2016 Client Of The Year Voting

2016 Client Of The Year Nominees

Please help us choose our Client of the Year. Get You In Shape is giving away of $1000 in cash and prizes and we need YOUR HELP in determining the winner.

All of the nominee’s deserve to win. They shared their own personal TRANSFORMATION and their OWN JOURNEY. Each story is sure to help MOTIVATE and INSPIRE you. We ask that you take some time to read each story and help vote who you think deserves to win. Again, we understand that each of these nominees have already won but we do need to choose one winner.

Here is What is At Stake and why we need your VOTE!

1st Place Prize – $500 CASH + One Free Month of Cardio Club and more!

2nd Place Prize - $250 cash + One Free Month of Cardio Club and more!

3rd Place – $100 cash + One Free Month of Cardio Club and more!

We ask that you take a few minutes and read all the STORIES and Transformations before voting. There is a link at the bottom that will take you to our voting page

Bethany Gillam - Nominee #1

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Bethany Gillam is the Area Director of Human Resources for Omni Hotels and Resorts, based out of the Omni Dallas Hotel. She lives you Coppell and has been with GYIS since January 2016.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I had just moved to Texas in August 2015 for my job - relocating from Wisconsin. My family stayed behind for the first few months and I was living in the hotel. During this time, I had access to unlimited room service and ate that or in the restaurants every night, as I did not have a kitchen. I was working long hours and indulging. When the family finally moved down, my focus became on getting the kids acclimated to their new environment, school, and the transition. I did not put any focus on myself or my health.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
My baby had just turned a year old (she's my third) and this pregnancy really did a number on my body. Back in Wisconsin I had participated in a boot camp and really enjoyed the group dynamic, the outdoors so I wanted to do something similar to that. I knew I needed to lose the baby weight and get back to my former self and when I saw the GYIS boot camp on Facebook I thought it looked to be just what I needed.
And in all honesty, my new job is full of beautiful people. I am very good at what I do, but I personally felt like my outer appearance was not matching my skills or abilities and the environment I was in.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
5:30 a.m. on January morning - it was crazy cold! Cynthia was fabulous and welcomed me to the session, helping with form and answering questions. Everyone was so nice. I was really impressed at the number of people there, of so many varying stages of life and fitness, and all were working hard and having fun. The first few workouts were definitely tough, but I knew that I wanted to continue on.
I also thought it was really amazing to have the benefit of so many great trainers, all of which are committed to helping us become the best version of us we can be.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
I started out with the Total Transformation Challenge and think that, coupled with boot camp, was the best way to make progress! I am slightly obsessed with MFP and am up to 310 days of logging as of today! I have continued on using the MNS supplements this year and the meal replacement shakes have become my breakfast of choice each morning.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
I love the positive vibe that comes along with GYIS! Through this community, I have met some amazing people and made some really great friends. The support and motivation that comes from both the boot campers and the trainers is worth getting up at 5:30 a.m. for!

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
Obviously inches and pounds lost, smaller clothing sizes, etc. But it has also changed my perspective. Initially my "so that" was very physically driven and focused on my clothing and outward appearance. But as I started achieving and surpassing those initial goals, my outlook started to change. It wasn't just about me anymore – it evolved into what type of message I was given to my children – especially my two daughters. I want them to understand, and truly believe, that it’s not about the number on the scale or the size of your clothes. Strong is beautiful, healthy is beautiful. And I want them to know that it is ok to make YOU a priority.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
A few: first, when I got below that 200 pound mark was pretty great! Secondly, when I was able to buy, and wear in public, clothes in a size medium when previously it would have been an XL. And I was also pretty proud of our initial plank challenge. I went from 45 seconds to 2 minutes in one month - totally proved to myself that it's mind over matter!

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
My work family had no idea when I started this journey that they were going to go on it with me. I needed to make sure I stayed on track, so I implemented a wellness challenge. For three months, two ways to participate: "maintain don't gain" tracking or total fat mass lost. Enlisting the assistance of our healthy coach, we recruited over 40 participants and as a group we lost 143.5 lbs. of pure fat mass in those three months!

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
Since joining GYIS 11 months ago, I have lost 24 lbs. (of which 16 were put fat mass!) and 29 inches.
GYIS has given me the tools necessary for me to be successful at this long term. It has made me realize that while working out is great and necessary, that nutrition is truly where a lot of the solution lies and that tracking is an essential tool. GYIS has also helped me to realize my own potential – I now know that I it is possible for me to make this change and for it to be a forever change.

