Well, it has been a very leisurely hiatus – but I’m working on publishing posts again! I will do a major update one, probably tomorrow or Wednesday, but be prepared because it’s coming! I’m getting into the swing of things (this has been the craziest semester!) and decided that a good way to break the hiatus from posting was to talk about my other job – the one that has nothing to do with schoolwork haha. I also thought it would be a good one to share while people are worrying about their holiday weight gain and struggling to keep on track and motivated! So, here goes nothing: this is the basic breakdown of how being a Beachbody Coach and doing 21 Day Fix Extreme in August changed my life.
I started my Beachbody obsession (let’s just call it what it is, right people?) with Insanity two summers ago – right after I graduated William & Mary and before moving down here to Alabama. I LOVED IT! And it really gave me awesome results. So a little later that year – around Christmas time, I tried PiYo in another challenge group, and also tried Shakeology shakes. PiYo gave me very different results than Insanity (OBVIOUSLY, because they’re very different programs), but they were still great, and the shakes made me feel so much better in the mornings – I am definitely not a morning person haha. I kept up with the shakes for awhile, but let it slide a bit and eventually cancelled the monthly order until this summer.
As y’all all know, this summer was a bit of a bad one for me. A relationship I thought was really solid ended fairly badly (at the time – we’re friends now and I’m in an amazing relationship and things are going really well now, so no worries about the sad stuff), I was worried about potentially not having funding – which thankfully didn’t happen, I ended up with full funding!! Because UA is an awesome place and the Anthro dept is great – and found myself with three dogs, two of which are fairly substantial in size, when I had only had one about 8 months before. I was depressed, in a very big funk, and extremely stressed studying for comps and worrying about everything else – basic every day life stuff for most people my age, especially in grad school. Cue my coach, Amanda, messaging me about potentially becoming a coach myself. I hadn’t thought about that at all, but I had nothing else to do besides read books about physical anthropology and worry, so I thought I’d take a shot at it.
As it turns out, coaching is amazing. I love helping people find their perfect program, workout a plan, and reach the results and goals that they want. I love organizing and running challenge groups, and the extra money has helped out A TON. It’s bought my dogs’ food for the past 4 months, left me some extra to put in my savings account, and gives me a little room to buy really silly things for myself every once in awhile – mostly a ps4 haha. My next step, or goal really, for the business is to start working on building a coaching team! I’m so excited to see just what Beachbody coaching can help me accomplish!
Now – what does 21 Day Fix Extreme have to do with all of this? That is the program I chose for the first challenge group I led, back in August. Not only did it give me some amazing results – I lost 9 lbs in a month – but it changed the way I eat! I’m not sticking COMPLETELY to the 21 DF plan – mostly because I don’t have time for meal prep and eating that much all the time (That’s something I’m going to work on for next semester!) – but I base the meals and snacks I eat on the color containers and I’ve actually started craving salads and healthier foods rather than junk! Not only have I continued losing weight (I AM DOWN 30 LBS SINCE JUNE AND I FREAKING LOVE IT), but I’ve maintained the new milestones I reach and kept from gaining any back or going on crazy junk food binges. I’m more confident in myself and my ability to talk to people – which led to me meeting and starting a relationship with my wonderful boyfriend, Marc. Things are not always super easy and peachy of course – especially as a grad student, with a research job, a teaching job, and this coaching job, and three crazy pups. But coaching, working out, and the support I have from Marc, my friends, my family, and the awesome people I’ve met through Beachbody make everything not only easier to deal with and handle, but also more enjoyable!
Basically – things right now are great, and Beachbody is a huge reason for that. 😀
Alright – that’s all I’ve got for now, expect a huge update post soon!!