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Sep 1, 2011 - success    No Comments

Testimony From Jen S

My testimony – about the last 90 days.  (and then some)
Jen Sulak – mommyStrong Alumni
In the next 4 weeks will make about a year since I really started to commit back-to-back solid plans of executing workouts and eating plans (better).  I have been working out a majority of my life, but never to the full passion or strength that I could.  I had knee surgery 17 years ago and was worried that any impact at all could cause me to lose my joints faster or I could injure myself a lot.  So I never really pushed myself.  In 2008 I was at my lowest weight since forever and the lowest body fat percentage since who knows when.  But I was still not strong.  And yes, that was when I truly successfully completed a mommyStrong fitness challenge.
When I looked at those pictures I still didn’t see the real me!
2009 went by…and then came 2010.  That year I dismissed a friend out of my life that had never truly been a friend to me and that took me on a turn for the better I believed.  When they say be careful who you surround yourself with, they are right.  If they are not mutually giving into the relationship and you forget to set boundaries – they become a leach or in my case – went behind my back and hid things from me as well as started gossip and laid groundwork for me to be sucked into it as well.  This happened in July of 2010.  Right after, is when I decided to take my life back.
PLAN NUMBER ONE I started with the classic routine of p90x.  I found myself pushing harder than ever, being sore and being challenged cardio wise as well as muscle building wise.  I had tried to also set a goal to do a pullup.  (this inspiration came from another trainer friend of mine, when we were working on a fitness project).  I figured that was a great goal to have and I could tell right away on my husband’s bowflex – I had ZERO back strength to do even a basic pull-down.  By the end of that 90 days I felt so much stronger all over…and didn’t even have to eat SUPER perfect to get my results. 
PLAN NUMBER TWO  Then came the LEAN routine of p90x.  It wasn’t as intense and I felt I could eat the same way, but I feel like I gained the bodyfat back.  You can see in my mommystrong pictures earlier this year – that i was definitely a little squishy.  Meanwhile, my life outside of fitness was doing ok.  I was still setting personal goals, making plans to travel this year.  Even made it to visit my father and the family up north.  I took a great vacation with my husband and even ate decent and worked out during that time.  I really didn’t care for the lean, it wasn’t what I thought and I didn’t like it.
PLAN NUMBER THREE  So the next phase I came back full circle to the original p90x routine but added mommystrong in for the other 3 days.  What I didn’t expect was that in the first weeks of MS, I didn’t get the cardio I wanted so I kinda felt like I was pulling double-duty with not enough cardio, but my eating still about the same.  Eat good here and there and really focus on a cheat day once a week!  By the end, I felt I had reached a decent inner goal and the 3rd round I was doing lots of assisted pullups and have a lot of great body shape.  I’m seeing pictures of myself, realizing the real me is starting to arrive.
PLAN NUMBER FOUR :  (notice there aren’t really any breaks in between these plans!!) 
Then, cue in the next mess I call the INSANITY workout!  I had decided to do this after I finished mommystrong, because I HAD to have a next plan in place.  I tend to get pretty bored and even tossed in previous workouts I’ve had in the past like Tae Bo and various things from my personal library.  I’ve never had a gym membership, because I had to teach and motivate myself from home because I’ve never had that extra cash to invest in a gym.  Once I realized I could make a decision every day to PUSH PLAY (which I’ve learned from the insanity group)…I was able to EVENTUALLY make good decisions in food as well, knowing that I was working out hard and feeding my body vitamins & fuel.  I’ve been able to MAKE these fitness decisions since college – because I felt I had no choice.  I liked how I felt when I played basketball in high school, and I didn’t like being a couch potato!  I didn’t start EATING better until I got married about 6 years ago.
INSANITY – I started this as my next plan because of the super high intensity.  I was determined yet again, to push my own boundaries of fitness.  Here I am, 35.   I was able to complete most of the weeks, minus about 5-6 days when I went to NYC (but we walked a lot, stairs, blocks, subways, etc) and maybe a few others days with an injury or super-soreness.   When I was super sore, I did something else low intensity not on the program.  When I was tired, I rested during my circuits.  For example, I rested 60 seconds instead of 30 seconds.  That meant, I could actually FINISH the workout rather than pass out because my body wasn’t conditioned yet. 
Prior to finishing insanity, I already had a plan in place to do the original routine of p90x again, WITH insanity included.  But, for the next 4 weeks, I’ll be finishing out mommystrong with everyone.  Then I’ll be back into the intense insanity workouts pushing myself to grow in strength & endurance and by all means, having fun while doing it.  I learned very quickly, I would HAVE to eat during that program because it was SO intense!  Word to the wise, go shop for foods at Aldi, Sprouts and various places.
PLAN NUMBER FIVE???  After THIS round? I don’t know yet what I will do – but when you have a plan in place…you will find that 12 weeks go by pretty fast, but what will you do for the next 12 weeks after that?  Insanity was only 60 days…and I took ONE week “off” from all the intense workouts to rest.  But my next plan is in place for the next 90 days.  What is yours?  Do you have one?  What is your excuse for not making a plan?  When you purchase things like p90x or Insanity – they actually GIVE YOU A PLAN.  That is what I love about it.  Food tips and FITNESS PLAN. I would also look into the Biggest Loser series, please- if I can do this, anyone can. For me, having the ability to make a checklist of what I needed to finish and accomplish in my day (workouts included)…makes a lot more sense than talking myself out of something.  And you know what?  If you screwed up, tomorrow is another day you get to push play and make another good decision.  So forgive yourself today, and push play tomorrow and eat those good foods. 
If all else fails to motivate you?  I surround myself with people that are older than me…have had more kids than me (I’ve had none) – but they still maintain an attitude of keeping their temple fit & healthy.  THOSE ladies inspire me.  Because the world tells us “you’re too old”….”you’ve had too many kids your gut sucks”…”you’ll never have your body back”….well guess what, you CAN have your body in the shape you want.  It is NO LONGER about losing weight – it is about STRENGTH and power to be able to walk without a walker, lift without lots of pain or strain, carry groceries and not pull your arm out of socket, keep the pace with your children….and the list goes on and on……can you NOT tell me that seeing and hearing Karla’s story doesn’t motivate you? J  Step back and take a good look at who you can be – and then DARE to be you.
Ladies, all you need…are FOUR 12 week PLANS in place – and you have covered your entire year.  GOD is with you, so sit down – and make it happen!!!! 
Much love
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Aug 29, 2011 - success    No Comments

