Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Christian's Remarkable Transformation Story...

HANDS-DOWN my favorite aspect of being a Coach is having the opportunity to watch other women change their lives from the INSIDE-out!

This journey isn’t just about the scale...it is a total transformation of one’s health body, mind, & spirit.

When challengers join the Imperfectly Balanced Challenge group they know they are going to be working on EVERYTHING the good, the bad…all of it!

There is NOTHING more rewarding as Coach when I get to CELEBRATE a Challenger and their remarkable transformation.

AND TODAY we are going to CELEBRATE Christian…

Christian is a dear friend of mine who I have known for almost 10 years & I cannot even begin to express HOW PROUD I am of this gorgeous women. A little over 2 months ago, she decided to go ALL in! I even remember her telling me how much she hated to exercise & NOW it is her new hobby he he!

PLEASE take the time to read Christian’s Story as I know it will inspire so many of you.

Below is Christian’s story in her own words...
_______________________________________________________________________1. Tell me about you…
     I am a just turned 30-year-old mama and wife who works as a family practice PA at a busy Tampa practice. I have two pups and an unnamed fish.

2. When & Why did you decide to join my challenge group?
     I joined in March of 2016. I was tired, fat, fatigued, and bloated.

3. What is your transformation? And how has your life changed since you said YES?
     My story is similar to a lot of women's stories out there. I came from a broken home and I was dealing with the dysfunction from that. From that I dove head first into perfectionism and trying to be the best I could be. I wanted to be the best at everything. Despite being saved and knowing Jesus, my life was filled with insecurity and instability. Chaos and change was the norm. I didn't know how to have healthy relationships.

     It wasn't until I had my son that my life unraveled.  A world war three fight between my mother and husband occurred 2 weeks after my son was born. Leaving despair, trust issues, and broken relationships in its wake. It was at this point in my life that post partum anxiety and depression hit hard. I was utterly bereft with emotions. I felt like I was another person. I was drowning. I was functioning on the outside but on the inside, I didn't know who I was and I was screaming for help.

     I went to my counselor who worked with me, prayed with me, and encouraged me to take medication. I had ups and downs with medications but one of the downfalls was weight gain. I had never been an exerciser and had eaten whatever I wanted all my life (except for no dairy about 3.5 months thanks to my son's milk allergy). I actually made fun of people who exercised and ate healthy. So while I was thriving on the outside with my career and everyday life, my inside was emotionally and physically tired, unmotivated, hurting, bloated, and you name it I had it.

     Ali and I have been friends for about 10 years. I had seen her posts and kept scrolling. In February of this year, I had had enough. I messaged Ali and asked her what I needed to do. I started my first challenge in March 2016. My life went from being a slob to exercising and eating healthy. I was less tired and felt better. My anxiety and depression were still there but I was gaining more confidence internally. With each challenge, I was pushed to do better and loved the community of women. My family, husband, and the challenge group women have been the greatest supporters. I feel BETTER!

4. If someone was deciding whether or not to join our Imperfectly Balanced Challenge Group & Community…what would you say to them?
     Everyone can exercise and eat right but the experience of eating and exercising is not complete without the community…it helps you know you aren’t alone in the journey. It is way more important to live life together than to live it separately and not reach your goals. It isn’t just about eating healthy & exercising; It’s about becoming a better YOU. And honestly, if its money related for people they need to look at their budget because the money from that chocolate croissant and caramel macchiato from Starbucks they get every day is going to cover more than the cost of Shakeology #theTRUTH.

_______________________________________________________________________WOW. WOW.WOW…is all I can say!!!

I cannot THANK YOU enough Christian for being BOLD & transparent with your story. Thank you for allowing me to share your transformation. There are just not not enough words to explain how much joy you have brought into my life & know that God is only going to continue to transform you & use you to give HOPE to other women along the way!

If you are ready for MORE just like Christian was email me HERE if you want more details on our next Imperfectly Balanced Challenge group:) Be ready to change your life from the INSIDE-out! 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Join Our Sisterhood...

