I WAS SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED.
I KNEW SOMETHING HAD TO CHANGE.
I needed something different, but had no clue what it was or how to get there.
The thing is... I had always been active and I ate healthy meals.
I knew about drinking enough water and taking vitamins, I read health magazines and blogs, but no matter what I tried, my body felt STUCK at the same size: bloated and uncomfortable. I saw these girls on instagram with “perfect” figures and I just felt horrible about myself, constantly comparing my body shape to theirs and feeling totally discouraged by the number I saw on the scale each morning.
Celiac disease, leaky gut and major hormonal imbalances were wreaking HAVOC on my physical and mental health.
And honestly? All I wanted was to shake those last 10 lbs and be able to make it through a day without feeling bloated, tired, constipated and depressed.
I WAS SO FREAKING FRUSTRATED, I BROKE DOWN CRYING WEEKLY. IT ALL FELT SO OVERWHELMING.
I went to the gym. I did the stairclimber. I starved myself. I went to spin classes. I read health and fitness books and articles. I followed inspirational IG accounts. I tried workout DVDs. I took appetite suppressants. I went vegan. I went paleo. I drank way more fiber than any human needs. I punished myself with exercise and restricted my eating so much that I'd get dizzy and hangry and find myself binging on late night bowls of GF pasta. Only to do it all again the next day. I was in a vicious cycle of trying to hate myself skinny.
Cue quarter life body image crisis.
I knew there was a better way, but I was so confused by all the conflicting information out there on health and nutrition! Fat is bad or good? Carbs are bad or good? Breakfast is bad or good? Paleo? Whole30? Keto? Don’t eat after 8pm? Fruit is too much sugar? UGH.
I needed to stop paying attention to what everyone else was doing and focus on what MY BODY needed. I gave myself permission to tune in to my needs and tune out all the fads.
I was ready to give up and accept defeat when I saw a post on facebook that would change my life forever.
February of 2015, my self-confidence was at an all time low. I had gained weight over the holidays from binge eating and drinking and was in a dark storm of depression, anxiety and inflammation. I was feeling so crappy about myself that I remember deleting pictures from my recent holiday so that no-one could see how "big" or "awful" I looked. I was so mean to myself.
I was also BROKE from being a student teacher and worried that I had chosen the wrong career path. My clothes felt tight. I couldn’t poop. My mood was all over the place and I felt tired all the time.
I was frustrated, angry at myself and ready for a FREAKING MIRACLE.
I was REALLY ready to make a change and then one fateful morning, as I was scrolling FB before heading out to teach, I saw a post on facebook that made me stop my scroll.
My childhood friend looked SO happy and SO healthy and I was instantly curious to know what she had been up to. So, I messaged her, desperate to do whatever it was she told me she was doing to get her results.
She sent me an order link for a Beachbody at-home workout program on DVDs, a month’s worth of vegan Shakeology, these colour coded portion containers and a meal plan. It was $200 that I didn’t have (broke as a joke student teacher, remember?) but I was also desperate for change, so I put it on my Visa and trusted that THIS would be the answer to my problems.
That cold, frustrating February 2015, I started my journey with Beachbody and I haven’t looked back since.
I started doing Beachbody at home workouts, one program at a time.
I started drinking vegan shakeology every day to heal my IBS, hormone and gut issues.
I started reading personal development books to work on my mindset + self love.
I signed up to be a Team Beachbody coach so I could get a discount on the programs and products and pay the opportunity forward to other women who felt like I did.
I got into meditation and journalling, and healed my depression and anxiety.
I made some of the best friends I've ever had through the coaching community.
I started going to live events and travelling a few times a year to some of the most amazing places I'd ever been.
I invested thousands of dollars and hours into my own healing journey, personal and professional development and made my health my number one priority.
I started sharing my wellness journey (the ups and downs) on social media each day + inviting other women to do these awesome programs, become a coach and try shakeology to heal their bodies from the inside out, too. Eventually, I had worked so hard and helped enough women, that I matched my teaching income and could step away from the classroom for good and step into my new role as a full time coach.
I retired myself from the classroom at age 26 and haven't looked back!
Now that I’m coaching full time:
I get to teach people how to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives!
I get to teach other women how to build a part time online coaching business.
I get to be creative on social media, connect with wonderful humans + work from HOME.
And I get to do it all without the incessant ringing of bells, unpaid hours prepping and marking tests, and the overwhelming stress that is inevitable as a classroom teacher.
Deciding to become a beachbody coach was the best decision of my life.
Not because I was able to retire myself from classroom teaching in a few short years (although that's definitely a major highlight), and not because it allowed me to pay off more than 20k of student debt while also travelling the world (although, that's awesome too).
But most of all, because it gave me practical, affordable tools to get fit, healthy and actually create a lifestyle that serves me long term. No more yoyo dieting. No more hours spent frustrated in the gym. No more hating myself skinny. No more student debt. And no more craving MORE out of life. I get to live my DREAM life every day because of this.
So, what does my life look like now that I do this full time?
I wake up when I want to, enjoy a leisurely morning with Bran reading books, journalling and chatting over coffee. We work out using beachbody workout programs at home and have meals together most days.
I dive in to coach work online for a few hours a day that FUELS my soul and fulfills a sense of PURPOSE and CONNECTION in me that I've never known before.
I get to EMPOWER and INSPIRE the women who join my Boomerang Wellness Community to take control of their wellness + create lives they love.
I host the Live On Purpose Podcast and absolutely LOVE connecting with thought leaders in the wellness industry.
I have an online stress reduction and meditation course: Stress Less + Learn To Meditate, and love serving my students in our fb community.
I am also the leader of a TOP Canadian Team of Coaches, Boomerang Wellness. We truly are one big, happy, fit(ish) family. We get together at live events, hold each other accountable + are building our dream lives alongside one another.
Every challenge in my life has been FOR me, and has shaped me into the person I am today.
My heart's work is to help you create healthy habits so you can thrive in every area of your life.
When we work together, please know that I genuinely care about your success.
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