I’ve gotten some new followers here and I just thought I’d share my story with you….
I started about 3 years ago when I saw a gross picture of myself. It was supposed to be a happy time at Chuck E Cheese and all I kept thinking of was, “Are you kidding me? Is that how I look?” I looked TERRIBLE!!! Beyond exhausted, my complexion was horrible and I looked all around unhealthy. I felt incredibly insecure and deep down ashamed because I wasn’t taking care of myself the way I thought I ought to be.
After the initial shock was over, I thought “OH HELL NO, WE’RE CHANGING NOW!!!” I asked Kenny if we could could get a double jogging stroller and made a habit of waking up early and going for a walk. No matter what I had going on during my day, I made a habit to go for a walk. When I felt like skipping my walks, I thought of that GROSS PICTURE….and that was all the motivation I needed to get up. The walking lead to running, which lead to running in a couple of 5ks. And for the record, I am not a runner, have never been a runner. – In high school PE, I always walked and would get yelled at because I refused to run. I pushed myself hard because I couldn’t stand where I was but also wanted to see if I COULD DO IT… And I did. Then I thought, if I could do this, why can’t other moms do it too?
One day I saw a post on facebook and it talked about becoming an online coach- helping others, running accountability groups, working from home, etc and I thought, “I have no idea what this is, but I want to be apart of it.” I signed up as a coach with ONLY the strong desire to help people as well as myself. I didn’t have a degree or certification in fitness or nutrition, I was not at my goal weight, I did not know what “Clean eating” was, I had never completed a program from start to finish and the thought of taking BEFORE pictures scared the crap out of me. But, I was willing to get out of my comfort zone to make it happen.
My first few challenge groups were filled with mostly friends and family but as I ran them month after month, I started to attract new people…There were times when I wanted to quit the program, or lay on couch and veg out all day, but I didn’t. I thought, how could I expect my challengers to do this, if I can’t? How can I ask them to do things, when I can’t?
Being a coach didn’t just let me help others, but it helped me stay accountable. It really pushed me to a place I never thought I could get to and it’s all because of the wonderful people who have let be me apart of their journey. I push myself because I don’t want to let them down.
You don’t need a ton of experience, certifiations, degrees, or anything like that (it helps, but you don’t have to have it). What you need, is the desire to help others reach their goal while working on YOURSELF.
If you’re curious about coaching, and how I’ve made it work, let me know. Or if you don’t want to reach out to me, but still want info, check out my link in the bio.