Last year at this time, I was taking lots of pills. I was doing things with my kids on my bed because I was too tired to do things elsewhere. Chronic illness had taken over my life. I even broke down and wrote a blog post about it. (If you haven't read it, it's here.)
I'm better now. When I started working out at the beginning of December, I was scared. The last couple times I'd tried to exercise, I thought I was going to have to go to the ER. Once, I was just doing some light jogging/walking on the treadmill. The other time, I was doing gentle yoga. I spent days in bed afterward. But, it's been better this time. I've been able to keep my workouts restrained so that they don't drain my energy or cause me more pain.
At the beginning of 2015, I was scared. I was scared that I would die young, and scared that I wouldn't die young. I was at a point in my life where I felt like a burden to my family.
This is the beginning of 2016, and I am excited. I am hopeful for my and my family's future.
I'm going to admit to something. These are really hard for me to post, and that's embarrassing to me. It's embarrassing and frustrating because I'm the first one to encourage people who don't like their bodies. I truly believe that everyone is beautiful. Still, to stay consistent, I need motivation, and here it is.
These are my before/after pictures of four weeks. My goal was not to lose weight. My goal for December was to increase my stamina, and I can honestly say that I did. I started the month barely able to do any of the exercises, and finished it with being able to do most of them with several heavy modifications.
I am so incredibly proud of myself. This may be one of the hardest things I've ever done. I only lost two pounds, but I lost a total of 17.25 inches! 3.25 each around the bust, waist, and hips. I am beyond thrilled.
When I started this journey in December, I was doing it for my health. I knew that goal would impact my family because I would be able to do more with them. I chose to become a Beachbody coach because it gave me added accountability. I didn't realize how much it would impact my family's health.
My mom started her 21 Day Fix the day after Christmas. In two weeks, her Systolic blood pressure number has fallen 40 points. 40 points. She's still got a ways to go, but I'm astonished and grateful.
Add to that the fact that my children are making healthier choices and working on their own fitness and I'd say I'm pretty much loving Beachbody right now. I'm so grateful to my coach for inviting me to join her and believing in me.