My motivation for leading a fit life wasn’t always what it is now.
At first it was a “looking good” thing. I just wanted to be attractive, comfortable and be able to shop anywhere.
It wasn’t really about what I wanted for myself, it was what others wanted for me.
I remember being teased for what I ate as a kid. I remember sneaking an extra cookie or two for my bedtime snack when my mom told me only three.
As I got older I played sports in school and did well, receiving 7 varsity letters in swimming, softball and field hockey.
I made it to states for swimming and received MIP for hockey. I life guarded and stayed active, but never wore a two-piece or thought I was “thin”.
Once I graduated high school, I packed on the freshman fifty.
I remember it happened overnight.
I couldn’t believe it … I put myself in a local gym and shaped up.
Once I graduated nursing, the weight slowly came back.
I always fluctuated, did fad diets, lost weight, put on weight … it was a never ending cycle.
I met my husband and got married and we found Chris Gray at Breakthrough.
We both wanted to live healthy fit lives together and had thought that Chris and his team had the most to offer.
It changed from wanting to look good, to wanting to live a long healthy life.
My father past away when he was 43, and my maternal grandfather passed at 59. Both from heart attacks and I decided that this was not going to be me.
I started a nutrition program with Chris, learned how and what to eat and workout and did cardio everyday.
I lost body fat, pounds and dress sizes quickly and felt great! So great that I decided to treat my husband and myself to a trip to Mexico and came back pregnant.
I worked out for 7 months of my pregnancy and had a phenomenal experience with my pregnancy and labor.
With the birth of my little girl, life got in the way and we stopped going to the gym.
My daughter will be 2 in December and she gives me the inspiration to stay fit and healthy.
I have managed to still spend time with her while finding time for myself.
As a family, we are eating right and staying active.
I don’t want my daughter to ever struggle with weight like I have. I want eating right and exercising to be apart of her everyday life, not something that I have done in a crazy cycle.
I want to be a role model for her and teach her what good, smart, healthy choices are.
Isabelle is my motivation for changing my life for the better. I would never want her to suffer the loss of her own mother and I want to be there for her as long as a can.
Looking at her is all the inspiration I need to lead a healthy life and with the help of the Breakthrough family I intend to never give up, always challenge myself and live greatly!!