Why?

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This is a question that can pack a pretty powerful punch. Something I have discovered along this journey is that you must have a why that moves you to tears...a reason so strong that it shakes you to the core and pushes you past your limits. Rewind with me to 2010. It was the year my life changed in the biggest of ways. Big things had happened in my life before, but nothing that shook me the way this did.

We were nearing the end of our amazing mission trip in Uganda when our lives turned into a scene from a movie. Somalian terrorists bombed the restaurant where we were enjoying a quiet evening watching the final match of the world cup. Yep, you read that right...we were bombed. You can read more about that here!

Miraculously I walked away with a very minor (in the grand scheme of things) back injury that later lead to sciatica. I was beyond changed from that moment on. The way I viewed the world was different. I survived..... I must have survived for a reason.

It took me a while to get out of the funk that this event put me in, but I chose positivity. I chose to see how I could use this tragedy for good, but my weight and health took a hard hit. I bounced around from diet to diet and tried my hand at a million of the quick fixes and over-night cures. I was searching for happiness in all of the wrong places.

Now fast-forward to 2014... I was going through a series of physical therapy for my back, and the doctors decided it was time for another MRI. I starting getting suspicious when I didn't receive my results after quite some time. After getting the run around I was finally told that I needed to contact my OBGYN to receive the information I was after. OBGYN?? This was a back scan....

During my scan they found some abnormalities on my ovaries, and after many tests and faulty diagnoses I was hit with the news. We may not be able to conceive and if we did it would be a difficult and long process. Devastated does not even begin to describe the anguish I felt. At that moment I decided it was time for a MAJOR change. It was time to focus on me. I wanted to get healthy and fit and happy and I wanted it to last.

I started making simple changes to my diet. It is the baby steps that lead to the victory after all. I added more veggies, slowly started kicking out the processed junk, and got active. I started with walks, quick trips to the gym, and a little yoga. I was feeling better and noticing a change in my mood too.

In March, I started getting tired again and feeling a little sluggish... I hadn't stopped my routine (I'd actually amped it up) so I wasn't sure what was going on. Could I be pregnant? no.....test again a week later....YES!!! BABY ON THE WAY!!!

We couldn't believe it. I knew I had to make some even bigger steps to give this little miracle the best chance possible! I was introduced to some amazing superfood smoothies and a workout program that changed my life. I committed to PiYo, a blend of pilates and yoga and it was perfect for my changing body. It gave me flexibility and pushed me to my limits! GUESS WHAT....bye bye back pain!!

This little girl is everything to me and I am beyond committed to being my best for her. I want to be around for all of her firsts and beyond. I want to give her the best possible chance at life that I can. I have found my passion and I'm taking off with it. My doctors are amazed with how healthy my pregnancy has been. I am still way below my pre-pregnancy weight. My cholesterol and blood pressure are down. My skin, hair, and nails are healthier. My energy level is up and my cravings for junk are gone.

I also found a new purpose...helping others find the happiness that I have found through a healthy lifestyle. Life may throw you some tough situations, but it is up to you to decide how you will use them! I choose to let them make me stronger. There is no bad time to start achieving your goals. Don't take no for an answer! Discover your WHY and get started! I'm here to cheer you on the entire way!