Follow The New Me

It’s been 12 months and the result is a brand new me! I want to share how I’ve transformed myself this year. But first, the back story. We had been trying for some time to get pregnant with our second child, for about 14 months. In developing what the fertility plan would be, we each took a look at our own health. For me, 314 lbs. was way over where I should be, even if I “wore it well”. I knew I needed a change. Getting winded by climbing a flight of stairs isn’t good at any age, and it’s embarrassing at 30 years old. You would think this would be motivation enough for a change to my health, however, it only sparked a few diet changes with little result. On the pregnancy front we started Clomid, and luckily we got pregnant on the first round in the summer of 2013. Then in the fall, we found out what we were having, a 2nd boy! I took a serious look at our lifestyle and decided that during the time I spend at home I didn’t want to sit on the couch and eat junk food all day. What a poor example for my children. I want my boys to be active, enjoy the outdoors, and I want to keep up with them. Finally, I found my motivation: An active lifestyle with my boys!

Next, the plan. How was I going to reach the goals I had? I have seen so many people reach some success (myself included), to only crash off of it and gain even more weight. I knew I would have to find a workout program that kept my interest and wasn’t time consuming. I have no desire to run or use an elliptical machine for an hour every day. I have a full time career and a family that was growing. Where would I find the time? I also knew that I would have to love what I was eating. Although that is what originally got me in trouble, I would have to find a way to balance my love to cook and eat with my desire to be healthy for my family.

Luckily, I had found out about P90X3. Intense workouts, but only 30 minutes per day. Anyone can do that, commit 30 minutes per day! So, I purchased myself the gift of health. I got the full package with workouts, resistance bands, supplements and jump mat. Best investment I have ever made. I pre ordered it, and started my transformation the Saturday after Christmas in 2013 when I returned back home from the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, it was work. In my first round, I modified every move, and was lucky to get through half of each set before gasping for air. At the same time I started to focus on organic food, cutting out the processed junk and soda, and started to learn a lot more about where our “food” comes from. I’ll save my thoughts there for another post.

Best. Decision. Ever. It’s been a ton of work, but the payoff is huge. I’ve lost 90 pounds, 39 inches, and feel better than I ever have. I’m back up 6 pounds, with a goal of gaining 9 more the right way. My focus currently is muscle gain, which has been more difficult than losing the weight! I am also training for the Tough Mudder this spring!

I decided to start this new website to share how I got here. I hope that if you want a change in your life, my story will inspire you to do the same. I do resell the beach body products I use through this site. They work, I’m walking proof of it. But, that isn’t what it’s all about. You have to find what works for you. Beach body has a number of different programs to match your goals. If you have a plan outside of something they offer, that is awesome too! Please just think about sustaining for the long term!

I never knew the impact I could have by making a change; for myself, my family and my friends. Instead of being couch potatoes, we have a healthy family. Will joined us early, but healthy on April 1st of this year. Jack started tee ball and football this year, and Chrissy has lost an incredible amount of weight as well. I could not be more proud!

When people ask about my changes, here is what I tell them. Find your motivation, pick a workout plan that you enjoy, and find a diet plan you won’t crash from. “Eat less, move more” as Chrissy puts it. On this site and through my social media profiles, you will find diet and nutrition information along with recipes, workout options that work for different people and product reviews. I also post some videos and stories that inspired me along the way. I hope you find the information helpful.

I’m not a certified nutritionist or a personal trainer or a doctor. So, consult those experts if you wish. Good luck in your own journey and please share what works for you!

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