When people walk through the doors at MPower fitness they know they want a change. They want something better for their lives. Sometimes they come in in rough shape, emotionally and physically. Sometimes they are doing pretty well but looking for something different.
Most often they don’t know just how much their lives will positively change with consistent exercise, a supportive community and what people call the magic of MPower.
Rachael’s story is truly amazing and for those of you who know her, she (and her children) have been through a lot in the last 8 years.
When she first came in, she was struggling to cope with the death of her husband Clay and to raise two young boys alone.
She had gained weight, was still gaining, wasn’t exercising and was rounding out each day with a bottle of wine.
Within a year of joining the program, her whole life looked dramatically different. For the Better!
She had lost weight, lost inches, was in incredible shape and had earned herself a role on our MPower team.
Roughly 3 years into her journey, she, Kellie Lillehei and I were on a trip to Florida for a convention. We were sitting poolside and Kellie and I suggested that Rachael consider doing a bikini competition. I’m pretty sure this came about as we were sipping a cocktail and Rachael was trying to figure out how to put the exact drink into her myfitnesspal tracking app.
I’m also pretty sure Kellie and I were giving Rachael some grief for not ever putting the myfitnesspal down :p. But what we saw was grit and dedication. The kind we knew would be what it took to do a fitness competition.
Rachael says, “I knew nothing of fitness competitions…didn’t even know what it was. When I did find out what it was all about, I decided it wasn’t for me.
Another 2 years passed. Now I was thinking about where I wanted to see myself at 50. I revisited the idea of fitness competition. It turns out bikini was not where I saw myself but figure was a category I could see myself doing and I had a lot of work ahead of me.”
Fast forward through a rigorous eating plan, 4-5 days per week of training and almost a year without any alcohol. This past May, Rachael walked on stage at Mr and Ms Natural MN and won 3rd place!
“In a million years, I never could have imagined achieving this kind of goal. But thanks largely in part to the encouragement and support of my MPower family. I did the thing!”
Over the last 6 years, Rachael’s role here at MPower has evolved too. She became a certified coach and has been making cameo appearances on the floor at both studios. She is a regular meeting with clients for what we call NAG sessions: Nutrition and Goal setting appointments.
She loves any and all client interactions- except collecting delinquent payments. (Let’s be honest, none of us really like that part.)
She says, she is always able to find the silver lining and sometimes she thinks that she is happier and more excited for their progress than they are!
But being in great shape and being the “healthy mom” hasn’t just impacted her work life. Rachael knows her two boys are proud of her. She delights when they and their friends ask for tips and suggestions on health and fitness.
If you had asked Rachael, 7 years ago when she sat across from me crying (and hung over) where she would be by this time I know she wouldn’t have said here. She has made gigantic strides in the last 7 years and she couldn’t be happier.
Also, she recently got engaged! If you see her give her a big ole hug and ask to see that beautiful ring of hers.
We love you Rachael and are glad to have you as a part of the family.
We can’t wait to see what this next decade brings for her and all of you!
As a side note,
I’m not sure what I’d do without a good Rachael story to tell when I go home to visit my actual family :p