I am an avid reader and have read many blogs- happy, sad, inspiring, engaging and funny. I am usually more of a fan of the funny because I get a lot of moments of emotions in my life especially with a 2 year old son who cries when I re-fill his water cup because he wants his “old water” from the day before. These kind of things can bring on heavy tears. Sometimes I feel like my 2 year old is going through 13 year old hormone changes but then I remember he is still learning to process emotions and just doesn’t understand them yet. I can totally relate because with my pregnancy hormones, I want to cry about old water too!
I want to share a bit about me. I am an adventure seeker and before I got married and had my son, I pretty much chose every activity that would get the blood pumping through my veins. I have traveled far and wide, zip lined on Catalina islands, gone scuba diving in Dominica (island in the West Indies), taken ceramic classes on a watercolor tour of the countryside in Japan, spent 2 weeks in San Miguel Mexico getting to know the culture, and other adventures that will always be treasured memories. I have also been into rock climbing, surfing, skydiving (not my fave), and snow/ice hiking to name a few. I don’t really like to turn down adventures because I have always had this zest for life and passion for feeling alive.
Fast forward about 4 years later and I am a stay at home mom this year with my 2 year old son and another baby on the way. I am now taking a one year break from my teacher/behavior specialist job I have had for 16 years working with children with Autism so that I can spend more time with my son as he had a speech delay. If I could help ALL of those children over ALL of those years, why can’t I help my own son?!
I made up my mind when I was driving home from work after a late meeting and realized with my busy schedule I couldn’t get my son to Early Intervention play groups or home in time for speech sessions. Enter mom guilt…. I felt sad and helpless because I couldn’t help myself get healthy and I had no time for my son or family because between work and preparing for the next day, cleaning and doing laundry and still had almost 30 lbs of baby weight to lose. I reached out to a friend who was a Team Beachbody coach and she gave me the low down. In a few months, I lost 25 lbs and fit back into my pre-pregancy clothes and got into a size I hadn’t seen since I was 25! I did this in a super fun way with challenge groups online and met a ton of inspiring and postiive women who helped others reach their health and fitness goals. I found my new adrenaline rush! I sent out a request to my school system for that leave of absence and it was approved. I could now help my son and do what I felt was right in my heart!
I may not be climbing mountains or surfing waves in the Caribbean again, but the absolute joy and excitement I get from helping others is simply amazing. I run my own health and fitness challenge groups including clean eating groups, free fitness challenges and groups for accountability with beachbody programs. I have now developed a TEAM of amazing women who are on the same mission and it is a powerful and encouraging group and run trainings every month. I look forward to connecting with them and helping them develop skills as a coach leading others to live more healthy and fulfilling lives! I also get to spend more time with my beautiful and active 2 year old who holds my heart in his little hands.