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One of the most impactful elements of Musclebound Mama is the unwavering support of our exclusive Facebook community. Creating lasting change requires vulnerability and that is not easy. One of the ways we strive to make this leg of the journey easier for you is by providing a safe, nurturing environment to help you navigate through the often painful process of change. Our Musclebound Mama Ambassadors have been selected for their incredible enthusiasm, compassion, and bravery in undergoing their own personal transformations. They have each been Musclebound Mama clients in the past and know what it’s like to be in your shoes and are committed to helping you reach your goals.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Kimberly Crackel

Kim was a recent SUMMER Body in 60 participant. It was a pretty tight race, but while Kim didn’t take first place, her attitude and commitment to change was so encouraging that I asked her to join us as an Ambassador. For the entire challenge Kim was upbeat and positive, and among the first to encourage her teammates. It was an easy choice.


Kimberly's Story

I’ve always thought about my weight. At times, I’ve had a pretty healthy relationship with it. At others, it’s been downright miserable. I’d previously been following another nutrition program and just wasn’t getting the results I’d been hoping for. I’d stalled. Again.

Over the May long weekend, I was visiting a friend who lived in Ottawa and she looked amazing! She then introduced me to Sophie’s challenges. All the stars lined up. I just squeaked into her Summer Body in 60 Challenge. The best part? I was successful. Sophie’s program gave me what I had been missing in all (and there were lots) of my weight loss attempts. She taught me how to eat. To make sure I was getting the right combinations of food for me. To not look at missteps as an excuse to give up but rather to learn from them and figure out why I made those choices.

This journey continues for me. I have 2 wonderful children – almost 3 and almost 6. I want to be the best example for them. I want them both to have healthy relationships with food. I have an amazing husband, I want to be healthy and around for a long time to be with him.

Currently, I work as an event planner at Conestoga College. I love my job and being around the students. They really see amazing bunch! I grew up in New Brunswick, went to school in Ontario, moved to Calgary then have been back in Ontario since 2008. Besides hanging with the fam, I’m an avid reader (my goal is one book a week and I’m always up for recommendations), love travelling and enjoying a great glass of red wine.

Shawna Abbotts

Shawna has been a 60-DAY CHALLENGE participant in the past. She was always so enthusiastic and encouraging that I knew she’d be a great fit for this amazing team. Shawna brings with her, experience in working on the emotional component to the fat loss  & wellness process which makes her an incredible asset to this group.


Shawna's Story

I met Sophie at the gym and I was in awe of her the moment I saw her. She was so fit and so healthy, and I quickly learned all about her, her business and what she had to offer me. I went into my first challenge in September 2015. I loved it and I went from 217lbs to 195lbs in 8-weeks so moving over as a 1:1 client was a no brainer. I loved the program and flourished in it. I continued with her for 18 months and got down to 170 but as well as things were going I wasn’t satisfied I wanted to lose more and more and it was never fast enough.

Sophie quickly identified that there was some emotional work that needed to be done and she encouraged me to work with someone who could help me. She asked me to take another journey and that was to start facing my emotional health and well being.  I learned that this transformation was the hardest one but I was determined to be happy with myself for who I was and not what I was. I wanted to be happy with myself DURING the physical transformation not just at the end.

With the 6 months of therapy (just the beginning I’m sure) and 30 pounds gained I was ready to do this again, properly this time. So, I signed up for the latest challenge in September 2017, and now 15 pounds down and loving myself for all the wonderful things that I am despite what the scale says. I am nowhere near finished this journey and I’m continuing my way day by day. My entire life up till now has been about weight and I’ve missed out on so much it’s time to reclaim my life!

I love supporting everyone and offering others a chance to make significant changes with mind, body, and food!   Never have I loved a program more than this one. So happy my path once crossed with Musclebound Mama.

Liz McPhee

Liz has been written about many times in our blog. This amazing mama lost 100lbs in one year – how amazing is that?! In addition to being committed to changing her lifestyle for herself and her family, Liz has been an inspiration not only to our clients but to me, personally. That’s why Liz was asked to be Ambassador!


Liz's Story

I spent most of my adult life being overweight and struggled with the low-self esteem that often goes along with that. I tried almost every diet and weight loss program that I came across, and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t make anything “stick”.  A friend told me about her success with Sophie and once I was ready to listen, I decided to sign up for a Musclebound Mama Challenge.

Joining this Challenge honestly changed life! Those 8 weeks taught me to re-evaluate the way I look at food and my relationship with it.  By the end of the challenge, I was amazed and proud of the changes I had seen in myself and knew I wanted to keep moving forward.  I signed up for the one-on-one coaching the day the challenge ended. Since then, I’ve continued to learn so much about what I am capable of, and how to challenge myself mentally and physically. Sophie has shown me how to combat shame and feeling deprived, and how important it is to take time for myself and my needs.

I am a mom of two amazing kids, and I’m happy to be helping them develop their own healthy relationships with food. I live in rural Ottawa and run a home daycare,  and love the challenges and rewards of helping little people grow and learn.

By stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ve found a love for kayaking, hiking, and have started running.  Until I started trying new things and saying “yes”, I didn’t realize how much of life I was missing out on.

Lori Ann Cherney

Lori Ann finished the Winter 2019 MBM – 60-Day Transformation Challenge in the top 3. Despite her body’s limitations, Lori Ann’s body transformation was incredible. Even more incredible was her commitment to herself and supporting her fellow teammates.  It was our pleasure to add Lori Ann to our team of incredible Ambassadors.


Lori Ann's Story

Growing up I never had an issue with my weight. My weight issues began after I started working full-time and let life get in the way. The compounded stress of sick family members, two kids and BOOM – the scale kept rising. I am the epitome of yo-yo dieting. I have tried every fad diet, medical diet and all types of elimination diets. I would lose weight but was never able to maintain it.

One of the biggest factors that impacted my weight over the years is my diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The medications I require to endure the pain and many symptoms under the umbrella, all affect weight – then I met Sophie.

I met her and approached her at just the right time. There was a 60-day Transformation Challenge starting the next week and I jumped on board. Everything changed. I was able to conquer my sugar cravings, eat foods I love, increase my mobility and have more energy. This program MADE SENSE and IT WORKED. I am humbled to be chosen to be an Ambassador and hope my unique circumstances can help others with similar obstacles achieve their goals.

I am the proud Mom of two amazing teenagers who inspire me every day to be the best I can be. I also have the most supportive husband in the world and I want to continue my journey toward better health for them – but also for me! I am excited to be the best me I can be.

If I can succeed at this – anyone can! BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED.