Mommy Saver

Trista Vonada.

I joined TeamFit in June of 2016. Prior I considered myself an "ok" athlete for growing up in small town Montana. I was always in pursuit of a fit lifestyle but was a little lost in how to get there. As a kid, my family didn't have "wellness goals". At times, it just felt like we had "need to make it" goals. when I went to college I missed being on team sports and the discipline that came with sports conditioning so I found myself in group classes and drop in athletics but started realizing that my body was not as small, coordinated, or graceful as it used to be. This is when the idea of conditioning really took hold for me. I (we as athletes) are always taught that when you practice the right form, over and over, you can often rely on muscle memory or your body will be more able to perform. well, shit. How as a college student working full time going to school full time and not have a bald guy with a whistle yelling at me was I going to "condition"? This began my Gym journey. From there I was in and out of gyms, on and off machines, trying to throw weight but feeling so lost on if what I was doing was enough.

fast forward a few years (and 20lbs) I'm smack dab in the middle of Graduate school and looked in the mirror one day and honestly did not recognize the reflection! YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! was one of second thoughts... "this is NOT ok"! So... took the summer off tried some crazy crash diet lost 15 and felt like I might be on track.

fast forward a few more years: HELLO Atkins... (not a good idea) fell off that band wagon super quick. "there has got to be a better way"! Then I read (probably somewhere on Pinterest) about Clean Eating... WHAT IS THIS? And looking back I think this is where my life really started on my true Wellness path. learning about what foods fuel our bodies, what chemicals are in other foods, and what kind of healthy life style I wanted to live. It wasn't easy you see, I am a pretty picky eater and wasn't really exposed to many "good" foods as a kid. THIS WAS HARD.

another fast forward... accomplished some of my professionals goals, married my best friend, in the best shape of my life, and OH SNAP.... I'm pregos. It may or may not have been a surprise (at least that what my parents called it when they got pregnant with me lol). Now, yes, I was a little scared to be a mommy but honestly I work with kids every day and felt pretty prepared for the parenting thing..... but what about my body...what about stretch marks?! what about...what about... what about.... The fear of losing control of my body and physique became overwhelming. The fear, however, was very difficult to talk about. Everyone was so happy for us. For me! I was happy too, but so scared. It latterly took me almost a decade to figure out how to get my body and mind right. to learn how to accept myself and to work hard out side of my high school gym. I kept most of my work out routine until about 4 months in, then it became too uncomfortable. THANK GOD FOR YOGA. I did that 2 times a week which kept me feeling healthy and somewhat together.

After my daughter was born I struggled with post partum depression for almost a year. I remember feeling a lot of loss and almost grief at time when I was suppose to be overwhelmed with happiness. Now don't get me wrong, I was happy to the mommy to my beautiful little girl. What I am speaking too is the moment lots of moms go through when see their baby and know there should be this certain kind of feeling and recognizing the absence of it. I was aware of a lot of things I lost in becoming a mom. Time, strength, freedom, activities I enjoyed doing, and a little bit of my identity. I really didn't know who I was as mom. I felt lost. I remember sitting on the living room floor and crying. Crying because I knew 2 things.....1) something is wrong with me 2) this was not how I was going to keep going. So I asked myself "what do you have control over". And that put me on a mission. I needed to have a "minute" where I could work on me. For me, that was the gym. I had so much doubt though! How am I, a working mom of a new baby, going to fit in going to the gym?! Of course I was in search of inspiration so where do we women turn to for that....FACEBOOK! I came across an old lifting partner from a few years back and she had just completed a fitness photoshoot. I saw it and was instantly annoyed and then motivated. She had 3 kids and worked full time. Now, my excuses were no longer working for me. I needed to know how she did it, so I messaged her and she met me a week later with this ridiculous binder full of workouts. (Enter TeamFit). I said wow, that's great but when do you have time to even do this? she said 5am. I had no words. NO ONE SHOULD BE UP THAT EARLY!. she said she would pick me up. NO ONE SHOULD BE UP THAT EARLY! ok I said, but I need a couple of weeks to mourn my sleep and prepare to die. she said ok.

I knew that this was going to be a big change. I also knew that this was going to impact my family. So my husband and I spoke on a road trip (when he has no escape is the best time for heart to hearts lol) and asked him to commit with me. Not to the meal plan, not to the workouts, but to the time and help I would need to make this successful. He gets it (that's why I married him).

Day 1: puke
Day 2: almost pass out
Day 3: cardio? please no.....ok... almost die
Day 4: cant move
Day 5: wow! I made it! hurts to sit on the toilet but I MADE IT.

week 2 turned in to 3 then week 4 turned into my buddy and my ride breaking up with me to go to another gym (this really was pretty funny how close it was to high school break up). I did good though, kept my cool. Played it off like it was no big deal. "I totally get it" "ill be fine"! All while..... panicking on the inside. I was all alone. No one to make sure my ass was out of bed. It was time to have a serious commitment talk with my self. Week 5 came and I was solo but it was ok. I had a plan. I had a plan that I looked forward to everyday. I had a tribe. A tribe that continued to prove that anyone can achieve their goals. I also had friends that I didn't know I had. There were other women at gym working the plans too. These women have turned out to be some of my biggest mentors and partners. I am now more strong, more fit, then I ever was before. I am not where I want to be but I am not where I was yesterday and, the most important part, I ACCEPT THAT. I AM OK WITH THAT. I know that I have the resources and the will to be as strong and kick ass as I want to be. Thank you TeamFit and Liz for inspiring, motivating, and helping women accept themselves for who they are and challenging them be their best selves. The difference you have made in my life is more then I can ever express in words and for that I will forever be grateful.

