Success Stories

Rita’s Story

The story below is from Rita, a Fit Mom bootcamper for over a year. Rita came to my classes skeptical and full of reasons why she may not be able to continue. She had sore knees, a weak core, and little confidence in her abilities. I am so proud of Rita for having the courage to stay and for remaining dedicated and consistent. She has not only transformed her body on the outside, but she’s now more confident and positive about her body and her abilities. Read Ritas’s story and send to someone you know who has avoided classes because they don’t think they are in good enough shape. This is usually an excuse or an attempt to put blame on someone else for not working out. The truth is, any workout can be modified and appropriate for any fitness level. Anyone can participate in my program and get great results.  Here’s Rita’s take on class:

When I joined Fit Mom exercise class in January 2011, I was ready to get in shape but I didn’t know where to start. Then a friend asked me to try a class with her and I  have been participating ever since. I feel so lucky to have found this class, I just wanted to share my story.

Rita Before

When I started attending Fit  Mom classes, I was turning 49 years old, I was out of shape, and didn’t think I would be able to do many of the exercises. I had weak knees, a sore back, and limited exercise experience. The first few classes were tough, but I worked at my own pace and gradually  I got stronger and leaner! Through Melanie’s instruction and encouragement, and the support from other women in the class, I became more comfortable with my body and started to see positive changes.

Rita After

I can’t say enough positive things about this class. It works for me because every class is different and I never get bored. Cardio and strength training are included in every class and I get a full body workout in just 45 minutes. Another great thing about this class is the the level of support I receive. Melanie offers advice on nutrition and motivates the class to stay focused on living a healthy lifestyle. The classes are full of fun, supportive women and we all motivate each other to work to our potential and get the results we want. If you’re thinking about making a small change in your existing lifestyle, that will get you one step closer to the body you want, I encourage you to take 45 minutes out of your day and try a Fit Mom class. It’s a small amount of time in your day that will lead to a happier, healthy you!

This is Melanie again- if you know someone who would like to make a change, but they  don’t know where to start….send them this story. You could be instrumental in helping another woman find good health and happiness. Thanks for sharing Rita! It takes courage to put yourself out there and I appreciate your willingness to do so, so that someone else may benefit!

Jamie’s Before and After Story

Before

Before

I guess I never really knew what having four children in six years would do to my body. It was not just the extra weight but the physical exhaustion. After my youngest son turned two, a friend encouraged me to join a gym. This was super intimidating for me! I had never been to a gym, took any kind of fitness class or even exercised. Yes, you read correctly, thirty-something and never worked out! I met with a trainer and continued with him once a week and exercising on my own once a week for two years. It felt great to get moving. Unfortuately, I never really saw any weight loss or changes in my body. Honestly, I never really broke a sweat.

After talking to Melanie and some other “FitMoms” I decided to give bootcamp a try. Again, very intimidating because I was used to one on one with a trainer not with a group of women that I was sure were in much better shape than me. That first class was hard but, WOW….. exactly what I needed.  A great group of women at varying ages, at various fitness levels, with crazy schedules and fun stories. However, we all have one thing in common, a dedication to improving our health and fitness.

After

After

Fit Mom isn’t just about going to bootcamp each week. It is about reaching personal goals, learning about nutrition, getting fit,  having fun, and making friends.  I am so grategul to Melanie for her encouragement and motivation. She does such a great job challenging everyone and changing up workouts to make them interesting.

 

I went from someone who had every excuse not to sweat or exercise, to someone who is exercising at least three times a week and enjoying it.


 

 

 

 

Sue’s Before and After Story

My weight has been up and down throughout my life.  I was a more than chubby pre-teen.  My mother thinks food equals love and hey – who doesn’t want to be loved?  It didn’t help that around that time my two passions were reading and playing the flute – both sedentary activities.  By the time I was a young teen I figured out what a calorie was and how to burn them off and started exercising (mostly running and biking) and lost weight.

After I got married (at 25) my husband and I enjoyed going out with friends for beers and bar food and the weight slowly crept on. At the age of 30 I saw a picture of myself at a friend’s wedding and thought something has to change! I started running again and lost 40 lbs. I ran seven marathons in two years. Then in 2003 I had my first baby and 19 months later my second. When my second child was three I started walk-jogging again, trying to get back in shape before possibly one more baby. No sooner had I started jogging when I found out I was pregnant again. I was pregnant with twins! That was in October 2008. I had two beautiful girls delivered by c-section in early April 2009. Now my abdominal muscles that were never in the best shape to start with (I hated sit-ups) were decimated. My back definitely hurt more because my abdominal muscles were so weak. I also felt that the pregnancy had caused me to lose overall muscle mass.

