What an honor that Cyndi&I were chosen for spotlight boot campers!!! It's such a blessing to get to know so many wonderful people and get healthy together. It's not exactly appealing to me to write my testimony for so many people to read but I believe it is what we all are called to do.Rev.12:11. This is NOT a sob story it is a testimony of Gods faithfulness and grace.
Born in 72 both my parents were addicts. They divorced when I was three and I lived with my mom while I was growing up. My dad and I had no relationship. I watched my mother struggle with drugs and alcohol severely. We were very poor even to the point of being homeless for a little bit. When I turned 15 I met Cyndi and shortly after I moved away from home. She finished school while I worked as a ranch hand. We married when she was 20 by one month and I was 21. We were married for eleven years before we had Chandler&Addie. It is only by the grace of God we are still married because I have had to beat my own addictions and conquer the battlefield in my own mind. Today Cyndi and I have an amazing marriage that still is not without its own struggles but we are overcomes thru Jesus. The Lord has blessed us with two beautiful children and a thriving business.
I started ABC last September with the prodding of Cyndi and Jason Merz(thanx yall). I had never done any exercise routine outside of hard labor building our company and for the five years prior to starting ABC. I did not realize how out of shape I had gotten sitting in the truck seat managing😳I thought I was still in pretty good shape.....WRONG. I will never forget how humbling it was to get my rear end kicked by all those 'soccer moms'.......that's still happening by the way! Twelve years ago I broke my ankle very badly and the orthopedic surgeon said I would limp for the rest of my life and I would certainly never run again. He was wrong. God restored my body! I am hooked completely on ABC. I can not speak enough about the people we have met and the sense of community. I love all the trainers and look forward to many years to come in the ABC family. Thank you Channel for being obedient and sticking with the whole ABC thing. You are affecting so many lives in ways you may never understand.
When I first heard Jason and I were the spotlight boot campers..... Honestly, I laughed. I was the kid that was always picked last for the team in PE. I was on the Pep Squad in high school and I went to a private dance school so I could try out for the dance team. I could dance when no one was looking but, to perform in front of an audience. Yikes!!! Didn't make the team. I was never 'athletic'. During Jason and I's first 7 years of marriage I worked full time and would go for walks or do the latest workout videos at home. I was always one of those people that could eat whatever I wanted and stay skinny but, I never liked my body. I always wanted to be in shape. When I turned 25 I was working with a group of women who were on a nonfat diet kick. I decided to join in. I thought that would get me the results I was looking for. I ate all the time. When I got to work and we were eating breakfast we were planning lunch. I mean we could eat all the time. It was fat free!!! I went from approximately 100lbs to 127lbs in about 6 months. I carried that weight for a 1 1/2 years. I finally fell on my knees and asked God for help. With God's help I decided to only eat when my stomach actually called for food. Not appetite but, true hunger. I was back down to my normal weight within 6 months. Although I still was not making healthy food choices. After I had my kids and Addie was about 10 months old, my baby weight was coming off but, my body just did not go back to normal..... So I started walking and tried to eat healthy. A personal trainer came to a Moms group I was in and gave us a workout I did everyday. That birthed in me a love for taking care of my body. I started reading all kinds of books on nutrition. I changed the way I cooked for our family. When Chandler was 5 he wanted to race me in the park....I ran with all I had and he beat me. So I raced him again. He beat me again. He looked at me and said quit letting me win. I had to confess I was not letting him win I was out of shape. I started running every other day. It hurt. I ran my 1st 5k 2 1/2 years ago. I loved it. 😍 I would alternate between running and doing p90x. A year and a half ago I started seeing a nutritionist because although I was thin and 'eating healthy', My body was not working. She ran a slew of test and told me I was so nutrient deficient my brain was not even able to function correctly. I learned that day.....you can not tell by looking at someone if they are healthy or not. She immediately got me on the right road to becoming physically healthy. It's not about what you look like physically its about being healthy. I do still struggle with that though. I wanted to do something more physically. The 'gym' was not an option. Jason could not get over the 80's meat market stigma out of his head. lol. Lindsey and Jason had invited me to Bootcamp for 6 months before I actually took them up on it. I thought it would be fun, but all those old feelings from childhood rose up and screamed Fear!!! I bit the bullet. I did my first class and got through it on my ego and pride. I was determined not to be last. I could not imagine any one looking at me. I finished and Channel said Wow you got through that fast do B!!!!! I thought I was going to die. 😝When I was leaving that day....Channel looked at me and said Cyndi, I feel like God is moving you out of isolation and moving you into insulation. I bought a punch card and cried all the way home. I never realized how isolated I was. I did everything by myself. I thought Bootcamp was going to be all about the workout. I was wrong. It's all about the great people. I have never felt so loved and accepted. Even when I am at my worst during a WOD or mentally. Boot camp is my second church. I love all of y'all. I am so grateful for all of you who love me back to life on a daily basis. My prayer is I will do the same for y'all. Love my Bootcamp family. 💜Thanks for being such a blessing to Jason and I.