For a girl new to a city, GYIS has been a key component to my feeling like this community is my home. I'm grateful to have found it and look forward to being a part of it for a long time.

JoAnn Talkington - Nominee #2

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JoAnn Talkington is a housewife and lives in Coppell, TX. She became part of the GYIS family in April 2016.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I was very lethargic and tired. I was overweight and didn’t like having my photos taken.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
I needed the accountability of going to a class versus going to the gym on my own.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
Get You In Shape was exhausting, I was tired after my workouts. Made me realize that I was working out mildly when I did work out because I didn’t feel whipped like that. Although I was working out with modifications, I made a commitment to change and the workouts were challenging. The trainers and other campers were very encouraging and helped me along the way. The class as a whole motivated me to keep going to class and give it my best.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
I was fortunate that the timing of my joining coincided with an Advocare 24 day challenge. With the Advocare, MyFitnessPal and Lotta checking up on what I posted into MyFitnessPal, the workouts and a 10,000 steps a day commitment… I saw results.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
I like the people. The GYIS team and boot campers are my favorite part of the program. They are friendly, motivating, compassionate, encouraging, good examples.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I have a lot more energy today than 6 months ago. Instead of watching my son and grandson at the trampoline park, I jump with them.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
My proudest moment was completing my first 5K with my son. I had never run a 5K before, not in my 20s, 30s or 40s. So doing your first 5K when you’re 53 is an eye opener. I had only been exercising a couple of weeks and the Cardio Momma’s inspired me to get moving on my off days. (Thanks Tara) Running to a goal… I am still working on becoming a faster, longer distance runner, but completing my first 5K was thrilling.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
More energy allows me to try other things. Enjoy my family time better. Enjoy my vacation times better. Enjoy my wardrobe better. Be in pictures and just feel good about how I look.

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
Since joining GYIS, I try to eat healthier, move every day, never miss my boot camp unless I’m out of town and in 6 months, I’ve lost 35 lbs. and dropped 3 pant sizes.

Benefits: New friends, more friends, walking friends, running friends, hiking friends, class friends. It’s great when I get to do other things with my GYIS friends … I love having them. The friendships are a great part of this journey.

Joe Gonzalez - Nominee #3

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Joe Gonzalez is President of Adroit TEKnologies. He lives in Irving, TX and has been in the GYIS Program for 7 months.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
Before Get You In Shape, I was extremely out of shape, did not sleep much, I did not exercise and most importantly had very bad eating habits.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
I decided to join Get You In Shape because of a personal crisis that I was going through and my health and appearance was a contributing factor. I decided I needed to make a lifestyle change for myself before I could move on with my new life and so I reached out to Brad for help.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
My first experience with Get You In Shape was very surprising in the variety of exercises and techniques that are used by the trainers. We did not do the same exercises twice in the first month that I was there. This kept me very interested in the workouts and kept me wanting to attend the sessions. Another surprise was how quickly my body adjusted to the various exercises and running. After just a few weeks, I was able to run and do running man crunches and sit ups. The trainers are very good and provide guidance at every session.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
The most important tools that Get You In Shape provided me that was instrumental in my weight loss was the nutrition plan that Brad provided and I followed. By following the plan, I averaged 3 pounds lost per week. In addition, the supplements helped me with my energy and stamina when working out. Also, logging all my food intake on MyFitnessPal in conjunction with my FitBit was very helpful in tracking and monitoring my progress each week.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
The thing I have enjoyed about Get You In Shape the most is the trainers and staff. They all are very knowledgeable and work together for a true common goal for everyone and have helped me make a lifestyle change that I was looking for.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
Because of the trainers and success of the Get You In Shape Program that I have experienced, I look forward to working out regularly. In fact, when I travel, I now run in the mornings because I miss working out. I even ran a 5K when traveling with some friends on a guy’s weekend in California. Before Get You In Shape I would have preferred to sleep late instead of waking up early and exercising.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
Because of Get You In Shape, I lost over 45 pounds in less than 5 months but most importantly, I am lean and strong at 14% body fat. I have gone from a 41 waist to a 32 waist and 44 Regular to a 39 Slim Suit Jacket. I have not been in this good of shape since I was 22 years old.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
Get You In Shape has impacted my life in different ways. Not just my health and appearance but in my business. When I walk into a Board Meeting, people have a totally different reaction to me and what I am saying just because of the way I look and carry myself with confidence. Right or wrong, an overweight person in a nice suit will be looked at differently than a fit person in the same suit. Thanks to Get You In Shape, I am that fit person in the nice suit.

