This is a must-read for motivation! This girl is on fire!
How did you get involved with the fitness world?
“My story starts out like many moms who have entered into the new world of mommy-hood and have had to learn how to cope/get acquainted with/learn to love this new “mom body”. For anyone who doesn’t know, besides the many benefits to baby that breastfeeding provides, it also burns up to an extra 500 calories a day for mom as her body is producing that liquid gold. That said, after my first was born, we were the dynamic duo of breast feeding. I, for the first time in my life, was… “shapely” up top and my waistline was shrinking at an incredible rate without any exertion to exercise. Very quickly I was skinnier than when I had first gotten pregnant with him.
Fast forward to baby #2. I’ll spare you the details, but she and I could not continue the hellish attempt at breast feeding and she ultimately ended up on formula…I remember finally going clothes shopping (an endeavor I already don’t enjoy) upon admitting that I would not be occupying my pre-pregnancy clothes anytime soon. To make matters worse, I came home with very little because I refused to buy a size XX (no, that’s not Roman numeral 20, I’m just avoiding putting a number out there as my highest may be someone else’s goal and I’m not here to draw comparisons. And, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter what the number says. Period.) For the next week, I continued to squeeze into what clothes I could and daily reminded myself that this was just what my new body was and I needed to accept it, learn to love it, and move on. (I now know that those were lies numbers 1, 2 and 3.)
I finally put my foot down and decided that i could put my efforts into convincing myself that I was okay like this OR I could redirect my energy to making a change. My husband and I decided we would find a workout program we could do together at home (for some reason he wasn’t interested in doing Turbo Jam with me;). Through the suggestion of a friend, who I sought out and later found out was a fitness coach, we ended up with Focus T25. Through her accountability group that she added me to online, drinking Shakeology and making small changes to my diet, and working out along side my husband for only 25 (difficult) minutes a day, I lost over 5lbs in the first week alone. Because of the ladies in my online accountability group, I COMPLETED 10 weeks of T25, losing over 11lbs and 4 inches off my waist alone. Looking back, buying that workout program and Shakeology, was one of THE BEST decisions I have EVER made in my life. Was it easy? Not even a little. Was it worth it? …If in the same situation, would I do it again? …Would I encourage others to do it? 100% Absolutely. The only thing that has ever changed my life more is my relationship with Jesus.”
How do you feel after starting and living a fit life?
“Less than a year later, I am an active fitness coach myself, running my own business, creating and leading online accountability groups for other women with similar stories. Now, I’m not content, happy, and proud to be skinny. I am content, happy and proud to be strong. To be healthy. To be creating a legacy for my children. To have my own success story. To pay it forward and watch others’ lives change. I coach because I know how scary it is, as a “selfless mom”, to take that leap and invest in YOURSELF. There are days that my 30 minute workout takes over an hour because I have added resistance in the form of a needy 15 month old and a cranky 3 year old. But, it’s still well worth it. It’s worth it when my 3 year sees my workout mat and drops to hold a plank. Moms, they’re watching. It’s worth it when my own sister proclaims her NSV (non-scale victory) in our accountability group about giving each move her all and not giving up. It’s worth it when my parents see the value in Shakeology and my dad drinks it everyday. It’s worth it when women come to me and say “talk to me about what you’re doing, I need this”. Have I mentioned this has changed my life?
Any other factors you want the readers to know; happiness, struggles, etc.
“Focusing on my health and fitness has given me a life I never expected. Not only do I feel better physically (and have a body that I genuinely love), I am amazed at the internal and emotional effect it’s had. I am now stronger in my self-esteem and confidence, something that I’ve struggled with my entire life, and have an incredible sense of accomplishment . I’ve learned that I am worth more than I was giving myself credit for. That I’m worth the time it takes to get my workout in. That taking time to invest in me doesn’t take away from my family, but adds greatness to it. And, as if birthing children wasn’t enough, I learned that I’m capable of so much more than i ever thought.
I don’t ever want any mom to “settle” for her “mom body”. Yes, there’s value in loving yourself and accepting yourself. But, I’ve come to realize that, before I turned to making a change, I wasn’t accepting “myself” in my little pep talks, I was accepting defeat. There’s a difference. I cannot stress this enough. It’s not about being skinny. It’s about taking charge, driving the stake in the ground, taking a stand for your health and making a change. The changes that have happened in me in a matter of months, as a result of me turning to fitness, are changes that seep in and invade every part of my life. I’m more active to keep up with my kids, I’m learning to lead my family in healthier choices, I encourage and bring other women along with me on this journey and rejoice in their successes, I’m setting big goals and chasing after even bigger dreams… It’s not about being skinny, though that’s not all that bad either. Now, bring on Fall, skinny jeans, boots and pumpkin lattes!”
10 week transformation
8 month transformation
Follow her: @ljfisch
***I wanted to share her story and transformation with you because honestly, I have never been the one to believe work out DVD’s or their transformations. Obviously, I know it is possible but people up-sell the crap out of these work out DVD’s. Lindsay is full proof that busy mom’s can change their life with them. Her journey is just starting and I hope that we all become more motivated to not only be fit, but be healthy within ourselves!