IN THE BEGINNING
I started gaining weight in elementary school and from there, I was always overweight or at least bigger than average. I hit my heaviest weight at the age of 24, 200 lbs.
A few years ago, I started watching various documentaries on health that shocked me into changing certain areas of my life. The most shocking was learning that certain diseases that are typically explained as being genetic can be prevented or reversed by making lifestyle and diet changes. This peaked my interest due to autoimmune disorders and other various diseases that are present in my immediate family and I wanted to do whatever I had to, to prevent inheriting any of them.
At 5’5’’, 200 lbs. I was in the obese category. When I stepped on the scale and saw the number 200 screaming back at me, I immediately started researching weight loss strategies.
I joined a group of friends that made a weight loss bet to lose the most weight in 30 days with the biggest loser winning the jackpot. The money was a motivator but what I really began to learn during that time was discipline with diet and exercise.
I continued using the strategies I learned during that time even after the bet was over. I monitored how much food I was eating, and I was more conscious of eating less processed foods.
Exercise played a role as well. As a former athlete I enjoyed playing sports vs going to the gym and using machines and weights. So, I found a kickboxing gym with a wonderful group of people and started attending classes 5 days a week and I loved it because it didn’t feel like exercise.
Over a period of 3-4 years, I lost about 40lbs. At that point, I would lose then gain and so forth and I knew I needed additional help to break out of the cycle and learn how to maintain or continue to lose without the fluctuations.
THE TURNING POINT
As my 30th birthday was approaching I decided that I was going to be in the best shape of my life. I went back to doing everything I did to lose weight when I hit the 200 lb. mark. But once my 30th birthday came around I had not accomplished my goal. Months later I was still trying to reach that goal, but I would always hit a wall. I knew I needed to seek help.
I tried other programs and even started working with a personal trainer, but those efforts were short-lived, and I still didn’t see any major change. There was no major difference in me mentally or physically.
WHY BODY REFINED
My friend, Syretta, told me about Body Refined and how the program was designed along with showing me her results. I asked her for more information on the program and once I did my research the rest was history, I was sold. I knew that this was my chance to really break through that wall and be the person that I wanted to be and see at the age of 30.
I am pleased to say that my experience with Body Refined has been so amazing that I believe there aren’t enough words in the English vocabulary to describe all the positive changes I have seen. I have a new-found outlook on life.
I would recommend Body Refined to anyone that is serious about changing their life. Be cautioned that this is not a temporary fix and requires that everyone put in the work. This is a commitment to yourself for life, but it is so worth it.
Some of the changes that both myself and those close to me have seen are that I have a serious focus and drive, I’m a more caring person, I’m a better employee/employer, I’m a better friend/cousin/daughter etc. which have all lead to a multitude of other positive changes in my life.
Before Body Refined, I was just living life day to day with no real goals or passions in life. I categorized myself as someone that lacked passion, I could only see the realities of life which hindered any imagination that would spark passion. Now I have goals. Huge goals!!!
I have discovered many passions as well as my purpose in life. I started this transformation with Body Refined for weight loss but what I got in return was that and much more!
Currently I feel a level of mental and emotional clarity that I’ve never felt before in my life nor did I ever think possible. Physically I know that I am in the best shape of my life and that alone is motivation to continue to live this way and utilize all that I have learned during this transformation.
Initially I didn’t have many struggles. I was so happy with the progress that I was seeing that most of my old struggles were a thing of the past. The process was explained in detail and any questions or issues that I had were quickly answered by Kurt, which was a tremendous help.
Fast forward to today, now that I’ve exceeded certain goals, some of my old struggles are beginning to emerge. As someone who has been overweight most of my life, I struggle with adhering to the new understanding of my relationship with food. Understanding that I eat to live vs living to eat.
Food is for nourishment and is my medicine and that if I see it and consume it in that way I will no longer crave the unhealthy processed foods and because of that I won’t feel the need to eat out of boredom or from emotional triggers.
This is something that I am currently struggling with but has gotten better over time.
For anyone that wants to improve their health and their life, the advice that I would give is to put yourself first and act now!
Many of us have moments in life where we are motivated to make a change whether it is health/fitness related, leaving a terrible job or just deciding to make the bed every morning. But as soon as that moment of inspiration is gone we dismiss it and look back months later thinking “I wish I had started months ago, I’d be in a better position by now”. Or we’ve felt that if we make too many changes and start focusing on ourselves it will make us seem selfish and have a negative impact on ourselves and on those around us.
But hear me when I say that putting yourself first will make not only your life better, but it will also have a positive impact on those around you.
Start today, act now. The opportunity is available right now so why wait?