Transformation by Hitch Fit Gym Overland Park Overland Park Personal Trainer Amy Gipson
Powerful Inspiration – Hitch Fit Client Gains STRENGTH for Life & Loses Body Fat!
A note from Amy:
“Boy-Oh-Boy am I super excited to share this transformation story of my dear client Johanna Miller (a.k.a. JoJo). JoJo came in to see me needing a change in her lifestyle. She wanted to lose weight but more importantly become stronger mentally, physically and emotionally. Her story is not just about weight loss which makes this one so special to me because it fully explains how transformation is all encompassing from losing weight, to becoming in control of your choices you make day in and day out and becoming more confident to handle difficult situations. By no means was this process easy for JoJo. There were sessions that we spent together talking through tears and then there were sessions that we couldn’t stop laughing. Through all of JoJo’s initial weight loss, there was not a day I didn’t get a message from her with a picture of how many calories she had burned or a picture of what she was eating, that was absolute true dedication and accountability! JoJo- I am so very proud of you for continuing your goals and even more proud of you for not allowing others to bring you down. You are a beautiful woman who has gone through so much and I am honored to have a part in your process to gain strength in so many more ways than just physically. Just as you have gained a lifelong friend in this process, I have too and I am so very excited about your beautiful future.”
Starting weight: 158 lbs
Ending weight: 137 lbs
Starting body fat: 32.3 %
Ending body fat: 18.6%
“I found Amy with Hitch Fit through a friend of mine on Facebook who had just finished her own transformation back in January. I immediately called Amy, wanting more information and to meet with her. I knew, after our consultation, that it was the journey I wanted to go on and it was imperative to changing my life. The only problem was the money. I then went full force into saving up to start working with her. I painted a bathroom and sold some of my wedding stuff to get started. I am a true believer that, if you want something badly enough, you will make it happen.
When I found Amy, I was in a very dark place…….. a place where a lot of people never knew I was in. In December I had gone through an extreme amount of stress and started putting on weight, over-eating or not eating at all. In every aspect of my life, I felt like it was crashing down around me all at once. I had the stress of a real estate team trying to bully me, as well as some relationships not being very welcoming and even attacking me in public. My marriage was also struggling.
On Christmas Eve, due to a number of circumstances beyond my control, I was very disappointed with life. I proceeded to take sleeping pills, because I hadn’t been sleeping very well due to stress. I had never taken pills before with alcohol and, at the time, I thought I was invincible. I thought I would only take two and head to bed when I started feeling sleepy. I had a few glasses of wine and had a bad reaction, with the combination of alcohol and the sleeping pills. It put me in an even darker place and made me do things that I don’t remember. I ended up taking approximately 40 sleeping pills, because I just wanted to go to sleep. I didn’t want to think about the stress anymore. I ended up in the hospital for a few days, and only by God’s grace I am still alive. At that point, I knew that something needed to change. I shouldn’t rely on sleeping pills or alcohol or even food. I needed to be stronger, mentally and physically. I loved my clients and my business. I cared about my family. I wanted to be a better role model to my nieces and nephews. That is when I saw my friend’s transformation on Facebook. I know that finding Amy with Hitch Fit was a God-send.
Because I had to save up money, I didn’t get to start with Amy until February. I started full-force and I was very determined. I couldn’t even do 12 reps of biceps curls with 8 lb dumbbells or do lunges without dumbbells when I first started. I knew I had a lot of work to do. I knew that it was imperative that I had an accountability partner. Amy quickly agreed and I sent her daily pictures of my polar watch, showing how many calories I had burned.
I had my fair share of set-backs. About a month and a half in, I injured my ankle and couldn’t do any cardio for about 3 weeks. I continued to stay on my diet and still was losing fat and gaining muscle with my strength training. It wasn’t the exact goal I wanted, but I was proud of myself at what I was accomplishing without being able to do cardio. I had to accept that and focus on the positive.
Because I had a set-back, I decided to continue the program into 5 months. During the fifth month I couldn’t do cardio again, due to having gallstones. I again continued strength training and diet, and I accomplished my goal!
At first my challenge was cardio. I hated the treadmill. It wasn’t until I started running outside that I began to love running. My favorite time of the day to run was first thing in the morning. There was something about running in the morning in the cooler air, waving at people that made me feel like it was going to be a great day. By the end, my biggest challenge was strength training without Amy. I felt very overwhelmed. In the gym I needed someone to tell me what to do and keep me moving; otherwise, I felt so intimidated and nervous I would mess up or wasn’t doing it right. The gym at my duplex where I worked out didn’t have machines. It was free weight only and it made me nervous.
I looked forward to working out with Amy. I could be having a terrible day and I would go in and work out with Amy and come out smiling. It relaxed me and made me level-headed to handle business situations. I would always tease Amy that she was the only person that could kick my butt and I could still say “I love you” as I walked out the door! As I got more confident, my workouts became more fun! One of my favorite memories at the gym is when I soon realized I couldn’t do high knees tabata-style. I give myself an A for effort and it gave other people in the gym a laugh. By the time I was finished doing that set, we were all laughing.
I got a lot of flak from people who didn’t understand my journey, especially when I wasn’t eating the foods they were eating. They assumed that I was losing weight the unhealthy way. It was hard, because I felt like I had to defend myself. I never let it get me down because, at the end of the day, I was doing it for myself and it wasn’t their journey to understand. What they didn’t realize was this journey was saving me. It was making me a stronger woman, it was giving me confidence, and I was accomplishing things I didn’t know I could do. One of my favorite quotes is “Strong is the new skinny.”
One of my goals I reached during my transformation was that I was able to fit into a pair of jeans that I hadn’t been able to wear since 2009! I was not only able to get back into them, but I was comfortably wearing them! I thought to myself, “I can’t believe it, I did it!!!”
By the end of my transformation I was curling 20 lb weights with assistance and even doing lunges with 25 lb weights. I went to court in the spring to defend myself against the real estate team and I WON! Amy gave me the confidence to accomplish anything I put my mind to. Anytime I felt like giving up, she always had a soft voice next to me saying, “Don’t give up, Jo Jo….. you got this!”
My transformation made me a better business owner! It gave me confidence with my clients, as well as at the negotiation table. I am building my own business and crushing my professional goals as well!
Through my transformation I even started going back to church and building a better relationship with God and my faith. I know that by God’s grace I am still here. I know that God has a plan, even though sometimes it doesn’t make sense or I feel like its hopeless. Even though some relationships still need healing, I can stand strong and know that I am worth more and that I refuse to be a doormat. My transformation has given me the confidence to stand up for myself and has given me the strength to love my husband unconditionally, which has helped to strengthen our marriage.
My favorite song is by Rachel Platen… “Fight Song”…. it says everything I want to say. After listening to it, I can’t help but feel like I can take on the world.
I went into this transformation just thinking I needed some guidance, and I wanted to get stronger and healthier. I would have never thought in a million years that I would have gained such an amazing life-long friend. Amy is one of the most beautiful inside-and-out-women I have ever met, and I thank God every day that I have her in my life!
I am excited to start new goals and to keep working with Amy…………. and will eventually compete next spring in the WBFF!”
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