Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and See Results with Farrell’s!
I remember my daughter asking me if I would join Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping with her for the 10-week session. I thought, there is no way I could make that kind of commitment. The program was six days a week! And there was kickboxing involved! No Way! I found endless excuses every time the subject came up. I knew I was overweight. I was 201 lbs. and unfortunately that isn’t something you can hide, although I tried. I was embarrassed of how I looked, I was always tired, and very self-conscious of the weight I had put on. I was also suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My husband had also made comments about my needing to lose weight. He asked me why I didn’t want to join FXB with our daughter. I rattled off all of my excuses to him and in return he told me that was just a lot of excuses. He told me I should just decide I was going to do it and quit making those excuses. I was so angry at him! I wondered why he wasn’t joining. He wasn’t exactly in great shape either at the time. I was convinced he just didn’t understand that this was a big hurdle for me. I had attempted joining other gyms and fitness classes before, but I got bored and frustrated in return. I hated walking into a gym with no guidance or no support, wandering around trying to figure out what to do and how to do it. Every time I only ended up quitting and feeling beaten and depressed that I had once again failed at my attempts to get healthy. My daughter continued to try to persuade me to join and told me we would do the program together. She said she would be there to help and to support me. She knew I hated how I looked and her support was the boost I needed to get started. I couldn’t disappoint her, so I gave in and signed up.
I remember going to the initial orientation that cold January morning. I was scared. I was not sure what I had gotten myself into. I was a bit horrified to have my picture taken in a sports bra and a swimsuit bottom! Measurements were taken so I really saw firsthand by the numbers just how big I really was. I did push-ups and sit-ups for the initial testing! But none of that mattered, I looked around and it was evident I was clearly on the same journey as the other people there. We were starting this together and we all seemed to want the same thing. Everyone was starting at different fitness levels, but we were all starting our journey towards transforming our health and we would be achieving these goals together. The staff and instructors managed to put me at ease. I felt so much enthusiasm and support from everyone. I could tell right away this was going to be different from all the other attempts I had made at losing weight. My manager at the C Street location, Lisa, shared her weight loss journey with the group at orientation. I could relate with her story on so many levels. It was good to know that the people helping me had been through the same thing. I had a coach so I always knew I had one person who I could turn to for help whenever I had questions about the program or nutrition. It didn’t take long for me to discover that there were so many people ready to help me to succeed. The staff, instructors, FIT members and even the other 10-weekers gave so much outward support towards each other.
The first two weeks of classes kicked my butt, I even cried during one because I was so frustrated that I couldn’t get a combo during a kickboxing workout. My daughter tried to show me, but I just couldn’t get it. One of the FIT members came over and said it doesn’t matter, to just keep moving. They gave me a high-five and a big smile. I kept moving, I didn’t give up and finished the class! Eventually I started to really look forward to classes! I began to ask myself how hard could I push myself, what small personal goal was I going to accomplish today?
The nutrition part of the program was a game changer for me. I was always skipping meals. Before the program I would not eat enough and then I would binge eat because I was so hungry. I learned the right way to eat – proper portions, good food choices, and eating several small meals. This was hard to wrap my head around at first, but now it’s just normal to me and it’s become my lifestyle. I’ve had friends who tried lots of different diets that worked short-term, but those programs weren’t realistic lifestyle changes they could continue. Forbidden foods, pills or shakes are not something I want to do for the rest of my life and clearly they don’t work. This plan worked for me. My Coach, Val, was awesome she gave so many great tips and recipes!
I was excited when I started to see small changes in the way my clothes fit. I was feeling stronger and I had more energy. Five-week testing was coming up and I was nervous. I felt I wasn’t getting the results I wanted! I was following the plan and going to all of the classes. My results showed some improvement but so many other people were dropping the pounds and were really starting to show their hard work. Once again the support was there, I was assured that the results would come. I kept going, I really pushed myself the next five weeks. I wanted to do this so bad. I was motivated, something I had never been before when it came to weight loss. I continued to stick to my eating plan, this had become something I was very conscious of. The food I put in my body made a difference. I was doing all this hard work and I wasn’t going to eat something that not only made me feel bad physically, but mentally. I learned to reward myself with a free day. I could eat whatever I wanted on my free day, but I found myself not wanting to eat the wrong foods. I couldn’t believe how much more energy I had, how much better I felt about myself. The changes were coming not only to my body but to my mental well-being too. I was in a much better place emotionally and mentally. I was amazed at how motivated I had become.
At the 10-week testing not only had I lost several inches but I dropped over 30 lbs. I was so elated! I had such a feeling of accomplishment! A hurdle I never thought I would tackle. I finally had a victory in this ongoing journey of weight loss.
That evening at the celebration I was announced as the $1,000 female winner for my location. It was overwhelming for me and I was truly in shock. My manager Lisa read the list of the statistics before actually announcing the winner and I thought that it sounded like me . . . but no way. Then Lisa read my name, and I just started crying. This had been more than just a weight loss journey, this was a personal emotional journey of conquering self-doubts, fear, achieving goals and triumphs. I was proud of my accomplishments! I have continued on as a FIT member at C Street, and I am enrolled in the one-year challenge. I have kept my weight off and my high blood pressure and high cholesterol are now normal. I absolutely feel great.
Everyone at the C Street location is amazing!!! Everyone is so supportive. I look forward to my workouts and I still feel the energy every time I walk through the door. I now enjoy helping the new 10-week participants, it gives me a chance to repay all the help and support I received. They also serve as a reminder of where I once started this journey.
I want to thank everyone who supported me through this first trek in my journey. I encourage anyone who thinks they have to settle for the way they look to step out of their comfort zone, join Farrell’s and watch the transformation happen. The support and motivation is there and you WILL see results!
I want to add that my husband ended up joining at the same time and we completed the 10-week session together with our daughter. I was the female $1,000 winner and he was the male $1,000 for our location. I hope that he will also share his journey with you.
Cathie is a FIT Member at our C Street Location in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.
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