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Personal Trainers Struggle Too - A Weight Loss Journey

๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ-๐ฒ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ?

(Part 1 of 5)

As much as I would hope my recent tummy tuck just 4 weeks ago today would end this 25 year struggle, I'm pretty sure the work doesn't end, and that what I've learned from my own experiences will forever be best utilized to help other women overcome the same. But, I have also found that by being a Coach to others has massively helped keep me accountable to my own teachings as well.

It's unfortunate for us that most of our struggle is not easily controlled, but is so deeply ingrained in us from experiences in our childhood, diet culture, and mis-information.

Moms, this is incredibly important to recognize for the sake of our children not repeating our own mistakes. Our belief systems are formed young, and ingrained habits are the result of behaviors (both good and bad) repeated over time.

Do you remember any particular incidents or times in your childhood when you became aware of dieting or body image. Feel free to share below, and know you are not alone.

I do. I remember being at restaurants and having my mother look at my sister and I and saying "Are you sure you want to order that?" with undertones of disapproval. It came from a place of love, concern and fear I'm sure (I can't blame her). She had gained a lot of weight as a young girl, lost it in college, and has spent the rest of her life on a yo-yo diet.

My sister and I didn't care (well we may have when the pounds packed on). We ordered what we liked, showed little self control around our favorite foods, and when I got my driver's license, it was more like a license to eat. It was freedom to get what we wanted without being looked at funny.

I was an athlete, so luckily my activity kept the consequences of my appetite in check, but eventually came the most massive weight gain of my life.

๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ 15 ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฆ๐š๐ฃ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐“๐‘๐„๐’๐’ ๐„๐€๐“๐„๐‘. (Part 2 of 5)

Are there any other STRESS EATERS out there? Drop one of these below! I was probably the shiest kid in the world. I made my sister pick up the phone if it rang, made her return my library books, turned beat red when chosen in the classroom, and I was always hiding behind my dad's leg when I was little. So it was truly a shock to my parents when I came home from high school one day in my sophomore year and told them I wanted to study abroad in South America for 6 months. It was a huge challenge for me, Making new friends, Trying new foods, Abiding by the rules of a host family, Keeping up with classes in Spanish, Finding my way around a strange city. I struggled with my first host family, the father yelled, the mother judged, and the brother teased. I spent most of my time in the kitchen with the housekeepers, missing my family, friends and my favorite foods...and eating to soothe my sorrows. I did have a blast once I changed families. The new one had lots of kids who I felt comfortable around, and as I settled in to the life and culture, I had a ton of fun. The drinking age, if I remember was either 15 or non-existent...So I had a lot of firsts on that trip! I gained 30 pounds on Study Abroad in Chile, and struggled from there on out to take it off when I got home. I never got used to being a new heavier version of myself, and struggled with fashion fads like low-waisted jeans. My confidence was low, and looking back at pictures, I wish I could have regained control. I went to college and gained a little more with the changes again, the pressures and freedoms, the partying and inability to control myself around the comforts of food. And then I made a decision...China. I studied abroad for another 6 months in a country with the most delicious food...Where noodles, dumplings and rice are staples, sauces and sweets are impossible to pass on. My Chinese roommate and I struggled for 4 of the 6 months with simple communication, as neither of us were very conversationally adept in the other's language. But by the end of those 6 months, I had experienced massive my communication skills, in my navigation of Beijing, and unfortunately also in my waistline.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐?

(Part 3 of 5)

For me it's chips and salsa

And cookies

And pasta

And Chinese Food

And Garlic Bread

And Peanut Butter Cups

Well...I guess control around food is not my strong suit.

I've been an athlete all my life.

As a kid I was a gymnast, played softball, basketball and bowled in a Saturday league.

In high school I was a three sport athlete, adding field hockey..

In college I was a dual-sport athlete, playing softball and adding golf to my list of passions.

I spent a lot of time practicing my sports in organized practices, extra time on my own at home, and also spent time just working on my strength, speed and endurance in the gym.

With that strength building and calorie burn came a hearty appetite. I guess my activity was always how I mitigated my calorie consumption.

I tried several times in my life to limit my food intake, count calories and points...

But it always ended in a massive swing the other way. Binging on everything I was trying to restrict myself from.

๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ซ?

What killed me was adulthood...

