With 3 year old twins and a one year old, Heather, a full time teacher, had no energy. She knew the kids were not the only thing sapping her energy; the weight she gained having two close pregnancy, not exercising and poor eating habits were contributing to her lagging energy. However, she understood there was something she could do about it. She saw her father, who had a heart attack while she was in college, kick it in gear, losing 100 pounds and getting off all his medications. She saw her friends Angie, CJ and Dawn getting results through exercise and healthy eating. She knew it was possible. So last December she joined the three of them here at the studio, beginning a complete transformation. She began with just the classes in December. Loving the atmosphere, the classes and just being active, she stepped it up in January with our Kickstart program. Within the program she began to eat healthier and did the liver detox, surpassing her original weight loss goal. Now a few months later she is officially down 30 pounds and dropped from a size 16 to a size 8. She now has the energy to keep up with her energetic little ones, is cooking healthy meals at home and loves playing outside with her kids. She even has stepped out of her comfort zone and began participating in our outdoor bootcamps, sharing her new love for the trails with her husband and children.
In order to overcome the challenge of mother’s guilt, she does her workouts early in the morning before work. She is able to come do a class at 5:00 am and get home before she and her husband have to leave for work. In this way, she is not taking time away from her husband or her children and she can still get a great workout in.
Her secrets to success are the accountability she has with her friends who attend here with her, the increase in activity and planning her meals. As a matter of fact, one of the ways she is able to fit in the healthy cooking is the use of a pressure cooker. She enjoys trying recipes from two of her pressure-cooking cookbooks and the internet. Pressure-cooking is a great way to keep cooking time down. To continue to be successful with her eating, she and Angie are going to do meal preps and put them in the freezer for her busier time of year coming up.
Her hopes for the future are to continually be a role model for her family so they learn that active living and healthy eating are the way to be. To do so, she plans to keep doing what she has been doing – exercise regularly, make healthy food choices and live an active life.
If she could give one piece of advice to or readers, she would say, “You don’t have to take giant leaps at one time. Take baby steps, gradually making exercise, healthy eating and an active lifestyle a part of your life.” She would also share that it is okay to take time for yourself. Your whole family benefits from it.
Thank you Heather for sharing your transformation with us. You are living, and amazing, proof that there are no good excuses. If a mother of three very young children who works full time can do it, anyone can do it. You just have to prioritize your health and surround yourself with others who are doing the same!