Gretchen’s transformation!!

There are a million excuses, trust me, i have used them all (well most of them).  I work 60+ hours a week and enjoy spending time with family and friends.. i though it was impossible to change my lifestyle without sacrificing my life.  I tried all, I mean ALL, the “quick” crash diets, yep, i lost weight, but put it back on plus more.

I had already lost about 40 pounds before I started with Jamie, but I was still in pain and exhausted.  I didn’t realize with all the crash diets and processed foods, i had totally depleted my body of important nutrients and had lost lots of muscle mass.

With the help of Jamie Lynn, I have lost 70 more pounds!!  I also started with over 38% body fat and now I am below 17%!! My joints feel so much better, I sleep better and I have so much more energy.  I actually have more time not less because part of being healthy is being prepared.

This is the best thing I have every done for myself.

Terri’s Journey

The beginning – November 24, 2010 – here’s what I wrote in my journal:

Terri before, age 41

I am starting my journey!  I have been tracking my food for a week, I took pictures of myself (front, back & side) in a bathing suit and I got measured.   I am starting at about 156 lbs and 27.6% Body Fat.

Why am I starting this journey?   What’s my motivation?

To Feel Better.  So what does that mean to me?
– to have more energy
– to be stronger
– sleep through the night
– less or no headaches
– work through & manage stressful situations rather than having them control me
– to like what I see in the mirror knowing that I am doing something for myself
– be healthy
– lose some weight and get toned
– to be proud of myself

Terri after, age 41

Both of my kids are active and I want them to look at me and be proud of me.   I want to be more active, enjoy life, have more energy, to start moving forward.

I haven’t been doing anything for myself, I am very sedentary – I am 41 years old and I am not happy with where I am.  I want to get up – move forward – make changes – be the person I dream of being.  And who knows – maybe I will be someone that others will be inspired by as I go along my journey.

“Instead of constantly promising yourself you’ll do something tomorrow, decide to take action this minute.  It’s incredibly freeing to realize you have the power to do something now that will help you reach your objective.  You just have to choose to take a step forward.”

“Believe in Yourself.   Trust the Process.   Change Forever.”

That was the beginning………. NOW …….where am I?????????????

June 13, 2011:

I am down to 126 lbs!!!!!!!!!!    I had my measurements taken and I am down to 14.5% body fat and my biggest decrease is in my waist – 9 ½ inches!!!

How do I feel?    The quote that I carry with me everywhere is – “Just when the caterpillar thought life was over, she transformed into a butterfly”.

That quote describes how I feel – I feel transformed.   I feel better in that I am sleeping through the night, my headaches are almost gone completely, I have more energy, my knees don’t hurt from walking, I’ve lost weight and I feel like I can look at stressful situations and work through them.

I have made the choice to change – I have taken the steps forward in my journey.   I know that my journey will never end.   I am constantly learning new things, I am presented with new challenges – but I know that anything is possible.    I have a long way to go – but I can honestly say that I AM PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!    I made a commitment in November 2010 and I have come farther than I ever thought possible – I am stronger in every way.

The first time I met Jamie – I remember she said to me “be gentle with yourself”.   That was such a foreign concept to me.   She sometimes still needs to remind me to be gentle with myself – but I am truly proud of where I am, how far I have come, the commitment to change that I’ve made.    I feel better than I have in more than 15 years!!!   And my two teenage boys are proud of their mom too – which means so much to me.

My first goal for my weight was to get down to 140 lbs – made that.   My second goal was 130 lbs – made that.  My third goal was 125 lbs – which I didn’t think I would EVER make.   But now I am 1 pound away from my goal that did not seem possible.    Jamie has taught me that you need to constantly be making new goals and adjusting old ones.   We always need something to strive for.   And I have learned that I deserve that!!

So what do I want to accomplish now?   My main goal now is to focus on my strength training and increase my toning.   When Jamie says I’m ready – the next phase of the program is Maintenance.   So my goal is to succeed in the next phase of Maintenance.    I want to continue being committed to eating healthy, making time for myself in exercising and succeed in the Maintenance phase as I continue to get stronger.

This journey of mine will not end  – it is only the beginning.   It is the journey of my life – but it’s a life that I’ve made the choice to take the time to take care of myself.

“Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.” ~ Robert Collier

August 2011:   I am officially on Maintenance.    I am down to about 122 lbs and I have been continuing with my strength & cardio as Jamie recommends.   What an amazing program.    I had to first admit that I couldn’t do it on my own – and Jamie has been an incredible help and support.   My journey continues!