Testimony from Shari B

 Overcoming- Codependency
It was interesting when I discovered I was a control freak, because I had thought I really relied on God for everything. But I found out I only relied on God for what was easy for me to believe Him for. So was that really relying on Him at all? Since I was so much in denial it took quite a bit of what was precious to me to realize how deeply I was co-dependent. Anyone who knew me knew my children were my world. I would do anything for them. Their success was my success and there was the problem. I never wanted to live all my unfulfilled dreams through my kids, but what I did was worse. I expected them to make me look good to the world around me. Being a Christian, I thought my motivation was for their own good, do this, don’t do that and don’t do that or that. And then my world started to spin and spin. It was so fitting that I was Mommystrong at the same time I began Celebrate Recovery, little did I know that Mommystrong would assist in my recovery of co-dependence as well. It gave me strength to face reality and courage to change. Through it all I lost weight, body fat and having to please other people. I was expecting my children to make me look good and I have repented to them and asked for their forgiveness. I now realized and rejoice because my identity, my TRUE identity is in Christ and Him alone. He accepts me where I am at, but He loves me enough to surround me with others (in this group) who will not allow me to stay where I am at.
Shari B-
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Jul 28, 2011 - success    No Comments

Seeing Positive Changes

Last week with the approaching 4 Week Weigh-In and Karla’s statements that there might not be a big change in the scale, I decided that I was going to rejoice in any, big or small, changes that I saw.  I knew that somethings have begun to shift because the way my clothes were fitting.  Well,  there was a 2% reduction in body fat and 5 less pounds of me.  How fantastic!

Today I went to see my physician who has a machine that calculates body fat, muscle mass, and cell hydration, this machine is called a BIA (BioImpedence Analysis).  I’ve been having a BIA done since 2006.  Today’s BIA compared to a year ago I have lost 6.7 pounds of fat, and gained 2.2 pounds of muscle.  Which puts me back to where I was in 2006 except with an extra pound of muscle.  That is monumental!  Don’t get me wrong, I still have issues.  But it so so encouraging that in a matter of 4 weeks to see such changes that is enough to keep me going.