Fast forward almost a year. A friend of mine who had her fourth child the same time I had the twins started losing weight and looking great. I asked her what she was doing to get such great results and she told me she was going to these Fit Mom classes. That planted the seed for me and every time I saw her and she continued to look more and more fit and fabulous, the seed got watered. At that time I still had one child in first grade, one in preschool for 2 1/2 hours a day and two babies. With kids on three and sometimes four different schedules, my job as an ICU nurse working two 12-hour night shifts a week, AND no family in the area to help, I just couldn’t imagine adding one more commitment to my life. I told myself that when my son started kindergarten I would get back into an exercise routine. I kept that promise to myself.

I started Fit Mom classes in mid-September 2010. I go twice a week It was really hard at first and I was pretty sore for the first couple of months, but I kept telling myself that I was going to do this. All the other class members and Melanie were very supportive. At first getting up even earlier to exercise seemed a little crazy – why was I losing even more sleep?!!! After a couple of months, however, the energy I gained from being more fit more than made up for getting up earlier. I started going to bed earlier, which also eliminated any late night snacking and I started losing weight and feeling better. Now six months later I’ve lost about ten pounds, but I’ve gone from size 12-14 jeans to a size 6! I haven’t been in a 6 since before my first child. I have gained more overall muscle and strength. I have stopped looking at the number on the scale and just pay more attention to how I feel and how my clothes fit. The workouts are never tedious or boring and the time passes quickly. I have never gotten such good results with such a small time commitment to workouts. I feel the most fit I’ve ever felt because the workouts are total body – upper and lower body, back and abs. I can definitely feel the benefit of the circuit training in my home and work life. My back doesn’t hurt anymore because my abdominal muscles and upper body are both strong. I can lift the twins without effort or strain and I can do all the heavy physical labor demanded of me in my ICU job without injury or pain. It is important to me to be able to stay in my current job for a while longer because I can flex it around my family life and because I actually like what I do!

When I am working out I naturally want to eat healthier foods. I eat when I am hungry, but I just try to make sure that my choices are nutritious. On my “to do” list I have a little short hand to keep track of what I’ve eaten that day so I make sure I balance it out. W=water, M=milk product, P=protein, C=carb, V=veggie, F=fruit. I make my carbs complex whole grains (love Milton’s bread and Kashi). I stopped eating junk at work. In the middle of the night when you are tired and hungry, one cookie can easily turn into five. I just don’t even have the first one. I bring healthy foods that I can eat a little at a time – bananas, yogurt, nuts, etc. I also like that my kids are seeing me make lots of healthy food choices. You know you are doing a good job when the lady in line behind you in the checkout isle looks at all the produce in your basket and says, “Buy those kids some candy!”

There are other benefits to the Fit Mom classes that are not necessarily physical. Just getting out of the house in the morning and the camaraderie of the women in the class lifts my spirits. On some days that’s my main contact with other adults for the day! You need a laugh in the morning when it’s another snow day or another child is home sick from school! Starting the day with exercise puts me in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. I am less stressed, more focused, and more patient with my kids. I still yell at them when they don’t respond after I’ve said something nicely five times, but I don’t stay agitated and annoyed for an hour afterward. I have a better sense of humor.

Lastly, I would like to say that the more you do, the more you feel like doing and the less you do, the less you feel like doing. I now usually workout some on my own in addition to my two days a week of classes. I have weights and an exercise ball at home. Sometimes I run outside or on a treadmill. I usually workout 3-5x/week depending on how rough work was and what’s going on in my world. It is something I look forward to and make a priority. I am worth it. Remember: the hardest step is the first one out the door.

 

 

Molly’s Before and After Story

For as long as I can remember, I have been athletically challenged and a bit of a quitter.  I never made a varsity sport, and I quit every team and gym I ever joined.  In middle school a girl friend and I hated running so much we tried to invent a religion that’s whole basis was that it was against running.  We called ourselves runnians and tried to convince the PE teacher that we should be excused from running laps.  I was the definition of an overeating couch potato.  It’s no wonder I gained 55-60lbs with both pregnancies!

Then I found out about FitMom.  I went to my first class on January 22, 2010.  It was a Friday and I felt the muscle fatigue the ENTIRE weekend!  In the Spring Melanie announced that she was preparing us to run the Lutherville Cool Kids 5k.  We never ran more than ¼ mile at a time to train.  I ran the 5k on June 12, 2010 in 37:04 with a pace of 11:58.

Six months later on December 11, 2010 I completed my first half marathon in 2:23:58 with a pace of 10:30.

Not only do I love running now, I also look forward to attending Melanie’s classes and I eat a much healthier diet as well. I look better, and I feel better, both physically and emotionally.  I’m a better wife and mother, because I take the time for myself to exercise. I’m proud of my accomplishments and hope that I’m a positive role model for my girls.   I’ve made new friends both in class and through running. I can’t say enough great things now about Melanie, Fit Mom, and exercise and running in general!

Fit Mom classes are challenging but not intimidating. Melanie is encouraging without being overbearing and the other women in the class support each other 100%. If Melanie can transform me, she can transform ANYONE!

