If you are reading these words right now, I would first like to say that I am very thankful you are here and welcome to Point Her Journey!
My name is Amber and I am a health and wellness coach and mentor. I run monthly accountability fitness groups online to help people (women specifically) learn how to approach the world of health and exercise in a realistic way. My heart is to teach about physical, as well as mental health, as they are both of importance.
I am a married mother of two littles who are both under the age of 5. I have been on my own health journey for the last two and a half years. The reason I refer to it as a “journey” is because that is exactly what it is! I am by no means perfect, and I don’t spend hours at the gym. I simply get my body moving at least four times a week. Health has become a big part of my life, and that is what has led me to helping others learn to do the same for themselves.
I have struggled with self-esteem issues my entire life. But when I started gaining weight after college, it was like I was dealing with it for the very first time. Throughout my early 20’s, I steadily put on extra weight. Once I gained this weight, I went to some pretty extreme measures to try to lose it. After years of “yo-yo dieting”, I finally began to realize that there had to be a better way. What I was doing to my body was not healthy, and I knew I was risking the chance of doing long-term damage, just to lose a couple pounds!
I always thought that a “healthy lifestyle” meant that you ate salads for every single meal and spent hours working out in a gym every single day. I had absolutely no concept of what it really meant to be a healthier person. It was something that I was afraid of. To be honest, I think a LOT of people are intimidated by fitness and anything health related.
Growing up, fitness was not exactly something that was practiced in our household. My younger sister and I were active kids, so we never had any weight or health issues. We also never really had the example of “being healthy” set for us, either. The only exposure I had to anything health or fitness related was when one, or both, of my parents went on a diet. This was also the only time I ever saw either of my parents do any form of exercise. I had no concept of what it meant to have a healthy balance of good nutrition and daily exercise.
Fitness and health can become a very touchy subject for a lot of people. I feel like something happens to us ESPECIALLY when we become wives and mothers. Many of us tend to gain weight in our marriages and through our journey of motherhood. We put ourselves on the back burner because we become so consumed with taking care of everyone else.
That is why I am here.
I want you to realize that it IS totally possible to create a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, with a little bit of support and accountability from me. Getting started is the hardest part, and learning to let go of the guilt for doing something good for you is the very first step.
I share a lot of my life on social media, and now I will also be sharing through Point Her Journey. Social media has become my own personal form of therapy, allowing me to share my fitness journey with my friends, family, and even complete strangers that I may never meet. I became my own accountability partner when no one seemed to understand what I was doing for myself. I wasn’t on a “diet”. I was 100% working towards creating a new lifestyle that didn’t involve feeling sorry for myself.
Several people in my life make comments about me being “obsessed” with working out and yeah, maybe I am a little bit. I am obsessed with being a better person than I was yesterday. I am obsessed with being a good example for my children and as healthy as I can be for them. I am obsessed with helping women learn to love themselves again. I want people to know just how beautiful they are, no matter their shape or size. Health is so much more than just exercise. It’s about taking care of our mind, body and soul.
It takes steps; little, teeny, tiny baby steps. Do not wait until a new year rolls around to commit to making changes. Start small, and make resolutions you will continue on with for the rest of your life. It’s time to learn how to start loving yourself again. And I’ll be there to help you along the way.