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Darla’s Journey

I first met Jamie a little over a year ago in June of 2009.  When I look back on where I was in my life at that point, I hardly recognize myself.  I can’t believe it was just a little over a year ago that I was so depressed; I had zero energy and was taking Zyrtec twice a day to combat hives. I had been trying to lose 20 to 30 lbs for what seemed like forever, with no luck.  I had lost weight in the past by eating less and exercising more but it simply wouldn’t work anymore.  It was so frustrating!  I had a friend who was going through the program and looked fantastic.   When she said you gradually increase your calories in the first phase she had my attention.  I had starved myself enough at that point I couldn’t wait to eat.
I remember that first meeting with Jamie very well.  I was on the verge of tears almost the entire time because I was so distraught with where I was.   I remember thinking “I have such a great life and great family. Why do I always feel so crappy?”   I had some injuries that I felt were preventing me from doing many activities and I really didn’t know how to work around them.  I knew I needed a big change because all of the little adjustments I was making were not helping.  When I told her I really wasn’t looking to be skinny I wanted to be strong, her face lit up, and I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.
The first five days were so eye-opening.  I tracked what I ate, and believe me, once I knew I had to track my food, I ate WAY better than I had up until then.  I was shocked to find out that 80% of my calories were coming from fat and my sodium was off the charts! Sugar was a much bigger problem for me than I realized and I had a major headache for about the first week as I kicked my sugar addiction.
It took a little getting used to the process of planning food for the day and eating so much but in no time it actually seemed easier and less stressful than my old way of eating.  I learned so much so quickly and actually started seeing some relief from my hives.  My energy levels kept getting higher and higher allowing me to start working with Jamie for strength training.
I had worked with personal trainers and taken lots of classes before Jamie but never before had anyone paid so much attention to the details of the exercises, especially proper alignment.  At first, I was getting very frustrated thinking she was picking on me but I soon realized she really wanted me to get the most out of every exercise.  There is absolutely no “just going through the motions” when you are working with Jamie!  Even after working with Jamie for over a year I still get sore after my hour with her.  The soreness tells me that we are working muscles in ways they are not used to working which I know is the key to true transformation.
My strength and endurance has skyrocketed over the last year.  I have more energy than I’ve had in years.  I am feeling fantastic.  So good, in fact, that I ran my first ½ marathon in September and have another one planned for December.  I have never been a runner and never felt I could run because of knee injuries from years ago.  Jamie introduced me to Chi Running and a fabulous physical therapist and I can honestly say it has changed my life.  Running brings me so much joy and it is an activity I never would have experienced if I would not have been working with Jamie.
I am more comfortable in my own skin than I have ever been.  I started at 151 pounds and 25+% body fat.  I am now at 129 and 17% body fat.  More than that, I feel strong!  I can’t wait to see what each day brings.  New challenges are welcome.

Darla Harmon

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“I am 47 years old with RA and have never been in a small group exercise class in my life. I thought I would never be able to keep up with the others and the exercise would be too intense. Jamie gives me one on one attention, and is able to tailor the exercises to my health needs while in the group session. I am getting a little stronger each week and doing exercises I never thought I could do. Jamie’s kindness, sincerity, and understanding of the human body is so refreshing that I cannot miss her class. It is my 1 hour of joy each week that I can count on!”

I could go on…saying wonderful things like how you make everyone feel important and how you are always so happy to see all of us. You bring a ray of sunshine with you to the studio. That’s is why I call it my “decompression chamber”, my 1 hour of stress relief!

Even though my muscles sometime hate me in the morning….I know you are helping to make me stronger…my joints to move better…and hopefully, get rid of some fat along the way!

Tracy

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Before

What is my story? I have been working on sharing my story since I reached my goal in August but each time I find an excuse not to finish it but today is going to be different! It is Thanksgiving tomorrow and I have so much to be thankful for I thought finishing my story would be a good place to start.

What have the past 20 months been like since I found Jamie? Wow, is a simple way to put it! I found the kitchen in my house after years of eating out and foods that were quick to fix and highly processes. I’m still learning about cooking but now it is interesting and a task that I enjoy. I have even looked at a recipe and thought how will I adjust it to make it clean so that it is a dish I would like to eat. This was much to my coach’s surprise that I would even look at a recipe.

After

What do I have to be thankful for? My health is a big part of the process we had two health screenings at work two years apart from each other and following the first screening when the results came back I thought my cholesterol number was creeping up to the top of the reference range—but I will just get busy and take care of it through exercise. Fast forward two years and the report came over the range so much for my intentions. So what was I going to do about it? Nothing much but some more treadmill time will help for sure! Then I saw an ad in the paper for a workshop and thought it was time to inquire about the program. The ad was for a day long informational meeting with posture, yoga, food and information. I knew following the day that this was worth a try…I would give it 10 sessions of coaching and training and then I could go it alone. This was an amazing start and I haven’t looked back since. My coach has been terrific in guiding me through this transformation and I have felt good every day since I started…or at least what I can remember. This fall was a third screening and my cholesterol numbers were in the normal range. In general I have not been sick at all since I started this transformation a real change for me.

