I have battled Crohn’s Disease for 20 years. I was diagnosed after having many visits to the bathroom minutes after eating. Bloating, Cramping, Abdominal Pain, Throwing up and loss of energy are all the not so fun things associated with this, not so pretty, Disease. 7 Years ago I met some amazing ladies thru a local Chamber of Commerce. I was there because I had bought a Coffee shop and networking was in “THE PLAN.”
These beautiful ladies taught raw vegetarian eating and I sold $300 worth of patio furniture to join their class. This was the beginning of my Health & Fitness Journey!
I lost 20 pounds and stopped getting my IV transfusions of Remicade (an alpha protein that is 20% mouse DNA) and was dehydrating nuts and fruits thru my 9 drawer contraption on my counter. My hubby had bought this for me~he’s always so supportive of what I do…and I have done it all!! I learned so much about food, how to eat raw, what “mock tuna” was and I started researching food as medicine.
Eventually, making everything with RAW food became very time consuming and due to having to work a ton, as a new business owner, I stopped eating raw. I did not go back to my Crohn’s Meds or see my GI doctor but I did not keep the weight off.
Over the past 7 years, I have tried many different “Diets”…..Weight Watchers, Atkins Diet, HCG, Starvation…You get my point. So the yo-yo story, like most people, happened.
I have stayed in contact with these ladies thru the years. We have become friends and tried a few ventures together. I told you I have done everything!! About 2 years ago, they introduced me to this thing called “Beachbody”. I am thinking -“I am the farthest thing from being a Beachbody!” They started these “challenge groups” and I love competition….so GAME ON!! I participated to the MAX and did well. Oh I sold something to be a purchase my first “Challenge Pack”. I have always been one to do anything I have to, to get what I want!
Lost weight, started exercising regularly at home, learned even more about food, made some more new friends and felt like a NEW me!! These groups are addicting!!
Well, they quit doing these groups for about 6 months and I was very sad!! I felt like I had found my way and now there was no one to lead me. I kept eating pretty good but stopped working out and didn’t feel very good about myself. I tried another “at home” business. Like I needed something else to keep me busy with having a Coffee shop to run! I didn’t like how I felt while doing this side business.
As the first of the Year (2014) approached, they started doing the groups again!! Game On Again!! After having huge success with this new plan I learned, I was BACK!!!
April 25th, 2014 I started my Coaching Career…ironic that it happened to fall on the birthday of the ladies that I started this journey with. Over the past year, I have yo-yoed a bit but my health just keeps getting better everyday. I have dove into researching food and how it affects the body. Clean Eating is my passion now.
This past February, I lost my grandmother, who was very near and dear to me. After she died, I stepped up my Clean Eating and Working out.
I started lifting weights, omitting corn and cheese (I love Mexican food), and decided to sell my Coffee shop to Coach FULL TIME. I sold my shop June 1st…..
Today, 7/9/15~I am still med free. I do have flare ups but they usually from eating too fast, not chewing my food well, eating wheat products accidently or from stress. I can control these things. I have reached my goal weight and continue to work on lowering my body fat % and hope to do a fitness competition someday. This has always been a huge goal for me that I never thought was possible. I know now that anything is possible. I am so excited to share my story to help others live happy, healthier, fuller lives thru clean eating and physical fitness. Thank you for being here!