 

 

Kelly’s Before and After Story

 

I grew up morbidly obese.  My parents were also morbidly obese.  There were never any nutritious foods in our house:  white bread, chips, ice cream, donuts, full-fat milk, no fresh vegetables or fruits.  I thought healthy eating was a salad with iceberg lettuce drenched in Ranch dressing.  I had no limits on the portion size of food that I ate.  I didn’t even know what an appropriate portion size was.  Perhaps the worst of all was that I was never encouraged to exercise or be active in any way.  Knowing that I couldn’t keep up with the other kids in school, the gym teachers would let me be their assistant instead.
My highest weight was 304 pounds.  I wanted to change but had no tools to do so.  In 2002, believing I had no other choice, I had gastric bypass surgery.  My food portions were severely restricted and I began to exercise.  In 9 months, I lost 140 pounds.  I wanted to do something that I could never do before, so in January 2004 I ran a marathon.  Life was good.
Gastric bypass surgery was a wonderful catalyst for me, but it doesn’t teach you how to eat nutritiously, manage your weight, or live a healthy lifestyle.  I had children in 2007 and 2009.  Time and energy were in short supply.  I stopped exercising for lack of time.  I snacked a lot for the same reason.  I knew I had gained a little weight, so I avoided stepping on the scale.  Then I knew I had gained more than just a little weight and avoided the scale at all costs.  When I finally stood on the scale, I had gained 38 pounds.  I felt miserable.
In May of this year, my husband and I made a conscious decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle.  We stopped eating processed foods and limited the carbohydrates we ate, while focusing on eating lean proteins and lots of vegetables.  I started exercising again.  I lost some weight on my own, but then felt I needed and extra push that I wasn’t getting at the gym.  I was definitely nervous about joining Fit Mom…I was certain I was going to be the most out-of-shape and unfit woman in the group.  But the women and Melanie have all been very supportive and encouraging.  It’s a great group of women to workout with and Melanie is always there to make sure you are maximizing your potential.  Fit Mom has helped me reach my goal weight (all 38 pounds gone), while building lots of muscle at the same time.  I know I would not have gotten the same results on my own (I have tried to create my own workout and it is not the same!).  Since joining Fit Mom, I have gone from a tight size 12 to a comfortable size 10.  And now I am setting a goal to lose 5 more pounds!  Not only do I feel better physically, but I know I am also a happier (and better) mom because of it.
What I want everyone to know is that ANYBODY can achieve the results they desire, but you have to be an active participant in achieving your goals.  It is up to you to exercise and make healthy decisions about what you eat.  But if you make your health a priority, you will have success.

 

 

Sharon’s Before and After Story

They say that with each new decade we enter, it is harder to keep our weight off and it is more difficult to do some of the things that used to be easy. For many of those decades I personally didn’t find that to be true, until I reached 50!

For most of my adult life I did some form of exercise and stayed fairly active. When I turned 50, my knees started hurting. As the aches and pains continued I began cutting back on exercise. As I cut back on exercise, on came the weight. By my 53rd birthday, my knees, hips and lower back ached. I had gained 25 pounds and it hurt to just get up from the sofa. I was really beginning to feel old. I knew that I did not want to continue in that direction. I decided to join Fit Mom Circuit Training and go at my own pace. I knew that Melanie would work with me through my aches and pains. Melanie is so good at gearing the workout to each individual’s comfort level. At first it was hard and I hurt, but it felt good knowing I was strengthening my body. I stuck with it, and through the encouragement and support from Melanie and class participants, I am now a more mobile and fit person!

I have lost 20 pounds and almost 3 dress sizes. My knees, hips, and back feel great! I am never going to let that sedentary lifestyle happen to me again. I plan to continue with the classes because they provide the motivation and “push” that I need to stay on track! Don’t let your age or lack of exercise experience stand in your way! Melanie will teach you what you need to know to be successful and she, along with other participants, will encourage and motivate you to work hard and reach goals that you will set.

 

Tina’s Before and After Story

After having had four children in six years I found myself carrying around extra weight and feeling completely out of shape. In November 2009, I joined Fit Mom Circuit Training. The first few weeks of class were hard and intimidating. I felt far behind the other women and was incredibly sore after each session. I kept thinking I was in over my head, but with Melanie’s encouragement, and the support from the other women, I decided to stick with it. I was able to work at my own pace, and soon, began to see progress. Within a few months, I‘d lost weight and inches, and gained muscle and energy. Now, in less than a year’s time, I find myself in the best shape of my life and 16 inches smaller! As a natural byproduct of working hard to get in shape, I have also become more attentive to nutrition. I have never been a good “dieter” but after spending so much time and energy on getting fit, I did not want to sabotage my efforts with poor food choices. I no longer attend Melanie’s class because I have to, but because I want to. My experience has inspired several friends to join boot camp, and most importantly, my kids see that I value exercise and a healthy lifestyle. I could not recommend a better trainer than Melanie or a more supportive environment in which to start a new fitness regimen.

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