As I was going through some old photos for a project for my daughter, I came across this... Can you spot me?
This was my fifth grade class picture... Many of these friends are friends with me on social media now.
But most of you would not have known me at this point of my life.
This was the year my father passed away.
This was the year that I began to see fear and loss become real.
This was the year I felt totally insecure about about how I lived in my own skin.
I was putting on weight. Turning to food to make myself feel better. Feeling worse about this made me want to eat more.
I lived on fast food, frozen dinners, and packaged snack foods. I drank diet soda to try to balance out my developing weight issues.
I had no idea that this would lead to a weight battle which would last over 25 more years of my life.
It wasn't until I found this new way, this community, these programs, this superfood shake that my battles with weight would end.
It wasn't until I decided to take on the role as a coach that I began to see myself with new eyes!
I now see myself as someone who knows what it takes to get healthy, who knows the battles fought and the fears of failure. I see myself as someone who can help encourage and inspire others to believe in their own abilities and desires to pursue a better future!
Sometimes I can still remember what this little girl felt like. But now I can also see the potential in her for greatness... The potential she so deeply longed for others to see ♥️ (By the way... If you still haven't figured out which little girl was me... Bottom kneeling row and second on the left)