as you probably know, last month i was selected as a daily winner of $500 from the beach body challenge. i was totally thrilled. a few days ago they sent me my "story" to approve. they had taken all my answers from a really long survey you fill out and turned it into an awesome abbreviated essay about my weight loss. i approved it. today i work up and as usual, logged on to teambeachbody.com and what do i see? ME!!! on the FRONT PAGE! UNREAL!
ive been getting messages and text from my beach body family all day congratulating me. a fellow coach showed me that i had been posted on the BeachBody Challenge facebook as well. my picture has almost 400 LIKEs already!
my friends, family, and you guys have all been SO supportive during this whole journey. however, to have my efforts acknowleged by BEACH BODY themselves is just insane. i could not have done it without them, so for them to just NOTICE me is like a dream come true.
Id like to give a big thanks to JAMIE LEN CUMBO for inspiring me to enter my transformation into the beach body challenge. i didnt think i had a chance at winning, but Jamie encouraged me that i WOULD WIN! and i DID!
today is the second most famous ive ever felt in my life lol. the most famous was when i was on KENDRA ON TOP. but i had only lost 40lbs then (but felt AMAZING about it, couldnt tell me shit at 240 lol) and i was just on tv for 2 minutes curling her hair. this time may not be national television, but it wasnt some curls half the population can do, it was HARD WORK that most CANT do! i shouldnt say cant, because were ALL capeable, however most WONT do it.
i spend so much of my time thinking i am behind in life. all my friends have kids and husbands and own houses and i have none of that.... but today i feel like IVE DONE SOMETHING WITH MY LIFE!!!! and it feels amazing.
if youd like to check out my story log on to TEAMBEACHBODY.com! i am on the home page! but here's a direct link for when my picture eventually gets removed.
If i have inspired you to get healthy or lose weight please allow me the opportunity to be YOUR coach by making a free account at teambeachbody.com/ashromano. Id LOVE to add your pounds to those that ive inspired so many to lose already :)
So i havent updated in a while and i owe you! i actually will be making a post on HOW TO EAT HEALTHY (not necissarily vegan!) soon. my friend Hannah asked me to help her out and i figure i should prob make the information i would give to her public, to help those who are too shy to ask themselves. im thinking thatll be up by tomorrow night. Thanks for the inspiration Hannah!
Right now my routine is not at all normal. although, my sleep has been AMAZING! weve messed with the centers that were training on my brain in nuerofeedback and its been very effective. ive slept between 7-8 hours every night (except for last but that was my own fault) for an entire week! that is unheard of for me! i have also been much less irritable, to the point that customer service at walmart had me waiting for a receipt for TWO HOURS and i didnt flip the fuck out on anyone. the old me would have burnt that mother fucker to the ground! i expressed my annoyance but i didnt cry, i didnt yell, i didnt blab my life story in an emtional public breakdown and in turn, went home with a $50 giftcard. had i flipped the fuck out like the old me, they wouldnt have given me shit lol i serisouly stand by Nuerofeedback and wish it was more popular. we'd have a lot less people getting drugged up to cope with life and a lot more people LIVING life if they only knew this existed.
but back to my routine. normally my weekly workouts consist of one day with my fabulous trainer so i can make sure im not doing anything to hurt myself and learn new exercises. the rest of the week i run, spend a few hours at the gym, and although i am not following the insanity program at the minute, it finds its way into my workout once or twice a week still. right now i am not able to do any beach body workouts or train with my trainer though. I have been casted as a Before & After for an infomercial! (see top secret surprise post from a few weeks ago) so basically, i had to go to a studio and have before pics taken last week. then they gave me this exercise machine "the five minute shaper" and now i have to use it every day for 5 weeks. i am supposed to diet and i can do some other workouts, but not a legit workout program like beach body (it wouldnt be fair to beach body to say results from them are from the shaper, and it would be dishonest of the shaper to claim my results if i continue to do insanity the whole time) so for 5 weeks i will use the Shaper and mostly run and ride my bike. then i go back and have an after shot taken. i get to keep the machine but i will also be able to do my old favorites again. the machine sounds ridiculous. what kind of machine can u use for ONLY 5 minutes and get results?! well, this one you sure can. its SO HARD. it looks really easy, it even looks easy when you watch people do it. but trust me, it is NOT easy. i can feel it in my arms and abs every morning lol i am excited to see what kind of results i get with this thing. once the infomercial airs ill be sure to post it :) i sort of feel like i am cheating on beach body with this, but the opportunity knocked so i had to take it! Now, if beach body wanted me to use their products and put me on their commercials i would defffffffffff be willing to go ONLY beach body for as long as they want.... someone tell Carl :-P
if you follow me on facebook you know that a couple weeks ago another beach body coach found me on instagram and asked me to come do a house call for a haircut. i was super excited because shes a fellow coach, but also because shes SUPER sweet. she offered to have me for dinner and promised a vegan option. i was so suprised (that does NOT happen much- usually i show up to dinner and am greeted with an apology "i dont know what youre going to eat!") i am FINE with the apology becuase its not anyone elses problem to make sure i have something to eat, its MY choice to eat the way i do. but for a stranger to be so welcoming and truly want me to feel comfortable and enjoy myself, omg it was awesome. and all that awesomeness was before i even met her!!! unfortunately i was unable to stay for dinner, but ill never forget that invite!
