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A Mother’s Journey to Wellness

A Mother's Journey

We are honored that Megan Hopkins is sharing her remarkable story of health and healing here at Eden’s Corner. Her story is one of hope, courage and inspiration.

 

Reni: “Thank you for taking the time to share your inspiring story of your wellness journey here on Eden’s Corner.”

 

Megan: “Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you and your readers.”

 

Reni: “Tell us a bit about you and your life before you started your wellness journey.”

 

Megan: “My name is Megan and I am a 31 year old stay at home mom of three. My children are ages 12, 6 and 1. I am also a fitness support coach.  And I have been married to my amazing and supportive husband for almost seven years.

Photo of Megan Hopkins. A Mother's Journey.

I have struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life. I have also struggled with my weight and eating habits my entire adult life. I fed my depression and anxiety with cookies, chili cheese fries and wine. Not only did this make things incredibly worse, but I was also teaching my children unhealthy habits. When you are in the mix of depression and anxiety, you are blind to it. Everyone on the outside can see the disaster but you.

 

My husband and I would have a meltdown and I would try to fix it. Everything would be ok for a bit and then the cycle would repeat. I couldn't break the cycle on my own.

 

It's amazing to me how healing some food can be while others are harmful. Food, exercise and positive living play a huge role in my daily life. I'm not obsessed with it but it helps me to stay well physically and mentally.

Megan struggled with depression and anxiety most of her life. A Mothers Journey to Wellness.jpg

The Final Straw

The final straw came five months after my third baby and third c-section. I was overweight, closet eating and depression was seeping in. My son helped me realize I was falling in it deep again. So I reached out to a support coach, asked for help, joined a group and changed the course of my life AND my family's life forever.”

 

Reni: “You say you reached out to a support group? How did you find that group?”

 

Megan: “I had been following my coach Megan for a couple of months when she posted about an online fitness group opportunity. It was right around the holidays and it was to inspire people to make healthier choices and come out lighter and feeling better after the holidays were finished.”

Megan in the before. A Mothers Journey to Wellness beginning.

Reni: “What was your inspiration that motivated you to continue your wellness journey and ultimately share your journey helping others achieve good health and guide them in their fitness goals?”

 

Megan: “The driving force that really made me want to make a life long change was my kids. I was brushing my five year old’s teeth before bed one night and he asked me, "Mom, why is your tummy so big and why do you need to eat all the food?" This came as a shock to me, not because of what he said, but the fact that he noticed everything I was eating and how it was changing me. I decided then that I needed to be the leader for my family to live a healthy, active and happy life.

About a month into my journey I could see a drastic change and I could FEEL it. I felt better from the inside out and I felt hope. That's when I decided that I couldn't keep this amazing opportunity to myself and I wanted to pay it forward. I had struggled with depression and anxiety my whole life. I had lost hope, felt severely insecure and just plain sick all the time. My health and wellness journey has changed ALL of that. Now I want to bring hope to others and empower them so they too can learn about healthy eating habits, daily exercise and daily personal development. I have read many different books for personal development to help me turn my bad habits into good ones such as, "Change Any-thing.” There are many excellent books that can guide you to living positively and to the life you deserve. NOBODY should ever feel hopeless and alone.”

Megan and kids working out. A Mothers Journey to Wellness.
Reni and Scampy at the beach, for the newsletter.

Reni: “What kind of commitment does it require? What rewards/benefits have you seen personally and from others?”

 

Megan: “To start your journey you must be willing to make changes in your daily habits, study yourself a bit to find your triggers, be ok with failing and know that it's not going to happen overnight. You’ve got to believe in yourself. You can dive head first with a program and a 30-day online support group or you can work privately piece by piece with me as a coach until you are ready to take that big step. I am rewarded daily watching others grow; begin to feel better and start sharing their journey with others and ultimately changing more lives.”

 

Reni: “How has it affected your life today?”

 

Megan: “It has positively changed not only my life, but my family and some of my friends’ lives as well. And it's not just about losing weight, it's about feeling better in ALL areas of your life and it's starts with loving yourself. One of the best ways to love yourself is by taking care of yourself.”

Megan in complete health. A Mothers Journey to Wellness

Reni: “You obviously understand that nutrition is key to good health and healing. What nutritional support do you include in your daily regimen?”

 

Megan: Shakeology. It has been a lifesaver. It's not a weight loss shake or a protein shake. Although it does help aid in weight loss while helping to make you healthier, which makes you FEEL better. People don't understand that we are often nutrient deficient in everyday life. Then when you try to get healthy or lose weight, you lose even more nutrients, which can make you crave unhealthy foods making weight loss an even more frustrating journey.

Shakeology nourishes your body. It contains over 70 super foods, which provide nutrients that can curb cravings, give you energy and make you FEEL better. It also helps in aiding proper digestion, and ultimately more energy and an overall sense of wellness. It's amazing stuff! It doesn't give you everything you need but it's a great start! There are no gmo’s, no fillers, it’s all natural, and tastes amazing!

 

Reni: Aside from a fit body, what opportunities does Team BeachBody provide others?

 

Megan: Team Beachbody not only offers fitness programs and nutritional support with Shakeology, but gives you the opportunity to build a home-based online business helping others, and yourself at the same time!

 

Reni: How can others get involved and learn more about what you do? Is the Team BeachBody program exclusive to Washington State or can one find it in other states as well?

Megan: They can email me at fitmegs8@gmail.com to get more detailed information, just to chat or pretty much anything. I can help anyone really.

 

Reni: “Megan, what would you like to say to others that are feeling frustrated and unhappy with their health and weight?”

Megan: “Take it one day at a time, be patient with yourself, love yourself, do daily personal development and reach out for support! There are others like you that can help you! And no one should ever feel hopeless and alone.

Reni: Thank you Megan for sharing your health and wellness story with us. You are a shining star and a beacon of hope to light the way for others.

 

Discipline is Just Choosing Between What You Want NOW

and What You Want MOST

 

At Eden’s Corner we know that good health is a choice, and should be your top priority. We’ve experienced our own set of health challenges and understand the determination and self-love it requires to get healthy and feel good.  You can create the life you really want by making the decision to start your wellness journey.

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