Hi! I am Elizabeth! I am a 36 year old Wife, Mother to 2 and Step Mother to 3, but I claim them all. In the last 10 years my life has been completed turned upside down and inside out but I wouldn't have it any other way. My life change truly began almost 8 years ago with the birth of my daughter. I was a shy, soft spoken house wife that never rocked the boat. I allowed myself to be told what to do, how to do it and allowed myself to be manipulated and walked upon. I lacked a backbone but I had a really big wishbone. I knew I wasn't living the life I wanted nor deserved. When my daughter was born she fell ill within 10 days of arriving into this world and her illness was ultimately caused by staying in a situation for far too long. The guilt that I harbored because I felt like I allowed it to happen to her was all consuming and I knew I had to make a change. I was told I would never make it on my own, I couldn't do it, that I was stuck and that was just life. I was belittled and worn down. I lost myself. For months I would run because that was my only outlet. My weight was the ONLY thing I had control over. I would have tears streaming down my face as I ran even harder trying to figure out how I was going to make this leap of faith. Once I started believing it was going to happen, it did just that. Doors starting opening, a place became available to move into, a job presented itself to me and the positivity just kept flowing. I had a job that I lacked passion for but it was moving my big picture dreams along so it worked. It eventually led me to my meeting my husband and a move from my home state of Georgia to Tennessee.
When we moved to Nashville I was looking for a way to get healthy while sitting at an 8 hour a day desk job that left me completely drained. Upon our move I committed to a kickboxing membership for 9 months. It was a huge financial commitment and trying to find the time to get to class, work full time and be a present mother and wife posed as a challenge. My time was extremely limited and my weight was going nowhere. In order to have the endurance to make it through one kick boxing class I would eat an entire pizza before class! Frustrated at my lack of results I stumbled across a woman's page on Facebook I watched her for weeks before I contacted her asking for her help. I didn't know what she did but she was in amazing shape and she was a present mother and wife. She traveled, spent time with her friends and family and above all she exuded happiness and confidence. She invited me to her online accountability group and ask that I commit to her 21 days. 21 days of following a simple thirty minute a day workout, follow a portion control meal plan and add superfoods into my diet. After just sinking as much money as I had into the kickboxing membership I was hesitant to try something else that I might fail at. But, I figured I could totally commit to 21 days, so I did! I started to really understand my relationship with food. I began to pay close attention to what I ate and how it made me feel. Because I was hesitant that I may fall short on my commitment to finish the program I decided to hold myself accountable on social media. I showed up every day, sharing my strengths and struggles. Sharing my food and my workouts and how I was progressing. After I completed the program I felt so amazing, I never quit sharing. I had friends and family coming to me asking what I was doing and I was so confident in knowing that this program worked that I started hosting my own accountability groups and asking people to join me.
In sharing my journey and encouraging other women I was able to quit my desk job. A job that I felt took me away from being a present Wife and Mother. I wasn't living to my full potential and this has given me the opportunity to do just that. I love that I am now able to pay my experiences forward and help others who stand in their own shadows that want to rise above where they are. I am a health and wellness coach working on a better inside and out and would love to help you.
I was that Mom. The one that stood over the trashcan shoveling the kids left over mac and cheese and chicken nuggets into my mouth as fast as possible. As long as it wasn't on my plate it didn't count right? I was also that Mom that thought that Lean Cuisines were life. In true Elizabeth fashion I would add an additional heaping mound of cheese and added salt! And I considered myself healthy. My main source of exercise was pounding the pavement and I hated running with a passion but its all I knew to do. I was also a smoker and a pretty heavy drinker. I was masking my personal and emotional issues with the only thing I thought I could control and that was my weight. I was an unhealthy skinny. My lowest adult weight was 128 but it wasn't a good look for me. It was a squishy skinny.
I continued on that path for years. After trying gym memberships, group classes, fad diets and diet pills I was perusing my Facebook feed and came across a post that a friend of mine had liked. It was a picture of a woman in a bikini with some killer abs and a very genuine smile. I curiously checked out this woman's page until I realized I was looking to her page for motivation and inspiration every day. After weeks I finally worked up the courage to email her and ask her for help. We talked about my current eating, exercise regimen and mindset. She shared with me what she did and invited me to join her and give it a shot for 30 days. So I committed to it. Knowing my past track record with seeing something through, I shared my journey on social media to help me stay accountable. After 30 days I couldn’t believe how much better I felt.
I was eating more then I ever had before, my energy was up my inches and weight were does but most importantly I finally felt confident again. I felt good in my own skin. Sharing my experience on social media led others to ask what I was doing, so I paid it forward just as my coach had done for me and invited these women to take part in something I KNEW worked. The most important part about your health and fitness is to realize that it is a journey will peaks and valleys. Its never ending and takes ongoing effort, self love and consistency. I began drinking Shakeology and didn’t have that afternoon slump like I used too. I used to take a nap every afternoon while my kids slept. Shakeology also helped me jump start my weight loss and shed the rest of the pounds.
I had this mentality of "I am a mom now, this is my size, this is my life" I remember purchasing that suit in the lady's section of the department store...not the misses. I also fed myself lies that I could never have a strong cut body. I had been a swimmer all my life with broad shoulders and big arms. And the thought of defined abs? Pfft. Dream on.
Everything you do takes time whether it's moving you in a good direction or a bad one.
But when I finally committed to myself that I COULD literally do anything I went after it and I never stopped. It's not a destination, there will never be a finish line when I can sit back and go back to my old ways and keep the same lifestyle I have now.
I am here to tell you there is a happy medium, a balance. It takes patience, persistence and taking action.
I am a self love solider. Not interested in a size or a number, but feeling strong, capable and HAPPY.
I am looking for WOMEN ONLY.
Women who want to transform their bodies, their mindset and their health. You will be provided a 30 day meal plan, superfoods, workouts to follow that can be done anywhere, recipes, daily challenges and you will be provided daily accountability, motivation, fun and prizes.