So last weekend was the quarterly Beachbody Super Saturday event. Which for those of us in the Seattle area, was actually on a Sunday. It was cool. I’ve never been to one of them before and my coach kept encouraging me to attend one. The last couple events were on days that were just not conducive to things we had going on with the family, so I wasn’t able to attend them. This time, I made it a point that I was going to go, that I needed to go, and it was going to be my “me” time.
I admit I was really nervous. I am very much an introvert, and I also suffer from social anxiety disorder. I know, I know, it seems strange that I have those issues, but trust me, it’s not pretty at times. I was still bound and determined to go, and I talked to my coach about what to expect. I knew from doing a bit of research and poking around the NW Coach facebook page that they had a couple guest speakers for the event, there would be a Shakeology bar, a live workout and a couple other cool things, so I was starting to get excited to try a few things I’ve never gotten a chance to do before.
Word was starting to get around that BeachBody had new things coming out and there was a huge buzz about what it could be. Was it new fitness programs? New Shakeology flavors? A new huge sale? What could it be?!
Turns out, it was the first two: but doubled! Not only was it just one new program, but TWO! One from a new trainer, Chris Downing, called “Shift Shop”. It is a progressive program over a three week time period that honestly looks like it will kick my ass. I think I might die, haha! But it also looks kind of fun so I want to try it. The second program is by trainer Leandro Carvalho (the guy who created Brazilian Butt Lift workout series) called You v2. I had no idea what to expect upon seeing this announcement until we saw the video promotion for it. Holy oh my goddess! What did I just see? One of the ladies turned around and whispered “he’s like the Beachbody version of Richard Simmons” and after seeing that video, I agree. That man has more energy than my 4 year old nieces and it was hilarious to me. So it’s a dance workout, and it looks fairly low impact, so it might be a good option for people new to fitness, or who need a lower intensity program and it looked interesting. I totally felt my age though when he said the routines were done to his favorite classic hits from the 90s and 2000s. Like dude, it wasn’t THAT long ago. That program comes out next month and I am looking forward to trying it out and sharing my thoughts on it.
The other huge news? New Vegan options for Shakeology! Vegan Vanilla is one people have been asking about for ages and to add to the line up, Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology. I am super jazzed about trying both of those new flavors on my next “Shakeology Days of Flavor” event. Used to be 7 days, for the 7 flavors, but now it’s going to be a 9 day event, so whoohoo!
Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty of it all. The guest speakers. I swear, it was like they were talking to me, about me. This woman started telling her story, how she became a mom, young, the challenges of making ends meet. The dark thoughts that would come when she felt hopeless. It felt like it was my story she was telling. I had my oldest when I had just barely turned 20, my fiance was still 19 at the time. We were young and unsure of ourselves, and honestly, neither of us knew who we were as separate individuals. It was hard. I used to starve myself to stay thin before I got pregnant. Gained a ton of weight during pregnancy (to my midwife’s joy) and while I lost weight after my son was born, I still had a really unhealthy relationship with food. I was dealing with mental illness, untreated and I hated exercise.
Seriously, though. I hated exercise, since I was a kid. P.E. was my own personal hell and I would do anything to get out of it. I was overjoyed when in high school I got to have my P.E. classes waived because I walked more than 20 minutes to school and walked more than 20 minutes home (under a mile away from school, you find your own way there).
My second and third sons brought more weight, more depression and more of a funk than ever before. I finally got treatment for my bipolar disorder, but I just sat there doing nothing. I didn’t have any skills beyond being a receptionist or a barista, and let’s be honest, when you have young children, it’s hard to find work that allows you to be with them. Of course we discovered the youngest had behavioral issues along the way, so that certainly put the halt on me working outside the home.
So I sat and did nothing.
Then one day, I had a friend who said “hey try this with me!” and I bought my first BeachBody program, 21 Day Fix. It was amazing. I felt great and was losing weight. But life being what it is and stress and everything under the sun happened and I let it fall to the wayside. Last May, I decided to try again, and this time… THIS time I wasn’t going to quit. I’m tired of starting over, so I won’t give up.