Her name is Jenni and i already knew i liked her when i pulled up and saw a big "ASK ME ABOUT UNSCHOOLING" bumper sticker on her SUV. AWESOME!!!! first of all, Jenni looks super young, especially for a mom of 5 and a grandmother! partly because she had her first daughter young, but i believe mostly because she drinks shakeology and has a natural soap line! soaps, creams, lotions, potions, herbal tea, omg. the room i cut her hair in smelled frieken amazing (it was where all her supplies are kept). i was lucky enough to be sent home with bath salts (for the tub not for face eating), soap, tattoo cream, muscle rub, hair pomade..... HOW LUCKY AM I?? you can check out her stuff at lanabellasoap.com. she ships all over and the prices are actually great. she is currently formulating a SKIN TIGHTENING CREAM! i am going to be one of her testers. since i would like to not need surgery on my thighs and arms, i plan to use the cream there because the skin is loose, but im already planning on MAJOR surgery and would like to stop there if i can fix it natutally.
so back to my appointment, it was awesome. her kids were awesome. her 14 year old daughter cooks most of their meals. they have a bunch of MACs all lined up just like a computer lab youd see in school. i was totally envious of how open the kids were. theyre free to express themselves. she has a little boy whos favorite color is pink and cant wait to have babies to hold..... and everyone is A-OK with it. ive never met "unschooled" kids. the coolest part was definitely that they just are who they are. they dont know better to try to fit a mold becasue in the the safety of their home, no one is telling them that the way they are isnt OK. as kids we mold ourselves to be what we think others will accept and like better. these kids dont give a shit about that. most of us become adults and thats when we realize FUCK THESE PEOPLES OPINIONS! and start DOING ME..... they dont have to wait to "grow up". they get to be who they are from day one. its AMAZING. and the kids were smart too! shes not the type of parent who home schools her kids by letting them run around town all day. it was clear that LEARNING happens there. i kept telling her they need to be on wife swap. the unschooling families on wifeswap are usually crazy. these people werent crazy. they were different, but DEFF not crazy. i have never seriously considered homeschooling my future children so seriously before. the love i felt while in that house was very overpowering. the best part is, i cut their hair on a sunday and the next day was "back to school" for the rest of the world. their plans? they have an annual tradition of spending the first day of school for the rest of the world AT THE BEACH. amazing. i feel so blessed to have met jenni and her family. and believe it or not, she found me through and insanity hashtag on instagram. just one more way Team Beach Body has changed my life! Jenni's husband is in the military so they wont live in miami for very long but i look forward to having a relationship with Jenni for a long time, even if its on the internet. You never know who you will meet or where you will meet them, but there truly are little angels everywhere we go!
im just having kind of an emotional day. thinking of how far ive come. my weightloss is a HUGE factor, but i know my life isnt so different JUST because i lost weight. i feel so powerful. i feel so respected. i feel so proud. i feel so DIFFERENT. i have been depressed my entire life, like depressed and on multiple medications for 12 years..... i just never made it public because it wasnt anyones business. ive been off medication for 8 months and ive NEVER felt this amazing. imagine all those years i polluted myself with chemicals and they didnt make me feel as good as my body could naturally? I feel so much calmer, so much more put together. Ive always had a confident exterior, i was really good at that act. i knew everyone thought i was so confident (and i was in certain aspects) so i never opened up about all my insecurities, but now i dont care. i didnt realize how sad and miserable and pathetic i was because i had no idea how wondeful it could BE. i wasnt one of those people who was happy and slipped into depression. im convinced i was BORN with it. my family jokes i was "born crying and never stopped". although its a funny joke, it makes me SO sad. i can honestly say i have NEVER been this happy. not even as a child. i was 9 years old when i tried to kill myself for the first time (that i remember). what the fuck is wrong with a 9 year old who wants to die?!
i cant believe i am putting this in writing, for the world to see, but some day it will all come out anyway. i plan to write a book whether i ever get famous or not. my life is TOO CRAZY not to share. i would be doing the miserable, depressed, fat, unhealthy, broke, undereducated, and hopeless people a disservice by not spilling it all. i just know if i have inspired THIS MANY PEOPLE only telling a..... 25% truth, imagine all the people i could change and lives i could save if i told the WHOLE truth? i have always said that i am not a good actress.... but in reality i am a great actress becuase ive fooled the world into thinking everythings all fine and dandy and always has been. some parts of my life will SHOCK you.... some people will JUDGE me for it.... but i really dont give a shit about the people who will judge me. i care about the people who will see hope for themselves after realizing what a train wreck i was. i look forward to sharing it all with you someday. in the meantime just know that when i say IF I CAN DO IT, ANYONE CAN, it is NOT an understatement. excuses are for LOSERS. dont be a loser. lets get to work.