Those of you who know me or have followed me on this SkinnyMom.com journey for the past five years know I have a difficult past that got me to this exact point today. Every new opportunity that comes my way gives me more courage to share my story, so before I give you the details of my weight transformation (never thought I'd be so vulnerable!), I have some super fun news to share.
I am featured on the December issue cover of Woman's World! This is such exciting news because it gives me a chance to share with you how I beat the odds, realized my full potential, transformed by body and mind and used that experience to help other women.
When you read my story, I think you'll see how my journey has finally come full circle. I started at an incredibly low point of despair and sorrow, but through health, fitness and community have traveled to one of the highest moments of my life.
So here's my story, plain and simple!
Five years ago I was at a point of brokenness in my life. I was a brand new mom going through a painful divorce and I didn't have a job at the time — forcing me to move back into my parents' house.
I had gained almost 70 pounds during my pregnancy. After giving birth to my baby boy, I still wasn't eating healthy, exercising or taking proper care of myself. The depression and anxiety I experienced were so brutal and crippling that I often found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
In a moment of desperation, I reconnected with my faith and made the conscious decision to change my life — not only for myself, but for my son.
I fought through my depression and started working out again and cooking lightened-up versions of some of my family's favorite recipes. I even started a blog called SkinnyMom.com to keep me accountable and hopefully inspire others on their own weight loss journeys.
As time passed and Skinny Mom began to grow, I put together the 21-Day Shred program and it has become a powerful weight loss and weight maintenance tool for hundreds of women around the world. Talk about a dream come true! I have always been passionate about helping women, and now I have this program, a cookbook and a website dedicated to helping women live their happiest, healthiest lives. (Someone pinch me!)
With the Shred, I just have more energy than I used to, plain and simple. I don't know about you, but the fact that I can hit the grocery store with a list ready to go makes my life so much easier. Even now, when I'm in between rounds of the Shred, I still bring that grocery list with me to keep me on track.
The food on this plan is accessible, easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering good. It's a plan that takes the guesswork out of every decision. Even the workouts are laid out for you down to every last detail. I could squeeze them into my busy day and feel like I just spent an hour at the gym, even though I never left my house.
Not only has the 21-Day Shred changed my own life, but it has also helped hundreds of other women to lose weight and reach their fitness goals. You see, our Skinny Mom Private Community is chock-full of other women on similar fitness journeys. We're all in the same boat, following the same plan, and constantly offering support and accountability for one another. The amount of encouragement and inspiration I get from these ladies is so amazing, and it definitely makes the Shred unique.
One of those amazing ladies is my friend Heather, who lost 41 pounds and 23 inches while on the Shred. She expected it to take two years to reach her goal weight, but with the Shred, it only took four months! Check out her seriously amazing before and after:
Heather C. lost 41 pounds and 23 inches:
Here are some more impressive before and afters from other women in the community. (Thank you all for being brave and vulnerable and for totally kicking butt. You AMAZE me!)
Katie M. lost 17 pounds:
Ashlyn M. lost 5.5 inches:
These journeys are just a few of the Shred's hundreds of success stories. My full story is in this month's copy of Woman's World (which is on newsstands now, by the way — go check it out!).
Think you might want to give the Shred a try? You won't regret it. Click here to learn more about the 21-Day Shred and comment below with your story so we can connect!