Tami Bixby, Vi Model Longer Version Back Story
Source: This is the inspirational story of Tami Bixby posted … https://www.facebook.com/notes/tami-schlenker-bixby/vi-model-longer-version-back-story/10151682893716404
I am a survivor and a fighter… a dreamer and a doer… forcing mind over body, I am proof that anything is possible. Being a Vi Model would allow me to inspire people to overcome challenges and not lose hope in their pursuit of life, health and prosperity.
For over 15 years I faced serious and debilitating health challenges from severe endometriosis, scoliosis , fibroid tumors, and cysts. This resulted in multiple surgeries, lengthy recoveries, damaging side effects including years of pain medication necessary just to get through the day, chronic fatigue, stomach issues, the inability to digest food and protein properly and most heartbreaking of all, the inability to pick up my beautiful 2 year old niece. I was starring mortality in the face looking for a solution when I found ViSalus a little more than two years ago.
One item I had placed on my vision board years earlier was a picture of a fitness model. It represented life, strength and health to me. Out of all the dreams on that board, the goal that felt most unattainable was fitness. But with ViSalus and unwavering commitment I took action. My first 6 months on ViSalus I couldn’t work out. At that time I could only stay awake for 8 hours max at a time. Amazingly, the shake helped me build lean muscle and lose body fat from the years of medications. I lost 2 pant sizes and 1 pound. Yes only 1 pound but the inches and lean muscle I was building was amazing! My energy returned along with a new sense of hope. After 18 months, I took my first step back into the gym in years by simply walking. I then hired a trainer Jen Kees so I wouldn’t hurt myself due to all my limitations and the results have been nothing short of a miracle.
The other day my mom asked, “Have you done something different with your make up? Your cheekbones look great!”
I am now able to eat chicken and many other proteins for the first time in years! I am now down almost 4 pant sizes and 15 pounds. I am strong, healthy and have more energy than ever. The other day my mom asked, “Have you done something different with your make up? Your cheekbones look great!” I smiled and said, “No, Mom it must just be I am not bloated from medications anymore we can now see them!” She had never seen them. My niece is 4 and now I can pick her up and we can play any day, anytime, anywhere she wants. Her first words every time she comes into my house is “Shake? I want a shake and I do it all by myself.” I have an incredible life and now am strong enough and healthy enough to live it!
My advice? it doesn’t matter where you start, just start. For me it was a shake and a walk. I started mall walking, then walking on track in the gym, then hills outside, stair master then weights. It’s a process and a journey. Every day is a gift. Every day I wake up and live is another day that was never promised and will never be taken for granted. My goal is to inspire women of all ages everywhere to be the healthiest you because you deserve it.
Remember skinny does not equal healthy and life is short, get up and fight for it! You deserve it! You are worth it! Live like tomorrow may never come!
Here is the link if you would like to vote … https://challenge.com/vimodel/vote/768498 … Contest runs between now and midnight Oct 21st. Vote often and vote daily! Thank you for your support! I would not be here today if it was not for you!
Tami is an inspirational leader and my upline Ambassador leader in ViSalus. If you are interested in joining our ViSalus team let me know … Join The Challenge with us.