Transformation Tuesday: The Purpose of IntentionallyFit

First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your health and fitness journey, allowing me to speak into your life, and pushing me to become a better coach. I am honored that you are here.

I want to share a little bit of the how and why behind IntentionallyFit. To do this, I will need to travel back a bit and share some of my story with you.

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This is me on my 30th birthday. It’s the best picture, really. I had a three year old son and a 1 month old daughter. I look back on this picture with mixed emotions. I LOVED becoming a mom. I loved having a family (still do, in fact!), but I was so unhappy with me. Fear, insecurity, and an overall sense of shame for WHO I had become, or let myself become plagued me. I was depressed and really unhappy. This all came to a head in the most inconvenient of places, a dressing room at Target.

The summer after I turned thirty my little brother got married. I was in his wedding. The dress was a size 16. If this wasn’t enough, I had absolutely no shorts to wear, in public anyhow. I took my babies with me to Target and proceeded to try things on. The only pair of shorts I could squeeeeeeeeze into were size 15, and that was with the lay down, hop around, stuff myself in dance. So, right then and there I fell apart, with my two kids just staring at me, trying to figure out what was wrong with Mommie.

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To make a long story short, I later found Beachbody in a hotel room on the way home from that wedding. I started Power90 at the beginning of January. I worked hard. Sometimes the logistics of exercising with a 4 year old and a nine month old required some creativity, but I did it. I didn’t know it then, but I was drastically changing my health and not just a diet, but a real lasting lifestyle change. During this time period I learned that health and fitness is not limited to just the physical aspect, but includes mental, emotional, and spiritual areas as well.

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I say all this to tell you. I know how hard it is to change your life. I know how hard it is when nobody is helping and people are criticizing instead of encouraging. I know how hard it is when the kids are begging for attention and all you want to do is sleep (well, after you stuff a big burger or enchilada down your throat). We didn’t have coaches then or challenge groups to help. I don’t tell you this to get pity, but so you know it can be done. You can do it. I know it, because if I could with nobody helping, then you DEFINITELY can because I will help you every step of the way. I will be here for you. I will encourage and not criticize. I will cheer you on, but you still have to do the work. I can’t do that part, but I know you can. Join one of our Challenge Groups and get started on your own journey!

 

P90, The On Switch, and Why It’s Close to My Heart

Almost ten years ago I embarked on my own personal health and fitness transformation. It started almost nine months before the actual “work” that changed me, but it included an infomercial and something called Power 90. It was the first Beachbody program I ever completed, long before P90X, Insanity, and even TurboJam. If you know my story, you know it started with an emotional breakdown in a Target dressing room and ended with the completion of the now famed Power 90 almost a year later. (Click to hear more of my story).

The original Power 90 program had two discs (or VHS tapes!) It included Sweat 1 & 2, Sculpt 1 & 2, Sweat 3 & 4, Sculpt 3 & 4, and Ab ripper 100 & 200. Included was “Michi’s ladder” which was basically a chart of foods, the higher the food was on the chart the better. This was it. No fancy equipment, no crazy jumps, no specific meal plan, no amazing Shakeology, and definitely no convenient little measuring buckets. It wasn’t fancy nor was it catered to variety, but it was effective. How do I know? I went from a size 15 to a size 4 in those 90 days. It WORKED because I WORKED. In fact, when I met Tony Horton and thanked him for changing my life this is exactly what he said, “YOU did the work.”

So, even though I’ve moved on to bigger more complex programs, Power 90 holds a special place in my heart. So, imagine my excitement (and a little sadness) when I heard they were “reworking” Power 90! Recently, Tony Horton went back to the table and revamped Power 90 into a completely new BEGINNER’S program called P90. It is a 90 day program designed to ease beginner’s into a healthy lifestyle. It’s made on purpose to guide people new to exercise. It’s the “on switch” for people who want to make a change and don’t know how or are not ready for huge commitments of extreme programs like Insanity, TurboFire, or P90X.

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Maybe you feel like I did while I was crying in that dreaded dressing room with my babies wondering what was wrong with their Momma. Maybe the doctor has told you that you need to make some changes and do it sooner rather than later. You might just want to be able to climb the steps without stopping and gasping for breath. There’s a possibility you just want someone who knows how you feel and how to climb up out of that pit. I can be that person for you. I lived these things, I felt the same way, and I can help you work your way out of that pit. Are you ready to make some changes? Message me to get started by talking through your goals and finding out if P90 is the right fit for you.