The above image was a photo taken at Dancing Dogs Yoga-Augusta branch. My heart is singing right now looking at that photo. THAT is ME. That is Yoga. That is is a group of dear people with amazing lives, stories, big hearts. We were sitting around as people strolled in and out of my book launch party that Dancing Dogs Yoga studio (DDY) was super kind enough to host and provide an amazing space, for me, for us.
I got to meet beautiful new people that day. But I got to meet beautiful new people in my entire experience in Augusta this past year (8/2012-7/2013). I have now actually lived in Augusta, GA TWICE. Every time I say the city's name, people from the Savannah area always correct me and say, "you mean DISGUST-a?" Yes. Augusta is not the coolest place on the map. Golf, Masters once a year, YES. There is little else (so I thought). The first time I lived there, in fact, I hated it. Hate is not a word I use often or lightly. I hated my time there. I found depression, weight gain and really a total rock bottom there in that town. But as they say, the bottom is where you need to go to find that God IS your rock.
We moved to Japan after our first lovely visit to drab, unfriendly, grey, boring Augusta. 3 years flew by in Japan and I found out we were going to be taken right back to Disgusta. Yay. Throw a party. But I was determined this time, to make it my own, beautiful, enchanting experience. No matter what I had to do, I was NOT going to sit on the couch, drinking wine and eating burgers being the pathetic excuse of a Mom and military wife I was there the last time. No. This time would be different, I said. And was it ever!
I dove into the local military spouses group and started a fit club. THANK GOD! So many friendly people jumped out of the woodwork!
I was introduced, via the incredible, amazing facebook machine, to Shelly Lowther and was told she had co-opened a new Yoga studio in (drumroll) AUGUSTA, GA! The last time I lived there my excuse for getting out of shape was, "I don't do any other exercise other than Yoga and there is like NO Yoga here so I am just gonna sit on my large butt and let it get larger." No more excuses in that department! I wanted to dive right in, get to know the studio, the community, the teachers, substitute teach there, do workshops, volunteer, ANYTHING. And I did. And they rock. And it was all awesome. It was there they so kindly offered their space to me for my free fit club. AMAZING.
Some of the coolest coaches on my Beachbody-changing the world-one healthy person at a time-team come from the Yoga instructors list at DDY Augusta. I met some of the most quality people there. The other owner, Annalisa....pretty much the rad-est woman of all time.
My gorgeous second experience in Augusta was born through the Yoga studio, DDY. But it blossomed from there. Because of my affiliation Beachbody, I got to meet two beautiful new friends, Debbie and Diane, ride to Beachbody events with them, become close friends and enjoy a new church. I was so incredibly blessed with company and friends in Augusta, my heart simply is exploding with joy, light and gratitude.
I fully intend on visiting this place again. Moving to Savannah just now, I miss Augusta already. My experience with living in a town two separate times, it is a big fat lesson, life is not just what IS, it is TOTALLY what you MAKE it. I made the conscious decision to have a better experience the second time around. And so, Augusta turned into a bright, beautiful glowing world of love and fun. And yes, a huge improvement to the town: a yoga community-was there for me to discover, and also so much more as well. But those kinds of people were always there, I just needed to go out and in with a POSITIVE attitude and mind set made up, and FIND it. Well, I sure did.
I miss you Augusta, I love you ALL. And I will be back soon for visits, you gorgeous city, you!
What drew me to Team Beachbody? It was the fact that my coach did the business and the workouts for not just a good physique but mainly for her MIND. She was wanting to balance out inner health, cholesterol, happiness, mental strength and stability, not just the looking good in a bikini.
I wanted to lose a TON of weight, that is for sure. But more than that, I wanted more strength for my Yoga practice! I wanted to do big, fancy moves that I had never had the strength to do. I wanted to deepen my Yoga practice. I wanted to battle depression and anxiety naturally.
In 2009 I was given a prescription for an anti depressant after I had my first child and I felt anxiety when my husband left for basic training. I could not stop crying and I felt I had little to no support whatsoever, while being a first time Mom with an 11 month old. I needed a routine physical to get onto our new military health care plan. I had expressed my worries about crying and feeling anxiety, looking for more practical advice on say, sleep or water intake, perhaps diet and nutrition. The Doctor handed over a pretty little white slip to make it all go away. I had no idea that the particular prescription she gave me was one of the most addictive and body and mind altering medications known to man and they don't even really prescribe it any more, here just a few years later. I took the slip, I think, and quickly threw it away when a friend told me how hard it was to get OFF this medication. I never intended for that to be my answer anyway, it just didn't jive.
I didn't realize then, but I do realize now in hind sight, I had issues with depression each and every time I quit nursing. NO ONE talks about this! I googled it and there was VERY little information about it online. But massive hormonal changes that take place when nursing and when quitting nursing can bring on bouts of depression and massive anxiety. My first midwife told me that....about 6 months after I had quit nursing. Thank you for her, I knew it was a real thing. But a little late!!!!! I wish I had known to expect it.
The depression seemed to be worse with the second baby. I was almost 200 lbs BEFORE my second child. I knew that was not cool. I was drinking too much and eating whatever was around. So when I decided to have baby number two, I worked out more during that pregnancy and started reading up more on nutrition and wellness through food choices and quality. After my second birth my weight dropped quickly to about 175 or so. I was definitely on the right track. But I wanted more.
I wanted to hang out with people who hiked, bungee jumped, mountain climbed, thought that organic food was essential, not snobby and people who just lifted me higher. I wanted to be happier, inspired, be a better Mom, have a better faith in God and on and on. I wanted it all.
Enter: BEACHBODY. My coach was this skinny little thing. I didn't hate her for it :) BUT I knew she knew nothing about my body struggles that I had had for decades. However ONE thing united us. She told me about her issues with depression and having the blues. When she needed to check her cholesterol levels and keep them in better health, she also wanted to see if daily exercise of this kind might do anything for her mental state. IT DID WONDERS she shared with me. She found answers. AND THAT is why I joined up. I loved everything she so bravely shared with me. It gave me hope. It gave me a plan and a direction.
I do all the many Beachbody videos that I do because it keeps me HAPPY! BONUS: I lost a ton of weight and now see my muscles completely building with the healthiest tone. It rocks the house. We are a team of happy people!!!! No meds needed. I make an incredible income, I am a better Mom, I fit into small jeans I never thought would be comfortable, I go to a church I LOVE, everything is exciting and wonderful in my life now. I have a confidence I never, ever had before.
If you have any interest in talking with me about how my coach and I run our teams and support groups, please contact me! I love talking about it and helping people. JOIN US TODAY!!!!
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