Today marks 2 years since I decided to become a coach.
I was ready to get in shape and was just sick of the body I'd earned while no longer working out, having my daughter, and just not being mindful of what I was eating. Wasn’t really in the game of helping others if I wasn’t in a good spot myself.
After a couple of at home programs and not really finishing any of them, always finding an excuse like I was sick so had to wait and start over, or I didn't eat well one day so I had to try again next Monday, you name it. I failed.
I did finish one program that was as close to my normal martial arts routine as I'd had and I really liked it and saw results with muscle gain but didn't lose a ton of weight and of course didn't stick to a good enough nutrition plan. Tried to do it again, excuses came in, put it on the shelf.
So at the end of 2017 my friend and coach decided with me that we were going to go to the coach summit in June 2018 and this was either going to be the thing that got us off our asses or the thing that helped us once and for all decide this just wasn't for us. We dreaded the trip, having a year to think about it, finances, etc. We were not looking forward to it at all but we felt stuck... ticket was nonrefundable at this point and rooms were booked, flights selected. Let's just get through it.
I'm so glad we did. What I was dreading with a passion I ended up in tears over at how happy I was to have gone. My family noticed how excited I was, how happy it made me, and it lit a fire under me that made me realize it was more than just a quick fix for temporary happiness having a body I was ok with. It was more than just staying in shape, it was finding a tribe, a community I didn't know I needed. It was the friendships, excitement, empowerment, inspiration, and support. Living a healthy life is literally a lifelong commitment and I needed to be fully invested.
We left that trip renewed with a sense of purpose and excitement I know I hadn't felt in a long time. I've hit the ground running having finished an 8 week program, losing 10", and on round 2 now with a much better grasp on my nutrition and what I need to do. No more excuses.