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
Since joining Get You In Shape 7 months ago, I have lost 50 pounds and countless inches and went from 38% body fat to 14%. I have since put on 5 pounds of muscle and am focusing on strengthening my body. Because of Get You In Shape, I can eat and drink what I want, when I want to, because I am now in the maintenance phase of the program and continue to make as many workout sessions that I can to continue my progress.

Get You In Shape has become a way of life for me. I truly thank all the Personal Trainers and Staff but most importantly Brad for such a great program.

Malinda Pisciotta - Nominee #4

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Malinda Pisciotta is a Director of Office Operations and lives in Coppell, Texas. She has been with the Get You in Shape Program for 9 months.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I sat a lot at my job, working on a pc. I felt lethargic, heavy, my sciatic nerve was inflamed, my forearm and wrist would ache during the day and a night. I had an entire wardrobe I wanted to discard. I did not feel good about myself or the way I looked. I did not feel like my younger, fun, self.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
Because something had to seriously change and I finally recognized that I had to be the one making the change. I chose GYIS because from the very beginning their focus was on my goals and my desire to achieve my goals. Plus, I liked the idea of a variety of group workouts held out of doors.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
My very first impression was . . . UGH, I’m sooo out of shape and I’m not sure I can do this but, one squat thrust at a time, alongside others in my “newbie” group, I began to realize I WAS capable. As the first weeks passed, my body started to adjust; I was meeting like-minded friends and began to actually look forward to seeing what new early morning challenge awaited our group. The emphasis trainers placed on form and technique gave me confidence in my abilities.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
The tools I have found most helpful have been:
• Identifying and setting my own goals.
• Utilizing My Fitness Pal to become more aware of daily water and calorie intake.
• Variety of workouts avoids boredom and ensures every muscle group is included
• Coaches are awesome! They are friendly, encouraging and follow-up to address any nutritional concerns and questions along the way.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
The program is one of true positive encouragement whether it’s from a coach or a workout buddy next to me or across the lot. Workouts are geared to achieve my personal best and when that happens, it is publicly recognized & celebrated by our fitness family. We have fun!!
Two other things I enjoy are opportunities to include family and friends in the monthly community 5K’s and GYIS’ focus on charitable giving events within our local community. Best way to feel good, physically and spiritually!!

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I have consistency in conditioning my body. I am physically aware of how my calorie and nutritional intake affect my energy levels, my sleep patterns are improved and I have achieved 50% of my weight loss goal. If I have a bad day, even a bad week, it’s so much easier to keep my goal in sight with the support of the Get You In Shape family.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
GYIS has helped me to change my fatitude and improved my attitude. I’m encouraged each day to put myself first. I want to be a happy, healthy Mom so I can set a terrific example for my young daughter.
By sticking with my daily workouts I am showing her that exercise and good physical health is not a concept to be talked about but the way to live a happy, active life.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
Wrist and elbow pain is gone. Sciatic nerve flare-ups are improved. I smile more; I have more days with pep in my step. My love life is better because I feel better about myself. I am physically stronger and have lost weight. I recognize that this is a life long journey and a large part of the road I travel is taking time to put “ME” first so I am able to also do good for others.

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
In the last six months, by consistently working out, being conscious about my eating, by utilizing My Fitness Pal, I have lost 19.2 pounds, 20.25 inches, PLUS . . . I can run a mile in 11:40 (shaving a 1:10 off my time since I began in March--& I hate to run)!! I can now do 38 real push-ups!

Mona Hinze - Nominee #5

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Mona Hinze is a computer programmer living in Coppell, TX. She has been part of the Get You In Shape family since October 2014.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I was working out inconsistently thinking I was doing enough. I was bored with the process because it seemed like I was doing the same workout over and over. I was on/off multiple diets where I would lose a few pounds and gain back more when I was off of them.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
A couple of us had started working out with a trainer at another location but that trainer was constantly cancelling our sessions so we decided we needed to make a change to something that was more consistent. My friend, Alison, had been asking me to try GYIS for a while and I was just so concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep up (or even do the exercises) that I kept putting her off. Luckily she kept on me and I am so thankful that she did!!

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be :). EVERYONE was very welcoming and I never once felt like I was slowing anyone down or that anyone was looking at the heavy girl trying to work out. I was very pleased!!