Despite any groaning or bellyaching I do during the workout, I look forward to each session.

Thanks MommySTRONG, you’ve made a difference in my life.

Michelle S.











Jul 14, 2011 - success    No Comments

Testimony from Becky

Mommystrong week 3

Alright, I am so tired after last nights workout. It took me everything that I had to get up the stairs last night. :) I guess you could say that I had a great workout. Still pressing forward even after my Dr. appointment yesterday to get some clarification on some things. Also, got weighed even though I wasn’t suppose to. :) I closed my eyes though so I didn’t see anything. haha. My official weigh-in is a week from Monday. Still deciding if I want to know my weight at all during this process so it’s not based on weight but me just pushing until the very end and then getting results. Glad to get some answers from the Dr. and to know that my body is changing. I see some differences in my body. I am excited to be taking this journey. Monday 07/18/2011 will be the end of my 3 weeks with mommystrong.

I have been dealing with internal issues regarding my weight and not seeing the results that I want. Janet my trainer reminded me, “The weight didn’t come on over night and it will not go away over night”. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to me during this time. I am actually doing it the right way after trying all different kinds of ways over the years. Now that I am doing mommystrong after waiting a while 12 weeks from spring because of gall-bladder surgery I am glad to have the chance to do this. Life is getting better from here. I am aiming to be a mommystrong trainer at some point in this journey to help me get ready for the bigger future that God has for me. I believe that, “My success is not based on if I succeed but my success is found in that God CAN’T FAIL”. I am so thankful that during this journey God ISN’T GOING TO FAIL ME. I believe that everything I am called to will come to pass in God’s timing. Yes, I dislike God’s timing sometime but I wouldn’t have it any other way because He’s never late but always right on time.

This is a journey 13 years in the making and it started when I was 13 years old. I am claiming that this is my year at 26 years old. I am claiming the my hormones line up the way they are suppose to, etc. I know now that I can’t blame what happened in the past as something that God made happen. I will be honest, life sucked as a teenager in middle school. Teenagers are cruel and especially girls at 13 years old. To this day I remember everything that was done to me but I no longer let it dictate how I handle the rest of my life. Yes, I remember what it felt like but I don’t want it to rule my decisions everyday. I want to live in freedom from the past. The past is the past and it will be something that I share in the near future but it’s not my life anymore. I have forgiven those people who did those things and release them from my constant torture that ruins my life and not theirs. It is tough to live life in the past but trust me those people who did wrong to you have moved on and are still living their lives. All the while, you are stuck in a time warp. The time has come to shake it all off and forgive them for the past. No, it doesn’t always happen over night but it will free you with ever little step you take. I believe that God is going to give back to me what was lost during those 13 years of my life. He’s preparing it all and I can’t wait to get it, etc.

Quote: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ”
~ Lewis B. Smedes
“Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over.”
~ Unknown

Both of these quotes are very true. Forgiveness isn’t really for the other person but for you. It’s to set you free and allow you to start living. I know this to be true because I lived in my own personal HELL for 13 years. I held everything in, every word spoken, every thought about myself and every act of hatred towards me from others. So, no matter what it is in you past that is hold you back……… Let it go and forgive them. It’s all for you.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]

2 Chronicles 15:7

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

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Apr 11, 2011 - success    No Comments

My life will never be the SAME!

“For the first time in my life I can honestly look in the mirror and be happy with what I see. I am 46 years old; I truly thought I would have to be satisfied with what I was ‘dealt’ with. I want others to know what I know, that if you win the battle over your mind you do can anything, at any age! What do you have to change your mind about? I continue to be amazed that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that He saw fit for me to be in this program. Like I have said before, MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!”  Shari

Apr 1, 2011 - success    No Comments

The gray is going away

“The gray is going away!! God is still peeling back the layers of the onion and revealing His plan for my life. Without Karla’s leadership, prayers and obediently walking in God’s will, I would not have had this SOUL REVELATION! Thank you Karla. You are being used by God in ways that you would have never dreamed!”  Janet