Today I am happy to share with you a great story of a mom named Lynn who lost 61 lbs. Lynn has been coming to Fit Fun Bootcamps for over a year now I believe and she has quietly been transforming her body in amazing ways. Lynn ins’t the loudest person in the group, but she has a soft, determination about how that I really love. It seem like each month I have to reset my image I have of her body, because it is always changing. 🙂 Lynn does a great job sharing her story with you below. I think it is great that her husband is so supportive of her and her choices she is making. Lynn has bought into my system of training and eating and she will never be the same. Are you ready? One note: MamaTone is pretty much the exact same workout as my Fit Fun Bootcamps, which are similar to all my different DVD programs. The only difference is that is it during the middle part of the morning and we provide childcare.
Picture me, 33 years old, in the jeans section of a department store, 3 months after the birth of my second son. I have already lost the 30 or so pounds I gained during pregnancy or so I thought and I start trying on pants. The smallest ones I can fit into are a 22. A 22! I’m depressed. I leave with one pair of 22’s. I have to wear something. I am not the first or last mommy to have been in this position.
Picture me, later that month checking facebook. My friend posts a picture of me pushing my older son on a swing at the park. I don’t even recognize myself. I’m really depressed now.
I decide things need to change. I decide to start with what I can do. I decide I’m going to need many partners to help me get through this journey. My first partners are Bob Green and his book The Best Life Diet and Leslie Sansone and her Walk Aerobics DVDs. I start paying attention to what I am eating and make small changes as Bob’s book suggests. I weigh myself and I am 190 pounds.
It’s 5AM and I have just fed the baby, I decide this will be my work out time. The 3 ½ year old is asleep and the baby usually takes a cat nap after his feeding. I place him in a bouncy seat and pop in a DVD. I don’t think I even bothered to put on a pair of shoes that first day.
Now, if you knew me at all, you would know that I am all about truth. My mother refers to my proclivity toward frankness as “graphic”, a perfect description. I start marching and side stepping and instantly I notice that I can feel the globs of loose fat and skin moving up and down with me. I am uncomfortable and embarrassed. How did I let this happen? Luckily, it was just me, my sleeping baby and Leslie in the basement and so I persisted. I got up faithfully every morning and did a DVD. Sometimes I made it through, sometimes one of the boys woke up and I didn’t, but I persisted. And every day, Leslie told me that I was making a good choice. Every day, she told me it didn’t matter how big I was or how long I had to exercise (a mile, 2 miles, 3 miles), I had made a good choice. I needed to hear her say that every day as my fat was flapping up and down.
Fast forward several months and I have lost many pounds. My next partner turns out to be Fleet Feet. I had treated myself to real shoes a few months back and was put on the Fleet Feet e-mail list. I read about their No Boundaries beginning running program. Previously, I had always been interested in running but didn’t feel I could do it. I was a great walker, but as soon as I tried to run, I overheated, got a headache and felt like I was going to die and would quit. That would all happen in about the space of one minute out on the trail! I e-mailed my husband and told him I wanted to join this running group and asked if he could come home early every Wednesday and wake up early every Saturday morning so that I could go and run. If you knew my husband, you’d know that both of these things were asking a lot. He said yes. He’s awesome. I bought myself a pair of the largest/longest compression shorts I could find and a tech t-shirt and I was good to go. I completed my first 5k at the end of the program and went on to complete a ¼ marathon last year. Maybe there will be a ½ in my future. Exercise has now become a habit.
This brings me to my next partner, Dustin Maher. Picture me, now 35, no longer in a 22, but not where I want to be. I am 165 pounds and I have stalled in my weight loss and my resolve to make it to my goal. I need more help. I hear about MamaTone from a mommy at the park and I decide to give it a try while my older son is in kindergarten. My younger son will go to MamaTone childcare. I show up a couple minutes late that first day (if you knew me, you’d know that is unusual-although more frequent now that I have children). I feel guilty leaving my toddler and as I walk in the room, Dustin tells me to say my name and something interesting about myself. Pop quiz! I’m not ready. I’m nervous, I’m late, I’m still thinking about leaving my toddler and a roomful of women are busy lifting and jumping. I mutter something about usually being on time and try to get lost in the group. I’ve never lifted a heavy weight and Dustin has to help me get the weights above my head. The group moves fast and before I know it, I’m picking up my toddler and I go to the front desk and sign up.
I attend MamaTone one day a week in addition to running 2 or 3 times a week and the pounds aren’t melting off like I want them to. I realize that I’m going to have to take another look at my eating. It’s obvious that I had been letting my good habits slip. At the same time, my husband mentions that his 20 year high school reunion is coming up and he’d like to lose some weight. He starts counting calories and he starts dropping weight like crazy! I decide to get myself a little notepad like he has and I start counting calories. The pounds start to come off one by one. My husband and I are partners in better eating now and our little notebooks sit on the counter side by side with our daily food intake. It’s great to be able to share this journey with him and now I realize that I can make it to my goal with his support.
I sign up for Fit Fun Boot Camp so I can get in more workouts a week (the toddler wasn’t fond of childcare). I hear Dustin call out as I’m running up the Elver Park hill, “every step is a step closer to your goals”. This couldn’t be a truer statement. I am so glad to hear it. I need to hear it. I am now addicted to how exercise makes me feel. I go to Bootcamp three days a week and I run three days a week. The group element is inspiring and keeps me accountable.
My husband has commented that I am in the best shape of my life. He should know since we’ve been together since high school. I had always been a cardio queen. In my mind, cardio meant calories burned and calories burned meant weight loss. All the huffing and puffing made if feel like I was really working hard. I had tried doing weights, but I now realize that the weights were too light to be effective and body resistance exercises were too hard and discouraging by myself. There was also the boredom factor. I knew what exercises were coming up next on the DVD and how many reps and it was easy to cheat when no one was watching.
Boot camp addresses all these issues. The weights are heavy enough to produce results and there is plenty of cardio to keep you huffing. The body resistance moves are still difficult, but there is the element of surprise and variety built in to every workout! Even when I am failing miserably at an exercise, I know that it will be over soon and I’ll have another opportunity to try it in a month or so. I have been pleasantly surprised when an exercise that I haven’t done in a while rolls around and I can do it! It reassumes me that I’m getting stronger and more coordinated every day. It’s difficult to cheat when you’re in a group of 30 people with a trainer, so I get the most out of every work out.
Picture me now, 36, at my goal weight, 130 pounds. I couldn’t have done it without my partners along the way. And my journey was just that, a journey. It wasn’t a straight line and it isn’t finished. My new goal is to keep this weight off for the rest of my life. I know there will be challenges in the future, but I plan to persist and I plan to use helpers. I am thankful to all the people who continue to inspire me and help me on this journey called life. I need and appreciate you all. Thank you!