In mid 2011, three beautiful daughters later, engaged AND a stay-at-home-mom, I was at the lowest point of my life. I was depressed. I hated everything about myself ~ my clothes, my hair, my purpose and especially my body--after having 3 C-sections! I never enjoyed going anywhere as I didn't have the energy to do so. Everyday was a no-makeup, sweats, hair thrown up kind of day. I hated getting dressed, and when I did, it was always layers of clothing that I felt HORRIBLE in!
I was so uncomfortable being in my skin.
It got to a point where I didn't care if life went on, it was bad! So, I decided to step up and try the "working out" thing out at home, because there was no way I was going to step one foot inside a gym.
I bought Zumba on Xbox--failed.
Bought Jillian Michaels, "30 day shred"--failed that too.
Apparently I wasn't ready to change, because it was so easy for me to give up. I wasn't happy about it, but I just didn't have it in me yet. On top of dealing with my depression, my fiancé and I were struggling financially. We were constantly fighting and never really spent anytime together because there was always tension between us. We had a "roommate" relationship than that of a couple that was getting married. I also felt like a failure to my girls. I wasn't giving them the life they fully deserved. They counted on me and here I am disconnected from everything.
By the end of the year, I ended my engagement to the father of my girls, and moved 2 1/2 hours away to live with my parents. I was slowly starting to gain my self-esteem back, and it was the little things like taking a shower, borrowing my little sister's clothes, putting on make-up, taking "selfies" because "Drea" was feeling great! I worked out a few times but it wasn't a real priority. I was "feeling myself" those days, so I didn't worry about being eating healthy or working out. If you ask anyone who know me, I was lazier than lazy! My family is still in shock over how far I have come on my fitness journey so far.
A few months later, my ex moved to Elk Grove, to be closer to the girls. For our daughters sake, we decided to move back in together, but just as room mates. So, I moved out of my parents and into our apartment together, as a family. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for me to fall back into depression again! I spent my days sleeping on the couch, doing as little as possible, while the father of my children did everything while having a full-time job without ever complaining. One day I came across a before/after of a friend on Instagram who had completed "Insanity". Her results were absolutely amazing to me. Her posts were always so inspiring that I immediately jumped on board! From that point, she had introduced me to, "BEACHBODY", the best thing that could ever happen to me, and it changed my life tremendously!
In March 2013, I made a commitment to myself and announced it on my social media for even more accountability not only start but also finish "Insanity". Everyone around me told me I couldn't do it and I would never complete the program--I PROVED THEM WRONG!
In May 2013, I finished my first round and was so incredibly proud of myself. Me, "DREA", just killed the hardest workout put on DVD! I was impressed with my results, but not quite ready to share any progress pictures yet. I did post my workouts everyday since "day one" of my journey. Doing so helped me stay accountable and motivated to keep going. I looked forward to taking those "post workout' pics and sharing them with everyone. I went ahead and completed another round of "Insanity", since I was already familiar with the program, and I knew that it worked. After snapping my progress results from my second round, I was BLOWN AWAY! For the first time in my life, I was able to step out of my comfort zone and post my results on social media (IG) for the world to see. The amount of support and compliments were so overwhelming and inspirational to me, it made me want to dig deeper and see how far I could push myself on my journey. I then went on and completed, "T25", "Hip Hop Abs', and "Piyo". Did I mention that when you complete any "BEACHBODY" program, and send in your results, they send you a FREE t-shirt?! Its pretty awesome and so empowering! I feel like a bad-ass when I wear them.
I feel UNSTOPPABLE!
My transformation so far as been incredible. Everything was slowly starting to fall back into place. I was falling in love again with my with my ex, I was an active full-time mom to my girls, and most importantly I LOVED ME! My family was reunited in 2013, and hoping to make it official soon! (enter wedding bells)
At 33, I finally found my purpose, besides being a mommy of course. My passion for fitness and with everyone's support, especially my coach, Angie, I decided to become a BEACHBODY coach and pay it forward. I couldn't be more happier with life right now and looking forward to what the future has in store for me and our family. If this sounds similar to your story or you can relate, then its time to make that change, it's your turn! Self-love is so important, it's not selfish. You deserve to be the best version of yourself. As a coach, I can help you reach those fitness goals with support, accountability and motivation. If you're ready to take your life back, I would love to help you get started. You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/andrea.tacdol or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would love to hear from you!