Sarah Meyers had always been active. Involved in sports and fitness virtually her entire life, Sarah bounced from soccer to cheerleading in high school, then moved on to running 5Ks and half marathons – even competing in a few figure competitions along the way.
But after the birth of her second child in 2014, balancing her professional and family life took over, and working out fell far down her list of priorities. Sarah found herself going to the gym just to “go to the gym”, with no real purpose or goal in mind. She wasn’t feeling good about herself and it was showing in her physical appearance and overall health.
But last year, Sarah had an “aha” moment. She realized that she could either continue on her current path, or do something to improve her life.
“I was sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Sarah says. “I needed to change the way I had been eating and drinking and feeling.”
That change came in January of 2017, when Sarah decided to enter the Nicole Wilkins’ 60 Day Transformation Challenge. She made the commitment and put in the work, and 60 days later Sarah had lost nearly 12 pounds, 8.5 total inches and completely transformed her body to finish as one of the Challenge’s two Runner-Ups! More importantly, Sarah found something else – she reignited her passion for health and fitness and regained her confidence.
“I really had no idea what to expect, I just took it one day at a time,” Sarah says. “I focused on following exactly what was there and not getting too caught up in it, just trusting the process. I had no idea that I had changed that much – I remember looking at [the Before/After photos] and just being shocked.”
But Sarah wasn’t done yet – not by a long shot. She entered four of the next five Nicole Wilkins’ Challenges, resetting her goals each time – and reaching them. And while her physical transformation over the past year and half definitely stands out, Sarah’s outlook on life is what may have changed the most. It hasn’t gone unnoticed by those who she loves the most.
“My son loves flexing with me every day – I think he has a little problem already!” Sarah says. “My daughter was pretty excited too, not so much on the physical transformation but just [seeing me go] from being in a sad, depressed blah [mood] to having so much more energy and dancing in the kitchen – and probably driving her a little crazy at times!”
Sarah’s journey has been so impressive, she even caught the attention of Nicole herself – which is why she was recently named nPower Nutrition’s first-ever Ambassador!
“Watching Sarah’s progress and following her journey – seeing her drive and dedication, has been a big inspiration for me over the past year,” Nicole said. “She continues to challenge herself, set goals and reach them – and then set new goals for herself!”
“She is a great example of what I hope for everyone who enters these challenges and is a part of my fitness community. I couldn’t think of a better first ambassador for nPower Nutrition!”
Here’s a little more about Sarah – plus some advice on how she did it for all of you shooting to reach your goals!
What led you to enter your first-ever Nicole Wilkins’ Challenge, the 2017 60 Day Transformation Challenge?
A: It was on a whim, two days after Christmas. I had no idea what to expect. Honestly, it was completely unlike me to join something online like this, but I had nothing to lose.
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself when doing that first Challenge?
How complacent I had become. Previously, I was going to the gym and doing the same things and with the same weights. The Challenge really taught me to push myself, and in doing so, I’ve been able to accomplish so much more than I could ever have imagined!
Were there times when you felt like giving up? If so, how did you deal with it?
The biggest obstacle was being stuck at a plateau for a solid three-plus weeks. The scale would not budge! It was so frustrating! I wouldn’t say that I wanted to give up, but I started to have doubts. I reached out for help on the forum. I refocused, renewed my mindset, and trusted the process (stay off the scale!). When it came time for final pictures and measurements, I was extremely proud of the package that I presented. And that pesky scale finally dropped!
You’ve done all but one of Nicole’s Challenges – what is it that keeps you coming back for more?
Definitely learning the different techinques the different workouts, trying new foods, things that I never would have eaten before – even simple things like butter! Those are new and exciting things to keep it fresh. I like the 60 Day Challenges especially coming off of the holidays, but the different targets that she has – like I really feel like my arms grew during the Buns & Guns Challenge, when I did the Summer Abs Challenge I got my six pack – it seems like every challenge where she has a focus I really feel like I gained in that specific area.
How do you stay motivated every day?
The biggest motivator was my involvement with the other participants, and that social network keeps growing. My morning routine involves coffee and seeing the inspiration from others. It really helps set my intentions for the day and I’m so grateful to be part of this community!
Other things that help are good music, new clothes, and motivational quotes. Wake up with determination; go to bed with satisfaction helps me to focus on one day at a time, so I don’t become overwhelmed.
How big of a factor have nPower Nutrition supplements been in your transformations?
I included them every day. We went to Florida on vacation in May and I was able to Amazon them down to my parent’s house, and I’m so glad I did because I kind of didn’t realize how much I really do use them every day! in shakes, to make pancakes, in yogurt, and the BCAAs to help get all of my water in. The Vanilla Cupcake [Isolate] is probably my favorite because a lot of the other whey [proteins] tend to taste fake. But yeah – I use them all day long!
What’s the most important piece of advice you can give to others doing a Challenge or trying to change their bodies?
Focus on the things that you can control, like prepping your meals and making time for your workouts. Take it one day at a time. These everyday small steps bring the results. We all start somewhere. The person you are when you take that first step is courageous, so believe in yourself and be proud of yourself every step of the way!