Like many other people I had been in top physical shape for all of my 20’s. I worked for John Savidis throughout my whole 20’s, doing Martial Arts, teaching kickboxing and running the front desk. I taught my last Kickboxing class 4 days before my first son was born. I was thrusted into motherhood and got caught up in the wonderful whirlwind of getting married, raising beautiful babies and then moving to the country. I found myself in the middle of no where just chilling with my family in our large yard for years. Food became the constant. Any kind of food. All kind of food. Fast forward a few years and many pounds, my husband went back to school to become a paramedic and my children were in school. So there was Jennifer, stuck at home with nothing but me and my food! I basically just felt like this was the body I was stuck with for the rest of my life and that is just the way it is going to be. No way could I lose the weight. No way would my body let me move again. No way could I give up my chocolate, chips and Coca Cola…please not the Coke..anything but my Coke and chocolate! No way would I be able to handle the body pain, the sore knees..hips..etc etc…. So instead of having these constant inner conversations, I made one phone call and scared out of my mind, walked through the doors of John Savidis’ Lean & Fit Elite….nothing has been the same since!
This time around I have been there a year so far!
I just wanted to feel healthy again. I thought, Hell if I could just lose 20 pounds that would be so great but more then that I just wanted to be able to walk up the stairs in my house without feeling like my heart was going to explode. Or go hiking with my kids without having to stop 50 times for a rest on a 30 minute hike.
I am still becoming a completely different person. I am finding that person that longed to be healthy and active. My body is moving more easily and I find I have more energy to play with my children. The burpees, although some serious hell, are actually starting to look like burpees. That has to be a plus. In the beginning 20 jumping jacks hurt every part of my body to do, now I can do 50…in a row!! My overall eating habits have changed and my taste for food has completely changed in the most healthy of ways. I see it spread all over my life and family. You start eating more healthy, keep less junk in the house and start walking and the family starts to join in!
I don’t really have any health conditions except low blood pressure which has helped my blood flow for sure BUT I want to AVOID potential health conditions. Things like heart disease and diabetes run in my family and I don’t want to get healthy because I have a condition, I want to avoid the condition in its whole. I’m hoping!
My family has always been very supportive in everything I do. Little did we know that my wanting to get healthy would also lead to a great job opportunity that I obviously feel very comfortable with 🙂 My husband has never made me feel less loved because I was bigger and I got pretty huge. That being said, he is enjoying the effects a good squat jump can have 😉 (He is nodding his head yes).
I would say to those people, you have already waited too long! If your hesitant that means you are ready for change. It can be weight loss, muscle gain, some Elite upkeep on your body or maybe your fitness place isn’t quite cutting it, all you have to do is walk through the doors and the Lean & Fit family are going to take good care of you. Every step of the way they have been there for me. Whether it was when I was celebrating my first 15 pounds gone or hitting a hurdle of being unmotivated someone has always been there to encourage me and make me want to push myself further then before.
Ohhh Hell’s yea have I made friends!!!! Not only am I back running the front desk (whoop whoop) but I have trained with some really great people from day one. Then there are all the new eager men and women that have become members since I started working there. Not to mention all the wonderful body comp results I have been a part of and been the good luck charm for! There are a group of ladies (you know who you are) that were basically in the first classes I took and have done nothing but push me, encourage me and compliment me on every pound I have lost. The support in this place from members to the staff is unreal and like no other place. I feel privileged to be a part of this and be a part of some many great success stories.
For sure that has to be John and Mia Savidis. They have always held me accountable and have celebrated every accomplishment with me. In the beginning I was taking classes but not following the eating plan. Mia said to me straight up “Why the f@#k are you driving 50 minutes for a 30 minute class if you are just going to go home and eat chips?!!” I mean she had a point right?! I was eating better but not clean, such a huge difference. SO, out came the journal. The deadly journal and body comps every other week. I dreaded it every time but it really held me accountable that I had to write things down and show someone what I had been doing. When I lost my first 15 pounds I was happy but not jumping for joy. I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life so who cares about 15 pounds, I was still huge. Then Mia picked up a 15 pound weight and put it in my hand…it was SO heavy. Hard to believe I was actually that much lighter and it literally made me cry. Of course John was right there to celebrate with me and capture it all on video! Enter eye roll here lol. Now I have lost almost 45 pounds!!! 45 pounds!!! I could barely pick up the 40 pound medicine ball how the heck have I been carrying the weight around on a daily basis for year?!!! Unreal!
My future goals are to keep chugging along. 2017 is going to be another HUGE weight lost year for me and I plan to share it with everyone as I go along. I want to try and eat even cleaner and follow the Lean & Fit nutrition plan down to the last teaspoon. When I first started I thought it would be nice to lose 30 pounds but realistically I probably could only lose 20 pounds. Now that I am almost 45 pounds down, I realize 60 pounds is not an out of reach goal, it’s actually a reality. Thanks for reading!