By: Travis Blythe
Y'all good? HELL YEAH! Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat...or are you? While our mantra is all about good vibes, sweaty hugs, and high fives, sometimes our lives are not that simple. People struggle with things we will never know or completely understand. Everyone has a transformation story. Sometimes we help transform others, sometimes we transform ourselves by the way of our mind or our body. Sometimes we transform both.
About a month ago we had a new tribe member #justshowup. She was looking for more--for another avenue to push her limits. We hope she's found her forever home with us, as we welcome her with open arms. But before we get into everything, we need to know the why. Am I right? Isn't that the first thing we ask everyone? Why? Why did you...Well, it was the first thing I asked: Why start a journey?
In order to answer that question, we must first travel back in time to that moment when you have that come to Jesus talk with yourself. You know the one--where you look in the mirror and curse, sometimes cry, but definitely say to that person looking back...fuck you! Yes this weeks Transformation Tuesday is a physical one to start, but is also proving to be a mental one. So let's set the stage, it's December 2014 and our tribe member breaks up with her significant other. This is not just a run of the mill break up, but one of those that sucks your soul out and makes you question everything. It was a painful time, and she came to the realization that not only was her relationship toxic, but so were the other parts her life. She wasn't living a healthy lifestyle. She had lost most of the passion for her job and the commute was sucking the life out of her daily. It is no wonder with all of these things compounding something obviously had to give. It did and she has not looked back since.
"My main accountability partner is the mirror. If I wake up and feel good naked in the mirror then I know I had a good day the day before. If not, I know I need to make some improvements.
She did what everyone does, pack up and move! After living in the northeast for 9 years, she decided to move back to Big D and start over, recharge, and regroup. But before we can fully get into the transformation, we must first know the struggle. The struggle is one that's been in place since early childhood. With a family history of obesity, weight has seemed to always be an issue. We know that going through life and trying to yo-yo isn't the healthiest or most practical way to live, but those methods helped in high school she when she did shed some weight--but the means to do so were not a sustainable method. Then college came and the freshman 15 turned into much more. The realization of staying busy is not the same thing as being active, finally hit home. So after looking in the mirror, she said to herself, enough is enough.
Now back in Dallas, she knew everything had to change. The plan was set and instead of "dieting" she was going to change everything and begin living a new, healthy lifestyle. It started with cutting out alcohol and improving nutrition. Adult beverages and fast food were the first things she got rid of, and if out and about, she started having a juice/ smoothie or a vegan protein shake instead of stopping at a drive thru.
The transformation was and continues to be an ongoing process. Her exercise began with walking and jogging in her neighborhood. She also added in senior citizen yoga at her rec center. Next, she joined Title Boxing where they gave her an awesome intro to HIIT workouts as well as boxing/kickboxing. Then, it finally happened. She hit the jackpot and found the mother of all workouts, WE RUN BIG D!
"My cheat meal is always tex-mex but I split a meal with my mom and only eat half.
We could not be happier to have her join our tribe. She wants accountability, and we are here to give it. Her goals are still to lose about 20 more lbs., get stronger, improve her 5k time (she had a goal of running a 5k without walking and has done it twice!) and train for a 10k.
She follows fitness accounts for meal prep ideas or general inspiration to stay motivated.
She has a 30 by 30 bucket list of things she wants to accomplish by her 30th birthday this December. Recently she went skinny dipping in the ocean for the first time in her life!
Random facts about Meredith:
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Last but certainly not least...Meredith won our Spirit Stick award last week!