! Without courageously exploring the unknown, we live boring and mundane lives. I want more. Don't you?
"And Aubrey was her name. A not so very ordinary girl or name."(Or so says David Gates ;) I'm a wife to Phillip, a mother to Scarlett and Juliet. We live in the beautiful city of Thornton, Co. I'm a recovering red bull addict. I love to read. I hate to cook. I seek to be inspired and also to inspire others. I am a Beachbody Coach on a quest to be truly healthy mind, soul, and body and challenge others to do the same.