A few years ago I saw that dreaded picture of myself… Reality struck I was over weight and did not like the person that I had become. I knew that I had to change, not only for me, but also my family. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 22 and a few years later found out that I also had hypothyroidism. I also went through bouts of depression, on and off meds for many years. At that point I knew that I had to make a change, a change not only for myself, but also for my family. If we were going at the rate we were, my whole family would have been over weight. As a stay at home mom buying the groceries and just sitting around was not a good example that I was setting for my girls.

We started walking and I started incorporating healthier options for food. I was then given a copy of Slim in 6 and the weight really started coming off. The best part is that my girls joined in with me doing it. They were having fun doing it! I ended up losing quite a bit with that program and I wanted to take it up to the next level. I asked my mom to get me Turbo Fire for Christmas and she did! I totally fell in love with this program and the girls danced away to the awesome music! At that point I also started drinking Shakeology and became a coach to help others like myself. By the time I completed Turbo Fire I was down to what I was before I got pregnant with my last. The best part is that it lowered my blood pressure and I was able to go off my medication!

Then some things happened with our marriage. My husband and I were very close to divorce. I stopped working out. For about a month I hardly ate, did not sleep and I lost 12 pounds in that month, because I was scared to death of losing my marriage. I finally told God that I couldn’t handle it anymore and for him to take care of it. He did just before Thanksgiving. He brought us back together. We are now so much stronger than we were before, because we made it through that.

In that time I also went back to work as a nurse aide, which I had done for many years in the past. I ended up gaining a bunch of weight. I decided to try Insanity this time around to get my husband involved with me. He did great for about the first week and then ended up hurting his knee, but I finished it. I lost almost 10 pounds and 5 inches in just 60 days. After Insanity I decided to try out ChaLean Extreme and got to my ultimate goal weight of 125! I am still continuing on my journey to be the healthiest me that I can be for my family. Sometimes life can be challenging, there will be obstacles and maybe times where you do give up for a bit. But in the end I did not give up on my family or me.