Finally had enough. Samantha Jones

I've always been overweight. "Too tall and too heavy" in the 90th percentile all through my childhood. Started playing sports in junior high, and got in decent shape by the time I was a senior in high school. Then college happened. And being in a relationship and being comfortable happened. I slowly gained 60lbs after high school. Then in 2014 I got pregnant. Hit the 300lb mark in January 2015 just before I had my son.

In November 2015 I had I'd dropped most of my baby weight, but I wanted to do better. I found a gym that I loved, products that worked, and a tribe of people with similar goals that helped to keep me accountable to my goals.

Today, I'm nearly 40lbs down and 23" lost overall, with no plans to stop any time soon.
I've set a goal for myself to compete in this years Tri-fit competition in Florida in June - if only to prove to myself that I can do it. Thanks to team fit, and all of the inspiring women that make me want to keep pushing forward!

Nicholee Froese, I reclaimed my health!

Over the past 6 months I have been focusing on improving my health, wellness & happiness. I had let my health & fitness slide during the painful end of a difficult marriage. Although I had finally gotten back on my feet & finished nesting in my new house, I was not in a good head space. My evenings were lonely, filled only with too many late nights of Neflix & wine. I knew I needed to transform my head and reclaim my health.

I became a member of a local gym in September. The owner is a TeamFit coach and encouraged me to participate in the TeamFit Holiday Shred DietBet. Getting connected with an online community was key. The TeamFit tribe provided inspiration, motivation, support & accountability. I lost almost 9lb in those 30 days!

With the TeamFit wind in my sails, I decided to go all in and sign up for a Photo shoot Challenge with my daughter. We trained hard & ate clean for 10 weeks. We had an amazing online community of women to shore us up when the times were rough and to tell us which outfits were knockouts for the upcoming shoot. The actual shoot was just a few short weeks ago. I will never forget stepping in front of the camera with my transformed body and feeling like a superstar. What an amazing, inspirational experience to go through with my daughter & 40 other women!

And now I just can't stop - won't stop! I have just started training using a Team Fit program for the Tri-Fitness Challenge in Tampa in June. This new challenge takes me even further out of my comfort zone as I was never athletic in my younger years. I am determined to unleash my inner athlete and slay this goal as well!

I am so grateful that I have become part of the TeamFit tribe of women committed to supporting each other in reaching fitness goals. It has been an essential part of my journey toward a healthier mind and body. Thank you TeamFit!

Finding Myself After A Mess: My Story

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My story starts November 23rd, 2015. My life turned upside down when my youngest son who was healthy and happy and safe in my uterus swimming around was suddenly and unexpectedly brought into this world. We were unable to find a heartbeat at his 38 week appointment with the doppler. When we did the ultrasound it was a very slow 50bpm. I was rushed into surgery alone while my husband and son were sitting helplessly at home because we were a one car family and I told them to not come to this appointment because I thought it would be quick. Evan lived for 2 days before God spoke to us and told us it was time to let him come Home. So we released him back to God on November 25th. I fell into a very deep and dark depression. But thank God for good friends and an amazing husband who never left my side. I went to counseling, sought out the Lord like I had never before and was put on medication until I was able to function again 10 weeks later and came off it. My coach, Cassie Hickel, is a long time friend of mine and she was with me during this dark time of my life. She stood beside me, unwavering. Offering help and kind words when needed. She also saw how shaken I was. My purpose in life was shaken from the ground up. I needed to find myself again. This is where Team Fit Mom, Girl and Bride found me. I saw Cassie post her pictures after her first phase of this wonderful program. I knew she was doing a program but I didn't know what it all entailed. I also knew she was breastfeeding and I was donating my milk at the time, so I inquired about the safety of it. And without even barely thinking about it I knew I needed this in my life. I needed to better myself. I had hit a weight I never thought I would, I was uncomfortable, I was lazy, I was tired. I was everything all balled into one. The first day I stepped into the gym I was a ball of emotions. I knew that if I had a little 3 month old baby at home I wouldn't be able to do this as easily with my 3 year old as well. I knew I shouldn't be there. Or at least that's what the devil was trying to tell me. I shook it off and got at it. I use to lift in college and I was in shape before kids. But I made excuses like I was too busy or too this or too that. And then it happened. I couldn't finish a work out. I told Cassie and I remember her words very clearly "Girl! I'm sure you rocked it! I couldn't get through a work out at first either and it took me a good 4 weeks before I could finish a cardio! Stick with it. You will do amazing!" And I did. I went back again and again and again. And I could feel it getting easier. I was able to up my weights and I was able to finish my cardio work outs. And before I knew it 4 weeks was up and I lost 14 inches and 10 lbs. I am now in week 8 and I can't wait to see what my last 4 weeks have done for me. I'm fitting into clothes easier. Digging out jeans I thought were lost causes. And I feel more confident. I found my confidence. I found my new meaning and purpose. I have energy to go out and RUN with my 3 year old. He loves that I'm playing with him more and I'm not a lazy log sitting on the couch anymore! Thank you! Thank you for creating something that everyone can get behind. And thank you for the community of people I feel comfortable with posting half naked photos of myself!! ;) I hope my story brought you joy because your program brings me just that when I tie up my shoes and step foot in that gym every morning!

Taking my body on a journey!!!

Taking my body on a journey!!!

Since joining Team Fit Mom and using Advocare products I have done so many different things that I never thought possible. The best part about all of this is that there's always a team of ladies that is there cheering me on no matter what I'm doing and I can be there for others as they go through their journey as well...... It's like family!!

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