Have you ever felt like you don’ t belong...

Like you don’t fit in anywhere? Or maybe your family & friends don't understand your passion for health & fitness?

Well, I am here to tell you that one of my reasons for becoming a Coach was to create a community of like-minded women who live a life of health, passion, purpose, & freedom together.

There was a season in my life where I felt completely disconnected from life & people. I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere…confused on who I was & what I was suppose to be doing with my life.

And I can say this now…that one of those missing links for me was community. I needed a sisterhood of support & friendship.

There is something POWERFUL about being surrounded by remarkable women who can relate to you & SHARE the same dream as you & be accepted for YOU!

The women on our Imperfectly Balanced Team have become like family to me, a sisterhood that I will forever cherish. We live life together, change lives together, & are now building an incredible business together…with our faith & family at the center of it all!!

-> Do you want to have friends that accept you for YOU…a true sisterhood?

-> Do you want to get in the best shape of your life INSIDE-out?

-> Do you want to HELP others in their health and fitness goals?

-> Do you want to MORE in life; want to feel fulfilled?

If you said YES to any of these questions...Please reach out to me and I would love to share more with you about our remarkable team.

Feel free to email me HERE for more details or fill out the application below to join our team.

I would LOVE to have you apart of our #IBChick family ❤️

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fitness Throwback

I am definitely a fitness fanatic…I love every type of workout.

This picture is a TRAINING THROWBACK from when I did the Piyo Program to the NOW 22 Minute Program. 

Both of these progress pictures were taken at Week 5 of the programs. 

It is amazing to me to see the difference in my results.

The Piyo program was a 6 week program that consisted of yoga/pilate moves and it hands down gave me the BEST core results!!! I LOVED my core results, but I didn’t feel like I got as lean as I would have liked from this program.

The 22 Minute program that I am doing right now is an 8 week program bootcamp style workout that I am in LOVE with. It is HANDS down my favorite program.  The workouts are ONLY 22 minutes long 6 days a week. And this program has not only helped get me my abs back BUT it has leaned me down tremendously!!!

With both of these programs I followed the meal plans I created for my challenge groups & I had 1 cheat meal a week. 

I am 100% sure that I have been able to stay on track with both of these programs because I have a support system of women who are doing the programs right along with me.

Every single month I Coach an all women’s health & fitness challenge group that provides support, accountability, motivation, workouts, meal plans, recipes, and weekly 1:1 check-in’s with ME:) 

Whether you are a fitness fanatic like me or you are ready to get your health back…we ALL need support…so why not do it together?!?!

Whether you are a runner, Crossfitter, Orange Theory member, gym rat, Tone It Up Chick, Kayla Itsines girl, or yogi…you BELONG in our group! 

Let’s get healthy TOGETHER inside-out:)

Our next Imperfectly Balanced Challenge Group begins prep on May 30th.

If you are ready to make a change & join our next #IBChick challenge group email me HERE or fill out the application below. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Looking for a Sisterhood?

There is truly nothing more rewarding in life than living out your passion & knowing that you are making a difference in this world. 

Because I chose FAITH over fear...

I am a better women, wife, mom, & friend.

I am the healthiest I have ever been INSIDE-out. 

I get to help other women transform their lives body, mind, & spirit. 

I get to be apart of a COMMUNITY, a sisterhood of women who support one another in life...same heart & same mission, to serve others.

And I would LOVE for you to join our Imperfectly Balanced Team. 

Coaching provides you with a chance to...
--> Change your HEALTH
--> Lead with HEART
--> Give HOPE
--> Provide an OPPORTUNITY to give back & help others 

I am looking for 5 WOMEN who are ready to go ALL in with me to transform their life.

I want you to experience the JOY, passion, FREEDOM, and hope that I have discovered since becoming a Coach.

