How Cheryl lost 16 pounds and decided fear wasn’t going to hold her back

Meet Cheryl:  In this week’s How SHE did it interview, we have Cheryl Ross, a world class dog trainer who lost 16 pounds in less than 90 days and continued losing even more weight post graduating!

Cheryl used the Fearful to Fit program to not only lose the weight, she also reframed time in the kitchen as meditation versus reaching for the quick grab n’ go’s.

So How Did SHE Do It?

The Challenge:  

Cheryl tried losing weight on ALL THE DIETS, had success and once they were over, went right back to eating in a way that was comfortable. The weight crept back on and she was at a loss. She hated being in the kitchen, her work schedule was back to back and she had no extra time to shop n’ chop produce.

She also didn’t how to to wear anything other than work clothes and since she works with dogs all day, you can imagine she’s usually in a t – shirt and pants she can get dirty in. She wanted to spruce it up, but wanted to wait until she lost some weight before she started changing how she was dressing.

The Solution:  

You’ll watch Cheryl say on the video below that she wasn’t sure at the beginning of our call how it would go. She may have even mentioned, “scam!” She said during the call she started to soften and when she tried to get out of moving forward, I said, “Cheryl, don’t make fear the decision maker.” It was the start of multiple life changes throughout our time together.

We created a solution for what to eat based on what she already liked to eat and focused on eating real food that was quick n’ easy. I also challenged her to attack a few foods she wasn’t familiar with and she ended up liking them.

Her weight loss inspired a personal stylist consultation that this 30 year old felt excited about! Yes! She can rock the stylish outfits that also work for being in the barn all day.

The Results:  

Cheryl lost 16 pounds, learned how to feel good in her body based on her new-found and very strong intuition and realized how eating healthy affects who she is as a person.

HER future:

As a Fearful to Fit Graduate, she’s continuing to lose weight at a pace that works for her, she’s even set a new goal! She’s about to finish up a life coaching certification program and is creating new programs within her dog training business.

It’s time to Activate Your Gifts + Experience your Own Fearful to Fit Transformation,

Book your breakthrough call:

Watch Cheryl describe her experience with the Fearful to Fit program:

10 months postpartum depression

I thought that postpartum depression looked like a Mom sleeping all the time, laying on the couch with no makeup and staying in her bathrobe all day.

It kind of does.

But not every day.

I am 10 months postpartum and I was recently diagnosed with postpartum depression.

Some days I am so filled with energy that I can make a smoothie bowl, take care of Bode, see 3 clients, teach a yoga class and shower twice before going to bed before 11pm.

Other days, I wake up like a zombie, make breakfast for Bode, turn on the TV and lay on the couch for the first few hours. I was NEVER a daytime TV watcher and we canceled cable this year because my husband and I talked about how we never watched it. 

This year I’ve had such a hard time sleeping, averaging 3 hours for 9 or so months and people kept telling me it’s normal for the baby to not sleep through the night. But didn’t say anything about how that would affect me or how shitty I must be feeling. I started to resent anyone who told me it was normal and that it’s part of the no-sleep first year.

I stopped going to yoga. I’ve maybe gone 10 times this year? And I’ve gone to 5 barre classes. This is coming from someone who taught up to 3 barre classes and 2 yoga classes per day! A fitness instructor to someone who wanted to work out but had 0 energy to give.

That is what depression looks like. Someone who can’t pick themselves off of the couch, but not every day, just some days.

Then, there was the feeling during the night that someone was going to break into our home and take Bode.

Apparently this thought is very common among emergency C-Section Mama’s. The last 30 or so minutes while I was getting stitched up, Bode and Alex were sent to another room while I laid alone with tears streaming down my face wondering what just happened and if the last 25 hours were real or not.

For the last several months I’ve had horrible reoccurring nightmares that wake me up. Recently it got so bad that I punched Alex in my sleep and screamed, “Where’s my baby!?” We laugh about it now, but that’s some serious PTSD.

Why am I so open?

Because I know so many women are going through this and we all feel like we’re nuts. Well we are not, we went through a very traumatic event and had our entire life change over night. Motherhood on its own is a huge adjustment, throw in a traumatic birth and voila – perfect recipe for postpartum depression and PTSD. 

When people are like, “You are so lucky and your baby is beautiful!!” I know this already. It has everything to do with my brain and the circuits not connecting or overlapping. 

It’s overwhelming and fleeting. Time flies by that’s for damn sure and the best thing another Mama can do is just say, “it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do.”

I’m getting tons of support and help and have a great community of women cheering me on, but if you are struggling and need someone to talk to – there are GREAT counselors who specialize in postpartum depression.

And remember depression looks different on every person. It could be the perfectly made up woman you see on social media or the Pinterest Mom who seems to have everything together. It could be the Mom who got her 6 pack back 3 months after she had her baby or the full-time career woman who is barely hanging on but has to work to support her family.

I am with you.

Love Always,

JJ Muenz

The Ultimate Sisterhood Retreat in 2018

The Winter Beauty Detox Retreat includes everything you desire for a beautifully detoxed body and mind.


THIS is an ALL-INCLUSIVE weekend in Leavenworth, WA.

Not only does your retreat include: expertly planned beauty detox juices, smoothies, cozy meals and snacks perfect for winter, you will also receive my signature winter detox program in its entirety. The luxurious weekend meals will be printed and ready for you to devour and discover during the weekend and post retreat at home in your kitchen.

What else do I receive on this retreat?

Ask and you shall receive:

  • beautifully designed meals 
  • 3 restorative/gentle yoga classes
  • 1 barre yoga fusion class
  • emotional detox workshop
  • 1 outdoor hike (weather permitting)
  • morning beauty elixirs
  • daily snacks
  • lodging for 2 nights and 3 days
  • an entire winter detox program

Arrive on Friday, February 23rd for an organic beauty elixir, than fill your body with a satisfying meal and essential oil infused restorative yoga.

Wake up restored and refreshed in this lush lodge with hot tonic detox tea. Warm up with a gentle barre and yoga fusion class created to tone and sculpt in all the right places before your morning juice and light breakfast.

Slide on your comfy clothes for an early afternoon hike (if weather permits) or stay cozy in the lodge.

Refreshments and detox snacks will be available all day to enjoy.

Gather around to fill up your belly with deliciousness then let wounds + worries release in the afternoon emotional detox workshop.

We’ll enjoy a stress relieving evening yoga class before our soothing dinner puts us to bed.

Stay up talking or head to bed. Your choice. 

On Sunday, we’ll wake with beauty tea and stretch our bodies with an energizing vinyasa flow, perfect to get the lymphatic system moving for the drive home. Stick around for your goddess breakfast and get ready to leave the best and most relaxing weekend. 

It’ll be the first time you won’t need a vacation from your vacation.