First, A Little Background
I'm Chandra Sullivan. Wife. Mother of 2 rowdy boys. Entrepreneur. Runner. I'm often asked how I got started losing weight. What many don't know is that I struggled for years and years with stop-and-start attempts to exercise, to eat healthier, to get fitter, to feel better about myself. What even fewer know is that I was overweight, bordering on obese, during my high school years. The photo on the left? That's me as a high school junior (1996-97).
I did lose some weight during my senior year of high school, but only because I started eating less (not necessarily more healthy, just less) and working really hard during early morning marching band practice. I played clarinet. ;)
After high school, I moved to England for a few years. Joined a gym there and started to lose some weight and feel pretty great. Not long after I moved back home to the US, I got pregnant. I had morning sickness so badly that I lost 10 pounds before I ever gained anything. That little guy is almost 10 now, and being a new mommy, working full time and having very little support at home at the time, I put weight on and went on over the 200 pound mark on the scale again, despite my stop-and-start efforts at getting back down to my pre-pregnancy weight.
It wasn't until February 2010 that I finally got serious. After an ectopic pregnancy (and surgery) in 2006, then two miscarriages in 2009, I decided I needed to do something about my weight and my health if I were to ever have a baby with my now-husband. Plus, I'd recently stopped smoking cigarettes and started getting just plain disgusted with sitting all day at a desk job with no physical activity to balance out the hours upon hours of sitting, feeling the rolls of fat on my back touching each other, just so uncomfortable!! I was OVER it. I was ready to reclaim ME. I'm *still* on that journey... not where I once was but not yet where I'll be. ;)
And so, with my trusty old treadmill (that I just a couple weeks ago replaced with an upgraded model -- that ol' treadmill sure took a beating!!) and the Couch to 5K app, I took off and have never looked back. Sure, I've had my plateaus, my frustrations, my obstacles, backsliding, falling off the proverbial wagon - still battle emotional eating and junk food cravings - but overall I have made MUCH progress.
Progress I want to pay forward to others struggling with similar obstacles, life stories and circumstances. See, I remember what it's like to be so frustrated, lost, not knowing where to start, how to begin, how to keep myself going. I've experienced so much in these past four years that I'm just bursting to help others through similar situations!! My Facebook fitness group is thriving and lively, I'm amazed at how quickly things are growing with my Independent Team Beachbody Coach business. I don't post the following testimonials to brag in any way, shape or form, because that's just not my style (ask those who know me if you don't!). I post them instead to show you that if you're looking for someone to coach, support, assist or encourage you toward your health, fitness or weight loss goals, I have experience... I care... I want to get to know YOU as a person, not just sell you a product and ship you on your lonesome way with it. I KNOW how hard it is to go it alone, to stay accountable to yourself, to keep promises to yourself... I know how hard it is to beat excuses. BUT you don't have to do it alone!! Contact me and we'll get you going on your way to happier, healthier days.
Also, no matter where you are on your health, fitness or weight loss journey, you too can become a part of the Team Beachbody family as a coach! Ask me how. :)
A good friend of mine wanted to stick with the T25 workout program, and so I offered for her to text me daily to let me know she'd worked out for the day. When I didn't hear from her, I'd text her to check in and see if she'd worked out. The one time she hadn't, she doubled up the following day to make up for missing a day. She wrote all about it here on her blog: Leading by Example and Accountability.
Another friend of mine just recently became a Team Beachbody Coach too (I personally sponsor her!!) and began the new 21 Day Fix workout and nutrition program. She posted this as her status just the other day:
"Day 8, and I'll be honest...I did NOT want to do this today. I had all kinds of good excuses running through my head. In fact, I had pretty much decided, nope, it's not happening today. Then some of the little things Chandra has said to me started getting louder than my little voice, so I got off my @$$ and did it. NOW, I feel amazing, sweaty, and ready for my shakeo. Yay, me!"
Helping hold YOU accountable helps hold ME accountable too. My workout schedule streak now sits at 104 days as of today and I wanna help YOU "streak" too! ;) Now that you know a little more about me, comment below or email me YOUR story, struggles, setbacks and victories. I'd love to hear from you!
Shakeology Turns Five & Strawberry Included in Sampler Pack!
Shakeology is celebrating its FIFTH anniversary this month.
And so... it's PARTY time and you're invited! Team Beachbody is celebrating Shakeology's 5th anniversary with a Twitter party LOADED with giveaways. Wanna join? It's easy!
When? TODAY! Friday March 14th @ 11a PST / 2p EST
Shakeology Shaker Cup + Shakeology Taste Sampler
Shakeology Hoodie + Shakeology Taste Sampler
Shakeology Combo Box
Shakeology Prize Pack (Everything above)
Have you ever wanted to try Shakeology but not sure which flavor you would like? The sampler pack now includes all four flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Greenberry and Strawberry. Its a great way to see which flavor you like best before you commit.
Contact me for how to order a sampler pack from me!
And that concludes this week's #FitnessFriday blog post. I hope you learned something new about me, I hope you'll share something new about you and I hope to see you at the Shakeology Twitter Party later. I'll be there as @motivationspark! Have a happy, fit weekend!!
3/14/2014 05:57:42 am
You are an inspiration! You've been on quite the health and fitness journey and congratulations for meeting your many goals. Great post! Have a terrific weekend.
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