Friday, January 29, 2016

About Me

My name is Aleena and I am a 28 year old wife and mama to three beautiful Ethiopian children, ages 4, 7, and 11! Adoption has been my lifelong dream but I never imagined just how full my heart could be until we officially welcomed our two sweet daughters and our handsome little son into our family.  I love Jesus and my faith is the center of my life.  I am passionate about traveling to new parts of the world, experiencing new cultures, and meeting different kinds of people.  I grew up in the mountains of Washington State and currently live in Minnesota.  I have a love for the outdoors, hiking, camping, and being around water.  I'm also an avid coffee drinker!  I went to college and got my bachelors in Spanish (let's be honest...I went to college because I felt like that's what I was "suppose to do", but I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life.  I chose Spanish simply because it would allow me to do a couple of study abroads!  Yay for travel!!).  Never in a million years did I think I would become a health and fitness coach!

The meal plan and portion control containers that came with 21 Day Fix were really what drew me in to the program.  At the time when I contacted my coach to get signed up, we were on a super strict budget saving money for the adoption and our gym membership didn't make the budget cut.  I decided to join as a coach so that I could help pay for my own program and Shakeology by helping a few other people get started on this program with me.  It was a win-win situation in my eyes...make a little money AND get in better shape.  I realized that I had nothing to lose, so I took a chance on myself and I joined the team.   

Let me take you back a little bit to my life leading up to that day.  For as long as I can remember, I struggled with my body image.  Comparison was truly the thief of my joy! I tried everything to get the body I wanted and to find confidence in myself.  You name it, I probably tried it...weight watchers, pills, anorexia, bulimia, and the list goes on.  I wanted to be healthy and happy, and I was willing to work hard for it, but my nutrition was seriously out of control!  I was a total sugar-addict.  I didn't like to workout, but I was willing to do it. I use to think that as long as I put in my time at the gym, I could eat whatever I wanted.  What I've learned now that I didn't know then was that you can never outwork a bad diet.  What you eat is 80% of the battle, and that's where I desperately needed help!  

After a full year of silently watching my coach online helping so many people transform their bodies and their finances, on November 13, 2014, I took a leap of faith, purchased the 21 Day Fix, and I signed up to join Team Beachbody as a coach! That one decision was where I began my fitness journey and the opportunity that has forever changed my life.  

On December 1, 2014, I started 21 Day Fix with a few friends and family who also wanted to get in shape.  I created a Facebeook page where we all communicated daily and helped keep each other on track, and the results that we got were incredible!  After just 3 weeks, I was feeling amazing! I was waking up just 30 minutes early and getting my workout in before heading off to work so that it was over and done with and I wouldn't have to think about it when I got home. I had more energy, my cute clothes were fitting me again, and I wasn't feeling restricted on my meal plan!  After just two months of doing 21 Day Fix, I had lost 8 pounds (which is a lot on a 5'2" body), and I had more confidence in myself than EVER before!  I cried when I compared my before and after photos because not only had I built a body that I loved, but I did it in a HEALTHY way for the first time in my life.  I was hooked!  

I was what I consider to be a "super-skeptic" when it came to Shakeology, but I wanted to give it a try since I had seen so many people having such great success with it.  Not only did I find Shakeology to be absolutely delicious, but it has truly been a lifesaver when it comes to my cravings!  I have a relentless sweet tooth and Shakeology truly hits the spot and satisfies that craving, which keeps me from grabbing for the candy or ice cream every day!  Also, being the crazy busy, always on-the-go person that I am, I don't know how I would stay on track without my daily shake!  It's fast, it's brainless, and it keeps me from skipping meals and/or grabbing junk food when I don't have time to prepare something healthy. 

I have since done several different fitness programs and I continue with clean eating.  I look in the mirror today and I love the person looking back at me.  Food no longer has power over me.  I am proud to say that I have finally found a way to make living a healthy lifestyle fun and attainable.  I have discovered my passion and my purpose through this opportunity as well in helping to empower other women to find their confidence and build a body that they love!   

No comments:

Post a Comment