Welcome to Awakenings Fitness!
Awakenings Fitness is about getting started. Turning the switch to “on”, opening the door, and allowing your mind to imagine all the possibilities in front of you. In your health. In your fitness. In your life.
A bit about my story…
I wasn’t much of an athlete in high school. I didn’t play varsity sports (except likely out of pity my senior year my soccer coach let me play varsity). Emphasis in my house was placed on getting good grades, with a side of music.
I’ve never owned a bikini. Nor do I actually love the beach.
So how in the world did someone like me, a non-athlete, end up becoming a “Beachbody Coach”?
A series of “aha” moments have led me here:
In 2006, prior to having my first child, I decided to train for a half marathon to honor a good friend of mine who died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had barely run a 5k prior, but something about his passing made me want to do more. Be more. After months of training with some great support, mission complete: Jan of 2007, over $3000 raised for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and half marathon completed. Say what? A nonathlete like me, running 13.1 miles? Don’t get me wrong. I was slow. But I finished, and that was the goal.
Aha #2: Maybe the bar could be raised and my body is capable of more than just finishing a race.
Fast forward to 3 babies later, I was at my heaviest weight following a tough pregnancy. I need to take back control and thought that if I could do it once, I could do it again. So I started training for another half marathon to get the frustrating baby weight off and fit back into my regular pants. This time instead of for charity, I started training with a good friend, Teri. Unlike me, Teri actually was/is an athlete. A former collegiate athlete who was not slow. But she was/is kind and patient. We would do our long runs together on the weekends and thankfully, this girl can talk. She would tell me all kinds of great things, and I would do my best to grunt at the appropriate times as my body continued to ask what the heck we were doing. But through all that talking, I did not pay attention to our pace. To my absolute amazement, just by simple distraction (trying to listen and tune in to Teri’s stories), I beat my old pace by 2-3 mins/mile. Again, say what?
It started opening my mind to the possibility that maybe I’m not giving my body enough credit for what I can actually do! Don’t get me wrong, it was far from any record setting pace (and Teri was definitely slowing her own pace way down for me), but it was better than any pace I’d ever gone before and seeing that if I get myself out of my own way, perhaps there is even more this “non-athlete” can do!
Even after that running with Teri, my goal of fitting comfortably back into my prepregnancy pants was still not obtained. Super frustrating. I was out of the maternity pants (yahoo!), but the buttons on my regular pants were still barely connecting. I knew it was my eating habits, but I just didn’t know how or what exactly to change. I just wanted someone to tell me what to do. Give me a plan. Following directions is a strength for me.
It was then that I finally joined a 30-Day Online Clean Eating/Shakeology Group. We talked clean eating, got sample meal plans, and I began opening my eyes to the habits that had gotten me to where I was – both life-long “fat free” habits, as well as, overwhelmed-working-parent-of-3-let’s-just-get-something-on-the-table habits. I loved this concept of online groups – check in whenever works for you, all the tools you need right there in front of you, and surrounding myself, if only virtually, with like-minded people who were interested in getting healthy and changing eating habits.
After 30 days, my pants comfortably buttoned again. And I even started needing a belt for some of them. Yahoo!
At the same time I was learning about Clean Eating and Shakeology, in my 30-Day Online Group, I was taking a course through my work as an oncology social worker on Anti-Cancer Nutrition. We were learning about how some foods can help prevent and even treat cancer and others can have the complete opposite effect. In fact, the clean eating principles I was learning in my online group focusing on weight loss, were the same principals we can apply to our overall health: cutting processed foods, combining complex carbs with lean proteins, eating smaller meals more often, and adding more super foods to optimize health. And all of these principles fell in line with Shakeology. It’s a super food drink, minimally processed, with a balance of carbs, proteins, and tons of other amazing deliciousness. For my own peace of mind, I even took the ingredients list from Shakeology to the teacher of the course and she gave it a thumbs up.
Don’t get me wrong, I started this journey for the weight loss. To look better and feel better. But after seeing so many families through loss due to cancer, if there’s anything I can do to help up my chances of staying healthier longer, I’m going to do it!
Aha #5: Reading The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) and realizing that there are different ways to live and work beyond what I ever imagined.
Working in oncology for many years, I had the privilege to be with many families facing death. One young mom in particular, who was part of the weekly support group I facilitated, made a profound impact on my life. She was diagnosed shortly after the birth of her son, who was close in age to my own. I had the honor to know her story, her joys, and her deep-seated fears, the heart of which all parents can relate to: the fear of leaving our children too soon.
It made me question what kind of parent I wanted to be. And although I loved working with people like that mom and others like her who helped form the person I am today, my long evening and weekend hours were taking a toll on me and taking me away from my own children. I knew I needed a change, but I wasn’t sure what that would really look like, until I read this book. The 4-Hour Workweek gave me hope, opened my eyes and showed me the possibility that there was another way to work. That I could stay true to who I am and my personal mission of helping others, and work in a whole new way that I never dreamed possible so that I didn’t have to miss any more time with my children.
Aha #6 Enter the Business Opportunity with Beachbody.
So we’ve come back around to this question – how does a non-athlete, social worker type like me become an online Health and Fitness Coach?
Couple the desire for a healthier me with the discovery that maybe my body is capable of more than my own self-proclaimed idea of being a “non-athlete.”
Add the success I had with my own online group as well as the knowledge I gained about the connection between what we eat and our overall health.
Next, factor in the profound impact of the beautiful moms I worked with who faced their cancer diagnosis and fears. They longed for one simple thing: more time with their children. That led to my own desire for a new way to work so I could make a difference in the lives of others and still be home more with my own children.
Finally, throw in the belief that this company, these programs, and these products not only worked for me, but have worked for countless others many of whom I have worked with personally to have have their own transformations and “aha moments,” and that, my friends, is how this girl came to be a Beachbody Coach.