At that point I had no longer made health and fitness a priority. My husband was coming to the end of a 3 year project for work which had him traveling out of town anywhere from 4-5 days a week, every week. We have a 5 year old son and a 7 month old daughter. I hadn’t been able to get back in the swing of working out regularly since he started that project because of the daily/nightly juggling of our kids, the household, and working.
I was juggling quite a bit. My comfort measure became food. There is no other way to sugarcoat it, pun intended. I literally would leave work, grab some chocolate and a soda (which was a new habit that I never had before) and that was my little comfort. This went on for a little while and before I knew it mixed with plenty of other stress binges I had put on 20 lbs. It was frustrating.
So, back to last May when Anna asked me, “Do you want to do Hitch Fit with me?”. “Yes” was my answer.
Enter Lesley Denney. First of all I felt like she was taking on this task of transforming a whole family (or half of us anyway) so she was totally a fitness superhero already. Secondly, she was working with our brother so she had to already know that our Italian family pretty much based most any celebration, gathering or visit around food. Generally we say, well, we’re Italian, we like to eat. We have to EAT!!! We would then find a way to treat a good workout or weight loss with a treat… A food treat. No, I’m not joking. Then I thought, knowing this, she will fix the part of my brain that makes me think this way. At least I was counting on that. I already knew how to put in the time at the gym, I could just never get the eating healthy part down at the same time. I had tried every diet, fad or easy button in the world.
This was different. It didn’t take me long to see that this was good old fashion time, effort and work. Lesley did fix my brain, that is nothing short of an understatement actually. She taught me how to eat, and eat well. Once I got used to the lifting and cardio and following the meal plans she created for me it dawned on me, I’m not hungry. I’m never feeling super hungry anymore. I actually felt like a machine that I would throw fuel to every couple hours and did my job and it was paying off. I wouldn’t say the pounds fell off. But one day I realized, “hot damn I’m a size smaller!”, “Wow that roll is gone!” It was amazing, it actually worked.
Did I hit rough patches? Absolutely. Juggling family, work and general life issues continued to get in the way. I was still nursing Chloe and fighting sleep deprivation. Some days I missed the morning wake up call for the gym. Sometimes I would push myself to get in some sort of workout while Chloe napped during the day, which previously I would’ve blown off. Other days I didn’t and I felt disappointed in myself. This time something was different, instead of showing up to my appointment with Lesley and pretending that I did all the things I was supposed to, I was brutally honest. The scale doesn’t lie and Lesley has a formula(I call it that anyway) and if you do it, it works, if you don’t, it doesn’t. So I could pretend all I wanted, but she was going to know and mostly, I knew and was fed up with the cycle. She would always tell me, “look, you are doing your best, you are being accountable and you aren’t making excuses, start over every day. You can do better THIS day.” Not an exact quote but very close. That really pushed me. I used to say, well shoot today is blown lets go have another… And I don’t mean a drink, I’m an eater, not a drinker, sadly. But now, I was thinking, “Ya! I slept an hour, how the hell was I gonna workout after that, moving on…”
So here I am, 6 months later, took me a little longer than planned but you know what, 6 months is nothing compared to the rest of my life. It happened, I’m transformed, I did it and I feel great. I’m not done, I want to do more. Get more fit, get more healthy.
I’ve become an example in our family. My 5 year old son sometimes will wake up early with me and come downstairs while I exercise. He will watch cartoons and give me little quirks of encouragement. He even gets on the floor and does sets of pushups and sit-ups with me. He won’t eat his veggies (yet) but I’m encouraged by his enthusiasm to do fitness activities with me. I want my kids to be healthy and happy and not go through fitness or diet challenges that I have faced.
I really am glad that I said “yes” last May. It has changed my way of thinking, exercising and eating. It has change my life.
All the while I had a lot of fun. There is a lot of work and planning that goes into this lifestyle change, however, the results you get if you stick to it are beyond compare. I’m so thankful for my brother and my sisters’ motivation. Watching them continue to do the program even after they have completed it pushes me still. I’m so proud of them for changing their lives too. I can’t wait to start round two and see where that takes me!!!”
Are YOU Ready for YOUR Transformation with Lesley?
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If you are in the Overland Park area and prefer to train at the Hitch Fit Gym location at 91st & Metcalf next to Whole Foods Market, contact us at 816-753-8900 and we will set you up with a TRANSFORMATION TRAINER at that location.