This woman spoke about looking for the “Secret Sauce” of success. She looked around at all the people around her who were living successful happy lives and said “Why not me?”
Indeed, why not me?
So she looked and searched and hoped to find the secret sauce and eventually realized this one truth – SHE was the Secret Sauce. It was with her the whole time, she just needed to see it. Her story was one that was able to give people hope. She had hard times, and she worked hard to turn it all around. She just bought her first home. She’s going on real vacations with her family, and she’s doing something she loves – helping people.
I sat there and listened to her story and I saw myself in her. I look around and I see all my old friends from school, and new friends and I see them happy and successful and I was bitter about it. I was ashamed of my life. We aren’t well off. We struggle a lot. Simple things like “oh no, my kid needs glasses” is a huge expenditure for us and it’s one we struggled with making happen. Gas in the car to go places, little things add up. $5 doesn’t seem like a lot unless you have zero dollars, then it’s a fortune. I kept asking “why not me?” I also looked for the secret sauce.
But hearing her say “YOU are the secret sauce! We are ALL the secret sauce”, struck a cord in me. I have so many hopes and dreams, ideas and thoughts, things I want to make a reality. I have skills I can use to reach those goals, but I don’t use them. Why the hell not? I love helping people. It’s kind of my thing. I do a lot of volunteer work with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts because it’s something I feel passion for. I love seeing my boys and their friends experience new things and learning new skills, and getting a chance to be a part of that is something I love. I volunteer with my Craft Tradition, because it is another thing I feel passionate about. I love my Tradition, I love what I learned, I love the friends I’ve made in my time there.
I love helping my friends and family when they need something that I am able to do for them. It’s not much, but the little things here and there that I can do, I do to the best of my ability. There’s no one else in the world who can be me, so why can’t I be the best me there is?
We all know I share much of my life here on this blog. I’m totally okay with that, though I know most people find it stupid, foolish or whatever. My life is an open book for the most part. I share my struggles, my triumphs, my fears, hopes, rants and rages. I share it all, because somewhere out there, my story resonates with someone else and I am their hope.
I like knowing that.
The final thing that we did was the live workout. Holy crap. That was an experience! A mash-up of three programs, with over a hundred people in attendance. Wow. The programs were all ones I’ve never actually tried before so it was a little crazy! The first was from Chalene Johnson, Turbo Fire. I’m not even sure I can remember what the heck we were doing just that, wow, it was fast and I felt like I was on fire, lol. The next was I believe, the Insanity program by Shaun T. I KNOW I have no idea what I was doing and half the time I kept getting confused about which arm was moving where and you want me to what now with my legs?! Finally, there was Cize, also by Shaun T, but by that time, the other lovely lady we were with, her baby was tired and ready to go home, so we left before that one. But holy crap. It was hard. I was sore in places I didn’t know you could be sore in. I had a freaking BLAST! It was so much fun, and yes it was totally out of my comfort zone, but well worth it for the experience. I can hardly wait for the next one in September.
Also worth noting, I finally had a chance to try one of the Beachbody performance line products, Energize. Wow. I like it. It was like a burst of caffeine, without the let down once it wears off. It was tingly, and bubbly like a soda, without the sugar and other crap in it. I liked it.
So all in all, I learned a lot at the Super Saturday (on a Sunday!) event and it was pretty amazing to spend the day with two incredible ladies, and a room full of other inspiring and awesome people. I’m looking forward to taking steps to better my life and my situation. It takes time, it takes hard work and patience, but it will happen. Just you see.
In the meantime, I’ll still be here with my random ramblings, though there will be more ramblings about my new passion for being healthy. It’s not as hard as I thought it would be, and honestly, it really fits with my pagan and proud lifestyle, so BONUS! Haha!
Anyway, that’s enough of this for the day, I’ll be back tomorrow with my Beltane ritual ideas and things I’m planning for.
Have a great day and many blessings,