- Member:Debra A
Just a day after making the decision to take control of my life and trust the nutrition program, I opened a motivational card which read, “And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” (Erica Jong) I shared this message with my health coach Shirley at RDFiT, and it has inspired me throughout my health transformation. I took the risk to change, the risk to not use food as a comfort, the risk to only eat to fuel my body, the risk to be a little uncomfortable and the risk to trust.
As an 8-year breast cancer survivor, I just wanted to enjoy life. But, I was enjoying life at the expense of my health. I had come to believe that my metabolism had slowed, and I couldn’t lose weight no matter how much I tried. At 5’ 9” and 230 lbs., I was 38% body fat and considered obese. I was having fun and staying active within my comfort zone, but I didn’t like the way I felt or looked. More recently, I'd seen the health struggles of aging relatives and worried that this would be me.
Why change? I wanted to take control of my health so that I could enjoy life to its fullest and continue to experience new challenges and joys.
I met Shirley a year before I actually decided to work with her as my health coach. I thank her for friending me on Facebook, and I watched for posts about her clients’ success stories. I had been trying to make small changes to my eating and exercise habits for 3 years, but I lost the same 5 lbs. over and over again. The stars aligned with an inspiring Facebook post about a couple’s success, and I messaged Shirley. When I met with her in person, I took a leap of faith and committed to the program for 30 days. On the first day of my journey, my husband decided to join me for support, and he also transformed his health and body. Soon after, we had close friends start the program since they saw that it was working for us. It’s very exciting to inspire others and watch them succeed.
I stayed motivated by my increased energy, decreasing measurements, pounds lost, change in body fat percentage and progress photos. I even lost weight from October through the holidays! I dispelled the myths that prevented me from previously achieving health goals. After being on the program for a couple of months, I decided it was time to increase my workouts. At Shirley’s suggestion, I tried a boot camp class at RDFiT; but, I was embarrassed and discouraged because I was not able to do all of the stations.
Well, things change. I love teamwork and felt excited to join the January/February Predictable Transformation Challenge complete with a secret group on Facebook to help motivate each other. I’d already lost 40+ pounds and made it into my goal jeans; I was just 10 pounds from my weight loss goal. Instead of focusing on the scale, I set a stretch goal to reduce my body fat from 29.87% to 25%. The Challenge made all the difference since I was accountable to working out at least 3 times a week at RDFiT, and I set a personal goal to get out of my comfort zone by including one RDFiT boot camp class per week. I found my core getting stronger quickly, and I trimmed down another pants size beyond my goal jeans - time for new jeans! I was also a frequent contributor to the Facebook group and wanted to inspire others and help motivate them. In turn, I continued to transform my mindset toward living optimal health.
I’ve learned that it’s more than just making observations about my habits; it’s about trying to gain some insight. When you make a poor food choice or overeat, it’s easy to say that I’m slipping into old habits or I had an event to attend. The real growth came when I was able to interpret my observations and to figure out why I reacted in a certain way. Then, it’s easier to replace old habits with new healthy ones. For example, when I had a particularly emotional week, I am proud to say that I did not eat my emotions. In fact, I didn't even think about munching or eating poorly. Many times I did not feel hungry, but I focused on following the simple nutrition plan each day and got in 3 workouts plus opted for catching up on sleep instead of working out one day. Basically, I took care of my body, felt the emotions and went through it. I realized that the emotions would be there with or without the food.
As the Challenge comes to a close, I’m proud to say that I have endless energy, a healthy lifestyle and a new fitness family. I continue to get stronger and build endurance. I am able to jog a mile without stopping which is not something I’ve done in the last 20+ years. I can sit comfortably in an airplane seat, and I’ll be able to try paddling in an outrigger canoe since I can now fit. I came close to reaching my body fat percentage goal, measuring at 27.19%. Because of the results I’ve seen during this Challenge, I decided to become a full time member of RDFiT bootcamp and will achieve my goal of 25% body fat in the next two months. Most of all, I took the risk to take control back over my health, and I’m thriving!
-- Debra A