In the spring of 2015, I started out on this coaching journey. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was all about. I knew I felt a strong pull toward it but I couldn’t exactly explain why.
I had fallen in love with a program first. My “rule following” side loved having a schedule to follow. Even though it wasn’t my intention to do this Piyo thing everyday, I found myself following along and doing the workouts as Chalene Johnson was coaching me. At first, this program filled a need for me. I was getting injured over and over as I attempted to train for a marathon. I was frustrated and discouraged. Of all people…me, a Physical Therapist and lifetime runner, should know how to train for a marathon without getting injured!
But I was missing a critical piece, and deep down I knew it. My alignment was key but as my mileage increased, I failed to make time for stretching and strengthening. My 40 year old body was screaming at me and demanding that I make time to do both of those things. So…I completed the program. And this past April I completed a marathon without injury! Now, I was one minute shy of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, my ultimate goal, but my journey and story continues to unfold.
I also noticed, after 8 weeks, changes in my post-4 baby body that I had previously not been able to accomplish without the structure of a program! I was stronger and leaner in my core…my pants started fitting looser and then I noticed my runs were getting faster! There was something to this schedule and program. Hmmm.
So, I signed up to coach. I knew I wanted to help others. Helping others comes easily to me. I do it every day as a Physical Therapist. Actually, honestly, I want to be DONE working weekends. Period. When the kids were little, weekends were easier. No childcare costs and higher pay scale. Now…I am missing games and not home to help get kids to and from practice, etc. My goal is to replace my weekend income so I can stay home and not miss these priceless games! I have not accomplished this goal yet. BUT I will.
A most amazing thing has happened these past few months. I have grown in confidence and passion. This organization I work for stresses three vital behaviors:
– Being proof their products work
– Inviting and sharing your journey
– Personal development
As I started doing these three things every day, I started to grow and change myself, from the inside. I am still figuring out how to set goals and align my actions and decisions around my priorities. I have gained confidence that I could complete a program, start to finish. I have gained confidence in myself and what value I have to offer others. I started to receive feedback and praise and gratitude from friends and family who allowed me to help them. I cannot explain the feeling of joy I felt when my sister told me she is off all stomach meds from drinking her Shakeology AND she can FEEL and see a difference in her attitude and mental health as she has committed to personal development and her own program. I have helped friends lose weight, begin healthy habits, make lifestyle changes all while I am working on my own personal growth and development. I am overwhelmed every day by the personal messages of thanks I receive, the friendships I have formed and the hope for the future that I know is unfolding! I know God is the driving force behind this journey. The push and drive and motivation I feel each and every day I wake up committed to giving back and help others…it must be what it means to live life with purpose and passion.