I am also thankful for the guidance in training. Finding my way around a fitness facility has been enlightening I only used the cardio area when I started this transformation but now look forward to days in the weight area and I believe the weights have made a huge difference in my physical transformation. I have been at this weight this before but I have never been the size that I am today. I feel so strong—last summer a gentleman in a grocery store line turned around and said—“Wow, you look really fit!”—what could I say but thank you! The comment put a smile on my face. I love to do pushups because I can and when this transformation started I could only do a couple. My fitness was something that I had always been proud of but it was slipping away as I had past 50 years and now it is back—I am so happy!

The people I have met along the way have been truly inspiring and so wonderful. Some of you I see in the gym on a regular basis and others I read your posts on the forum or your stories on the blog when I am lurking. I don’t post often but love to read the forum. You are all inspiring! It has been a wonderful change in my life and one that I am particularly thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

Jamie, Samantha and Sheri you have all played a big part is this transformation THANK YOU for the bottom of my heart.

Colleen

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I love Jamie’s strength and conditioning class so much, this is the only

exercise class I don’t have to force myself to attend!

Jamie gives each person the attention a one-on-one personal trainer gives

and those little adjustments make a huge difference in the results.

It’s amazing–and she’s amazing!

Mona Charles

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My name is Janet and I am a 65 year old grandmother.I started this program in September of 2008 after being on vacation in Montana. My daughter, Kristin Bodeen, had been on the program, lost tons of weight and looked fantastic!! While we were there she watched what I ate and the amounts I was eating. We had a reversal of roles and she explained how I was trying to lose weight in the wrong way. I was not eating enough and not eating the right things, so my body was holding on to the fat afraid that I was not going to feed it. I was so proud of her and all she had accomplished, but I was not sure I would be able to do it.

I agreed to give this fat loss program a try and she introduced me to Jamie. I met with Jamie a few days before leaving Montana and my journey began. I started the fueling stage and was doing fine. I could not believe the amounts I had to eat and yet I did not gain weight, all because I was eating the right things and in the right amounts.

However, in December it all came to a screeching halt. I had my second total knee replacement and after surgery I had zero appetite. There was absolutely no way I could eat 2600 calories a day. I took a break and started again several months later. A few years ago I went on vacation with my daughter’s family and had to ride a Jazzy or be pushed in a wheelchair at Disneyland and Sea World because of my knees. I have read that for every pound you are overweight it is an extra four pounds of pressure on your knees. I know I need to be good to my new knees and Genesis has helped me to lose weight and be able to do that.

There were many times along the way that I became discouraged, but Kristin and Jamie were always there to talk over my frustrations and keep me going. After being on the program for a short time, my doctor cut my cholesterol medication dosage in half and now I am off the medication completely. I was taking anti-inflammatory meds for my knees and have now switched to a willow bark herb. To me, that is a really big thing to be able to go off both of those medications.

Before starting the program I had the mentality that it was part of my age to be less active and a little heavier. The program has helped me to learn how to eat healthy and the weight loss was a great big bonus. I now know what it is like to be a healthy senior citizen. I started out at 135 and my original goal weight was 120. I ended up at 115 and I am now in the maintenance program. Twenty pounds may not seem like much to lose. However, I am only 5 feet 0 inches tall, so 20 pounds on me is more like 40 pounds on someone taller. Even though I am 65 and don’t need to look like a twenty year old, it does make me feel good that I can fit into size 4 jeans. I also like the comments I get from some people on the way I look and questions on how I did it.

I am grateful to Kristin for caring about me and me health and introducing me to the Genesis program. I owe a lot to Jamie for her knowledge and for her patience with me. She was instrumental in helping to achieve and surpass my goal weight and to keep me motivated through our telephone conversations and sessions in Montana. Thanks to Jamie for making me a healthier person!!

Janet

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What Jamie’s fitness class has done for me is an increased awareness of posture.  I have an inclination towards rounded shoulders.  Jamie’s emphasis on shoulders back (“You could pinch a ponytail between your shoulder blades.”) is a big benefit to me.  The “personal trainer” attention she spreads through a class of 10 to 12 of us of varying degrees of fitness is remarkable.  Her reminders of posture and correct lifting techniques are individually appropriate.
I appreciate how she will make modification suggestions – either for increasing the work out or for accommodating a bad knee, back, whatever – the modifications show how thoroughly she knows the anatomy and the focus of each exercise.
She doesn’t waste our time – class begins and ends on the hour.  She allows us to have our fun while she remains “all business”, showing us great respect.
I love the variety which keeps class from being stale plus we get toned from top to bottom!
The warm up and cool down stretches are a perfect beginning and end.
I look forward to my class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jana