This is me.
Homeschooling mom of 2.
Cheater vegan (100% vegetarian).
Motivator, mentor, coach.
It hasn’t always been easy.
I’d like to tell you a story.
There once was a girl named Dawn who could do anything she wanted and not have to worry about gaining weight. Literally anything – eating Cheetos and cookies, laying around instead of hustling – it just didn’t matter. I grew up naturally thin and never had to give fitness any thought. When I decided to go vegetarian as a teenager, I had to learn more about nutrition to make sure that I was getting enough of the good stuff (like protein and iron), but I still ate more than my fair share of crap and didn’t worry about working out.
And then I got pregnant. Now, pregnancy itself wasn’t a problem for me – with our daughter I only gained 26 pounds, and with our son 3 years later, I put on just 21. With babies comes wonder and delight, but also stress and a big old helping of responsibility. And so bedtime for the kids started to mean relaxing time for me. By relaxing I mean sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine and a bag of chips (or maybe a bowl of ice cream), watching TV until it was time for me to drag my butt to bed.
One day I looked down and I…wasn’t thin anymore. I wasn’t really overweight, but I was definitely heavier than I’d ever been. And I wasn’t carrying that extra weight in a way that was attractive (to me). It was pretty much all belly. And so for a while (and by a while I mean YEARS), I tried to cover it up, to hide that belly. The belly that I told myself was just my new mom-body, that this is what happens when you have kids, that your body changes and, well, that’s a bummer, but you’ve got these two amazing humans in exchange, so suck it up, buttercup.
I felt self-conscious and ashamed of my new body. I used to stand in my closet, disheartened because I knew nothing would fit in a way that made me feel confident. So I bought shirts that I thought were flattering – shirts that were more fitted across the top and looser around the middle. I found a particular style of shirt at Old Navy; it had a v-neck and ruching at the neckline and then it was loose and flowy at the bottom. PERFECT! I bought a TON of those shirts – I had them in every color, long sleeve and short sleeve. I felt most comfortable in them because I felt like I could hide in them. Yep, that shirt, right there. >>>
But those shirts didn’t fix what I was feeling – sad and embarrassed and frustrated and dissatisfied every time I walked into my closet. When I look at those old pictures of me, I don’t really recognize that woman. How I felt about myself is so obvious in the look on my face – I was so obviously uncomfortable and unsure of myself.
One day, I decided that I was tired of being miserable with how I looked and felt – physically and mentally. And so, I made the decision to start working out regularly and change my diet. I bought a few programs through the years – I’m looking at you, TurboJam (bought during a late-night nursing session after watching an infomercial in 2005) and Brazil Butt Lift (purchased – again – after seeing a 3am infomercial while up with a fussy toddler in 2010). Those infomercials made me feel so hopeful – I wanted results like those before and after pictures! But I was missing something – the workouts were HARD, and I didn’t have a support system to help keep me on track. (Don’t get me wrong – my husband was, and is, amazing! But he has loved me at every size, and didn’t have a problem with this new post-baby body.)
I joined a gym, but it didn’t really work for me, for a few reasons. First, it seemed like every time we’d go, the kids would get sick and so we couldn’t go (because of the gym’s no sick kids policy) and then I didn’t want to go – because who wants to deal with 2 sick kids? But second, being perfectly honest with myself, I wasn’t really willing to work that hard in front of strangers. Working out means doing hard stuff – it means getting sweaty and red-faced and sometimes grunting and swearing. Who wants to do that in front of a stranger, let alone a room full of strangers? I mean, I guess some people do, but I suppose I’m too vain to want to look awful or foolish in front of people I don’t know that well (or at all).
I found a free 30 day fitness challenge on Facebook and jumped on it. It had a very clear do-this-every-day type of plan that appealed to me. (And my fantastically supportive husband decided to join me, which was great for accountability!) At the same time, I made some serious changes to the way we were eating, cutting out most refined carbs, ditching soda and sweets. And the pounds started to come off.
I started drinking Shakeology and doing the 21 Day Fix, and I continued to shed weight! I was finally making progress – which was AMAZING, because I thought that I was stuck in that mom-body forever. With the support of my coach – and now my fellow coaches and challengers – I have lost and kept off more than 25 pounds!
I originally signed on as a coach because I wanted the discount (because 25% off of everything is AWESOME!). I decided to become a Coach because I know how hard it is to feel stuck, unhappy and uncomfortable in your skin. I want to empower women – to find their fit and lose their feelings of isolation and embarrassment, to be happier and more confident. In finding my fitness, I found my own strength, happiness, and confidence, and I’m passionate about helping women realize that they’re not powerless and seeing them love their life again. I want to help you POWER YOUR POTENTIAL! It’s there. Let’s find it.
Can you relate to my story? Are you tired of feeling like that? I promise that life can be so much more. Please reach out so you can get started today.