MEET ERICA

BUSINESS OWNER | BUSY MOM OF 2

I had completed the initial questionnaire about myself and it stood out to me that I really needed this and I prayed I would be selected as one of her pilot program members. I wasn’t sure exactly what to say in some of my answers. I had always battled with food. Never a naturally skinny girl if I was “thin” I had to work really hard at it. After having my first son 5 years ago, then another baby 20 mos later I had pushed myself to the bottom of the priority totem poll. Two years ago I had pulled myself back towards the top and had lost nearly 30 lbs…but decided later that year to have a “third baby” and open up my own small business.

MY BALANCE AGAIN WAS LOST. I WAS STRUGGLING WITH THE BALANCE OF KIDS, HOUSEWORK, RUNNING MY OWN BUSINESS, BEING A WIFE, AND BEING ME. I HAD SOMEHOW MANAGED TO GAIN BACK 20 OF THE 30 LBS I HAD LOST. I WAS SO FRUSTRATED WITH MYSELF AND KNEW I NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I PUT MYSELF OUT THERE AND SENT MY APPLICATION TO AMANDA. I AM EVER GRATEFUL I DID.

In our twelve week program not only did Amanda help me lose almost 20 lbs and 12 inches; she helped coach me through high weeks, low weeks, normal weeks, ho-hum weeks, stressful weeks, and the “jealous that my husband still weighs what he weighed in high school” week. But it wasn’t just about the weight loss... and to be honest only about 10 minutes of our 30 minute phone call was focusing on how and what I ate and what exercise I did in the last week. The rest of the phone call was about helping me find the BALANCE in the other aspects of my life so that I could focus on myself and my health. We worked at pinpointing where the “problem” was that week and brainstormed ways to find solutions.

As an example, week two I set a goal of taking my bedroom back. Sounds simple… and it was… kicked out the kid’s toys, put away some laundry, made our bed daily, a nice clean bedroom… this simple task allowed me to take back some me time and space. Our weekly calls allowed me to find my balance between all of my roles and to prioritize (which not every week was the same priority) so that I could focus on what I wanted to focus on for the week, so that my health and wellness wasn’t what was suffering. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Yes. Did it get easier? Absolutely. I’m now six weeks out from our 12 week transformation and am so happy that I’ve continued my own health journey. What was once hard work towards my goal is now habit. I’m proud to say that at least 3 times a week I’m still exercising… that I’m still losing weight at a rate I’m happy with… and I’m still feeling like I can work to achieve this balance where I’m not at the bottom of the totem pole.

 

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MEET MICHELE 

Busy mom of 1 | educator

A definite shift in mindset that I can embrace now--a result of hard work backed by your steady support. I can do this and I am forever grateful to you for helping me realize that.

Your shot are beautiful and I can see in my eyes the certainty you saw, too. "I've got this" and I thank you for your support every step of the way. xxx M.B."