Are you a mom?
Are you exhausted from lack of sleep and not eating well? Tired of carrying around extra baby weight and not fitting into your pre-baby jeans? Overwhelmed by conflicting health messages on social media?
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone, says Shannon Gale, owner and CEO of Success in Seven.
After giving birth, a number of women find themselves struggling to regain their health and wellness. From postpartum depression to physical recovery from childbirth, the challenges of motherhood can take a toll on a woman's body and mind. A mom herself, Shannon founded Success in Seven to help other mothers overcome the emotional and physical challenges that can impede their overall well-being.
Her unique approach has left countless moms amazed and inspired, and now, she's ready to share her secrets with you.
"I walk the walk," said Shannon. "I have been there and that is exactly why I am so passionate about what I do."
Based on seven core pillars, Success in Seven puts moms back in control through women's health, fitness and weight loss focusing on where they are at in their journey. The program also helps to normalize mental health and eliminate the stigma attached.
And, like all good things, it was founded based on a personal need.
Before starting Success in Seven, Shannon worked in public health for over 10 years as a Registered Kinesiologist and Health Promotion Specialist. She has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition.
She has always loved helping people and was passionate about the work she was doing, but after she had children, everything changed.
Creating a work-life balance became extremely difficult and Shannon vividly remembers experiencing postpartum anxiety, depression and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed with both of her babies.
“I went into a postpartum pit,” she said. “I completely spiraled.”
As someone who worked in healthcare, Shannon thought she was doing all the right things to take care of her well-being at the time. Looking back, she couldn’t have been more wrong.
“I think as women, there are a lot of us who struggle internally because we want to be these strong moms,” said Shannon. “But you wouldn’t know, because we put on a brave face and get out there and do what we need to do.”
At the end of the day, Shannon said it was a deep knowing that eventually led her out of that pit.
Fortunately, she had a very strong support system, so she reached out to her community for help. “I knew logically, that if I took care of myself and my health, it would change the way I feel inside, about life, motherhood and most importantly, myself,” Shannon said.
Did she feel motivated? No. But she knew something had to change. So, she started with baby steps and began integrating seven small but healthy habits into her daily life. It transformed her.
And now she’s on a mission to help other mothers do the same.
"I realized how much I needed to help other moms," said Shannon. "I don't want anybody suffering in silence."
She quit the family health team and joined the Foundry, where she found a wealth of knowledge, support, and guidance. “The Foundry is a really nice place to connect. You have a community of experts, and they become your team,” she said.
Shannon enlisted Jenn Walker as her mindset coach and enrolled in Amanda Wilson-Ciocci’s Monarch Business Academy (MBA) and with their help, she started to make her dream a reality.
“I had the idea, I had the education and I had the creativity, but I didn’t know where to start,” said Shannon. “They took my ideas and helped bring them into the world.”
She launched three, seven-week programs that are all designed to help women gain total body strength, understand how proper nutrition works as medicine, learn the power of the mind and ultimately gain back their confidence, based on seven key pillars of health.
At a glance, the seven pillars focus on mindset, movement, nourishment, sleep, hydration, prioritization, and finally, lifestyle — putting it all into place.
Shannon said all it takes is integrating one new habit at a time until, slowly but surely, it starts to become a part of your lifestyle. Then repeat. “When you start piecing all of these things together, you feel better. It’s all connected,” she said.
And, paired with Shannon’s custom online fitness app, the program is accessible so that anybody can follow along and adjust it to their individual lifestyle.
" I would never want to overwhelm moms," Shannon said. "It's simple, and it's designed specifically to help them implement these steps every single day in a way that works for them."
After the seven weeks, members have the option of enrolling in her Maintenance Program to continue building on the momentum they gained.
Looking back, Shannons said she is grateful. While she would never want to experience postpartum again, she is grateful that finding her way out of that postpartum pit has allowed her to help other women do the same. And although the business is still in its early days — just over a year old — Shannon is excited about what the future will hold for herself and her clients.
“Without a full cup, we can’t pour love into our families,” said Shannon. “By focusing on these seven pillars, I fell back in love with my life. No matter how dark it gets, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
And now loves watching other women realize the same for themselves.
"I see them standing up taller. I see their shoulders back. I see them feeling better. I hear their relationships are better. They are happy and in love with themselves again," Shannon said. "They are falling back in love with their life."