Transformation Tuesday - Cheerleader

As we approach our first year of homeschooling, and as I delve further into the gifting and calling I feel God has given me regarding writing ... I've had to evaluate my time.

While many cite lack of time as a reason not to become a Beachbody coach, I'm going to own that I do not want to prioritize my time with this endeavor. It wasn't an easy decision! Of COURSE I want to help people; that's what the best coaches do! However, the more I've prayed about it, the more I feel God is telling me He wants to use me in a different way.

So. I will no longer be a Beachbody coach. It sounds so much like quitting, and in many ways it is. So I've decided instead of being a coach, I'm going to be a cheerleader ... because in all honesty that is more what I feel like anyways!

In leaving this position, I have a few things to say about Beachbody. Yes, it is a brand. Yes, they practice both infomercials and multi-level or layer or whatever-that-L-stands-for marketing. I don't know if you've noticed, but that's becoming the way of things. And while I don't feel that I'm that type of business person, I know for certain that it is a model that works well for many many people with minimal initial cost.

Their products work. That's flat out a fact. A year ago, I had given up on myself and just decided this was, in fact, middle age. I had counted points for ages, I walked as much as I was able, even walking inside. I had the nicest jogging stroller money could buy. So I finally just decided I was going to do what I could and make peace with my body. That is, until my triglycerides came back elevated.

Me last summer ... willing to be silly, feeling an uneasy peace with my body
Um, hold the phone - I have two little girls I would like to watch grow up! We love backpacking! I need to be healthy! There has to be another way. Long story short, I found Beachbody and the 21 Day Fix program (and later Hammer & Chisel) and now I'm in possibly the best shape of my entire life.

I'm more confident, my back doesn't hurt, my posture is better, I don't have to tell the girls we can't do something just because of physical limitations on my part. I'm confident. I feel fantastic. I can't wait for my next blood draw, because I am certain it will be a great report!

I can't even FIND a selfie from last year - me about to enjoy a healthy, unsweetened cup of relaxing tea
So while I'm quitting coaching, you'll find I'm going to be one of Beachbody's "biggest" cheerleaders. When I get bored and need a new workout, you better believe that's where I'll be looking. My coach has been so awesome - she is truly a servant. If you need a program, I will put you in touch with her AND I'll join you in your challenge group! I'm not quitting accountability. I'm not quitting portion fixed clean eating. I'm not quitting my workouts. I'm just spending more time on educating my girls and on honing my writing (more about that on Friday).

I'm not afraid to be seen in a swimsuit - good thing because these girls love to swim!!!
Seriously - anything that can get a 37 year old woman with legs as white as mine into size 8 shorts ... chasing after a 2 year old and a 4 year old gleefully rather than begging them to stop so I can catch up ... that's not something I'm going to be quitting on anytime soon. My reasons for becoming a coach still remain, I'm just choosing to prioritize my time differently. I'm definitely still here for anyone who needs ideas, recipes, accountability, or simply to bemoan the fact that sugar is so addictive. I know, sister. I know. I can still be your cheerleader too!

My first pair of shorts in FIFTEEN YEARS!