How Fitness Has Saved My Life!

My name is Amy Bogert. I’m a stay at home mother to three boys; 9, 7, & 2.5. My husband and I are both sober and together we are doing the very best we can with having started over in life. My husband has worked for Union Pacific Railroad for a little over two years now and is doing really well, but we found ourselves needing a second income. I started my business with a love for fitness, a passion for helping others, and a need to stay sober. Our little blended family lives in Concord, CA.

My fitness journey started after my third son Brodie was born. I hadn’t worked out in years before this. I was a gymnast when I was younger and when I quit my body went through a whole lot of changes. I gained weight, lost my muscles, and started to develop. For years after this I struggled with a bad body image and eating disorders. I refused to workout even after my two older boys were born and I found myself at the heaviest weight I’d ever been. I was 180 pounds and hated myself and life. I ate awful and treated my body worse. I didn’t know how to cope being a new mom and having two kids in diapers and I found myself drinking a lot. This went on for a couple of years until I decided one day that was it and I needed to get better for myself and for my boys. I put myself into rehab and for the next year I was in and out of a total of 6 rehabs. During this time my older boys father and I got a divorce and I moved home with my parents to start over. Fast forward, I met my now husband Nick and we got pregnant with Brodie. After I had Brodie I knew I needed to lose the weight a healthy way but I didn’t know how. I was breastfeeding and my mom bought me a gym membership. I didn’t know what to do with the gym membership though so she paid for a trainer twice a week. (I could never have afforded a trainer on my own). Seeing the trainer twice a week and breastfeeding I was able to lose all of the weight. I was only going to the gym when I had the trainer though and even then I was starting to have a hard time staying accountable. I started making excuses up to not go and I felt like I was slipping back into my old ways. During this time I’d been watching my now coach share about her fitness journey and business on Facebook and decided to give it a try.

I started my business last August. Since then so much has changed. Who knew when I started this journey to help others I would also be the one to get help. I workout 5 times a week and for the first time ever my weight has stayed the same. My weight always yo-yoed before now with my past eating disorders. When I stopped drinking I didn’t know how to handle the stress and emotions of parenting. I was impatient and yelled a lot. I was stressed out, anxious, depressed and just going through the motions and wanting the days to be over. My kids didn’t deserve that. The reason I tell you all of this is because there is a happy ending. Things heal with time and so did I and I found an outlet for my stress. I didn’t know it at the time. I just knew I needed something for myself. I was trying to pour into everyone else but I was empty and coming up short in everything I did.

Working out has saved my life in more ways than I could ever have imagined. 30 minutes a day of in home workouts has made me a better mother and wife. I’m more patient, it’s helped my depression and anxiety, it’s helped me stay sober, I’m more relaxed, I feel amazing, and I’ve got my confidence back. The biggest part though, I’m enjoying my children again. These boys are my world.

Becoming a coach was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It helps me stay accountable. Knowing that by me working out every day could help motivate someone else gets me up and moving in the mornings. That and my accountability groups I run monthly have kept me going and working out 5 times a week. I’d already had my physical transformation before starting with Beachbody. The emotional and spiritual transformation I’ve gone through these last six months have changed the way I live my life dramatically and it’s all because of my work as a coach. This really is a lifestyle change. It isn’t a quick fix or some magic pill. Its takes time but anything worth having does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Bogert is a wife and mother to 3 boys. She started her health and fitness journey in 2015 after getting sober and realizing she needed something for her sanity. She has a passion for helping other mothers realize they can’t pour from an empty cup either. Amy spends her time pouring into other mothers from the overflow of her own cup and teaching them to do the same. You can reach her at anyjobogert@yahoo.com and beachbodycoach.com/amjobogert or find her on amyjo.mccabe.7

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