Today I want to share with you a story of a woman named Jeanne. She was your typical middle aged woman – overweight, sedentary, hated exercise and she was losing a part of her past self. She began her journey of transformation with just one decision.
Here is Jeanne’s story…
“I never really struggled with my weight; I just ignored it . . . for 20 years.
I thought of myself as a healthy eater, making all the family meals from scratch – never from a box or a soup can. I enjoyed cooking and I was proud of my culinary skills. If I had any challenge with eating at all, it was that I loved good food too much and often didn’t know when to stop.
It was my lack of exercise, I knew, that was killing me, or likely would. As a communications professional and graphic designer, I have always held sedentary desk jobs. And while it wasn’t such a big deal early in my career, my steady weight gain and lack of energy had clearly escalated in my mid-40s, to the point where I was tipping the scale at just over 190 lbs.
I had a lot of excuses for not moving. I hated exercise. Hated sweating. With a full time job and a family to manage, I didn’t have time to go to a gym. I was just one of those people who was meant to be fat. Wide hips ran in my family. This is me – accept me for who I am!
At the same time, I longed to be thinner, healthier. And I was acutely aware that menopause was just around the corner. If I didn’t start doing something soon to build up some muscle, I’d lose what little I had left.
There wasn’t any one thing that finally motivated me to join FMFL. It was a perfect storm of things. A photo taken at a company holiday party. A favorite sweater that was relegated to the “some day” pile. My 12-year-old daughter’s eyes when I turned down her request to join her in a 5K. The fact that the “outer” me no longer bore any resemblance to the smart, sassy and fabulous “inner” me that I knew I was.
I had two good friends who had already been a part of the Killer Kurves program for a number of months when, around the first of the year, they posted a testimonial video on Facebook describing their successes. I took one look at that video and started to cry. I loved these gals, and I was so proud of what they had accomplished. They looked fantastic! Knowing they’d have my back, I didn’t give it a second thought. I just went directly to the Killer Kurves website and signed up. Just like that. And then I went home and told my family I was doing this . . . for me.
It was honestly the best knee-jerk decision I’ve ever made.
I hit the ground running, attending boot camp three times a week and adopting some healthy eating habits I had never considered before: reading labels; eating clean; eliminating enriched flour, corn oil, processed soy and added sugar; reducing alcohol; fasting after 7 p.m. I never felt that I was denying myself, I just made better choices and substantially reduced portion sizes.
I’ve had beautiful support from my family, friends and co-workers. On boot camp mornings, my husband gets up early in the morning with me when he could easily lie in bed at least another hour. And my daughter is helping me train for our first 5K together at the end of the summer.
The support I’ve received from the Killer Kurves community at FMFL is beyond awesome! We understand each other and have each other’s backs. If you don’t show up for class, you’re missed and we’ll let you know about it. It’s a very comfortable and welcoming atmosphere where we truly “come as we are.” And most mornings that means bed head and half-opened eye lids. By the end of class, we’re fueled up and ready to tackle the day.
And then there’s Liz, our trainer extraordinaire! She is always positive and caring and, having succeeded in her own weight loss journey, truly understands the challenges we face. Somehow she manages to keep boot camp fun and fresh, while pushing us in directions we didn’t know we could go. In the 24 weeks I’ve been a part of Killer Kurves, we have never done the same routine twice. Never. Who knew you could do so many moves with a Swiss ball?
After six months of attending boot camp three times a week and adopting some pretty simple eating rules, I’ve lost 23 lbs. — that’s nearly one pound a week! I’ve said goodbye to my old frumpy closet and hello to a more fabulous one. Even the outfits I was saving for “some day” had to find new homes. For the first time in a very long time, I’m looking forward to wearing summer clothes. My husband likes to show me off. And my daughter hugs me and tells me how proud she is of me.
I don’t have any specific goals for my weight loss. My intention is to be healthier, wherever that takes me. I will continue to maintain an active lifestyle and put clean healthy and tasty fuel into my body.
Most importantly, I will love me. Cuz I’m still smart, sassy and fabulous!”
Congratulations, Jeanne and thank you for sharing your transformation with us!
Killer Kurves (K2) is now accepting new applications for our next session which starts July 7th. The M/W/F session is already sold out, but we have spots still available on T/Th/F. ->->->Click here to learn more and start a new journey
I know you might be terrified, you likely have a million other responsibilities right now, finances might be tight, etc, but I can guarantee you that when you invest in YOU and put yourself and your health first for once, everything else in your life will improve, too!
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If you have questions, concerns, or would like to personally chat with someone who is in the Killer Kurves in the program right now, or someone who is a K2 graduate, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.