I wanted to share my story with you and my journey so far. As a child and a teenager I just loved to eat. I also loved to be an emotional eater. I would eat when I was happy, when I was sad, when I was bored…whatever I was feeling- I would eat through it- and it was usually sweets! LOVE SWEETS! Things did not start to change until after I stopped cheering and working out like crazy in college. I met my future husband and was happy and was so concentrated on school. The weight started to creep up on me after I had 3 months of a medication to help with the horrible pain I was having due to endometriosis. That medication made me gain 30lbs in 3 months. It was so devastating. I was so down and upset about the weight gain, but really just ate even more to cover up my feelings about the whole situation. After graduating and then getting married, with many failed attempts at working out with my Denise Austin DVD’s and running once in a while, I was still unhappy and couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing weight. In August of 2005, less than 3 months into being married, we found out we were pregnant with our little man Giulio Schall! Over the moon excited! He was born March 23, 2006. Well, in August again, I found out we were expecting again. Anella Rose was born March 20, 2007. And just for fun- we found out AGAIN- in August we were blessed with a 3rd baby on the way. Antonia Grace was born March 13, 2008. Who in their right mind could even begin to think about themselves and take even 10 minutes to go for a walk and not shove whatever was available in their mouth for 5 seconds while no one was screaming! I ended up having a second kidney related surgery and then got very serious about my eating. I was fed up with my habits and how I looked to be perfectly honest. I was embarrassed. I wouldn’t want to see my family for fear of the comments they would make and I felt not very beautiful for my husband and wanted to always be my best for him because he has given me so much. So, I got very serious a worked with a food plan that helped me drop 60lbs in 3 months. I was on top of the world about my appearance, but I was still obsessing over food. Food I “could have” and food I “could not have.” As soon as I stopped eating so rigidly, I slowly gained the weight back. So here I was with feeling like I had nowhere to turn. I thought having a lap-band surgery would change everything. It didn’t! I might not be able to eat meat and bread like I could, but guess what I could eat and not have any problems with… you got it- SWEETS! Anything and everything! I tried everything it seemed. All kinds of diets from books, Pinterest, meeting with programs… you name if- I have tried it. Then my old roomie from college said that she was going to be starting P90X3. I have heard stories about this workout and I was scared! She put me in touch with her cousin, who is a coach for Beachbody. Her name is Allyson and she helped me in every way possible and I will forever be grateful and in debt to her! I ordered P90X3 and let me tell you that I was a mess doing this workout. But then something happened. I got better and I could get through the workout without stopping. My eating changed somewhat, but not really. Then I had to have a hysterectomy so everything was put on hold for 6 weeks. During that 6 weeks, I really missed working out and got a feeling that there are people in this world who would give anything to workout and cannot for many reasons and here I am in a self-pitty party saying that I will do it tomorrow or I am just too tired or it will never work so why even try! Boy was I wrong! I joined another challenge group with Justin, my husband, and we helped each other get in our 30 mins every day! I stopped eating at night or not eating all day thing that I would do and then just eat dinner and be starved! I started eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and working out! My cravings for sweets took a few days to go away, but it did and I couldn’t believe it! My whole outlook on food and exercise and health in general has changed! I lost 20lbs my first 30 days and I can now say that my goal was to be a total of 30lbs lighter for my brother’s wedding- AND I WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never thought I could do it! My whole life has changed and we are making changed together as a family too! I want to be educated and be a role model for my family so they can do the same for their families someday. I know that if I can do it- ANYONE can! This is why I have decided to become a coach! I want to help others, but at the same time, my team will hold me accountable too! I am right there with you all in the struggle and know what this feels like on both sides! I also learned that if you get off track that not all is lost, just jump back on that train and ride it out! People make mistakes and the best part is that you can learn from those mistakes. And you do not have to be perfect in any way, shape, or form because none of us are! It’s been a great ride so far and I am looking forward to the rest of this journey!