Monica's Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle
I’m a mother of four, a wife, with
a full time job. I have so much going on that stress tends to play a part of my
life. My stress reliever has been to eat
more and, of course, eat more of my favorite (ice cream) nightly. I’ve always went on my quick diet fixes from
time to time, joined gyms, and even went to a neighborhood drill sergeant boot
camp. In total, I may have lost a few
pounds here and there but nothing major and never with consistency.
Over the past two years, I’ve
gained wait drastically. I became very self-conscious of my weight, so I always
tried to hide it by layering my clothing and wearing jackets. I was fed
up! I knew I needed a personal trainer
because doing it on my own wasn’t working, but I didn’t know of anyone
affordable. One day, I was working in my
friend’s boutique and met a young lady who was, at the time, training with
Tim. She was proud of the progress she
had accomplished with her weight loss. She even showed me her before and after
photos. As she was talking, I was like,
“wow! This is who I need to go
see.” So I took down Tim’s information
and held on to it because I knew that’s what I needed.
You never really hear too many
people talking about going to a trainer because they feel it’s a waste of
money, but I knew that it was exactly what I needed. Eventually, I called and attended one of his
Saturday boot camps. Okay, it was a
lot of work. I was drained. I never imagined how much my body could work
in an hour. You do so many different
circuits. Of course, my body wasn’t use
to it. It reminded me of Celebrity fit club lol. After this experience, I knew he was serious
about fitness. I attended a few more
over a period, but again, I let life get in my way again and stopped. In the process, Tim would periodically check
up on me, which made me feel he was doing this because it’s what he loves to do
regardless if you were a regular or not.
I went to the doctor to get a
physical in January 2012. I was very
surprised of the results. I weighed
197lbs; I was like, “OMG!” This is more
than I had gained in either of my pregnancies.
The doctor stated that I needed to incorporate exercise in my routine
and diet. She also stated that I was
borderline diabetic, and if I continued on this track, I would be taking insulin
shots. This news was devastating to me
because I’ve never struggled with my eating to the point where not only I was
overweight, but it affected my health.
Of course, I moped about the situation over the weekend. I prayed and my family/friends gave me
encouragement. I said to myself that I
would not let this defeat me. I then
decided to call Tim.
I let Tim know the situation and
how I wanted to do something about it, so he encouraged me to come to his boot
camp again. My cousin also attended with
me for support. It was more intense
because now I was carrying more body weight.
However, due to my work schedule, it was hard for me to make the
Saturday sessions. I then decided to
join a gym for the third time, but that wasn’t going well either, as I did not
know how to properly use the machines or which machines I needed to use in
order to target my problem areas.
In February 2012, I was fed up
with the weight, and I wasn’t seeing any results. I decided to take on Tim’s one-on-one
sessions to get more knowledge on my eating habits and work out regiments
because I needed that extra push. I started with Tim on February 28, 2012. My weight at that time was 192 pounds. I didn’t know what to expect. He put me thru a complete fitness test to
test my endurance, and when I say I was out of shape, I was “out of
shape.” Tim set up a regiment for my
journey, and I started one-hour sessions, two days a week for the next two
months. I really got a chance to work
all my body muscles, doing exercises that I’ve always struggled to do or maybe
just didn’t want to do lol.
He also encouraged me to eat
healthier and worked out a weekly menu guide to also help with my healthier lifestyle. Throughout this progress, he would check on
me to see how I was eating and at home workouts (He encourages you to still be
active during your unscheduled time), which means a lot to me because; again, I
need someone to push and remind me what my goals are.
It’s now April, and it’s time for
my first weigh in. I’m down 12 pounds, weighing
180 pounds. I’m ecstatic! I had never seen results like this in my
previous weight loss attempts. My
husband and kids are now on board, and they see the change in my healthier
lifestyle because now I’m incorporating more in the household, as Tim helped me
with healthier substitutes for snacks for my family and me. I continued with my training; however, my
busy schedule caused me to change to 30-minute sessions, but I refuse to give
up. Once I set my mind to this lifestyle
change, I knew I couldn’t stop. At
first, I’ll admit I thought, “What can I accomplish in 30 minutes?” But, oh boy, when I tell you, Tim will use
every minute and every single second.
Time goes by fast, but you will do so much that it almost seems
impossible. He’s not a drill sergeant,
but he will push you with encouragement and motivation that by the time the
alarms beep, believe me when I say, you will be proud of what you’ve just
accomplished and you will also fill it lol.
Now it’s June 2012. It’s my second weigh in, and I’m down 9 more
pounds, now weighing 171 pounds (see my before and after photo below). My "Operation get it off" is becoming a reality.
I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished,
especially now since my family are on board with working out with me as well. I
also learned to use my tools of exercise to help relieve my stress. If you have
reservations about seeing a trainer or maybe you feel you don’t have the time
to spare, Tim is someone who will encourage and motivate you to get to your
ideal weight and will also work with your schedule. I’m still currently seeing
Tim for my weekly sessions, and now one of my sons has started coming to build
his endurance up for school sports.
Thanks for everything Tim!