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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