My Journey…So Far ;)

I’m Lindsay Hejnal – a 30-something mom to 2 AHHHMAZING little girls.  I’m married to an AWESOME guy I’ve known since first grade 🙂  I’m an Independent Beachbody Coach, founder of Fit2Gether Fitness, with a love for fitness and a great passion for nutrition and meal planning.  I’ve been coaching since the summer of 2015 and it’s been nothing but FUN ever since!

My fitness journey is pretty typical…gained weight in college due to being your typical American college student (read: drinking, late night taco bell runs, fast food for most meals, ZERO exercise!).  I started a corporate job where I was essentially “chained” to a desk for 9-12 hours a day with poor nutrition and very little exercise.  When my husband proposed I wanted so badly to be that picturesque bride!!  I went to the gym after work every day and tried the “Cardio Queen” thing but then I would go home and eat ridiculous amounts of food.  I thought if I worked out, it would be like magic POOF fat is gone!…Not.  Even.  CLose!  I would eat healthy during the week and maybe count calories on a fitness app, but then the weekend would hit and all bets were off.  I would fluctuate the same 10 lbs back and forth, which is THE WORST feeling.  It’s so incredibly defeating.  On my wedding day I weighed around 160 lbs.  I still cringe at my pictures because I just didn’t feel like myself.  When I looked in the mirror that is NOT who I saw!!

We decided we really wanted kids and got pregnant right away –  HELLO 200+ lbs!  I’m pretty sure I ate everything I ever wanted during that pregnancy…ahem, donuts…  Once I had Emma, I was convinced I was going to lose the weight and keep it off!  So I started running outside- I mean that’s where most people start, right?  It was working!  And I was pumping so that helped too, but balancing eating enough calories to sustain my supply was a challenge.   Winter came, running eventually stopped, pumping eventually stopped, I was back to fast food more often than not, and here comes the weight again.  Insert struggle, defeat, and complete frustration here.  I was broken, my spirit was broken, I was feeling lazier than ever!  Negative thoughts ensued – “How could I have let this happen to me again??”  “How could I keep doing this cycle to myself??”

Hey, let’s have another baby!!  I mean if ever there was a self esteem booster, pregnancy is it right? Hahahaha Riiiiiiggggghhhhhhttt.  Oh Hey 200+ lbs!  Missed you :*  NOT!  After Ella arrived, I had my mind set that I would bounce back like before AT LEAST!  So I started off the same way because I knew it worked, at least temporarily.   I started off with running again and pumping but I thought to myself, “OK, so last time I did this it didn’t last.  How can I make this a long-term change??”

I saw all the infomercials for 21 Day Fix because really what else is there to watch on TV when you’re up at all hours with a newborn??  It peaked my interest.  It was completely different than any of the other programs I had seen because this one actually focused on portion control!  I mean, what a novel idea right?  I happened to be looking for a babysitter for the girls and came across a Beachbody Coach who ran an in-home daycare.  She didn’t even mention Beachbody, but I saw it on her profile and took it as a sign!  This MUST be for me and the answer that I was looking for.  So I jumped ALL THE WAY in…100%  I bought the 3-Program Challenge Pack (21 Day Fix, Insanity Max 30, PIYO, and Shakeology) so I could become a coach for free, and Craig and I would each get a program.

I started with 21 Day Fix and Shakeology and within the first week I was down 5 lbs and was feeling AMAZING both physically and mentally.  I was able to easily tweak it to work with pumping and keeping up my supply and saw such incredible results.  I ended up doing 3 rounds and lost roughly 30 lbs!!  I weigh the least I’ve weighed in well over a decade and have the muscle tone I had when I was 18 (if not better 😉 )!!  Beyond that, it has completely changed my eating – I could pick the foods that I liked, and throw them together how I wanted.  The program trained me on how many of each container to eat per day and still sticks with me today!  This program literally CHANGED MY LIFE in so many ways.  My journey and my results launched my Coaching career.  My confidence level is through the roof!! I try on clothes and walk into stores with my head held high, instead of dreading it and being devastatingly self-conscious.  I surpassed my pre-pregnancy weight by 20 lbs!  But most importantly: I FEEL LIKE MYSELF AGAIN!!!!  That is beyond HUGE for me.  It’s now a year and a half later and I’m keeping the weight off and enjoying everything else that has come with my decision that day to take the plunge.  It has totally changed my life!!