2005 Champion, Top 6 Finalist

Cheryl Muhr

Champion 2005, Muhr


Occupation: Chiropractor

Results: Lost 30 pounds of fat. Gained 2 pounds of muscle *

Goal: Lean and Tone

Cheryl Muhr

When tragedy struck Cheryl Muhr three years ago, it affected her whole being. See how she overcame the pain of a great loss to change her life forever.

My Body-for-LIFE® experience began because of a promise I made to my week-old son. As I held him in my arms as his heart beat for the last time, I made a promise to him—one that would change my life. I swore to him that I would live my life to the fullest and treat every day as if it were my last.

Fast forward three years. I was fat, tired, lethargic, sad, sluggish and miserable. It’s ridiculous to think we can drown our sorrows in food, but I sure tried to. And I was the fattest I’d ever been. I felt sad and embarrassed and ashamed at what I had become. It was almost as if my spirit had died right along with my baby. And then, one night, in a quiet moment, I heard a little voice whisper “Mommy… are you keeping your promise?”

I started Body-for-LIFE® the next day. I had spent a long time feeling sorry for myself and using every excuse at my disposal for eating poorly and not exercising. Those patterns are not easily broken. Yes, my baby died. Yes, now I had a new daughter who wakes in the night and I am tired. Yes, I am sluggish and heavy. Yes, I am hungry. But now, I am done making excuses. DONE. And I am committed to DOING IT ANYWAY. Discipline doesn’t come easily to me. I had tried many diets and exercise programs in the past but could never stick with them. As a doctor of chiropractic medicine, the soundness and simplicity of the program made it easy to fully embrace. As a mother, I had built-in motivators when I felt weak—the promise I had made to my son and now the love I have for my daughter. So I never missed a workout. I never cheated on a meal. And every day got easier. Somewhere along the way, I stopped doing BFL for my children. I now do it for ME.

People tell me how much I have changed. I tell them BFL has not CHANGED me. Rather, it has helped me to find me again—the thin, healthy, happy me that was hiding under a layer of grief, pain, loss, guilt and fat. My transformation through BFL has taught me to no longer be defined in my life by my losses. Instead, I now choose to allow my life to be shaped by my triumphs.

*Individual results will vary

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