Inspiring Change│Cheyenne’s Story

First and foremost, I would like to take this appropriate time to thank Blogybuilding.com for this amazing opportunity.  I absolutely love what this blog represents; so needless to say, I am really looking forward to sharing my story.

Hello, my name is Cheyenne Medina-Prawdzik.  I am the proud mommy to two beautiful children.  I am also happy to share that with hard work and dedication; I am a proud weight loss success story – for the second time!

I am just like every mother out there – a real honest, hard working and highly motivated mom, who wants the best for herself, her family, and other women who are in the same boat as I was.  I too had trouble getting back to my “pre-pregnancy” shape, both times, and in fact, I am still a work in progress as I truly believe that there is ALWAYS room for improvement.  I admire every woman who has the dedication and desire to get back into shape, as I know it’s not the easiest task after having children. More after the cut.

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After the birth of my first child, I gained a total of 95lbs, weighing in at my all-time highest ever – 201lbs! But with sheer determination and a willingness to change, I went on to win both Ms. Fitness Atlantic Bikini Short Class as well as the Overall Female Fitness Model in 2008. I am also honoured to have been crowned Ms. Fitness New York Bikini Short Class Champion – less than one year after giving birth! However, these amazing accomplishments did NOT come easy.

I’ve considered myself lucky when it comes to being in shape. I had this notion instilled in my mind that if you work out, you’ll never gain weight and never have a hard time staying in shape. Boy did that notion change when I became pregnant at the age of 30. I didn’t have the “glow” that everyone talks about. Instead, my glow came from constantly sweating! I’m naturally small-framed, so any major changes were obvious. For instance, when I was three months pregnant, I literally looked as if I was six months pregnant. I tried to do my best to beautify myself, but even just the thought of brushing my hair exhausted me.

My heart was in the right place in the beginning of my 1st pregnancy. I worked out every day and ate healthy during the first two trimesters. However, during the third trimester, when I realized my son was healthy and fully developed, I let myself enjoy every pregnant moment. This was when I gained the most weight. I ate French fries, burgers and ice cream like they were going out of style! My husband and I would go to the diner at 11:30 p.m. because I was having some kind of crazy craving. I guess my body was making up for what I’d deprived it of during the first two trimesters. Unfortunately these bad habits carried over when my son was born. Simply put, I had a lot of work to do after giving birth!

My official light bulb moment was when I was unable to tie my own shoe. It got to a point where I needed my husband’s help and that truly scared me. Although I had heard of such stories, I truly believed that these women were over exaggerating – that was until I walked in their shoes!

I remember thinking, “why would I want to go through this for the rest of my life if I could do something about it?” I’ve always lived by my favourite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – and that worked for me!  I STILL live by this today.

Once I made this promise to myself of NOT becoming a “victim”, I started researching.  I studied to become a certified personal trainer (which I accomplished) because it was important for me to clearly understand how the body worked in order to properly lose weight and eat healthy.  This was, and still is, long term for me, and not a fad lifestyle.  I am now a role model to two amazing children, so it’s important for me to educate them as well.

While researching, I joined my local gym and was able to create a workout regimen that not only helped me lose my baby weight and tone by entire body, but do what I thought would be the impossible…develop a tight, flat tummy –  even after having TWO C-sections!

Once I reached my “personal” goal, staying fit and healthy now became fun; I wanted to challenge myself, yet help other moms and women get in better shape too!

I started a mobile personal training company for women called Fitness4Moms & Women LLC. Fitness4Moms & Women provides in-home personal training for the busy mom or any busy woman for that matter.  Furthermore, it’s private and convenient.  As a busy mom myself, I know first-hand just how important convenience is!

We provide our clients with all they need to know about nutrition as well basic and practical muscle training. We teach our clients effective exercises for the entire body, using their own body weight, dumbbells, barbells and machines to assist them in reaching their own personal health and fitness goals.We also offer online services to the out-of-state mom and/or any women looking to better their health and overall fitness.

In regards to competing, as if Fitness4Moms & Women wasn’t enough, I wanted to push myself further to see at what level I could take my body.

First, I subscribed to a couple of fitness magazines. I then chose a well-known fitness model as my role model and followed her story.  She replied to an email I sent her and her words alone were enough to motivate me. I went to my first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic 2006, to see if this was something I would be interested in and I FELL IN LOVE! I also had the chance to meet my role model.  She told me that I should compete, being that I was at my goal weight and I still had time to tone up.  This is where it all began – I took her advice and competed in my first show at Fitness New York where I placed top ten in both Fitness Bikini and Fitness Model.

I am so blessed and honoured to share that I have been crowned Fitness Atlantic Ms. Bikini Short Class Champion; Overall Female Fitness Model Champion; Fitness New York Ms. Bikini Short Class Champion, as well as several self-accepting placings.

So, I guess you can say the moral of my story:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent!”

Smile and Stay Strong! Your Fitness Friend Forever,

Cheyenne Medina-Prawdzik