This is the 2nd post of the 100 pound CrossFit Weight Loss Challenge. Today you’re going to hear directly from Beth.
Below are Beth’s words:
Writing this background I feel is important because it helps explain how I got to where I am today and I believe that emotional struggles definitely play a key role in my weight gain. The important part of this is that I have been able to get through the difficult times and now have wonderful children and an amazing husband and supportive family to enjoy. The difficult part is over the years I have put all things before my health and now I feel like I have a huge mountain to climb in order to get to a healthy place. That is quite overwhelming and it’s always on my mind.
Growing up I have always struggled with weight. I played all the sports and was always active and it never seemed to make me fit. During college my weight went up more and then back down a few years after college. The thought of being heavy was always an image and thought in my head no matter what size I was.
As much as I worked out and ate well, nothing really happened. I am sure all the beers my friends and I were having through the week and weekend didn’t help!
Four years into marriage, we decided to start trying for kids. Well nothing happened for almost a year. After going to the doctor we were told there was a 2% chance of having kids on our own and that we needed to go through IVF. This began the emotional roller coaster.
We began the regimen of daily medicine, shots in the belly, lots of doctors apps for tracking the whole process and surgery’s just to get pregnant…who knew!
All of this happening while keeping it a secret from the world. Too many emotions to handle and too many ups and downs. First round was unsuccessful, second round worked but then had a miscarriage, third round happened about a year and a half into it, 3 surgeries later, lots of weight gaining hormones later and we were expecting twins!!
Eight long months later after experiencing every pregnancy side effect, the girls were born a month early. The next few weeks were spent in the hospital for all of us. We were happy to be healthy and home after those unexplainable long few weeks.
A lot happened in a short time after the girls were born. After a few months of recovering from a C-section and just the life change of taking care of two new borns, we decided I wouldn’t go back to my 9-5 job. I decided to become a Realtor and find a broker to work with. This was a challenge and I was really proud the day I passed the exam!
We made many changes and sacrifices to our daily life in order to support the absence of my paycheck from my 9-5 job. It was the best sacrifice we could have made because now I was licensed in something I had wanted to do for years and I now got to be a stay at home mom.
Each day I found myself sitting on the couch watching tv, doing work, or having friends visit while I was home with the kids. Before I knew it, I had gained 40 lbs!
I had tried a few diets along the way but nothing was working.
Six months ago we joined Fortune Builders and started our own Real Estate Investing company. I am the one in charge of 95% of it because my husband is still working his 40 hour a week job. This is extremely exciting and scary at the same time. I have been working day in and day out, not sleeping more than 3 or 4 hours a night, not really exercising besides house work, and trying to keep up with life in general.
I am proud of how we are raising our kids, proud of how clean we keep our house and keep up with things, proud of the marriage we have and the sacrifices we make for each other and our family, proud of starting a business and the work I have accomplished so far as a Realtor, but I have failed so miserably at my own health!
What is the point of working so hard for all of this stuff if I won’t be around to enjoy it???
Thanks to meeting Joe Bauer (not even in person…just online) he has already helped me more than any other trainer or diet coach I have ever worked with. The difference is that Joe has a heart made to help people and really cares! I am so thankful for him and it has only begun.
It hit me today that I am the only one that can actually make the difference. I am ready and committed to change.
A month ago I took my last sip of alcohol, today I start the Whole 30 challenge and start training for my first 5K!
This is not going to be easy but it’s worth it!
I need to keep being inspired by others and I hope to inspire some of you out there.
To a healthy, enjoyable, honest life…day by day, one foot in front of the other,
If you have any questions for me or Beth, or just some words of encouragement please add them to the comments below.