Why I Became a Beachbody Coach

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For the past year or so, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with my physical and emotional health. This time last year, I was knee deep in Ironman training for Ironman Mont-Tremblant but had just missed out on my first race of the year, St. Anthony’s because I was sick. I tried to remain positive and focus on the next race, Ironman Raleigh 70.3, but was sick again for that.

Fast forward to last August and Mont-Tremblant, I literally dragged myself through the workouts and getting the bare minimum done. In the days leading up to the race, my body felt so lethargic, heavy and energy-less that I was worried about the race and how I would get through it feeling the way I did.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it through the race and was pulled halfway through the bike leg by the medical staff (see The Ironman Mont-Tremblant DNF: The Post I Didn’t Want to Write). This was definitely a low point but I knew my body was working against me.

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As I returned back to Jacksonville, I went through a plethora of tests and doctors. I begged them to test my thyroid as I have family history of hypothyroidism and have shown symptoms for the past couple of years. Finally, someone listened and took a deeper dive into blood tests and bingo: Hashimoto’s as it relates to hypothyroidism. Also, I was very low in Vitamin D despite living in Florida and being out in the sun.

I was placed on synthroid (which I will take for the rest of my life) and started to eventually feel “back to normal”. While my energy increased and my thoughts became clearer, my weight increased. I started back at CrossFit, joined a Macronutrient challenge within the box for 60 days, and worked out outside of CrossFit but nothing I was doing resulted in weight loss, in fact, I continued to gain weight.

This has been a frustrating process as I feel like I’m still fighting my body but am determined to not give in. In fact, my endocrinologist wanted to prescribe me a weight loss pill, one that contained the infamous Phen-Phen ingredient. I looked it up online and immediately said “NO WAY!”. I was not subjecting my body to the crazy side effects.

At this point, I knew I needed to up my workouts, eat even better and surround myself with a supportive group of others I could relate to. Enter: Team Beachbody.

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I have dabbled with Beachbody’s different programs in the past and knew they gave you a kick in the butt for an at home workout and had only recently seen the powerful social network the brand had created. I was impressed by my friends’ progress with Beachbody and how supportive everyone was. I figured, I had nothing to lose, and only everything to gain.

So I made the leap to sign on not only as a customer of Beachbody but as a Coach! By becoming a coach, I get to do something I’ve always done and enjoyed but on an even bigger platform, share my journey (both the ups and downs), inspire others, and engage with those who want to lead a healthy life.

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I fully committed to this on May 1 and am already blown away by how supportive the community is and the positivity surrounding the team I am on: Eat Live Run.

My intention is to jumpstart my metabolism through Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh as my doctor believes it’s not active (hence why I can’t lose weight) and use their workouts in addition to my normal CrossFit WODs.

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I can’t wait to share all of the awesome transformations and things that come from this and hope you will consider joining me on this journey.

I will be running my first Challenge Group with a 3 Day Refresh. With Summer around the corner and end of school year parties, why not try to get back on track! I’ll be posting more info here on Running With Memphis but be sure to follow my Facebook Page: Running With Memphis-Team Beachbody Coach

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Ebbs and Flows

It’s time to switch things up here on Running with Memphis. I’ve been absent for so long because I didn’t want to write about my lackluster training sessions or the disappointment of not making it to races this past year. Rather, I want to talk about other things I’m enjoying in my life because let’s face it, our interests and desires ebb and flow like the waves lapping on the beach. Sometimes the tide is stronger and produces crashing waves while other times, the tide offers a calm, reflective surface.

Since Ironman Mont-Tremblant, I have allowed myself to do what I want and how I want as it pertains to my free time and exercise. I haven’t been to the pool once, haven’t ridden my tri bike once and have only a handful of runs logged and none with my Garmin. I need this break both mentally and physically from the sport of triathlon because I became so burnt out on the process of getting to IMMT that I no longer enjoyed the sport and what good is a hobby when you receive no joy or fulfillment from it?

About a month or so after IMMT I thought I was ready to look for a new bike and hop figuratively back into the saddle. I went to my local bike shop and got a Specialized Shiv set up for me to test ride. It sat, nice and shiny, in my family room for two straight weeks without me even making an attempt at riding it. I soon realized that my heart just wasn’t in it and that I wasn’t ready to return to triathlon.

Instead of swim, bike and run, I am doing CrossFit about two times a week and working on my house the rest of the time. Its pretty minimum physical exertion but for right now I’m ok with it especially with the sky getting dark at 5:30, limiting my opportunities to get outside after work.

My house now has freshly painted walls in the living and dining room, my mantel over my fireplace has been stripped of five layers of paint and my backyard is in the middle of demolition and reconstruction. Occasionally, I have more immediate projects I need to take care of like the large crack in my guest bathroom’s toilet tank or new locks on all of the doors.

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I have found I take great pleasure in starting and finishing these projects around the house. I’m also able to pick up very handy skills and expand my project knowledge. Memphis is still there, always following me around where ever I go, as if he is the site supervisor. He has settled in nicely to our new home and really likes to run around the large backyard and find the places where the squirrels, raccoons and opossums go daily.

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So while this blog has the title “running” in it, I am going to let my interest in running or lack thereof not dictate the direction of this blog. Rather, I hope to post more consistently about life in general and what I’m experiencing in more real time but as always, Memphis will be a part of it 🙂

Weeks 1-3 Ironman Mont-Tremblant Training

While I have been “unofficially, officially” training for Ironman Mont-Tremblant since the New Year, my official training plan kicked off on Monday, March 2 with….a Rest Day! I started my first official week by being in Atlanta for work Wednesday-Friday, forcing me to reorganize workouts and take another rest day that Friday.

