{THE BASICS}

Age: 37

Profession: Teacher

Length of this journey: My journey with LiveFIT began June 4, 2013

Weight Loss/Inches: 72 pounds I went from size 22 pants to size 12 and from 2XL shirts to size medium

{MY STORY}

What was your “low point”?
I had been overweight for quite some time. I didn’t like the way I felt and hated the way I looked. I avoided pictures whenever possible. I made fun of people who exercised, especially those who chose to do it before dawn. Food was my ‘thing.’

How did you get started?
One afternoon in May of 2013, I asked my dear friend Charity Helvie how I could get addicted to exercise. She very quickly replied, “Go to bootcamp.” I’m sure my response mirrored that of the old cartoons: my jaw dropped and eyes bugged out of my head. After looking at the website, I talked myself into giving it a try.

On June 4th at 5:15 AM, I went to my first Bootcamp 101 and met an amazing and encouraging instructor, Becky Bowers. My fears of being a first-timer were replaced with embarrassment. I couldn’t do one push up, burpee, plank, or inchworm. I couldn’t even run the short side of the parking lot. Somehow the little I DID manage to do that morning sparked a fire. I went back the following Thursday, sore but determined. It only took a couple sessions and I was hooked.

What is your workout routine and eating plan?
Currently I go to bootcamp or studio classes 2-3 times a week as well as run 2-3 times a week. At this point I am interested in maintain and toning, but I do not feel I have to work out this much to do so. I’m simply addicted (be careful what you wish for!). I try to ‘eat clean’ as much as possible. I do not skip breakfast. EVER. I enjoy providing healthy meals for my family and don’t feel guilty when I indulge here or there.

{HELP US}

What are your top favorite resources that helped you along the way?

Friends- working out with friends makes it so much more enjoyable. It also helps get you out of bed when you’d rather sleep in. But if you don’t have someone to workout with, don’t worry. You will meet some amazing people in the process!

Planning- set a workout schedule for the week and put it on the calendar (mine is on my refrigerator, how convenient!)

Goals- My original goal was ‘just’ to lose 64 pounds. Of course I wanted it to disappear after that first workout but that didn’t happen. During this journey, I chose to focus on accomplishments and not just weight. I kept my weight loss goal, but I was distracted by being pushed outside of my comfort zone. I was encouraged to try different classes and begin running.

Advice for someone sitting on the sidelines:
If you are waiting to get started, DON’T. You are never too old or too out of shape to invest in yourself. Don’t wait for someone to join you. Don’t let anything stand in your way. Don’t make any more excuses. Don’t wait for the perfect time. Make the time.

Advice for someone feeling discouraged:
If you are discouraged, may I strongly encourage you to believe in yourself. YOU are the only one who can stand in your way. Please do not be ruled by a number on the scale or your physical appearance. You are so much more than a number.

For 2014, I selected patient as my word for the year. This word applied to all areas of my life, not just with health and fitness. Honestly, it is very difficult for me to WAIT for anything. I know that improvements take time. I also know that the God of all creation has far better plans than I could ever fathom. Rather than try to make things work in MY time, I vowed to let God have control.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Balance as a parent:
In order to balance everything, my advice is to plan ahead. I am a procrastinator by nature, so this has been quite a battle. I try to plan meals for the week and do my shopping on the weekend. Also, by sticking to a clean eating plan, I do not feel the need to log my food consumption. That’s one less thing I have to find time for, and I can spend enjoying life.

As a mom, I make time to work out FIRST THING IN THE MORNING (5 am). This is time for me to focus on strengthening and improving. I choose the morning workouts to set the tone for the day and to get it in without taking time away from my husband or my daughter. I am out and back before they even wake up.

My final thought is this…NEVER say never. Who knows what you are capable of if you NEVER try?

And remember… The journey is the reward. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!