Ambassador Spotlight: Life As the Fat Friend Blog

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Life as the Fat Friend

What a great title, no? It brings many images and I’m sure many can relate.
I was never “the fat friend” and yet I have so much empathy and I was intrigued by this blog.
Deanna is the amazing creator of this brand, and she gives encouragement and talks openly and honestly about her struggles of the journey she is still on.
Deanna has lost 84 lbs. to date, and I’ll be honest, even if she had 184 lbs. more to go, I’d still have her as a Sweaty Betties Ambassador!

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I told my team:  I didn’t ask for a picture. I didn’t ask for your weight. I asked for STORIES.
What matters to me is that Deanna has an amazing story. She hasn’t always had the perfect life and she still struggles and she’s REAL. She’s relatable, she’s funny, she’s sarcastic at times, insanely creative and smart. Deanna's Kiddos

She is on a journey that many women struggle with in her weight-loss, she is open about her health, her kids, her family and yet she changes her attitude to make the most of it daily.

Deanna also runs an awesome business as an Origami Owl Consultant, where she helps design beautiful and personal lockets. They are great as gifts for new moms, remembering the loss of someone, graduation gifts, friendship gifts and more!

Ambassador Spotlight: Crystal Honeycutt/Train Dirty Fitness

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What can I say about Crystal Honeycutt?
First of all, I have to give her credit for giving me the idea to have an ambassador program. I really wanted to find a way to get more women involved in the mission of The Sweaty Betties and share their stories and my ambassadors make me so proud.

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Crystal has quite a story and if you’re lucky enough to know her, you instantly love her.
She is a booty poppin’ Southern Belle who tells it like it is and has a 100 lb. weight-loss story—> sweet southern charm with a little sass!!
Crystal is the owner of Train Dirty Fitness and she and I actually run online group weight-loss coaching together (which will start again in the fall)

Recently Crystal hosted the very first Train Dirty Fitness and Sweaty Betties Bootcamp certification, so now other fitness instructors can be certified to teach her methods.

Training Dirty is no Joke!!

Training Dirty is no Joke!!

If you want to find out more about Crystal’s Programs check out all her links!!

Iron Bombshell 12 week lifting program
http://traindirtyfitness.com/iron-bombshell-muscle-builder/

Bombshell Bootcamp
http://traindirtyfitness.com/bombshell-bootcamp/

 

Whole to Healthy: Ambassador Spotlight

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CHRISTYWhole to Healthy is the name of Christy’s blog, business and page. I fell in love with Christy’s story because she has struggled with something that MANY, many, many women deal with– thyroid issues. Not feeling well, doctors not finding anything wrong, getting prescribed medication for depression, yet knowing there was something else. She is almost done with her Master Nutrition Therapy Degree and will be offering raw vegan and paleo 30-day programs soon.

CHECK OUT HER STORY HERE

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Christy Beauchot Smith, a Certified Nutrition Therapist, didn’t always have the passion for nutrition that she has today.  Her younger years were spent eating large amounts of cookies and candy with no care, or side effects, until she developed Hashimotos Thyroiditis at the age of 25.  What she ate, and how she felt, quickly became a concern for her. Her once thin frame began carrying more and more weight that seemed impossible to lose.  After being introduced to the all natural, whole foods way of eating through a wellness program that she eventually worked for, not only did she lose the weight, but she found her true calling.  Now, a busy mother of two young boys, and the owner of two businesses Whole to Healthy Nutrition, and DipSticks Gourmet Pretzels, she is currently enrolled in the Nutrition Therapy Institute and will earn her Master Nutrition Therapy degree by fall of 2013.  Her love of cooking and helping others, combined with this nutrition degree will give her the tools she needs to help people take back their kitchens, and begin their own healthy paths, without feeling like slaves to the diet world. Christy was also featured in an article about juicing for Shape magazine online and was asked to create 5 heart-healthy juice recipes for Omega Juicers. Beyond the kitchen, Christy loves hiking, box jumps, listening to all kinds of music, hanging with her family and her lovable golden retriever and rescued yellow tabby cat, watching The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey, playing piano, and obsessing over all things monkey-related.

Better Believe Fit: Ambassador Spotlight

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Sweaty Betties Ambassador SPOTLIGHT!!Astrid

Astrid is the spunky gal from the Facebook Page Better Believe Fit and www.betterbelievefit.com

I first fell in LOVE with Astrid when I saw her posting videos of herself doing some of the Sweaty Betties workouts and I thought “Damn! This girl is in good shape!!”
Then I found out that she has quite the story herself:

Astrid is a  wife and mother to two awesome kiddo’s 2 1/2 and 7 yrs old. She founded Better Believe Fit a little over a year and a half ago simply to have a place to voice her passion for finding a happier and healthier lifestyle. Her motivational and inspirational page has grown to over 11K followers on Facebook and she decided to start a website/blog www.BetterBelieveFit.com
Astrid is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with a HUGE love of Kettlebells and Interval Training. Not only does she teach classes at a local gym but she started offering classes twice a week in her small town at the park.
Why does she do this???
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 ” When I was overweight I was depressed and on anti-anxiety meds, I suffered panic attacks and was just miserable. I never felt like I could get control over my eating and lack of motivation. It was one excuse after another that led me further and further into a depression and struggle with eating disorders. I sat in my closet one day with my only pair of pants that I had that somewhat fit and cried…because they were now too tight! I was mad at myself and disgusted. Then I stopped making excuses to why I was this way and its like this switch got flipped…I knew that the only thing stopping me from taking control of my life was ME!!! Crazy, HUH!?!? So I started to make changes that I could live with, I started to walk and jog and the weight slowly came off. The more I have educated myself about having a healthy lifestyle the more I want to share this gift with EVERYONE I meet!!! It is possible to do it and ALL you need is a positive attitude and the willpower to keep going!!! So I got my Personal Training and Group Fitness Certs and here I am. My life has changed so much and I am a MILLION times happier. My husband and my kids get to have the best of me for much longer and that alone is worth every single drop of sweat. When someone tells me I have inspired them to not give up and just keep going THAT is what makes me know I will NEVER give up and I will ALWAYS be here to motivate and inspire anyone anytime they need it”
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Astrid takes this passion and puts it to work on her websites and Facebook page with Workouts, Videos, Recipes, Healthy eating tips and lots of fun and OH YES! an occasional pic of The Rock thrown in for good measure ; ) If you are local to her in Harrisonburg, VA you can get in a great workout at one of her classes for Interval Training and Kettlebells, or even schedule a one on one training session. Either way she will be sure to whip your butt into shape in no time ; )
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