Change SPOTLIGHT – Cherie Steffen

Hi guys!

How was everyone’s week?? I can honestly say this week was an awesome CHANGE. I was finally able to workout again (thank gosh!) and I listened to my hunger signals all week and best of all I didn’t let myself WORRY! What do I mean by that? I mean I didn’t over analyze every food/workout I did. I just went with the flow and kicked my own booty – literally

Ok so I know you all want to know the two winners of the Hello Berry Wishing Heart Bracelets, the winners are…..

Delorise Richardson (willowbay7 on instagram)

And…..Alexis!

Congratulations Ladies and thank you to everyone you participated!! We got so many amazing tweets, instagram and comments! We will have more giveaways in the near future! HUGE thanks to HelloBerry for their generous gift! Ladies, please provide me with your email with the title HELLOBERRY FOR CHANGE WINNER and I will send off your information to HelloBerry🙂

Now who’s ready to be inspired? Because this week’s Change SPOTLIGHT is deffinitely one of my biggest inspirations…Meet Cherie Steffen

Hey all! For the past three years, my life has been all about CHANGE. I didn’t know why or for what reason things were changing, but it all led me to where I am now and I’m so very thankful it did.

What a lot of people don’t know is that I originally embarked on a weight loss journey in January 2009. I was doing pretty well for three months until that March when I learned that I did not get a job that I was promised. I had left my former job, switched companies and took a pay cut with the promise of this promotion that never came. It was quite the blow to my mind. At the very same moment of receiving this news, my cell phone rang and then came a blow to my heart. My father was calling to tell me my
mother had cancer. In April I learned that the cancer was all over her body {my father left that part out}. In May I found out the cancer traveled to her brain as well. On June 1st, hospice care was ordered for her. She passed away on June 8th. The night before she died, my mother told me two things: Save money. Lose weight. I was determined to at least finish out the rest of 2009 working on the losing the weight part.

Two weeks later, I was in my home gym. I had just finished a walk on my treadmill and decided to hang some decorative items on the wall that my mother left for me. I dropped a nail, bent over, and heard a pop. It was the most excruciating pain I’d ever felt in my life. I had just herniated my lumbar disc.

I couldn’t work for months and they terminated me because of it. I was depressed and in pain and all I wanted was my mother, but she wasn’t there. Every pound that I had lost from the small attempt at getting in shape was gained and then some. I estimate that I packed on somewhere between 30-40 pounds. I spent the rest of 2009 in the worst shape of my life, angry, bitter, and hurting mentally and physically. I knew I needed a change, but I wasn’t sure what. My solution was to go back to school, change careers and get myself back on track. I’d at least start to save money like my mother told me to do. And yes, eventually lose the weight.

In January 2010, I enrolled at my local community college. I was excited, hopeful and looking forward to new things in my life and a fresh start. I was looking for a change. One day that January, out of nowhere, for a reason only known to him, my teacher called me Precious. Yes, the Precious from the movie titled Precious. The obese black girl, in other words. I stood there in front of all of my peers embarrassed. Mortified. Angry. I didn’t cry. I didn’t say anything to him. I just walked away. On the walk, I knew two things. I was going to lose the weight and no one would ever call me Precious again.

It’s now a little over two and a half years later and I have lost 85 pounds. I didn’t work out at a gym; I didn’t join any weight loss programs. I worked out at home and I cooked my own meals. I didn’t take any shakes, potions or magic pills, either. I learned a lot about fitness, nutrition and through dogged determination, I slowly and steadily worked and ate the weight off my body. I even switched careers
again and became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. I owe all of this to CHANGE. Change is good!

If you want to read more about my weight loss journey, exercises, healthy eating and more, you can follow along on my blog, Cherie Runs This.

If you are curious to read about what happened when I ran into that teacher a few months ago, check out this post

I can also be found on Facebook  , Twitter , Instagram – @cherierunsthis, Pinterest  and YouTube

Thanks for checking out my story and I’d love to connect with you soon!
–Cherie

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Wow – honestly if this doesn’t inspire you that you can CHANGE your lifestyle and get HEALTHY, I don’t know what will. Thank you so much Cherie for showing that you CAN lose weight and get STRONG and your OWN. No need for weightloss programs/supplements/gym membership. All you need is determination and perseverance. Way to go!

And let’s not forget all of the awesome CHANGE you guys made this week!

“Sometimes I don’t think there’s much of a difference…but there it is! And there will continue to be no matter how slow things may go at time!” #CHANGE

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We cannot stop telling you guys how AMAZING you are!! Keep CHANGING, keep TWEETING, INSTAGRAMING, CHALLENING yourself! We’re all in this TOGETHER! 

This week’s CHANGE video is also LIVE!

Much love,
Amanda and Jess
xoxo 

PSWant to be in an upcoming Change SPOTLIGHT? Email me your story along with pictures at trulyjess@gmail.com

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  • Cherie @ Cherie Runs This

    Thanks Jess!! This page makes me smile. 🙂 YOU inspire ME by the way!!!

  • Krysten @DarwinianFail

    LOVE IT! @c1e37a1b8baec95eeb83e86b2abf56f4:disqus You are amazing! Way to go ladies!

  • Danielle @ WorkItWearItEatIt

    Wow now that is one inspirational story. Amazing!

  • trulyjess

    YOU make me smile <33 thanks again!

  • trulyjess

    RIGHT???? I’d love to have YOU on here Ms. Danielle!!!

  • trulyjess

    LOVE you!!