Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmyne Burns.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jasmyne. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started in the health and fitness industry in 2014. It was something I was passionate about but always viewed it as a hobby. It wasn’t until 2015 when a friend of mine noticed my gym results and suggested that I look into bodybuilding competitions. In September of 2016, I hired one of the best fitness competition coaches in the Atlanta area and began my preparation to compete. I entered my first completion in the summer of 2017 and won first place in my class and second overall. I was hooked! As someone who loved to get glammed up and lift weights, I had finally found the perfect sport for me.
A few weeks later, I began preparations in my second competition. Four weeks out from the show, I found out I was six weeks pregnant with my second son. I didn’t know how to feel, as I wasn’t planning to have any children at the time. I proceeded to train for the show and it was the absolute worst. I never told my coach I was pregnant in fear that he would pull me from a show that I’d been working so hard to prepare for. So, I kept quiet, did the show and informed him afterwards. Shortly after my show, life took a dark turn for me. Let’s just say, it was revealed to me that my relationship was not what I thought it was. I fell into depression and began to neglect my health and my body by being less mindful of my food choices and less active with my exercise routine. I am 5’5 and was 142 lbs when I found out I was pregnant. At 30 weeks, I had reached 213 lbs. Just to put things in perspective, I was 199 lbs when I gave birth to my first son, so I was extremely overweight at 30 weeks and I still had about six to eight weeks to go. I was miserable. Because of what was taking place in my life at the time, I continued to eat.
I started having some complications with my pregnancy towards the end. I went in for a routine check-up and ended up in the hospital for four days. After I was discharged, I was placed on bedrest for the entire month of December. In January of 2018, I gave birth to my son. Little did I know, I actually gave birth to a new me. I did not realize this right away, but it became more than evident around November of 2018, which is when I got back into health and fitness and Black Fitness Mommy was born. Prior to November, I suffered from postpartum depression. I was going through personal issues, trying to handle being a new mom again after eight years, not being on the same page with my son’s father, etc. The one thing that got to me the most, was that the body I worked so hard on did not look the same. See, I had a plan of how everything was going to pan out. I was going to have my son in January, get cleared to start working out in March, breastfeed, and hit the gym hard. The weight was going to fall right off just like with my first son. My “snap back” was going to be lit! It was going to be a breeze, right? WRONG! This was everything but the truth.
After realizing I wasn’t going to be able to afford my coach for a while and needing an eating regiment that would support me nursing my son, I went on a search for a solution. Here is where I found the ketogenic lifestyle. After starting my keto journey, I was able to lose my first 20 lbs in about five weeks. Did I mention that I did not work out at all? From there, I was lead to start helping other women do the same. I knew keto worked, but I also knew I would encounter people who would be skeptical and would not want to take the lifestyle head-on. So, I researched more, added what I already knew from being a nursing mom, trainer and fitness competitor, and developed the perfect mix of strategies, workouts, and tools to help mothers get to a healthier lifestyle. I created my first online program, The Perfect Mommy Mix; a 21 Day Fitness Challenge. This program was created by a mommy, for mommies, but with ALL women in mind. So any woman is able to join our community and would be guaranteed to see results. Since November of 2018, the Perfect Mommy Mix has helped women that connect with our community lose over 300 lbs, collectively. I’m very proud of the program’s growth and I am looking forward to taking the program to the next level in the near future. I want to help more women restructure their mindsets, increase their movement, transform their bodies and their overall lifestyles.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. But that is to be expected. Anything worth having is worth working hard for, right? The biggest challenge has been the biggest blessing and by far the most needed to elevate me and my business. That would be the birth of my second son. Depression is a deep and dark place that will definitely get you off course. It will have you believing the wrong things. It puts you in a place of self-doubt and uncertainty. That entire situation caused me pain I’d never encountered. Once I found the power in that pain, my entire life changed. What a blessing in disguise!
Other obstacles have been much needed as well. I view everything as a lesson. There’s never a loss. There is just a way to do whatever you are trying to do differently and/or better. Challenges have made me learn how to seek out the correct resources, but more importantly, count on myself first!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Black Fitness Mommy – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I go by the name, Black Fitness Mommy. I am the CEO of Built Burns Tough, LLC., a company focused on health and wellness. I am the creator of The Perfect Mommy Mix, an online fitness program created for Mommies but with ALL women in mind. The Perfect Mommy Mix is an online 21-day fitness program that’s perfect for the mommies who are looking to shed their baby weight or any woman who is looking to jump-start their healthier lifestyle journey. It is tailored to that new mom who doesn’t have a lot of time, resources, or mental capacity to find their way to their perfect “snap back” or the working woman who needs to get it and get out. We provide home and gym workouts, a meal guide, nutrition education to support the “why” behind what you are doing, and much much more. The best part about the program is the community itself. The women inside are so phenomenal. We uplift one another, we network, and we authentically love on each other through our journeys.
I have managed to assist over a hundred women to start their health journeys using nothing more than all natural foods, an increase in strategic movement, and a renewed mindset. I am the Body Transformer for Moms and Healthy Lifestyle advocate for women. I’m proud to say the women that have encountered our community has dropped 400+ lbs (and counting) collectively since November of 2018! My purpose is to touch the lives of many through the gifts, talents, and skill sets I’ve been blessed with. I believe everyone has a story and the power that story possess is the gateway to their freedom and their success!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future are to keep pouring into women and adding value through my purpose. I am in the process of finishing my first book, which I am extremely excited about. It will be out at the end of August 2019. My book helps women entrepreneurs to identify, connect with, and utilize powerful success principles as a guide to start and sustain a productive, profitable, and prosperous business. In addition, I have been in contacted by some big companies about entering into partnerships, so I’m definitely looking forward to that. Speaking of partnerships, I plan to partner with other female-preneurs and/or mom-preneurs who are looking to promote the elevation of the woman in any area of life. I am a new member of the Atlanta Black Chamber, which has been an amazing thus far. So, becoming an active and impactful member of the organization is definitely on the list of future plans.
The biggest change I will be making is building a solid foundation for my next venture/company. I’m not going to lie, it’s a lot of moving parts that will take time and patience. The result of the labor it’s going to take will be well worth it.
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