Hello! My name is Amber Bayer. I am 38 years old and I'm a mom to a 8 year old little boy and currently pregnant and due with a little girl January 2019! I live in Portland, Oregon where I work as a virtual health coach. I am also currently getting my holistic health coaching certification. I am very passionate about eating clean, making exercise FUN and helping women feel good on the inside AND outside.
If you met me 3.5 years ago, neither of us would of imagined I would be here today helping inspire others to get healthy. Healthy was NOT my thing. I drank daily, ate 7-11 nachos often, went hours without eating while at work, had a negative outlook and despised exercising. There was always something inside me that wondered if there was MORE. I wondered if I could actually be someone who was healthy who enjoyed working out.
I had always been a slightly overweight kid, who hated any type of exercise. I excelled in music & arts but didn't enjoy being competitive and I never played sports. I was anti jock in high school and spent my time drinking after school and smoking cigs. I was a little adult who grew up too fast and spent a lot of my teenage years partying and not taking care of myself. From a young age, I held it together for school and jobs but was always putting my own needs on the back burner. Then in my 20's the drinking and binge eating got outta hand, where I got to be over 200lbs for my 5 foot 5 frame. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was definitely using alcohol and food to cope with my feelings regarding my past. My overall self image was good. I mean, I looked happy enough on the outside, had great friends, felt pretty and never had any issues dating. But as the scale climbed my health decreased. I got sick often. I was always tired. I had HORRIBLE heart burn, all the time. I was always stressed and anxious. I fell into the trap of quick fix diets. Anything to avoid working out. I tried no carb, calorie counting, soup diets, juicing, fasting, HCG diet ( starved myself) you name it. I would get REALLY excited about a new "plan" only to fall off about 1-2 weeks later, Yo-Yo-ing my weight and never have lasting results.
Finally enough was enough. I looked in the mirror at 34 years old. I was 177 lbs and I knew I could do better. I knew I could feel better and I wanted to be a healthy role model for my son. I lost my parents young to sickness and disease and I wanted to do ANYTHING to increase my chances of living a longer more fulfilling life. I wanted to be someone who liked being healthy and who enjoyed exercise. I wanted to be like those happy healthy people I saw out in the world. I found Beachbody randomly on Instagram, which is now how a lot of people find me! What drew me in was the promise of a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to lose 20 lbs and feel good. What I got was a WHOLE lot more.
I've always been really into community. I sang and toured in bands, wrote zines all through high school and into my 20's and have always have been really interested in supporting other women. When Beachbody came into my life, it all just made sense. More women supporting women. Women getting healthy and also working for themselves. I was into it. Clean eating, daily exercise, superfoods and the support of a coach along with a HUGE community of other people going through the same exact thing as me.
Something in me was forever changed after the first 3 weeks of my first challenge. I had never gone ALL in like that before. It was the first time I ate clean, watched portions AND worked out consistently for 3 weeks. It opened my eyes to the importance of eating whole foods and the effects diet play on mood and energy. The program was structured in a way I didn't have to think too hard about it! I trusted it and it WORKED. I lost 7 lbs those first 3 weeks. I was hooked because I felt incredible! I loved that I could workout from my living room! There was zero commute and no day care issues as my son could be playing next to me ( He was only 4 when I started doing these workouts!) I decided to become a coach so I would never lose the accountability. Week after week, the weight and inches slowly came off. Muscle started to grow and change my shape. The biggest change has been INSIDE. I have so much energy. I have hope. I see the positive in everything. I have more patience. I have more love to give. I like who I am. I know I have a story to share that can help others. I am compelled with my whole being to give this gift to other women. Now as a 1 star Diamond Beachbody Coach, I run Team TCB (Taking Care of Business - Tribute to Elvis Presley as well as my personal life moto) and help other women get into the best shape of their lives - mentality, physically and financially. My hope is to be able to help you achieve your goals, too! If I can do this, seriously anyone can. I look forward to meeting you!