Joy Fow was like most brides when she married her husband Eric â€“ determined to get into the best shape of her life for her wedding. She started an intense workout regimen that was not maintainable for a long period of time, which is not uncommon among the newly engaged when faced with purchasing the most expensive outfit of their lives and photos that will be referenced for a lifetime. Joy admits that after the nuptials, she decided to take it easy, recalling, â€œAfter the wedding, I was so relieved to not be killing myself anymore to fit into that dress.â€
Six months post-wedding, Joy was pregnant with her first child, Carolina, and throughout her term, gained 51 pounds. â€œIt was a conflicting time for me because I was so overjoyed to be a mother but was faced with depression over not recognizing my body anymore,â€ Joy shares. Showers were taken in the dark to avoid any chance of seeing herself in a mirror. To get back into shape, Joy resorted to her pre-wedding routine of running, spin classes, teaching and taking group fitness classes, and even buying into the InsanityÂ® fitness series. â€œEven with all that training, I still wasnâ€™t able to achieve the results I desired, and now I know the missing piece was nutrition.â€
With her second pregnancy, Joy decided to be proactive and sought out BeachbodyÂ® based on the positive results she had seen friends achieve through its use. With the support of a clean eating group, she managed to gain a healthy 31 pounds while expecting her son, Maverick. Following his birth, she started to explore Beachbody further, incorporating the use of a superfood-packed protein nutrition drink called ShakeologyÂ® as a meal replacement and starting what the program calls the 21 Day Fix, a meal plan (called Fixate) that coaches you through what your body needs using precisely measured color-coded containers.Â Â Â
â€œI had been familiar with Beachbody for years but was initially very resistant to a direct sales approach and remember even telling friends that I could never replace a meal with a shake because I like to eat my food,â€ recalls Joy. However, as the weight continued to fall off and people took notice, Joy knew this was a lifestyle she could easily embrace. Now, Joy is all in as a Beachbody coach herself, leading a team she calls Fit as a Belle and inspiring others to take their life back through fitness and nutrition.
Of the common pitfalls facing brides-to-be and others with a specific weight loss goal, Joy warns, â€œLosing weight is 80 percent about nutrition and also understanding that you have to fuel your body properly to build muscle and maintain that weight loss in a healthy way.â€ She also says the biggest barrier for most people is committing to meal prep. â€œSundays for me used to be all about making Southern comfort food. I would prepare a spread of appetizers, a huge meal and desserts and we would indulge all day. Now itâ€™s about meal prep and properly preparing for the week ahead.â€
â€œDonâ€™t resort to a quick fix,â€ she advises brides. â€œThe time to start is now to incorporate a habit that you donâ€™t dread.â€ VT
To learn more about Joyâ€™s approach to health, diet and fitness, visit joyfowfitness.com.
We asked Joy to share with us a recipe she would recommend for a busy bride-to-be.
These turkey and goat cheese roll ups are a delicious lunch option while cutting down on carb intake.
Nitrate-free turkey breast deli slices
Bell pepper (any color)
Stack ingredients neatly on top of each other in the following order: 2-3 large lettuce leaves, 2-3 slices of turkey, 3-4 slices bell pepper, 1-2 slices avocado, 1/2 tbsp. goat cheese crumbles, 1/2 tbsp. chopped walnuts. Slowly roll one end of your stack up into the other.
Suggested Serving Size: 2 roll ups
Spice it up by adding a teaspoon of unsweetened dried cranberries or replacing the goat cheese with hummus.