After giving birth to my twins, I found myself at 175 lbs and unable to lose any weight. I was tired, miserable, and weighed more than I thought I ever would in my whole life. I started exercising and watching my diet and the weight began to slowly melt away. I lost most of the weight in the next several months, but found myself still 20 lbs heavier than I wanted to be. I started training with Frankie Long at Core Body and began to see my body shape change. I was seeing muscle tone develop and more pounds melt away. I was starting to look like the old me again! During this time at Core Body I also developed a love of fitness. It was so much fun and made me feel great! I knew I never wanted to be without it again in my life. I got certified as a personal trainer and have my own clients now, sharing with them the love of health and fitness. I'm now a figure competitor and endurance athlete as well. Sometimes I look back on the pictures of me as a new mom and recall how miserable and hopeless I felt being so heavy. I never imagined I could be where I am today. When you make a decision to change, and stick with it, the possibilities are endless. You can be anything you want to be.
Weight loss has always been a part of my life because being overweight is something I have always struggled with. I remember not doing "athletic" things because I felt like I was not capable, not to mention how uncomfortable I always felt around others about how I looked. I had tried every type of diet that had been on the market, but in September 2009 that all changed. I was introduced to Core Body FX. I was amazed what a real workout looked like. It was both challenging and difficult. There were moments when I thought, "What am I doing?" I had always thought working out with a trainer was impossible because I wasn't athletic or I couldn't afford it. There were many excuses, but I found that it was within my reach. I would have never pushed myself the way my incredible CBFX trainer pushes me. Because of her motivation I was able to complete my first triathlon in June 2010! A TRIATHLON! I would have considered this an impossible and unrealistic expectation over a year ago. I have still not reached my weight loss goal, but that is ok. I am proud of how far I have come, and will continue to work hard to get to my next goal. Why has this been different than everything I had done in the past, you may ask. I have the support from my CBFX trainer. She believes in me and encourages me to try things that I would have never imagined possible. I will never go back to my former way of life. I pray that I can encourage others who have had this same struggle and help them see that you are capable of the impossible.
I began a serious weight loss journey a few years ago. I decided I needed to change my life. I didn't want to just go on a temporary diet to lose some weight only to go back to my old eating habits and gain it all back plus more. That's how I got to be about 100 pounds overweight. In November of 2007, my doctor told me that I wasn't just Obese, but I was Extremely Obese. That really opened my eyes up and made me take a good look at myself. I knew I was big and would always try to avoid pictures of myself or try to hide my body behind someone else. I started working out with a personal trainer at Core Body FX in 2008. I have been amazed at the change in my body and my strength since then. My trainer has been amazing and has coached me with my eating, keeps me accountable, and pushes me beyond what I would ever think I could do. I completed a Sprint Triathlon in June of 2010 and I have completed a few 5K's. I have an upcoming Half Marathon that I look forward to finishing with a great big smile on my face. Before joining Core Body Fitness FX, I would have never imagined myself doing half the things I have been and am doing. God, my best friend, and my trainer have helped me transform my life and I will soon reach my goal weight and will never go back. So Long and Farwell to my Old Self.
This was me about one year and six months ago. I was the largest I had ever been, desperate to find a solution to my health issues and how I had found myself after many years. Little did I know, my solution was in front of me for a long time, as a dear friend. Fred Heckman was a personal trainer at Core Body FX and was also my friend. I asked for his help and he took me under his wings and we began a journey that I will always be grateful for. He definitely had his challenge, and so did I. This first photo was taken after I was about four months into training with Fred. Fred worked with me on weight training, guided me with cardio suggestions and monitored my nutrition. He challenged me constantly and made me understand the importance of living a healthier lifestyle. He encouraged me to take part in extra activities, like a 5k run, where he was by my side running/walking with me. He has been and continues to be a huge support in my physical activity. Just recently, as the second photo shows, I took part in my very first triathlon. Fred was by my side the entire time! I originally registered for the triathlon and knew I would be happy to just finish it. Instead, I came in second place in my age group, finished 16th place overall, and completed the entire triathlon in 1 hour and 27 minutes. Two years ago, that would have been impossible.
As of today, I've lost 65 pounds on the scale, I've gained a ton of muscle, gone from a 42 pant size to a 33! I continue to get so many compliments on my success! The truth is: it's been a combination of self-determination, and the support of a wonderful personal trainer and friend. I continue to add physical activities to my routine, and will continue my path of a healthier existence. And, by my side, continues to be my personal trainer and dear friend... If I could offer any words of encouragement to anyone: If I can do this, anyone can!
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