My Story

My name is Lynn Cofield. I'm a 46-year-old single mom. I am also an R.N. turned entrepreneur with a life very much like yours. There's never enough time in the day, mom guilt is always just around the corner and self doubt is NEVER far away.

Over the past 4 years, I have completely transformed my entire life. What used to be a life of failures and just barely making it through the day has become a life of chasing success! I don't always win, but in this new life of transformation life...I have learned the beautiful art of NOT GIVING UP! Where quitting used to be the name of the game for me, now it's perseverance.

My incredible journey began January 3rd, 2014. I was in the bathtub about to get ready for work. I had reached a very dark time in my life. I was depressed, isolated and was basically just going through the motions. I had recently divorced... AGAIN. I had no goals, no direction. I felt like I had completely failed at life.

It seemed that everyone in the rest of the world was living a happy life. While I was hiding my size 24, 266 lb self in a hot pink mumu inside my apartment making frozen pizzas, eating popcorn, watching Netflix and drinking a LOT of boxed wine. My favorite wine glass wasn't a glass at all. It was a 16oz insulated cup with a STRAW. I didn't play.

I used food and wine to hide from myself...from life. I smiled on the outside, but on the inside, I was steadily beating myself up for what I had allowed myself to become. Worst of all, when I looked in the mirror, I no longer recognized the sad, overweight face looking back at me.

I hated me.

I hated me.

But on January 3, 2014 as I sat in that bathtub scrolling through Facebook on my phone, I came across an article about sugar and what it was REALLY doing to our bodies. In particular, it talked about sugar in relation to chronic illnesses and CANCER. My Dad had died of cancer at 58 years old, so this article hit home very hard for me. In that tub as the water was getting cold, I began to think about my own mortality. "Is this it?" "If I die at 58 like Daddy did, I've only got 17 years left."

"IS. THIS. IT???"

Somewhere deep inside, I felt a flicker of hope. I wanted MORE! I wanted to leave a better legacy for my daughter, NOT a legacy of a quitter. Something clicked inside of me. I got out of that bathtub, went straight to my kitchen and cleaned out ALL of my sugary foods! For me, that meant EVERYTHING! I hauled out 3 big trash bags FULL of junk!

As I stood next to the dumpster in my hot pink mumu throwing bag after bag of junk food over, I began to cry. I didn't understand why at the time, but looking back it's because I was taking back CONTROL.
Control of ME.

This was the very beginning of my new life. I had no idea that this one single action would lead to me losing 123 lbs, starting my own business and eventually becoming an NPC Figure Competitor! If someone had told me those things back then, I would have NEVER EVER in a million years believed it! NEVER.

But here's the thing:
ANYTHING is possible when we stop giving up!

Let me say that again:

Let me say that again:

ANYTHING is possible when we stop giving up!

And that is why I'm here. This is the purpose of sharing my journey and of Barbell Butterfly. I want to show you that YOU can do anything, too! Wherever you are in life, whatever your struggles may be, no matter HOW bad you may feel right now, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

YOU can achieve absolutely ANYTHING!!! Yes, you.

I want to help you learn how to stop giving up. I want to teach YOU how to find your inner champion and become your OWN success story!
It's my mission in life.
It's my purpose.

I know it's scary to try losing weight...again. I know. I had given up a million times before, too. But this time, I was determined to write a NEW ending.
You can, too!

As you think sit there thinking to yourself "Well, SHE did it, but what if I can't?"
I want to leave you with this:

We already know what it feels like to give up,
THIS TIME, let's find out what happens when we DON'T.

Come with me on this amazing journey! Let's do this TOGETHER!

Lynn Cofield