As Lauren celebrates six years with me, I couldn’t be more proud of her. She continues to amaze me, and I’m so happy she’s sharing her inspirational story:
When Tanya first asked me to write about my “transformation” over the past 6 years, I didn’t know what I was going to say.
I mean, I’m me.. Right? I’ve always felt like relatively the same person so when people start commenting on the “major” changes you make in your life, it can catch you off guard.
Today is my 6 year anniversary working for Tanya Boyd & Associates. I started working here as a bright, ambitious 23 yr old. When I started working for Tanya, I was working out with a trainer about 3x a week. I thought I was in decent shape and knew the basics about eating well. Fast forward 2 years and I was pregnant. That was my first eye opening experience on the impact food had not only on my life but on my children’s as well. After my daughter was born, I worked out some and before I knew it, 16 months later, I had not one, but two beautiful little girls. To say I was busy was an understatement. I had put my body through a lot and gave up as far as losing any baby weight went the first 6 months of her life, using nursing calories as the best excuse out there to indulge. It started to affect how I saw myself, making me even embarrassed to have my picture taken with my children. That weighed on me the most, more than the actual pounds I was carrying around.
When my youngest was 7 months old, I started CrossFit and it was hard. Really hard. I was questioned by some if it was too much too soon, “you’ve just had a baby” “9 months up, 9 months down” but it was so much more than that. I was a mom to two small children, working a full time job with little help and working out became my sanity.
Soon, I found myself go from saying “I can’t do this” to “I got this.” I started to believe in ME again. Instead of building myself with self doubt, or getting stressed when the going got hard, I found myself pushing through with a determination and resilience I hadn’t seen in myself in a long time.
Whatever it is, from lifting over 200 lbs, to handling the individual department during open enrollment, or dealing with trying 2’s & terrible 3’s AT THE SAME TIME, I know I can handle whatever life throws at me.
Becoming healthy on the outside became about becoming healthy on the inside. I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been. I know more about food and the way it impacts my body. Every bite you take is either feeding your health or harming it. You decide & that’s powerful.
I work out now about 5x a week and it is something I truly love. I feel more productive at work, more confident in myself & my abilities in all areas of my life. I am also setting a positive example for my two young daughters to follow.
Just because you’re busy or bigger than you’ve ever been, it’s never too late to change the course of direction in your life.
The smaller clothes, the muscular build, are great but what I’ve gained on the inside and the way becoming healthy has impacted my life makes those benefits just side effects.
I am thankful I work for someone who believes in promoting health & wellness, who sees the value it has added to my life which in turn makes me a better employee & person. It’s a full circle, and this one works.