- Name: Meredith T.
- Age: 52
- Weight Lost: 15 lbs
- Hobbies: Triathlons, Running, Swimming, Biking, Strength Training
- Coach: Billy Phipps
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re celebrating our incredible member, Meredith, who has not only overcome the challenges of breast cancer but has also achieved a remarkable transformation with the help of Stronger U Nutrition. A strong, determined, and inspiring woman, she wants to share her story to motivate and encourage you to pursue your own goals.
Meredith’s journey with Stronger U Nutrition started with a simple goal – to reclaim her health and confidence. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, Meredith faced a series of treatments and surgeries. However, the side effects of hormone therapy and treatments started to take a toll on her weight and overall well-being. Meredith’s estrogen-positive tumor required her to undergo a full hysterectomy with ovary removal to completely shut down her estrogen levels, resulting in an immediate weight gain of 5-6 pounds. She gradually saw the numbers on the scale creep up, reaching 160 pounds by the end of 2022.
The additional weight began to affect Meredith not just physically but mentally as well. Her struggles with body image intensified as she watched herself gain weight. The battle against breast cancer had taken an emotional toll, and Meredith was losing confidence in herself and her abilities. Meredith had given up on herself, thinking she was beyond repair. Then, Stronger U Nutrition became a part of her journey when Coach Billy, whom she encountered via Team One80, persuaded her to give it a try. Despite initial hesitations, she reluctantly agreed.
Reflecting on her experience, Meredith shared, “I had been really stuck for a couple of years. I just conceded that this was my ‘new’ weight, being forced into menopause and still on supplemental hormone blockers. My husband urged me to try coaching with Billy, and finally, I felt so defeated I was willing to try anything. I honestly had 0% hope that he could help me.” Despite her doubts, Meredith decided to join Stronger U, and she hasn’t looked back since. She began to see positive changes, not just on the scale, but also in her confidence, her running times, and her overall well-being. Her depression started to lift, and she even signed up for two full Ironman events in 2024, a feat she once believed was out of reach.
Meredith’s transformation didn’t just stop at a 15-pound weight loss. She shared, “First and foremost, I love myself again. That confidence most certainly bleeds over into my marriage in a positive way. I also share my journey with my kids so they can see that if you work hard and make sacrifices, you can accomplish even the most challenging things.”
The support from the Stronger U community and the guidance of her coach, Billy, played a crucial role in Meredith’s success. Her advice to those considering starting their journey with Stronger U Nutrition is clear: “You have to be ready to change. It’s not difficult, but there are sacrifices. If you are really ready to lose weight, you absolutely need to try this plan. But you can’t be halfway in… you have to be all in. I am a believer!”
Today, Meredith is not just a Stronger U success story; she’s also the author of her own inspiring book. In Bricks for Breakfast, she shares her incredible life story, filled with both adversity and triumph. If you want to dive deeper into Meredith’s journey, her book is a heartfelt and powerful account of her experiences. It’s a testament to her strength and resilience and offers an even more profound insight into her path towards healing and evolution.
From overcoming breast cancer to finding success with Stronger U, Meredith’s story serves as a powerful reminder that, despite challenges and hardships, we can reclaim control over our lives, undergo healing, and experience personal transformation.
Note from Coach Billy:
Meredith is incredible! She’s an inspirational woman who has triumphed over breast cancer. She’s a true warrior and a role model for many. Her strength and resilience are truly remarkable. 💪 it’s been my honor to be part of her journey!