“Come On Girl, You Got This!”

Kate, before and after

Kate, before and after

Here I was, a mom of 3 boys, married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years, managing a fantastic job during the day and had a part-time gig as a photographer in my “free time”, as well as volunteering as head coordinator of the Legion baseball program. What more could a girl ask for? My day usually began getting the boys off to school, running from event to event, commitment to commitment, ending my day from one job only to start another, and trying to be a mom and wife on top of it. Pretty typical story these days for lots of folks.

Since I have the privilege of working virtually, I found myself getting the boys going in the morning and going back to bed from pure exhaustion. I would eat on the run from the concession stand, have a few adult beverages to relax. No harm right? I mean after all I hadn’t eaten much all day so what would it hurt? Well, in the spring of 2013 I topped out at nearly 200 lbs., and crept up to a size 16. I was fine hiding behind the camera, but heaven forbid I be in front of the camera. I was miserable.

I was mortified when I went to the doctor for my annual exam and she shared with me that I was obese. I know I felt big but when I heard that word it crushed me. My self-esteem was glowing only with embarrassment.

I started cutting back on some bad habits, but it was slow moving. I was convinced the eight diet sodas a day and afternoon snacks were not the reason I wasn’t losing weight at the pace I wanted.

After a little discussion with myself, I was determined to turn my life around. I didn’t know how yet, but it had to change. A family friend mentioned to my husband that she was joining Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping and wanted to know if I would join. I had never exercised a day in my adult life. My treadmill served better as a clothes rack than a motivator, but I HAD to do something. I called head coach/owner, Bridget, to understand more about Farrell’s and went to go check it out. She invited me to a free kick start class, but I was scared that it would just give me an excuse to give the nod that it wasn’t for me so I bypassed it and just signed up.

Bridget shared that Brandon would be my coach and her exact words were “you will love him, he is an animal”. Several weeks passed before classes started, but it gave me the chance to adjust my mindset.

I went into class and met the folks who soon became family – people that were my age and just wanted to be a better version of themselves. Brandon was very easy to talk to, and had the heart of a teddy bear. He taught us so much about breaking down our walls, identifying our goals and being true to ourselves. I didn’t think he was an animal at all… until I saw him kick the bag for the first time! Yikes!

Brandon had us write down our “wall” and what kept us from making our lives our own. Mine? It was the fact that I always said yes . . . to everyone other than myself. I would drop everything to help anyone else, but never for myself.

Once I got through the “before” picture, I decided that I would take a picture every Friday of my mid-section. I was too embarrassed to take it with my face in the image so the belly was going to be my measuring stick through this journey. I am so glad I did this!

The first several weeks of class I was completely out of breath on kickboxing days. Here comes Brandon… “come on girl, you got this!” I didn’t believe him. The whole punch, cross, hook, upper . . . I had arms heading every direction other than where they should be. Bridget would say…. “come on girl, you got this”. I didn’t believe her. I would look at all the FIT members and their encouragement (although I was thinking they just felt sorry for me) was incredible.

After I started eating clean and consistently coming to class I was amazed. I was back from class before the boys even got out of bed. I was eating more than I ever had and I felt amazing. People were starting to see it.

The scale moved very little during my first five weeks, but my belly pics were visibly different. I trudged along the next five weeks with blinders on. Literally! There were days the class was so hard, I would just keep my eyes closed as we did an exercise so I could keep my composure and get through it, and this voice would chime in my head for the last set of hen-pecks…. “come on girl, you got this!”

Week 10 arrived, which meant time for measurements and running. Running is my least favorite of all things so I dreaded it all week. I cut a couple of minutes off my mile so I felt pretty great. I remember Brandon asking how I felt about my testing. At this phase I was still mentally tied to the scale and had “only” lost 12 lbs. I remember saying “I feel happy, but not satisfied”. I did realize though at this point that A) I had created some great habits B) I had surrounded myself with positive people C) I got this!

I signed up for six months as a FIT student. I remember a month or so into it I went back to Brandon and told him I thought something was wrong with my shoulders. He looked at me with grave concern. I pointed to my trapezoid and told him that I think I was doing something wrong. My trapezoid was swollen and hard and was like a lump. With as straight of a face that he could make he says to me “Kate, that’s a muscle, it’s a good thing, that is what we are working so hard for”. With my tail between my legs I said, “ya, of course, ya that’s what I thought”. A muscle!!! OMG I had muscles. I was hooked on Farrell’s!

The rest is history. I finished my six months and signed up for another 12. July 2015 was my two-year mark at Farrell’s. So far, I have gone from a size 16 to an 8’ish and down from 200 lbs. to 155 lbs. While I step on the scale, I have learned not to trust it. I went for a couple months at the same weight but amazingly, I changed pant sizes and shifted my belt buckle in.  Stay off the scale “you got this!”.

Kate A. is a FIT Member at Farrell’s R Plaza in Omaha, Nebraska.

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.

About Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a results based fitness program for participants of any age. In 45 minutes a day, six days a week, Farrell’s can help you make real changes in your fitness and overall health.

Posted on 01/14/2016, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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