Growing up I was always really active, I danced for about 15 years, I rode horses, rock climbed, surfed, played a little volleyball and always enjoyed doing physical types of activities. Although I was never that super skinny girl, I always had that more athletic build. In my later teen years I went through a few different health problems and had a number of surgeries and put on some weight but I never had been over 175lbs.
Then when I was 20 my husband and I got pregnant with our first child and by the time I delivered our son I had put on 70lbs and weighed 232lbs. At only 5’2 I was obese, and my BMI was in the 98th percentile at 47.2%. I was ashamed and disgusted with myself I never would have imagined in a million years that I would have ever seen myself at that weight and yet there I was.
After our son was born, I tried to eat healthier and for the most part I did, or at least what I thought was healthier and since my son was born via c-section my doctor told me no strenuous exercise for 6 months while I healed and I’m sure I could have found a way to work around that but I used it to justify my excuses for not getting on top of my health and really trying my best.
Over 6 ½ months of so so eating and walking sometimes I lost about 25lbs and then my husband and I were shocked to find out that we were expecting our second child, a little girl, and at her delivery I weighed about 224lbs. She was also born by c-section and I remember on the second day my husband helping me to get dressed and I saw myself in the mirror for the first time, like really saw myself and I broke down and started sobbing uncontrollably. I was mortified looking at my body, but it was like I was in someone else’s body. I felt like a stranger in my own skin, trapped and feeling like I was ruined.
“After being cleared to start working out again I started at a barre type fitness studio and it was a little bit of a push and got my muscles starting to function again after no real exercise for a couple years with my back to back pregnancies but something was missing.”
After being cleared to start working out again I started at a barre type fitness studio and it was a little bit of a push and got my muscles starting to function again after no real exercise for a couple years with my back to back pregnancies but something was missing. I lost a few pounds but I really didn’t see or feel any real or significant change, and when I’d ask the instructors questions or share concerns about my nutrition, goals, and challenges I got no real answers and just mostly guessing to my questions. I really understood nothing about nutrition and how important it was or what and how much kind of food I needed. I even used to joke about for how much I didn’t eat, you’d think I’d be a lot skinnier. I would maybe eat 1 or 2 oversized meals (usually one) and snack on empty junk with and lived off coffee and sugary drinks and sometimes would go more than a day without water. And still with barre and bettering my nutrition to the best of my knowledge I still could never get under the high 190’s and I began to accept that maybe this was just my new reality and I’d never get back to feeling or looking the way I had before I had my kids.
I had convinced myself that I just had 2 babies, my body changed and I needed to just figure out how to live with myself with the was I was the best I could. I was always exhausted and had no energy no matter how much rest I had gotten, at 22 I had 2 kids under 2, worked full time and would come home and have no energy to play with my babies and on my days off I just wanted to relax and not do much of anything. And then finially I had just had enough! I was tired of always being tired, tired of feeling like a stranger in my own body, tired of dreading having to go clothes shopping because I knew I was just going to end up crying in the dressing room and finding nothing I liked because there was nothing I liked about me. I even would “baby-flage” in every picture I had to take ( that’s where you take your babies and use them to cover up as much as your body as possible so that way as little of you as possible was seen in the photo) and ultimately I was tired of being ashamed and depressed. Hell I would never even let my husband see me if I wasn’t sucking it and I avoided looking in a mirror at any and all cost’s.
Then my sister had started going to these bootcamps with her lifelong best friend Lauren and she’d tell me about it and just listening to her talk about it, I knew I had to go and try it out. From the first time I had walked in No Limit I always felt welcomed and I never once felt judged or shamed for the shape I was in, or lack there of. My very first bootcamp was with Alex and my first reality check into how out of shape, overweight, and unhealthy I really was. Im not going to lie I totally threw up afterwards and I still couldn’t wait to come back for my next bootcamp. All the trainers and team members there have always been nothing but welcoming and encouraging and have been invested in me and my journey. I had found everything I had been missing, the accountability, support, and step by step direction on how to reach my goals and so much more. Every single trainer, team member and client at No Limit is amazing! Each trainer has taken the time with me in so many different ways I can’t even begin to thank them enough for all their help! From sitting with me and going over nutrition when I’ve hit plateaus and needed a new game plan, to going over correct form on exercises and always answering any and every question and concern I’ve had. When they sit or talk with you, they never rush you along or make you feel pressured to hurry up or like they have better things they could be doing on their time. They are all so knowledgeable and have always known how to work around any injuries I’ve had to make sure I’m still making progress without getting hurt or set back.
When you see our #nolimitfamily, it really is just that, a family. The trainers and really everyone there and all so welcoming and positive and are genuinely happy for you in your success and supportive and helpful through the struggles. They are truly one of the greatest assets that set’s No Limit apart from everywhere else and because of that they have been monumental to my personal success. Starting at 200lbs on my first day u could barely get through 20 seconds of anything maybe 30 if I pushed really hard, I couldn’t run due to 3 knee surgeries and the extra weight and weaken state of all my muscles but now I can get through just about anything without stopping, I can run and sprint and find myself being able to go harder and lift heavier and I’m getting into the best shape of my life! I’m the strongest I’ve ever been even when I was competitively dancing! My stamina, endurance and strength keep improving and no there’s nothing that I can’t achieve. I’m getting leaner and losing fat and gaining muscle. I’ve been noticing definition and muscle in places and ways I never have had before and now I’m down a total of 75lbs and only 7lbs away from my first goal of 150lbs. But more than that I’m not ashamed and depressed anymore, I’ve gained my confidence back since I cant really even remember when, I’ve regained my self-esteem and discovered how much more I was truly capable of that I had never given myself the opportunity to achieve.
I never thought I’d be “ one of those people” who loves eating healthy and going the the gym but I truly do! And once I realized that being self disciplined with my nutrition and exercise wasn’t about punishment but that it was actually about loving myself enough to be the best and healthiest version of me for myself and those I love, my perspective totally changed and it all came down to one simple choice between, what I want now, and what I want MOST!
So to everyone who’s on the fence, nervous, scared, insecure or just overwhelmed by the journey in front of them, I was right there too, I was sitting right where you are. Now, I’m where you can and will be and it all starts with that first step to try. If I can do it, you can do it. If I can find to time to go 5 to 6 days a week (majority of the time) working full time, with 2 young children, so can you. It’s just one day at a time, one choice at a time is all it takes to one day look back to one day look back at a monumental transformation. Plus with a two week free trail, what have you got to lose? Trying No Limit was the best decision I ever made for my health, I promise it will be for you too!