My name is Colleen Myers, and I’m a 29 year old female from Boston, MA.
About a year and a half ago, I had reached the low point in my life, physically. Throughout the fall and winter of 2012, I underwent treatment and surgeries for melanoma. I was fortunate to have caught the cancer very early before it spread, but the surgeries to remove it all and rule out any metastases hit me hard. I wasn’t able to work out at all for 6 months — not that I was the picture of fitness before all this, mind you, but the surgeries and aftercare made walking even a few city blocks painful. I found myself giving into depression and trying to sooth my emotions with food. For the record, it didn’t work!
When I went in for my annual physical in February of 2013, I was absolutely horrified by the number on the scale. I’m still not comfortable publicly sharing that number — it’s a goal to one day be happy enough with my progress that I can post where I began. Suffice to say, it wasn’t a number I expected to see, despite how poorly I had been treating my body. I knew that I needed to make a change.
In March of 2013, I started taking classes at Studio Poise in Lynnfield, MA. I didn’t know it when I walked into my first class, but it was about to become a major turning point in my life! The studio offered a huge variety of classes — mat pilates, barre, Zumba, yoga — but more than that, it also featured some of the most supportive and friendly instructors and fellow students! I was hugely self conscious at first – emphasis on the huge. I looked around me and saw girls in their Lululemon pants; I could never fit into those, so I was in my XXL Target gear. I very quickly realized that no one cared how I was dressed or what size I wore. We were all there for the same reason: to work toward better versions of ourselves.
It’s now been just over 14 months since my first class. In that time, I have lost 54 pounds and 42 inches. I now not only fit into those Lululemon yoga pants I envied so much – I had to size down when the largest size got to be too big! I was so happy with my progress, but also frustrated that I seemed to have hit a plateau.
Enter Beachbody. I know that this company gets a bad rep — pushy sales tactics are a turnoff, and I resisted for a long time for exactly that reason! But once I gave the products a try, I realized that I had found something that could work for me as a complement to the studio I loved so much. Adding Shakeology into my diet for the past month has helped to cut down on cravings and keep me on track throughout the day. I’ve stopped drinking coffee (from a 2 or 3 a day habit!) and have dramatically reduced my sugar intake. I also added in the PiYo program to supplement my workouts at the Studio. I am not someone who can get up and drive to a gym or to a fitness class, but PiYo has been just the right fit for me to do in the comfort of my own home before leaving for work in the morning.
So, that’s me. Over the next few posts I’ll explain why I decided to start blogging as an additional tool in my transformational journey. I’ll cover the types of content I hope to publish here, and I’ll let you know a bit more about me.
Thanks for joining me on this journey! What brought you to my blog? What would you like to see here for content?