Jobs that required 9-5 sitting at a computer

A devastating back and calf injury

Exhaustion from raising babies

While my levels of activity decreased at times, my appetite has never dwindled. Even recently, after my tummy tuck surgery (which has kept me sedentary for the last 4 weeks) in chatting with my "Surgery Sisters" who had surgery on the same day as me, no one came out of surgery with the appetite that I did. Many didn't feel like eating at all, and others had to force themselves to have a little something. My athletic body went into recovery and repair mode, seeking protein and nutrients.

So needless to say, I will never be a woman who eats like a bird. But what I love is that I don't have to eat like a bird. Most of us don't have to try to suppress our appetite. It just might mean that if you are a "volume eater" you need to be mindful of a few key factors (ex. quality) and build a body type through exercise to match.

Eating i.e. fueling, while it really shouldn't be, has become a very psychologically challenging aspect of our modern culture. But we also live in a time where numbing and medicating has become the norm, where weight management can be met with shaming tactics and make you fear the scale.

Like that time I went to Weight Watchers.

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐๐ข๐๐ง'๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ž๐ž๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐จ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ.

(Part 4 of 5)

I was teaching classes at 3 different gyms, 10 classes on average per week. It was invigorating and I was feeling my fittest. I had also become a Personal Trainer because women who took my classes started approaching me asking if I would train them to get a body like mine. Sculpted arms, abs and booty in my 30s, I had found my sweet spot. I was feeling Energized, Confident, Strong.

I was also training a few clients in my home. One of my favorite clients, who had honestly become one of my closest friends and confidants would come train with me for an hour and then go to her Weight Watchers meeting after. She was a lifetime member like my mom, and always focused on her points allowance and making sure she wasn't over goal weight for the meeting.

This particular day, Weight Watchers was rolling out a new points system. The program had never worked for me long-term, and I've always had my qualms with the nature of their system and practices, but I was curious as to what they would be rolling out (always good to know what your competition is selling). So I accompanied her to the meeting.

When we walked in, she got in line to be weighed (and judged), and she told me to go ahead and save us some front row seats.

Now I am usually a front row kind of girl, but in this setting I sat down in my Personal Trainer sweatshirt and gym leggings and something didn't feel right. I looked around at all of the folks there...older and heavier. I looked at the posters on the wall, and then I observed the meeting leader enter the room. Not an especially thin woman.

Her eyes locked with mine, and she immediately without warning ask me to stand up and introduce myself.

I was uncomfortable.

I stood and gave my name, letting them know that I was there with a friend.

My eyes welled up, and I felt like that shy embarrassed little girl again.

She noticed and capitalized.

She asked why I seemed so emotional, and I had no idea what was causing such a visceral reaction to being in that room, but I stupidly started exploring deep, recalling my struggles of the past, yet not acknowledging any of my success.

The tears were streaming and I sat down.

I was handed tissues, and the tears kept flowing throughout the meeting.

The next day, I got a therapist.

๐ˆ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ. ๐Ž๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐š๐ฐ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž. 8 ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ 4 ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐.

(Part 5 of 5)

In 2014 ๐–จ ๐—๐–บ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐—ˆ ๐—’๐–พ๐–บ๐—‹๐—Œ ๐—‰๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐—-๐—‰๐–บ๐—‹๐—๐—Ž๐—† ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—‘ ๐—’๐–พ๐–บ๐—‹๐—Œ ๐—‰๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐— spinal injury. ๐–ฌ๐—’ ๐–ป๐—ˆ๐–ฝ๐—’ ๐—๐–บ๐—Œ ๐—Œ๐—ˆ๐—†๐–พ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–จ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐–บ๐—๐—๐–พ๐–ฝ, ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–จ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—…๐— ๐–บ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–พ ๐–บ๐—Œ ๐–พ๐—๐–พ๐—‹, ๐–พ๐—‘๐—๐–บ๐—Ž๐—Œ๐—๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–ฟ๐—Ž๐—Œ๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐–ป๐—’ ๐–บ๐—…๐—… ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–พ๐— ๐–ฟ๐–บ๐–ฝ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐—‡๐–พ๐—๐–พ๐—‹ ๐—Œ๐–พ๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—„ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—†๐–พ. I just wanted to be one of the skinny girls.

๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฒ๐ฆ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐š ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ ๐š ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž "๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข-๐’๐ฉ๐š" ๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ...

After his lookover, the doctor announced...

"๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ'๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข 10!"

