Today is a day to celebrate! June 15th! Two Years since I started my health journey!
June 15th 2016, I was 10 weeks postpartum with baby number 2 (my sweet Riley Paige) and was topping the scales at 210 pounds.
I remember the night before telling my husband I was going to order 21 Day Fix and Shakeology, and oh by the way, I was also going to sign up to be a coach too. My palms were sweaty and I was nervous to tell him. He was definitely supportive (although I'm sure skeptical) but HELLO! Coaches get discounts! And since we were spending on average $500 a month on special hypoallergenic formula for Riley, I knew the discount would speak to him.
I woke up the next morning excited and ready to place my order. I also made an instagram account (@mommyjess_fitness) to document my journey. Which is where I probably met most of you reading this! So many of you have been with me on this journey from the beginning and I am SO SO THANKFUL for you!!
So while I was waiting for my 21 Day Fix package to ship (because this was ancient times before Beachbody on Demand streaming the workouts lololol), I dusted off my old T25 DVDs and pushed play on my first workout of being a mom of 2.
I was struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression and was on anxiety meds. Within days of drinking Shakeology and cleaning up my diet with the 21 Day Fix container system, I felt my anxiety lessening, my depression lifting and I started to feel like ME again.
8 months into my journey and I went completely off my anxiety pills!
Two years later and I am 70 pounds lighter and in so many ways a new person!
There have been ups and downs in this journey, of course! But overall, in the most simple terms...I am just happier. I am a more confident mom, wife, friend and coworker.
It is easier for me to play with my kids, to want to go to work, to be present in my marriage, to go shopping for clothes! I mean I have always dreamed of being able to go into any store and just easily fit into anything I want. My husband and I just got back from Vegas and I wore the kind of outfit I always dreamed of being able to wear on that kind of trip!
Besides the physical aspects of this journey, I now have a relationship with God. Something 2 years ago, I would have never been open to. I absolutely believe He brought this into my life when I needed it the most. The members of the coaching team I joined have a very faith based approach to their business and their lives. And to be honest with you, for months I didn't understand it. I would read their posts on social media and feel honestly confused.
How can they have so much faith?
What do they do to become closer to Him?
We are just so different.
Good for them but it's just not for me.
Until one day I listened to Oprah's Super Soul Sunday podcast and it was with Joel Osteen. This podcast introduced me to his book The Power of I Am. I read this book page by page and with every page my eyes and heart were open. I became excited about exploring my faith instead of afraid or embarrassed! My amazing mentor Jackie then sent me a devotional book and a bible and I have read my devotionals every single day since then. Thank you so much Jackie!
Help Me Celebrate!
So to celebrate my 2 year anniversary, I am doing a giveaway over on my instagram page. Visit me over at @mommyjess_fitness find my 2 year anniversary post and comment on the photo and tag 3 friends to be entered in the giveaway!
If any of this has you thinking your are ready to take the plunge to start your own journey, visit my quick application here so we can get you started on a program that fits with your budget, time and lifestyle!
And finally, if you made it to the end of this blog post. You are my soul sister. The reason I share my journey. The person who just "gets me" and my humor and my energy. I cannot thank you enough for being a support system for me and I am hope that I am the same for you.
Hi! I'm Jess