I am a fitness enthusiast. This does not mean that I am a fitness fanatic or a fitness addict. It simply means that I am a strong believer that working out promotes great results for both your health and body.
My mother on the other hand, I think she would be considered a fitness addict lol. Any and every exercise machine that has been created and offer over infomercial has probably made its way into her home, so I have been exposed to fitness, exercise and healthy eating my entire life.
Sports and recreation was a big part of my childhood, my father has played softball for as long as I can remember, my brothers participated basketball, baseball, football and boxing. I was signed up to ballet, contemporary dance, rode my bike, roller bladed, and went to summer camp for 5 consecutive years - where I learned to swim at an early age, practiced archery, hiked and engaged in many physical activates.
At 17, I decided to join the Army and it was there that my mental and physical strength were tested to capacity. There I learned mantras such as “No stopping, no giving up” a mantra that I say on many occasion when I feel like my body just cannot give any more. I also learned discipline, dedication and persistence while in training.
It was in the army that I was first introduced to Beachbody, one night on duty and infomercial for Power 90 and that was back in 2003! That fitness program both changed my body and life. As hard, as it is to believe in the army instead of losing weight and being toned or beefed up the total opposite occurred, I gained weight 30lbs to exact a combination of both fat and muscle.
When I was discharged, I began to workout with my Power 90 fitness program, my goal was to get back to 160lbs from 190lbs. I can say that although it was a challenge and I did have days where I would replace the DVD for the gym or a night of dancing, I was able to reach my goal.
My Power 90 DVDs were my go to work out when I felt I needed to get back in shape or to simply maintain my weight. In January 2010, I began using the program again faithfully and incorporated the gym the gym as well. After the birth of my daughter, I was left at 226 when I walked out of the hospital and I was able to successfully get down to 184 by September, however still far from my goal of 165.
My friend Melissa happened to be a Beachbody coach and was promoting a new product called Shakeology an all-natural meal replacement shake with over 70 ingredients and nutrients that produces weight loss, recovery and suppresses hunger.
I was instantly drawn to the product and after trying a 4 pack sample I was ready to purchase my monthly supply. It was then when Melissa advised me that I too could become a BeachBody coach to help others with their weight loss journey as well so I signed up.
When i started Shakeology I was 175lbs. After 30 days on Shakeology, I lost a total of 7lbs, 2 inches off each thigh, 2 inches off each arm and 1 inch off my waist. I became more fit, toned, had more endurance and had gained muscle.
I was so excited with my results that I decided to push myself even harder and started the Insanity 60 day fitness program. During Insanity however I hit a plateau and didn’t lose any inches or pounds but I did continue to build muscle.
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I'M ALICIA GIBBS
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