I always thought I was healthy because I had been involved in sports, enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, biking and kayaking but I would eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I had a chip on my shoulder so large and I thought nothing could ever hurt me. I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and my college years were spent at a bar getting wasted and making awful decisions. I remember a time when the only value I placed in money was my ability to exchange it for drinks once I turned 21. I wasted away thousands of dollars of my parent’s money on garbage food and kegs of beer. I was irresponsible, aggressive, unpredictable and headed down the tubes in a big way. I was arrested for driving under the influence in 2008 and that was one of the best things that had ever happened to me.
Upon gradating from Penn State, I moved back to my hometown because I was afraid of living anywhere else. I was so insecure and unsure of myself that even though I had a degree in Special Education and had job offers all over the country to teach, I was afraid my boyfriend at the time would break up with me or cheat on me if I didn’t go back to home. So, I went to teach at a school in my hometown and absolutely hated every single day of my life.
I dated men that I had no business dating and my alcohol problem became worse and worse. I didn’t drink and drive anymore but I got in the car with people who did, acted violent when I was drunk, hurt people I loved and had absolutely no plan for life. I was a sinking ship and looking back on it now I must have had a guardian angel who was keeping me from really getting hurt or hurting someone else.
This whole time I can remember thinking to myself- why am I so down and depressed and drunk all the time, living under my parent’s roof? I always knew I had so much more to share with the world- I always felt I was destined to do something so much larger than myself but I had no idea what that was or how I was going to get there.
So I went back to school and got my Masters degree in Park and Resource Management and then worked for the National Park Service as a Law Enforcement Park ranger for 8 years. I lived in some of the most beautiful places in the United States- Maine, Yellowstone, Great Smokey Mountains, Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and San Francisco. All the while I still chose to surround myself with binge drinkers, men who was awful for me and lived a super unhealthy lifestyle. But I got awesome scores on my fitness tests and I worked out a few times a week so I thought I was doing OK. I remember not being able to get through an 8 hour shift without chewing at least a can of tobacco – disgusting.
While living in San Francisco and approaching 40 years old I knew something needed to change but I wasn’t sure what. Then my best friend called me up and told me she was doing a figure competition and I should do one too. I didn’t even know what that meant, but I was going to the gym at least 3 days a week, had quit smoking and had cut my binge drinking back to only a few times monthly, so I thought, sure why not!
I had some bodybuilder friends at the gym and one that I trusted very much. He suggested a coach and I hired him to do my nutrition plan, workouts and coach me to the stage. It was the scariest thing I had ever done in my life up to that point.
My daily activities in my job consisted of narcotics interdiction, dangerous vehicle stops, body recoveries and missing person searches but the thought of getting on a stage wearing a bikini was the most frightening thing I have ever done. I need to reevaluate my life! After this experience the only thing I wanted to do in this world was anything associated with health and fitness, but I had no plan or idea how I was going to make this happen.
God sent my husband Albert to me at the most perfect time. We met at a wedding that neither of us had really planned on attending. He was stationed on Okinawa and was only passing through California on his way to a training. When we met I knew I was going to resign from my job move to Okinawa and start our lives together, and we did!
We were married in 2011 and I was pregnant with our daughter in 2012. That’s when I decided to get my personal training certification and train people in the gym. Then into my life walks Tarah Carr, an Elite Superstar Diamond Team Beachbody Coach. She was this tiny chatterbox that I just could not keep quiet unless I loaded up her weights! She was training for HER first figure competition! I had no idea what Beachbody was but she sure did tell me all about it during our 1 hour daily workout sessions. She wore Beachbody shirts every single day to the gym. I admit, I was kind of intrigued, but I loved the gym! She also talked about this Shakeology stuff, and I was a HUGE fan of protein shakes… now she had my attention!
After having our daughter, I was in the worst depression of my life. Postpartum depression is the strangest thing. I had this beautiful daughter, loving husband, friends who adored me but my family was so far away and I felt like I was completely and totally alone. Breastfeeding my daughter was one of the only things that brought me joy, but then she started throwing up from my milk. I decided to finally try that Shakeology that Tarah had talked about and that so many people love.
When I started drinking Shakeology EVERYTHING changed. My moods improved, my smile returned, I started taking care of myself better and actually getting dressed and put on make up! My milk production even increased and Lilly stopped getting sick! I had energy and I felt like me again. I attribute all of this to Shakeology and the 70 superfoods that are in every shake. Shakeology was a life-changer for me.
I had enrolled as a coach in July 2012 but I purchased my first Shakeology from a yard sale sight on Facebook in May 2013! I finally reached out to Tarah and told her I wanted to buy Shakeology so she explained everything and took the time to teach me the basics. I was still going to the gym with my newborn, but it broke my heart because the baby room was dirty, the area for moms to workout only had ellipticals, and even though I had started a moms’ workout group I was not seeing the changes I wanted to see with my body.
When Lilly turned 6 months old I bought Body Beast for myself and had an amazing transformation and immediately became an active coach. The rest is history.
As a Star Diamond Coach with Beachbody I have been able to reach hundreds of women and help them feel empowered, get their bodies back, feel confident, attractive and sexy! My passion and purpose is helping women bring their inner selves to the surface and live healthier lives!
Do you feel like you have a larger purpose?