allisonbaLike many people, I have struggled with weight for as long as I can remember. Also, being a 6’ tall girl kind of added to the feeling of being very large. I missed out on a lot of fun because of being overweight, and I would not do a lot of physical activities because I was afraid of looking like a fool or drawing attention to my weight. I spent a lot of my time trying the “quick fixes” to weight loss that always failed as I continued to grow in size, which worried me AND my family. I felt like I was passed the point of no return!
With the help of a few key people who came into my life as an adult, I successfully started my weight loss journey 3 years ago, this may seem like a long time but I feel the slow and steady rate has been the key to my success. I first got my eating under control by really understanding food and its function in my body, which was the longest journey but lead me to a 95 pound weight loss. Then I discovered that although I had lost a significant amount of weight there was still something holding me back from all the fun! Fitness! I wanted to be fit, I wanted to run, bike, kayak, hike, play sports, and surf without being scared that I couldn’t physically do it.
One day at my workplace (about 6 months ago) I was hearing about this boot camp that everyone was signing up for, I took one look at the info and thought ‘Can I do this?’. With encouragement from my co-workers I signed up for the 6 am boot camp three times a week. I thought I was going to die at the first session (my worst nightmare, right? I didn’t want to be embarrassed). Luckily Mitch was very accommodating and easy going and I felt at ease that I could return to boot camp without feeling embarrassed. When I started boot camp I was barely able to do a pushup from my knees, I could only run/jog for maybe a minute straight, had never even heard of a burpee or mountain climber. Now I can do at least 20 pushups from my toes in a row, I can run 5km and have registered for the bluenose, I tried rock climbing, and I plan on hiking Gros Morne and zip-lining (in NFLD) for my 30th birthday. Being more fit has boosted my confidence (and my biceps ☺) so now I am looking forward to all my future physical activities.
I am so grateful to have found my inner fit person with the help of Matt and Mitch at Evolve Fitness (and of course my other fitness buddies). I will continue on with boot camp because I just feel it’s a regular part of my life now, and I will be part of every transformation contest that comes my way. I haven’t felt this good ever and to date I have lost a total of 112 pounds. Thanks Evolve Fitness for helping me open this chapter of my life!







Teri and Heather


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