Please email me HERE or fill out the form below if you want more details...I'd love to chat with you about how you can get started as a Coach on our Imperfectly Balanced Team. 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Unseen Scarlett Letter

There is a part of my transformation that I have never shared before…

No, it is not a physical transformation, but a mental & spiritual transformation that has taken quite a few years to overcome. 

As many of you know, I have 3 beautiful children. They are my life! And I also married my high school sweetheart…

But our marriage & our family didn’t really start the way “I” had planned it. (I am currently taking a deep breathe as I type this out as this is still difficult for me to be open & transparent about this area of my life)…

The picture on the left is me on my wedding day 12 WEEKS pregnant & the picture on the right is me now with our son who is the BIGGEST most beautiful blessing in the entire world to us. 

It was 10 years ago in May that we found out I was pregnant with our first child. I was 21 years-old & NOT married. I still remember sitting on the bathroom floor crying with my now husband telling my him this cannot be real. I instantly felt fear, quilt, shame, & embarrassment.

More than anything I was afraid. 

I had my life perfectly planned out but at the moment in my life I felt like I had failed God, my parents, & myself. My life was turned upside down from that day forward. 

I was embarrassed to tell our family & friends...
I was worried we would be judged at our local church…
I was afraid of what other people thought of me…
I was in fear that people would find out the “truth” on why we got married so fast...
I was simply afraid of the unknown…

I was consumed with shame & guilt. 

I can honestly say it wasn’t until I began counseling for my postpartum anxiety that I began to have true healing in this area of my life. 

For years I walked around with an “unseen” Scarlett Letter. But I had placed that letter upon myself, no one else did. 

I now know that on the day that I found out I was pregnant…God had forgiven us…And that God had perfectly & wonderfully created our baby boy…

I am so happy to say I am FREE from that shame & guilt...

Even though we steered of track with the decisions we had made, GOD used it ALL for GOOD!!!

He was writing HIS story through me. 

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose Romans 8:28. 

I am sharing all of this with you because I know that this chapter of my life can help someone. You are NOT meant to live in bondage to fear, shame, & guilt. God wants you to live a life of freedom, joy, & peace. 

You were meant for MORE than that!

I felt like I was the only women with battles…with fears of rejection…with feelings of shame & guilt but I am not alone. So many women have the same struggles. And that is exactly why I created Imperfectly Balanced. To have a sisterhood, a community of women who broke the barriers of judgment & loved one another flaws & ALL! 

I want to encourage you today to take OFF your "Scarlett Letter” because you are forgiven. Your past is apart of your story & you now have an opportunity to grow from it & help others. 

You were never meant to live life alone, so if you want to be apart of our Imperfectly Balanced sisterhood, community of women comment below or private message me HERE

I know that you can live a life of health, hope, freedom, peace, & joy….because I do now:) 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

22 to 31 Transformation

I was 22 years-old when I had our son. I started off my pregnancy at my highest weight ever. I was extremely unhealthy drinking Coke Zero 3-4 times a day & eating fast food...my fav BIG MACS and the only exercise I had was working 3 - 12 hour shifts at the hospital. 

Health was NOT in my vocabulary in my 20s nor my pregnancy. 

Fast FOWARD to today.

I am 31 years old...3 kids later.

And I am the HEALTHIEST I have EVER been in my life inside-out!!! 

YES...I have stretch marks. 
YES...I have loose skin. 
YES...I had a c-section.
YES...I had an umbilical hernia. 
YES...I had diastasis recti. 
YES...YOU can have abs after having kids. 
YES...it takes work. 
YES...it is WORTH IT. 

I challenge you to look one of your THROWBACK pictures & compare who you were then to who you are now...

Have you changed?

If not, what changes do you want to make to become a better women, wife, & mom? 

I would love to help you make a change...whether it is body, mind, or spirit...myself along with our remarkable community of woman will help you every step of the way. 

Ready for change...Email me HERE or fill out the Imperfectly Balanced Challenge Group form below. 

***Challenge Starts May 30th AFTER Memorial Day***

Can't wait to have the opportunity to help you reach your health and fitness goal.

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