Week 1 Workouts

Swim: 2200 yards

Bike: 2 hours 46 minutes

Run: 17 miles, 2:58

Crosstrain: 1:30

Total Time: 7:49

Heading into week 2 of training was race week for the Gate River Run 15k (race report here). With the Gate being my last stand along running event until after Ironman, I wanted to feel a bit fresher on Saturday morning. I didn’t taper or anything but I watched my pacing and efforts. Tuesday night’s bridge run with the group meant pulling back the reigns a bit and not getting caught up in other’s run.

Interesting to note, those who pushed it Tuesday night, actually finished behind me. This is NOT a brag but a key point in training and knowing when to simply go easy and save it for race day. These folks are awesome people and runners.

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Baldwin-Trail last Sunday

Week 2 Workouts

Swim: 5700 yards

Bike: 1:51 (recovery ride Sunday after the Gate)

Run: 16.27 miles, 3:00

My rest day was the Friday before the race where I was able to enjoy the expo and get a good night’s sleep in my own bed before race day. I did have three solid swim days too!

Weeks 1 and 2 in Training Peaks

Weeks 1 and 2 in Training Peaks

Now, going into Week 3, my focus was on my upcoming, first triathlon of the season in Clermont, FL. Monday was an enjoyable rest day with Mr. Memphis and I going to the beach. It was too nice of a night to pass up. I’m sure glad we went as we both had a good time and he got to run up and down as many sand dunes as he wanted.

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On Tuesday, I noticed my appetite was pretty much non-existent which for me is rather unusual as I’m normally counting the minutes until my next snack or meal. I was stressed that day from work stuff so I decided to go the trails and run there to switch things up. Wednesday morning I awoke with a headache but this has been somewhat of an ongoing thing so other than being really annoying, I didn’t put too much stock into it.

I headed out Wednesday morning for my first early ride around my area. I noticed the effort felt harder than what was registering on my watch and wind was a non-factor so I chalked it up to just an off ride. Later that day, during a long conference call, my throat got sore. I was hoping it was just dry and from talking but as I headed to the pool for a swim after work, there was no denying that I was getting sick.

Sure as sh**, I woke up Thursday morning with a really bad sore throat and feeling lethargic. I was told to go home but I actually didn’t have any where to go as my apartment was getting a bug treatment sometime during the day so both Memphis and I had no where to go. Of course, they didn’t come until the end of the day so for the first few hours I was home, we dealt with bug fumes. I decided yogurt would help my sore throat and it did so it was a lovely dinner of fro-yo!

When I woke up Friday, I felt ok, not great but better than the day before. People at work asked me if I was still going to race and I said yes barring anything dramatically changing the next day. I was even able to go to a nice dinner and dine al fresco with Tom Friday evening but come Saturday morning when Memphis and I went for our morning walk, I was coughing up lovely greeness and feeling my breathing catch due to my lungs being filled with yuckiness. I was able to cancel that night’s hotel reservation without penalty and laid on the couch or in bed the rest of the day. I made a trip to Publix to get food and essentials and that all but wiped me out. After that trip, I knew I made the right decision to for-go the race.

Seeing everyone’s pictures throughout the weekend was sad but I knew I was in no shape to race. But more than that, this race was a C race, one to shake off the rust and go through the motions. The goal of the season was not to PR in Clermont; the goal is take on Mont-Tremblant and get there with a healthy body. It has taken me years to put things into perspective when it comes to my athletic pursuits. Had something like this happened when I was younger, it would have really brought me down mentally and probably affect me health even more. Now I understand and appreciate the time I have to train when preparing properly and know that missing this one race does not mean ruining the whole season of training.

While I don’t have another triathlon between now and Ironman Raleigh 70.3, I do plan on doing a mock tri or at least part of it to go through my transitions. I feel confident in this plan and will execute it to my best ability. So while the third week of training was not great due to my sickness, it is what it is. I now have set the goal for this fourth week to hit all of my workout sessions even if it means cutting back the intensity or duration so that I get all disciplines in. I am also ramping up the bike sessions as I have focused more on the run and swim as of late.

Week 3 Workouts

Swim: 1800 yards (cut short when I had nothing left in the tank)

Bike: 1:00, 16.4 miles

Run: 45 minutes on the trail

Looking Forward to Week 4

Today, I am feeling much better and was able to start the day off with some yoga. Since today is technically my day off and I want to be smart, I am not doing anything other than errands and another session of yoga tonight along with foam rolling and stretching. I’m vowing to get back on the yoga wagon.

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I am also going to try BodyPump at the Y this week to see if its a good fit for strength training as I’m really lacking in this area and want to add muscle back. I’ll try that on my swim days (Wednesday and Friday). I’m also going to try out the Beta version of Zwift, a competitive, gaming platform for trainer sessions. I’ve heard good things so hopefully I find it useful as well. This Saturday is a long ride of 2:00 and then Sunday is the first bigger brick session of the year with an hour ride and 20 minute run plus a swim later that day. I’m looking forward to a full week of training (hopefully without any interruptions).

Here’s to a happy week of training!

PS if you’re looking for great yoga videos that provide many different focuses especially for runners and triathletes, I highly recommend the Yoga with Adrienne YouTube Channel 🙂 

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