Today’s Fitness Friday is a little different. It’s not necessarily fitness, but more about your overall health. Exercising and eating right go hand-in-hand for sure. So today I’m going to talk about the eating right – and share a wonderful motivational story from my friend and coworker, Tracy. She’s amazing. I’ve seen her on this weight loss journey for over a year now, and wanted to share it will all of my blog followers, too.
A year ago I was a 5’2” 34-year old diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was taking seven medications and weighing an astounding 230 lbs. Basically, I was the epitome of a couch potato! When I came home from work at night, and 95% of the time on the weekends, I would go to my “comfy TV chair” and not move a muscle. I did not have energy, nor did I have the motivation to DO anything! In 2012, at my yearly physical, my doctor informed me that not only was I pre-hypertensive, but also my “health age” was 15 years older than my biological age!
My wonderful partner, Jen, and our chiropractor, intervened. They made me realize that I had to make a change. Jen and I have been trying to have a baby for two years, and I don’t want to be the type of mom that can’t play with her children, or even worse, not be around at all! So, my chiropractor put me in touch with my AMAZING health coach.
On October 23, 2012, I took the first step to changing my life forever and started on my health program. After a month on plan, I was down 18 pounds and felt amazing! I had more energy than I had ever had in the past 10 years. I wanted to be active on the weekend and even after work at night. Jen could barely keep up! Within four months I had joined a tennis league; I always joke around and say that I went from couch to tennis! Ok, so beyond the energy, which is great don’t get me wrong, but let’s look at the medical side of things. I am off two of my medications and reduced my cholesterol by 55 points. I can say with the biggest smile on my face that I am currently 75 lbs. lighter and only 16 pounds from my GOAL. Without a doubt in my mind, this program not only changed my life, but it SAVED my life. I truly feel like I HAVE to tell others about how life changing this program can be. There are so many people out there struggling with their health and weight, and I am getting such joy helping others with their own personal health journey.
I am almost at my goal weight and am so excited to move onto the Transition & Maintenance phase of this plan. I know, without a doubt, that I will be able to maintain this weight loss, and my active and healthier lifestyle, forever. This program has been so successful for Jen and me that we have decided to pay it forward and became COPE Certified Health Coaches. This allows us to reach out and help other, but also keeps us accountable to ourselves and our clients to maintain and continue our healthy lifestyle. Not only is this very rewarding, but we are making a very nice supplemental income at the same time! This is the best and safest program that I have every done; I can’t stress enough how well it works. If you want to learn more about it check out my website http://toofit2quit.ichooseoptimalhealth.com.
Look at Tracy Before and Present Day! Doesn’t she look freakin’ fantastic?!?!?
And here is her partner Jen who is down 40+ lbs. and sustaining her weight.
I could NOT be more proud of the both of them. Not to mention, I love getting to shop with Tracy to help her re-stock her new wardrobe for her new bod! 🙂
If you are ready for a lifestyle change, what are you waiting for?!?!
I’m a huge fan of Popsugar! I follow them on my Bloglovin’ feed so I don’t miss out on any great workout and health tips. They put a ton of great information on their website. If you haven’t been over to Popsugar – don’t wait any longer!
Since it’s still the beginning of the year while the New Year’s Resolution of losing weight is fresh in everyone’s mind, here is a great article about tips on the best workouts to lose weight. Best part – it links to workouts they have on their site!