“I used to be the kind of person in my twenties and early thirties that exercised regularly. I did aerobics maybe 3 times a week. I was active and loved the outdoors. But as “responsible adult” life took over (marriage, a son, busy job), I seemed to always need more time in my day. I eventually felt guilty for going to the gym and stopped. I slowly began to gain about a size a year. AND as life got busier, my eating habits also became worse. I ate fast food out and fast food at home (not fresh veggie choices). Over a 7-year period I became very overweight and felt self-conscious about my size. I hated being the fattest person I saw all day. My dearest friends and co-workers would try to encourage me to exercise but I had at that point begun to feel physically unable to do so. Even trying to walk daily would make my back and leg hurt. Actually it even was tough to sleep at such an overweight size. I couldn’t sleep late for fear of my back locking up and not being able to roll out of bed in the morning. I even tried diets through my doctor twice with meds and always lost some weight but yo-yo’ed back by gaining even more. I really had convinced myself that my lack of energy and aches were due to old age!
I have seen and felt some pretty amazing changes since joining EarthFIT in January. It’s not just the sizes that I’ve lost—from a 22 to a 14! It’s all about my change in attitude, strength, energy and most of all endurance! Before starting at EarthFIT, I visited the chiropractor 2 times a month for about 3 years for chronic “life” halting back pain. I knew I needed to lose weight because I could see that in the mirror. What I didn’t realize was how exercising and losing weight would take away aches that I’ve suffered with for over a decade. I was scared to start an exercise program for fear of making my back and leg pain worse. My family even thought I was crazy for joining EarthFIT because they knew how an episode could put me down and out for weeks.
Well now, 9 months later… this 42 year old feels just EXACTLY like I did at 26!!
I have energy and don’t want to sleep all the time. I find that working out is an adrenaline rush that makes me happy afterwards. Coincidentally, I’m grumpy if I have to reschedule—crazy huh? I’m not winded by just walking from the car in the parking lot at Wal-mart to the door! I have spent so much time outside this summer, feeling young again. The heat doesn’t seem to bother me as much as it has in years past. For the first spring in years I cleaned up my yard and planted flowers AND was perfectly fine the day after. The usual was a week of body pain to endure.
I have become so much smarter about the foods I put in my mouth. EarthFIT does an awesome job of educating its clients about healthy choices through daily e-mails and meal plans to follow—that I have learned to love to eat! I even planted a small garden to be able to have healthy veggies to enjoy this summer. Not to mention I know have a conscience (a small Bojan on my shoulder) telling me to choose wisely (in a Serbian accent) because the lecture at Monday night’s weigh-in is rough if the scale isn’t “looking good”. Not to worry, those weigh-ins aren’t all bad. They are amongst my new friends that are all working towards the same goals—to be healthy and earn praise from Coach! EarthFIT isn’t the meat market that most out of shape people are dreadful of—it’s all about getting the work done!
And…size does matter…especially when it comes to things like seatbelts and sitting in chairs/desks. I fly quite often and had gotten very anxious about doing so. Not scared to fly, but scared that one day the seat belt wouldn’t buckle around my waist. I also felt sorry for the person I would have to sit beside because I felt like I was in their lap. I’ve flown several times this summer and have had a lot of extra on my seatbelt strap and am amazed to see room in the seat around my hips. The desk that last year I couldn’t fit in is still the same size—and I slide in easily. Sounds trivial, but means so much to me that those “one size fits all things” are all finally my size.
Speaking of sizes… I’ve lost 8 sizes and have a lot more to go. I have given away 4 lawn/leaf bags full of clothes and love shopping again. It’s so nice to shop in regular size clothing stores and be able to wear attractive clothes. I have hated to shop for years…NOT anymore =)
I love EarthFIT and thank you ALL very much for helping me! I absolutely could’ve never done any of this without your programs and support =)”
Ian Hart is a Body-Mind Transformation expert, the creator of EarthFIT Training Systems, co-creator of BACK PAIN RELIEF4LIFE, and founder of BEAUFORTPERSONALTRAINING.COM and MYBACKPAINCOACH.COM. Ian and his team help people get into optimal shape in the safest, fastest and most effective way possible, using cutting edge science.