A lot of people have been asking me lately how I got where I am today and what my next step is. I’d like to think it’s a long complicated story but really it’s not all that complicated. I finally made a lifestyle change – I wasn’t just looking for the next quick fix like I had so many times before.
I started my fitness journey in 2012 after I graduated college. In February of 2013 I signed up for Weight Watchers through work and was faithful to tracking points and working out for 6 months. Those 6 months reworked my brain and taught me how to fuel my body – how to eat to live, not live to eat. After those first 6 months, I switched to going to meetings purely for the support and the like-minded group of people. I tracked my calories with MyFitnessPal and started to love running as a way to be active. That was the beginning to something great! As of May 2015, I have lost 50 pounds and ran my first half marathon… I can’t stop, and I won’t stop.
I think the key to my success was that I did it slow. I took my time, I lost a few pounds a week and started hitting the weights. For all those ladies out there that are afraid of picking up weights or working hard in the gym (and not just on the cardio machines) because they don’t want to bulk up – it just DOESN’T happen unless you WANT it to happen.
You may be asking, “well Meredith, what’s the next step? What are you going to do now” The next step is paying all the support I had and knowledge I received forward. Helping other people while I help myself. Leading by example. A week ago I made the leap and teamed up with Beachbody as a Beachbody Independent Coach. That, my friends, is the next step. My upline sponsor is a wonderful girl that doesn’t push product, she inspires people to be fit – and that’s what I want. While nutrition and the “product” part of Beachbody is important… the activity, workouts, and accountability is ultimately the biggest thing people need help/inspiration with.
I am a strong, independent, inspirational person. My mom tells me all the time how proud she is of me and it’s time for me to start being proud of myself. Join my tribe!