Why I Became a Beachbody Coach

I started changing my life back in 2012, when I weighed 240 pounds.

Determined to stop pitying myself and my miserable existence, I set some goals, changed my diet, and established a regular exercise routine. I stopped making excuses for myself and I took action. I did things I'd never done before.

I replaced my beloved Dr. Peppers with water, I cut out fast food and any other processed foods, and I eliminated sugar. I started walking and doing The Biggest Loser workout DVDs. As the pounds came off and my endurance improved, I progressed to running, completing 5Ks and 10Ks, practicing yoga, and even participating in live classes at the YMCA.

Eventually, in the summer of 2014, I even tackled one of the toughest fitness routines out there: P90X by Beachbody.

I gave P90X a try after being encouraged to do so by my husband (boyfriend at the time). When we met, one of the most alluring things about him was his dedication to health and fitness. Like me, he'd been a fatty who had decided to do the hard work required to change his fate. When we started dating, he was in his second round of P90X and experiencing some incredible results.

Inspired by his success (and motivated by my frustration that I hadn't reached my weight goal of 155 pounds after two years of hard work), I gave P90X a shot. And 90 days later, I was at my lowest weight yet: 168. 72 pounds from where I started.

Then we got engaged.

I was working full-time with overtime as a nurse, finishing my senior year of the English program at Ashford University, and planning a wedding...in four months...on a debt-free budget. I couldn't find time to work out more than once or twice a week, and my stress level skyrocketed. Matt's work schedule got more hectic, and he fell out of his workout routine. We both let our dietary intake standards slide. By our wedding day, even though we were healthier than we once had been, we had both gained weight from our P90X days.

After the wedding, everything changed. We moved halfway across the country, got new jobs, set new goals for our finances. I had a major shift in my priorities. I gave up on my ultimate weight goal of 155. I tossed out my dream of running a half-marathon. I didn't care if I fit into a bikini or not. None of that mattered now. I had a man- a man I loved and was insanely attracted to- who loved me and had an equal attraction to me. Why keep fighting my fatty default mode, why keep working so hard to lose weight, when this man found me sexy at 175?

I grew complacent. I slipped back into some old habits and indulged too often. A homemade fried pie at the farmers' market. A cupcake at the coffeehouse. And So. Much. Homemade. Bread. After six months of marriage, I weighed in at 188. I hadn't seen that number in years.

Worse still, I received bad news when I went to see my new OB-GYN after experiencing a host of unpleasant signs and symptoms. My Hemoglobin A1C was high. Really high. I was prediabetic. 

My doctor told me I needed to change my diet, re-establish an exercise routine, and lose weight before I gave myself Type II Diabetes. I hadn't heard that in a long time, and hearing it again, now, after all these years, was quite an awakening.

Knowing I had to do something to get myself back on track, I turned to the Internet. I followed several inspiring health and fitness experts on Instragram, and I kept seeing posts about Beachbody. Programs like the Master's Hammer and Chisel and the 21 Day Fix were blowing up my feed on a daily basis. All the fit people were posting photos of Shakeology. Beachbody was in all the places that inspired me.

Then I remembered my own experience with Beachbody in 2014. I know their stuff is the real deal. It's hard, and it works. Matt and I were both at our healthiest when we did P90X, so why not try something like that again now? Why not work toward that goal weight again? Why not get in the best shape of my life, now, before we try to start a family?!?

I was really considering it, but our debt snowball wouldn't let me take the plunge. You see, Beachbody isn't cheap.

That's when I met Kaitlin, an Independent Team Beachbody Coach who changed the way I view the company. Yes, Beachbody products are pricey, but so are gym memberships. And doctor's bills. But they work, and they offer accountability. It's worth the temporary investment.

So I bought the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack, which includes a month supply of Shakeology. I signed up to join Kaitlin's challenge group, which she, as a coach, will lead to encourage all of us and help us stay motivated and on track. The more I thought about it, the more her job sounded pretty much like my dream job.

The most fulfilling work I've ever done was when I, as a school nurse, initiated and led a Biggest Loser competition for the school's faculty and staff. Meeting with participants, weighing them in, counseling them about nutrition and exercise, and cheering them on as they made progress...it was amazing. I loved seeing people reaching their goals, building the courage to run a 5K for the first time, finding more energy to play outside with their kids, just all-around changing their lives for the better. Knowing that I helped a tiny bit in all of that kept me going. It made me try harder. I was compelled to be a role model, so I remained consistent with my diet and exercise. I wanted to set an example.

I realized after talking to Kaitlin that Beachbody could be my chance to do that again. As a coach, I can use my nursing background to educate people, to help struggling individuals (like myself) stand up against obesity and its countless related illnesses. I can encourage and motivate them through online challenge groups, and I can hopefully even inspire them by sharing my own story, my own never-ending Battle of the Bulge which I fight every time I eat a clean, balanced meal or don a sports bra and compression pants to move it for 30+ minutes.

This is why I'm doing it. The potential for extra income is obviously an enormous blessing to my husband and me as we strive to demolish our debt, but it's not just about that. I need something like this to renew my energy, to drive me toward my same old goals through brand new methods.

Yes, I'm doing it to give back and help others, but my main motivation? That is finishing what I started at 240 pounds.

(My challenge group starts Monday, February 22, 2016. If you're interested in joining, there's still time! If February 22 has come and gone when you read this and you're still interested, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm excited to work with you to reach your goals!)


Jessica said...

I'm ridiculously proud of you! This is gonna be an awesome opportunity for you to do something you feel passionate about.

Kaitlin Holley said...

Love your story! Thank you for sharing :) So glad we could connect and I am thankful for a nurse friend who is also passionate about this lifestyle!