๐–ฌ๐—’ ๐—Œ๐—Ž๐—‹๐—€๐–พ๐—‹๐—’ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–ฝ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐— ๐—€๐—ˆ ๐–บ๐—Œ ๐—Œ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐—๐—๐—…๐—’ ๐–บ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–พ "๐–ฝ๐—ˆ๐–ผ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹" ๐–พ๐—‘๐—‰๐–พ๐–ผ๐—๐–พ๐–ฝ. I suffered with ๐—€๐—Ž๐—‚๐—…๐— and ๐—‹๐–พ๐—€๐—‹๐–พ๐—. I ๐—๐–บ๐—Œ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‚๐—…๐—… ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–พ๐—…๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–บ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–พ, ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‚๐—…๐—… ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–ฝ๐—‡'๐— ๐—๐–บ๐—๐–พ ๐–บ clue what ๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—…๐–ฝ ๐—๐–พ๐—…๐—‰ ๐—†๐–พ ๐—€๐–พ๐— ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—†๐—’ ๐—€๐—ˆ๐–บ๐—…๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–พ๐—… ๐—€๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐–ฝ ๐–บ๐–ป๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—†๐—’๐—Œ๐–พ๐—…๐–ฟ.

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐ค๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ข๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐.

The regret of my mistaken attempt to take the easy way out was only lessened when a Coach showed up in my life. She gave me the simple tools for nutrition and fitness success that I had somehow missed in all of my failed efforts of the past. But more importantly she gave me support, kindness, accountability, and a clear path.

The process became a pleasure, the roadblocks seem to dissipate, and my body morphed into a new and improved version of myself that I actually was proud of. It still had it's flaws, but I shopped and dressed with a new confidence that would open doors.

I was inspired to follow in my Coach's footsteps and help other women avoid all of the missteps that I had taken. I've always felt a responsibility in my life to shield others from pain, to the point of putting their burden on my own shoulders. Their pain becomes my own, but their triumphs sweet for me as well. A client and friend of mine once said that oftentimes you can see that I want my clients to achieve their goals even more than they themselves do, and that energy is inspiring and motivating.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ, ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ง๐š๐ค๐ž๐. ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ 2 ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ง๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ...๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ.

I thought so many times about getting a tummy tuck, but struggled after so many years of talking about what a mistake my first plastic surgery was, that I felt ashamed...and again, alone in my misery, yet putting on a happy face for my clients and followers.

In 2022 I got ballsy though.

I realized early in the year that life is short.

Risks are worth taking.

Rewards are worth reaping.

My husband and I made a swift decision to move our family from New York to Florida and start a new adventure that would challenge us all in different ways.

When I arrived, I realized I needed new bathing suits, and for the first time in years, I felt like my belly looked so bad that I needed to cover it up with one piece suits.

It got me's time.

I set my next several months up in my business so that I could continue Coaching without issue, and have ample time for recovery from a tummy tuck.

I did my due diligence and found the perfect surgeon. My surgery went amazingly, and I am slowly getting back to workouts after only 4 weeks. This was exactly what I needed to close a chapter in my life and look forward with excitement again. I have let go of my shame, and the support has been awesome.

I am always reminded that my transparency will always benefit others. My story will always be an inspiration to someone who is going through what I am dealing with.

I believe that being in the trenches with my clients makes me relatable and trusted. My work ethic is apparent and appreciated.

My view that the journey never ends and should be enjoyed along the way is important. These years go by faster and faster it seems, and you might as well live with Energy, Confidence and Strength. Be Empowered. Surround yourself with people you aspire to be like. Take risks. Reap rewards. Get a Coach to guide you in the right direction and to help you remove the barriers to success.

๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ 1-5 ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

I know that i๐–ฟ ๐—‰๐–บ๐—‹๐—๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—†๐—’ ๐—Œ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—’ ๐—๐–บ๐—๐–พ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‹๐—Ž๐–ผ๐—„ ๐–บ ๐–ผ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–ฝ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐— ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž, then my sharing has been worth it. ๐–จ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—…๐–ฝ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—„๐—‡๐—ˆ๐— what resonated...which feelings or experiences.

๐–จ'๐—† ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ...๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐–บ๐—Ž๐—…, and would love to know how I can help you avoid the same mistakes and pains.

If this post is speaking to you, and if you are a goal-getter woman over 40 who wants to break through your weight loss plateau to see immediate and long-lasting transformation into a stronger, tighter and more toned version of yourself so that you regain your energy and confidence, and enjoy life without restriction, regret and frustration....

Then let's get your eyes on the details of my 1:1 Coaching Program, Empowered Fitness Mastery... You must be super special and someone who I would work well with if you stuck around to read all of my story!

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