I really like the story you are about to read about Fit Fun Bootcamper Kaitlin because it goes to show that despite growing up in a family of poor eating habits, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Change is possible and results will be achieved. Losing the weight has not only transformed her body, but has given her extra drive and confidence to build her growing massage business.
Here is her story…
“I’m 22 years old. I grew up in a less than healthy family; McDonald’s and other fast food choices were a regular meal. This unfortunately, continued on as a habit into adulthood. I developed a regular diet of processed food and Drive-Thru, in addition was not exercising at all, and as you can imagine this did not equate for a pants size that I was pleased with. I tried “dieting” a few times, but my idea of dieting at the time
was getting grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken in the Drive-Thru.
My idea of exercise was doing 10 minutes on the elliptical and 20 sit ups twice a week. So obviously I wasn’t seeing many results. Well they always say opportunity knocks, in my case, it rang; my best friend called me at about 11 pm on a Monday night telling me about this boot camp class she found on Groupon, and she wanted me to do it with her. I said “whatever” and agreed, although I was not as excited as she was. I signed up for it, and then after the fact I realized I would be waking up at 5 am, so my initial reaction was “you better be lucky I love you!”. On the first day, I enjoyed a tough workout, definitely more intense than I was expecting but a lot of fun at the same time. The rest of that entire week I was so sore I couldn’t even sit down on the toilet my legs burned so bad. By the second week, the classes were still challenging enough to keep me motivated, and the instructors would give us modifications if we needed them. I started noticing changes in how my clothes fit. And I was suddenly able to pump out 10 push-ups no problem, when before I would struggle with 2. My favorite thing about the classes is after you force yourself to get out of bed at an ungodly hour, THAT’S IT the hard part is over. Once you get there, the trainers keep you moving, motivated and telling you what to do so it’s not like being at home trying to mentally convince yourself to do one more sit up, everyone pushes you and motivates you.
After about 6 weeks I had lost about 5 pounds and one pants size. I decided to take it up a notch and start taking some of the trainer’s advice about eating. So I slowly started changing my diet, first by choosing healthy snacks for while I’m on the go, and committing to one healthy home-cooked meal a day. These things became habit and now a typical 3 Days of meals for me may look like this.
Day 1: Oatmeal with walnuts and berries for breakfast. I make my own version of ants on a log for snack which is celery, almond butter, and raisins. For lunch a Spinach salad with pistachios, pear and vinaigrette dressing. I snack on organic apples and snap peas. One of my favorite dinners is Ground Turkey Meatloaf with a side of mixed veggies, and mashed sweet potatoes for dessert!
Day 2: Scrambled eggs with spinach and grape tomatoes for breakfast. Natural Raw Almonds make great snacks throughout the day. I love having Veggie burgers patties with some organic ketchup, and sliced pineapple on the side. More snacks later will be baby carrots and a banana. For dinner; Stuffed Chicken Breast made with onions, mushrooms, broccoli and low fat mozzarella cheese.
Day 3: I’ll have a fruit smoothie and a few slices of turkey bacon for breakfast. I’ll eat Greek yogurt with granola for a snack, Sushi for lunch, more snacks like grapes and sliced peppers. For Dinner I make Chicken Breast in a skillet with coconut oil and sweet potato fries.
After participating in the classes and changing my eating I’ve been able to lose a total of 30 pounds and went from a size 14 to a size 8. All of my friends tell me how great I look and I recommend to anyone who asks me how I did it, to take the classes because without the incredible support around me I would not have been able to do it.”
Great job Kaitlin! If you are interested in checking out Fit Fun Bootcamps click here to sign up for a free week trial. If you don’t live in the Madison, WI area, you can get very similar workouts and eating plans using my Fit Moms For Life monthly DVD program. Click here to learn more.