My journey hit a crucial step when I was introduced to Beachbody by a very dear friend, Rebecca. She wanted me to try her Challenge Group out, using T-25. The first T-25 workout I did, I goofed and did the Beta version, not the Alpha (Alpha is basically introductory, Beta is the more difficult for those who have mastered Alpha…). I completely struggled to get through this workout, and I very distinctly remember muttering to myself about how Rebecca is completely crazy if she thinks I can do this – and then I laid on my carpet for a good 10 minutes, completely drained, and barely able to move…
When I discovered my error, it took a few minutes, but finally I could laugh it off. “Okay, so lets start with Alpha and see if THAT one won’t kill me”, I thought. I actually enjoyed T-25 after that. It is challenging but that’s what I need. You can’t have change without challenge!
Then Rebecca suggested I try Shakeology. She had been drinking it for a while and she couldn’t speak more highly about it! I’ve never been one for “health” shakes or supplements, but her opinion greatly matters to me, and I figured, based on some of her friends’ testimonials about how it helped them with their various health issues, it felt like I had nothing to lose. I was VERY clear with her about how I wouldn’t endorse, or promote, or talk up this “health shake”, until, and only if, I felt it was helping me. I made no secret about this, but I was totally willing to give it a real shot.
I simply do not associate my name with things I don’t believe in. I don’t associate myself with something unless it’s up to my standards. I won’t just sign my name to anything – the same has always been true in my professional life, as well as my personal life. I would like to believe in my authenticity and my ability to keep it real. This is important to me. I would like to keep my credibility intact, of course!
So, I gave Shakeology a try, and I liked it. In full disclosure: the flavors took me a couple of days to adjust too, because they can sometimes come across very sweetly. But I decided to stick with the shakes, because they seemed to be helping my junk food cravings, helping my energy and focus, and all sorts of other good things. I was enjoying, and embracing these changes.
So then she suggested I become an Independent Beachbody Coach just to save a little money on my monthly shakes. And again, I was very clear with her that (at first) I had no interest in coaching, no interest in really sharing my story, and no interest in taking on how to help other people (because again, I was still feeling like my OWN health wasn’t where I wanted it to be, and I felt like if you are going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk!). She was gentle in reminding me that everyone is still working on their own journey; that never changes. You get better, and healthier, but your journey is ongoing – to maintain, to get to an even better level, to crush even more goals. And I realized she had a point so I decided to baby-step my way in. Lucky for me, I have an awesome team who has been very helpful in anything I could possibly need!
After drinking Shakeology for 3 months, it was time for my next blood test appointment. Now, I usually dreaded these. I won’t lie – I am super critical of myself, and anytime my A1c went up, I would get upset and discouraged. One time, I basically broke my endocrinologist’s heart by bursting into tears when he gave me my results (which had jumped, in my eyes, significantly). I always took the A1c increase personally, not recognizing that sometimes, it just doesn’t matter how healthy you eat, or how often you exercise, or how perfectly you stick to your medicine regimen. Sometimes, outside factors like stress – ESPECIALLY stress – would play the biggest role of all.
I was finally getting my Diabetes under control. It felt good to feel proud of my results, and to have tangible proof that my lifestyle changes were making a difference in my life.
This is what really compelled me to share Shakeology. If I could make even one person’s journey easier and less terrifying – perfect! I know all too well how scary and overwhelming a diabetic diagnosis can be. I am excited to be able to help others, and it feels really good.
Team Beachbody’s products, and their challenge groups, and their coaches’ inspiration and accountability are truly what keep me from giving up and living a mediocre life with crumbling health. We are all in this together, helping each other to get healthy, get in control, and live a better life.
I feel like I’ve come a long way in my confidence, my ability to share, my (hopefully!) ability to inspire and uplift the people I come into contact with. I certainly don’t think I or my health is anywhere close to perfect, but I am doing all that I can to get to the best place I can be. I’ve enjoyed the Beachbody facet of my journey, and truly believe it has made a tremendous difference!