16 weeks ago Vanessa called me and said “Ellie, Im ready to make a change.” From that moment on Vanessa had her eyes set on a goal, and nothing was going to get in her way. She is a single mom, student and works full time. Through out the entire transformation I never heard on of these excuses come out of her mouth. No matter what life threw at her she was committed to changing her life. I can honestly say that Vanessa is one of the strongest women I’ve met. She continues to inspire others around her to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. It was a pleasure working with you Vanessa! I can’t wait to see what life brings to you! SKIES THE LIMIT!! #FLEX
I had my son at the age of 21. Before then I was a normal college student who enjoyed the social activities that came with the college life. I had gained a few pounds from high school but I stayed active in the sport I love most, swimming so my weight didn’t get too high. After my son was born all my time went to supporting him and continuing my college education. I started back up in my college courses 2 weeks after I had my son. I struggled with balancing my education along with being a mommy. That kept me busy and I had no time to eat ever. I dropped my baby weight really fast. By the time my son turned 2 I had begun to lose myself. My eating habits were horrible. I grabbed fast food most of the time because I was always on the go. Honestly I had the mind-set that I would be fine, I would never let my weight get out of control and I did just that. My son’s father was in and out of our lives and I became very unhappy with our situation and became very depressed gaining about 50lbs. I did not have the support I needed to help me take care of my son so that I could get to the gym. Since I was the only one working, I couldn’t afford a trainer that I so desperately had been wanting for years. In September I finally removed my son and myself from a very unhealthy situation and that was the best decision I had made in a very long time.
In October 2012 I was absolutely finished with feeling the way I did about myself. I remember stepping on my parents scale and literally bursting out in tears when I had seen the number on the scale. I didn’t even weigh that much 8 months pregnant with my son. It had been so long since I had put myself first and I knew that needed to change. I wanted to be happy confident and active again for myself but more importantly for my son. I had lost my spark and I desperately wanted it back. I finally was able to afford a gym membership and started going 2-3 times a week and swam. Being back in the pool made me realize that I wasn’t the girl I used to be and reality truly slapped me in the face. I did my best every day I went to the 24hr fitness to swim, but I knew I needed guidance. By the end of November I had lost 15lbs on my own. Even though I had made a bit of progress after that month of doing this on my own, I knew this was something I wasn’t going to be able to do alone. I remember leaving the gym one night crying all the way home not understanding how I had gotten myself in this situation and didn’t really know how I was going to get myself out of it. I sat in my car for a minute to pull myself together because I hated when my son saw me cry. I walked in the house and my son ran up to me and said “mama you look skinny now, I’m so proud of you”. All along I had the support I needed and didn’t even realize it. After putting him to bed I got on FB and started going through my news feed and saw that a longtime friend whose HitchFit transformation I had always envied was starting to do personal training for the program. I immediately wrote her and asked about the HitchFit program. I didn’t hesitate to tell her I was ready to do it and I didn’t care what corners I had to cut to be able to afford this program. I was going to do it. A couple weeks later I went for my first session with Ellie. After talking I think we were both very excited to start this journey. The first day was very hard for me in many ways. 1. I had never shown anyone besides my doctor and my sons father my stomach before due to my stretch marks and I almost had a panic attack when Ellie said “take your shirt off mama and let’s get these before pics”. 2. Letting someone else see what I weighed was completely embarrassing and 3. That workout I was terrified to do. After that first workout with Ellie, I knew this was going to be the hardest journey I had taken part in since the birth of my son. Even though I was tired and embarrassed after that first workout, Ellie gave me so many compliments and boosted my self-esteem immediately. I haven’t had someone in my corner as much as she has been since that first day in a very long time. Week by week things started getting easier and easier. My diet was becoming more familiar and turned out to be more of a lifestyle change rather than part of this transformation. I could see myself growing in the gym and others started to see my progress as well. Ellie constantly made me do things I never thought I would be able to do. “Being a part of Hitchfit has been the most rewarding experience I have ever been a part of”. Every time I walked into that gym I was hit in every direction with positive vibes and amazing supportive people. But my rock has definitely been Ellie through this all. Ellie has taught me things I could have never taught myself. More than anyone she believed in me and gave me no room for failure. She was always supportive and gave me the tough love I needed to succeed. Before I even finished my 16 week transformation, I knew this was something I was going to do for the rest of my life. Ellie has turned me into that person who is always at the gym, looks at every nutrition label at the store and enjoys rice cakes with PB2. She has given me my spark back and for that I will forever be thankful for her. #FLEX baby!!
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