Dawn Le Pre has suffered the loss of so many family members due to a variety of health-related illnesses. After never knowing her grandparents, losing her father 4 years ago and then just last year, losing her cousin to a diabetic coma, she vowed she would not end up the same way. Something clicked after she lost him, it finally hit home. She started drinking Shakeology in June 2013 and started automatically eating better. Then in September she added in exercise! Here’s some more details into her journey.
When I first met Dawn on Facebook, I didn’t know what she looked like because she wouldn’t use a photo of herself as her profile photo. As I dug through her photos, I couldn’t figure out WHO she was because there wasn’t a single photo of JUST HER. She was so embarrassed by how she looked, she wanted to hide. To see the progress she’s made is truly incredible. She’s lost a lot of weight and she’s put in a lot of hard work but the biggest change I’ve noticed is that she’s learned to love herself and take care of herself. She’s no longer hiding anymore.. and she has a glow about her that’s just INSPIRING! We’re thrilled and honored to have her be a part of our team of coaches who are paying it forward to help OTHERS learn to love themselves again!
<<<IN HER OWN WORDS>>>
1) What made you decide to change?
Everyone in my dad’s family dies very young–usually between the ages of 59-63. My Dad was 68 when he was pronounced dead but then was revived back to life. However, he had permanent brain damage after that and died 4 years ago. I never met my grandparents on my dad’s side, and my kids have Aunts, Uncles and cousins that they have also never met or don’t remember. Most of the deaths were due to cancer or health-related diseases like diabetes, which is prevalent in almost all of my dad’s side. This is my WHY! I want to be around for my kids and my grandkids. I don’t want them visiting me in a nursing home and not being aware of my surroundings and being drugged all the time. I want to live my life. When my cousin died a year ago, it really hit home. He was fine one day and then went into a diabetic coma and never woke up—leaving behind a son my age and young grandchildren. This hit me incredibly hard and way too close to home considering we had just seen him not that long before and I loved talking to him on facebook. I will not let genetics in my family win! I am 36 years old and I can’t imagine only having 25 years left of my life–that is not enough! I WILL be healthy and live a better life so I don’t leave my family too soon and leave with them with the void I have.
2) What have been your results so far?
So far I have lost 115 lbs and gone from a too small size 24/26 to a comfortably fitting size 12. I didn’t listen to my coach and take before pictures or measurements and really do regret it. I have so much more energy and sometimes I even drive my kids nuts because I am always wanting to go,go,go instead of sit and do nothing. I have barely used my inhaler over the past year and a half and my allergies have mostly gone away. I used to have headaches all the time, and now I barely ever do. I cannot even explain the difference of how I feel.
3) What programs/supplements have you been using?
I started drinking Shakeology about June of 2013. Within days I felt so much better and could not believe it! After a couple of weeks I started automatically eating better. Then once September hit, I started working out daily. I have finished P90X3, Les Mills Combat, 21 Day Fix, Piyo, T25, and I am currently doing Insanity Max 30.
4) How has it helped you having a coach / being a part of a team of support?
I do not think I could have done any of this without my coach, Emily DuBois and her coach, David Ingram, and everyone else in the online support groups. I really do feel like Team Symbiotic is one big family where everyone can relate and offer advice and help and tips! I have felt so supported and accepted for the first time in my life.
5) What advice would give to someone who’s considering joining a challenge?
Do it! What would it hurt? Oh wait, possibly everything… there are parts of my body that have hurt I didn’t even know existed! Challenge groups are awesome because they hold you accountable to other people as well as yourself. It is easy to cheat yourself, but do you really want to post that you totally lost it and ate everything in a group of other people? No way! My coach, Emily DuBois, is getting married this September and asked me to be her maid of honor. I am completely honored to be in her wedding and I did not want her to be limited to bridesmaid dresses that would fit me, or look ok on me. I wanted her to be able to have what she wanted. This is a picture from another cousin’s wedding in 2013, and dress shopping for Emily’s wedding last week.