Hi! Thanks for visiting my home on the web! My name is Meri Chung and I am a blended family mom, partner to my soul mate, and health and fitness coach. I had my son in 2012 and after that I kind of lost myself. I was working full time 12 weeks after I had him and I couldn’t figure out how to balance having a newborn with a full-time job. Oh! And I was still breastfeeding at home and pumping at work, which brought its own challenges.
I began to feel hopeless. I hadn’t lost any weight from the pregnancy because I was soothing my anxiety through food. I was 60 pounds overweight and I didn't see a way back to who I used to be. I thought losing that kind of weight was for people on TV where they had all their meals prepared for them and a trainer to come to their house every day. I had no energy to play with my son or to even get through the day at work without drinking coffee 3 times a day. I had no confidence in my body and that spilled over into my love life.
My life consisted of work, kids (now a blended family with my soul mate and his 3 children), and hours of TV until I fell asleep. I had no real purpose or enrichment. I felt constantly overwhelmed with the thought of losing all that weight and it gave me anxiety to think of all I would have to do and how long it would take me to do it. So, I never started. I also never felt like I had the time to do anything beyond what I was already doing.
Being a mom of 1, and in my new relationship becoming a step-mom to 3 more, our weekends consisted of activities with the kids and making sure we made the most out of the time we had all together. Leaving little time for me to do anything extra. At the end of most days I would separate from the rest of the family because I was so overwhelmed with doing everything for everyone but me.
Being in that place left me feeling sad and defeated. I couldn't find clothes that fit but I also didn't want to buy clothes for my fat body so I wore the same things over and over again. I had a closet full of clothes I couldn't fit in as a constant reminder of what I had allowed to happen to my body. I watched TV a lot of the time, so I wasn't present for my kids and I wasn't a loving partner for my boyfriend. I emotionally ate to make myself feel better. I "treated myself" A LOT! I would eat whatever I wanted because it made me feel better but then I would be upset that I ate that much. It was a cycle that repeated at least once a week.
My Ah-Ha moment came when I was just tired of feeling hopeless. Like I had no way out. I was not loving the body I was in. And not because I didn't love myself, but because I KNEW I could be a better version of myself than what I was being. A more active mom and a more present partner. I also didn't want to have this bad example for the kids. I didn't want them to think it was ok to not try to be your best self. I wanted to be those things but I didn't know how to get there.
That’s when I was introduced to something that would change my life! My coach messaged me through a mommy group we both belonged to try a 21-day program that consisted of daily 30-minute workouts and a meal plan that included a daily nutrition shake. Since then, I have lost 35 pounds AND KEPT IT OFF!! I attribute my success this time around to the support from my coach and my daily nutrition shake. Those 2 things made the world of difference in my journey.
This experience was so life altering for me, I became a coach myself so I could pay it forward to other women who felt hopeless like I did. I no longer have to feel hopeless like I did before and I have recognized when I am self-sabotaging my goals and happiness. Let’s be real, I had the time to be working out, it just wasn't enough of a priority for me to take that time and JUST DO IT!
My goal is to help women understand that you DO have time for YOU once you DECIDE your needs for self-care are just as important as the needs of your family.