Cheryl's Food Fit Journey

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Hi everyone, my name is Cheryl Contreras and I am excited to share with you about my incredible journey towards whole health. For many years, my personal health took a back seat as I focused on my husband and raising our two amazing daughters. While I am thankful for the privilege of this role, and I am truly blessed, the time came when they went off to college and I now had open space to challenge myself to better health. I have always strived for optimal health spiritually and emotionally, but felt like I was somehow vain or selfish to commit towards more health physically. I prayed over it, discussed with my husband, and committed to a local gym. Over the next year and a half I worked hard and disciplined myself to two hours a day, six days a week. I felt stronger and healthier, but then I was introduced to Get Fit through our Corp Fit Bootcamp “Lionfit.”

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At first I thought, why… I already have a program for myself in place, but I decided to participate with my colleagues at Big Valley because I was drawn to the nutritional support and information offered. Fast forward through an incredible experience, over the next six weeks for the first time I was in a place where I had peace about my commitment to my physical health. I truly knew and believed that God wants me to care for the body He has given me in order to fully be ready to serve Him with all I am! I fell in love with the community and received emotional and spiritual support from both the Get Fit team and clients. Needless to say I was hooked!

However, I privately knew I still struggled with having healthy habits with my nutrition so I signed up for Food Fit and my journey went to the next level! First of all, I experienced how strong and healthy you truly can feel when fueling the body with clean, fuel food. It is amazing the energy and positive outlook I had once I was in the flow of feeding my body the way God planned it! But… it didn’t come without bumps and bruises along the way since I tend to be an all or nothing temperament. I either legalistically follow the plan or I step off of it, binge, and feel defeated until I pick myself up and get back on. This happened to me three weeks into our clean eating plan. I had worked so hard for three weeks that when it happened I felt devastated. Of course, the big step after crying out to God about my failure was to contact Heather who talked me off the ledge and refocused my attitude to being determined and “starting over.” I am happy to say that I did start back at day one and made thirty days of 100% compliance! I felt the best I ever remember feeling with weight, body fat, and muscle mass at levels I never ever thought I could reach, but yet God helped me get there at a later season in life (it’s like Abraham lol).

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Not only did I learn a ton about food, nutrition, food resources, supplements, etc… I also walked away with a more compassionate heart towards those who struggle with any type of addiction. I realized how easy it is to think they should just walk away from their addictions as if it’s so easy. My weakness may be different than someone else’s, but it’s still a struggle all the same that can only be overcome by the grace of God, the power and strength of the holy spirit, and the love and support of a community of people that are like family! I also learned very important, but practical things like avoiding exhaustion so I don’t step off the path and that I can pick myself up and get back on track if need be- I now have the tools and the understanding. I feel so strongly about the incredible family of Get Fit that I count it a huge blessing that now not only am I a client, but I am also a trainer where I pray God will use my life to encourage, challenge, and pour into others that whole health truly is the goal. I can do life working on my physical fitness while still growing my spiritual and emotional fitness as well!

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Thanks for letting me share a journey that has not come to an end but continues to take me places and grow me like none other!

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