Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Julie's Transformation Story - The "Under the Radar" Challenger


The best part about being a Coach is watching women transform their lives from the INSIDE-out!  Every day I have the opportunity to partner with remarkable women who are ready to go ALL IN & change their LIFE. There is nothing more rewarding to me to be able to SHARE with you stories of women who have become IMPERFECTLY BALANCED!

This particular transformation is very dear to my heart because Julie & I go WAY back…15 years+ back! Julie just didn’t complete a challenge, she turned the challenge into a lifestyle & inspired her family to change their health too. She was able to decrease her Hashimoto’s medication & even go off of her blood pressure medication…she even ran her first mile a month ago!!!

Julie's transformation is proof that NUTRITION plays an intricate role in not only losing weight but that it can also be medicine to your body. So for all of you ladies that use exercise as an excuse NOT to get healthy, you can still focus on nutrition & have a life-changing transformation. The exercise will follow...

Please take the time to read Julie’s Story in her own words…

1. WHEN & WHY did you decide to join my challenge group?

I am a 52 year old wife and mom. I work full time and love what I do. My husband is retired from the military so I had the honor of supporting him as a military spouse until we retired in Florida 15 years ago. Our kids are 25 and 27 and live in Seminole.

I joined my first challenge group in March of 2015. I saw Ali on Facebook posting about Shakeology, Beachbody, & Challenge Groups & it peaked my interest. I figured...I can do anything for 21 days. I loved food, I hated exercise and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease 3 years ago. I weighed in at a solid 185 pounds. I had never exercised except for walking the Belleair Bridge and I would only do that in spurts. 

So I decided to reach out to Ali and ask her to be my Coach. I asked Ali to coach me “under the radar”. NO shout-outs, NO call-outs, just quietly be my guide through this process. I had failed so many times before I didn't want to shout it out from the rooftops that, "Yes, I'm going to try and lose weight, AGAIN"! 

I asked Ali to help me lose 10 pounds and to help me be able to complete 1 push up. I'm not sure why Ali agreed to my demands, but I'm so thankful she did. I started my first 21 day fix the day my husband left for a 3 week trip. It was perfect. Ali asked me to weigh and measure myself. I weighed, but I WOULD NOT measure. I didn't want to have those measurements staring at me in the face when I failed.

Ali asked me to take a picture, but I DIDN’T. I wanted no proof of my failure. But...I DID NOT FAIL. Well, nutritionally anyway. I meal prepped. I stuck to the plan. The weight started coming off. Not quickly, but quick enough to keep me motivated. Here's the thing, and I don't recommend this, I didn't do any of the exercises. I was so horribly out of shape that I couldn't do them. Instead of pushing through (which I highly recommend for anyone starting the program) I didn't. I walked the bridge again, with no real rhyme or reason, just doing “something” so Ali would think I was doing something:) 

Today, I weigh 145 pounds. A total weight loss of 40 pounds. I had lost the majority of the weight by August. In October, I decided it was time to get physical. My daughter was doing Orange Theory and told me that I should try it. I decided that I had to do something, and nothing was going to be easy so why not start here, an hour of high intensity interval training. Yes, crazy. I have been doing Orange Theory for 4 months now. I ran a mile for the first time in my life last month.

I am so, incredibly thankful for Ali. For always being there to answer my questions and encourage me in this journey. For not giving up on me when I didn't exercise like I was supposed to. Instead of giving me grief she encouraged my nutrition.

2. What is your transformation? How has your life changed since you said YES? How have you changed body, mind, & spirit since starting your 1st challenge?

I lost 40 pounds. My husband has lost 50 pounds. This all started with me doing the 21 Day Fix program and using Shakeology. I am getting fit. When I started this journey I took up to 6 pills per night. My health was not good and I was always tired. I now ONLY take medicine for asthma and my thyroid. Hashimoto's never goes away but my synthroid dosage was lowered just last week. I was able to completely stop my blood pressure medication! My pressure is now below normal.

I still love food and I still have weekends that are a blur of wonderful gooey goodness but now I know how to reset and fix it after a foody weekend. I understand food. I understand what my body needs and how to take care of myself and my husband. I didn't fail. I SUCCEEDED. I can do push-up's (girly ones) at the studio. I can run.

I wish I had measured. I wish I had taken that picture. I wish I had started the exercises when I first started. But here's the thing. I'm here 40 pounds lighter, feeling better than I ever have and I'm looking forward now.

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Julie there are not enough words to describe how PROUD I am of you! As I write this, I am tearing up thinking about how far you have come! You made YOU important…you realized that you were meant for MORE! Less than a year ago YOU made up your mind to forever change your life & you did just that. You are a walking testimony that anything is possible! You have truly found your balance in life with your nutrition & NOW exercise – a LIFER in every way

Know that YOUR story Julie will inspire & empower women that they TOO can change their health, change their life just like you did.


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