FitMetabolism was recommended to me by my chiropractor. I had mentioned to him that I wanted to lose some weight and he said that FitMetabolism approached weight loss scientifically and had proven methods to keep weight off long-term. As a 42 year old mother of 2 girls (ages 5 and 2), it is important to me to model a healthy diet and lifestyle, and although I worked out regularly (cardio, weights and yoga), something wasn’t working. My 5’2” frame was packing 168 lbs, although when I tell people how much I used to weigh, they don’t believe me. But still, I didn’t feel good about myself and it was time for a change. Since starting my program on September 17, 2010, I’ve gone from 168 lbs and 42 % body fat to 133 lbs and 24% body fat. My outside image now matches my inner one. What follows are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
What I’ve Learned
It is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Not 50/50. And an extra 10 minutes on the elliptical doesn’t really cancel out that piece of cheesecake.
It is all about balance – food, exercise and attitude. I was told by everyone at FitMetabolism that it was a lifestyle, not a diet. I think at the beginning I needed a bit of convincing, but I chose to go there and invest my time and money in the program – I figured I would give it the best I’ve got. I get the lifestyle thing now. They were right.
It’s also about eating to live and not living to eat.
I can quite easily go without that cookie. Admittedly, there are times when I really want one, and I’ve learned how I can have that cookie once in a while. Just not four of them. Every day. For lunch.
The program that they designed was doable. I simply did what I was told, and I saw fantastic results. Some days were harder than others, granted, but I trusted Craig as the expert to guide me in the right direction. He did.
I understand the need to exercise now – not grudgingly going to the gym just to get through a workout but to have the genuine urge to do it. I’ve experienced that rush – feeling good (but tired) as I do it and feeling great (and strong) afterward.
As someone who professed that I couldn’t run even if something really big was chasing me, I now know the joy of racing my five year old across the field because she wanted to. And I could actually keep up with her and breathe when we were done. Listening to her giggle the whole time made the effort worth it!
I can play on the floor with my girls more easily now. I always have got down on the floor and played with them, but it is easier and more enjoyable when I am not carrying an extra 35 lbs on my frame.
UPDATE: 1.5 years later
This testimonial was first written a year and a half (or so) after becoming a client. I am now approaching my 46th birthday, feel (and look) healthier and more confident than I did in my 20s and am still maintaining the Fit lifestyle. Since first writing this, I’ve learned some additional lessons:
Roll with what life gives you each day, and don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go as planned; remember to start fresh each morning, though.
Keep learning about yourself and keep reflecting on the choices you make – it is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Look after yourself – being selfish is not a bad thing.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is effort but I (and my family) am worth it. I owe it to myself (and to them) to be the best that I can be.
UPDATE: 5 years later
It has been just over 5 years since I first started at FM. With their support and guidance, I have successfully kept the weight off and (more importantly) maintained a healthy lifestyle. I started downhill skiing last year for the first time in my life, which I never would have done had I not felt healthy and strong.
Like everybody does, I still struggle with emotional eating, but I have learned that logging my food and having regular coaching sessions with Craig has given me tools to help deal with those tough times. Each day is a fresh start to be the best I can.
Getting fit with FitMetabolism has helped me to realize a fuller life and be a positive role model for my daughters. It is not about ‘being skinny’ or losing weight but about being strong and healthy.