A couple of weeks ago I went to a graduation party for my dear, sweet Goddaughter Jenna. I knew a few people, because I've known her mother, Teresa, forever. We met in business school, shared an apartment for a year and were in each other's weddings. Our children played together. We have supported each other through highs and lows and watched each other's babies grow. She is as close to a sister as I will ever have.
But the tasks of raising children and developing careers have kept us at arm's length for the past couple of years. We have run recently in more separate circles and while I knew her other closest friends at the party, the ones who also flank her in her wedding pictures, I still felt a bit uncomfortable and out of place and, of course, fat and ugly.
In walks this woman. She's tiny but she brings with her an enormous energy that reverberates through the room. And my first thought...she looks like a yoga instructor.
I had no idea who she was, but as I sat alone in a chair she wandered through the living room looking a little lost. I asked if she was looking for the bathroom and she said she was hoping to find Teresa for a tour.
Knowing my friend was at her wit's end trying to greet guests and keep everyone happy, I offered to walk her through and show off Teresa's beautiful new home.
I don't know how I've known Teresa for nearly 30 years and never crossed paths with Tina. Apparently she went to the same business school as Teresa and I attended, but I don't remember her. And, sure enough, she's a yoga instructor. She has a bright smile, tan skin and the body of a 20 year old. And I like her in spite of all of this.
Near the end of the party a bunch of us vowed to get together for a girl's night out. She friended me on Facebook. And this past weekend I had the pleasure of sharing a meal and some drinks with a group of wonderful women.
Tina and I swapped phone numbers, and we talked for about an hour yesterday. Along with her yoga job she is also a BeachBody coach. We talked about my fitness goals, what I'm doing now (not much), what I'm about to start doing (back to the gym twice a week, walking now that it's cooler out). My issues (tendonitis, arthritis, high cholesterol). We talked about networking, and about me becoming a BeachBody coach. What she knew of me made her think I would be successful. What she learned of me in that hour further convinced her.
She sent me some informaiton, I sent her the link to this very same little ditty you're reading from now. I started thinking about either trying the system or jumping in full tilt and being a coach, but I wasn't sold.
I grabbed my keys and went to the mall.
Any blogger will tell you it is difficult to write from the heart without over-sharing one's personal life. I've avoided writing about my current situation for just this reason but it's part of this story so here goes...I'm in love. Again. Yeah, I know...best case scenerio=death and all.
There was this boy, my first real love. I was 15, he was 17. He broke my heart. We're giving it another shot. One minor hurdle...he lives 1300 miles away.
So I'm taking a trip the end of the this month. And I went to the mall to buy something pretty to sleep in while I stay with him and his daughter. Something cute so nobody runs away screaming as I search blindly for coffee in the morning. I wasn't dilusional enough to envision myself in anything sexy...but pretty would have been nice.
But the thing is, as much as I am still that 15 year old girl in my head...the dressing room mirror is a mean, hateful bitch.
I came home with a pair of cotton sleep pants and a strong sense that someone was trying to tell me "Hey dumbas....listen to Tina"
So in the very near future I will be starting, with the help of my new, dear friend and coach Tina Gonzales, a journey to become fit and healthy and help others to do the same. I'm hoping that my success will make me a walking infomerical for the Beach Body line and for Shakeology. Some may want to wait and see if I succeed before diving in and that's fine, but I invite you all to take this journey with me if you dare. There will be details in the near future.
Come shake it up with me....