I really appreciated that when the trainers gave instruction they gave multiple options that way I was able to do everything.

Even though I had been working out before coming to GYIS I was still very sore!! I was using muscles that I hadn’t used in a long time and I loved that!!
I needed the variety and the challenge. This is still one of the things I appreciate about the program.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
The trainers – I think the trainers are the best tool. They are always so encouraging and willing to help. It always amazes me how they can keep up with knowing who everyone is.
Community Support – I don’t know if this really a tool but it has been very important to me. I have made new workout friends and we help keep each other accountable. We follow up if one of us misses, we encourage each other and we push each other when necessary.
MyFitnesspal – I linked with a couple of the trainers and it was helpful for them to see what I was eating and add recommendations. I even had one trainer check on me when I hadn’t logged in a while.
Facebook – I have used some of the recipes and I have downloaded some of the silly motivational pictures to use as screen savers.
Competitions – I don’t do them all but I have done quite a few – they have been helpful to keep me on track. I enjoyed competing against friends to see who would get 100 miles first.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
I like the variety of the workouts and I love that you don’t have to be in the best shape to do the work out. There are always modifications and no one cares if you are doing the modifications… they just want you moving :).

And the trainers notice when you start to do more… which sounds like it shouldn’t be that big of a deal but when I did start running some and it was noticed it made me feel good and it made me want to continue to improve.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I can enjoy life so much more. I recently went on vacation with my son and his wife and we walked a lot of streets/hills. The first day they kept asking if I was okay? did I need to rest? but by the end of the second day my son made the comment that I had more stamina than him… loved it!!

Get You In Shape  has been such a major part of my weight loss journey. I had been going back and forth losing 5 pounds then gaining it back. My one consistent has been GYIS and the support I received from the trainers and community be it monitoring my tracker, sending notes or just generally being happy that I am losing weight. I have had people that I have never met tell me good job and even comment that they noticed that I was losing weight… for me this is such motivation to continue the journey.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
I have two –
1. I am currently still working on one because I am still losing weight.
2. When I ran into a friend recently and she couldn’t get over how toned and great my shoulders looked….no one has ever said that to me :).

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
My confidence has also increased; One of my stumbling blocks that I had for not wanting to join GYIS was being afraid of not being able to do it and what people would think when I was working out. I don’t have that holding me back anymore. I know I might not do everything perfect but I am doing it to the best of my ability and am constantly improving.

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
Pounds lost so far – 74
Total inches – 30 inches (waist – 8 inches, hips – 8 ¼ inches, chest – 6 ¼ inches etc)

Robin McCoy - Nominee #6

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Robin McCoy is a Realtor with Keller Williams and she lives in Coppell, TX. She has been with Get You In Shape for 1 year.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
In 2004-2005 I lost 110 pound vowing NEVER to gain that weight again. I had gained 40 pounds back when I found Get You In Shape. I was pretty sedentary though attempting to make changes in my activity level and nutrition. Nothing was working and my commitment, and self-esteem was pretty low. I was getting very discouraged with myself and the weight I had gained.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
I tried it because I felt as if I had tried everything else. I was looking for something that gave me a plan and told me what to do. Working out on my own at the gym was not producing any results.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
My first week I was sore from my hair to my toenails. I was astounded at how out of shape I really was… However, Chaney “met me where I was”. There was no judgement or expectation. Just solid encouragement. There were others there in the same boat as me….I wasn’t the only one.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
The Group Personal Training sessions and Cardio Club in combination has been what has propelled me. The consistency of the two has kept me on track all year.

The challenges help because it helps me to refocus on what I need to focus on...primarily nutrition and eating good foods.

My friends! I have met some of the most wonderful people in this program. Everyone supports one another...trainers, owners, other boot-campers….This is probably the strongest tool I have used.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
The workouts are ever changing so there isn’t any boredom and they are always challenging.

I am working on every part of my body...not just cardio. I can see differences in my strength and how my body actually looks and feels and functions.

The camaraderie among all participants. True friendships and support. When you miss a session you are MISSED!

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I am now one of those people that work out on vacation, get cranky if I miss my workout session, get up before dawn to run, and am considering doing a tri next summer.

I am no longer consumed with a number on the scale but feeling the muscle definition in my arms and shoulders.

I realize the things I am capable of...a year ago if you told me I could run a mile I would have laughed at you. Now, because of the GYIS group and experience I am planning a 100k walk across Northern Spain in 2018...The Camino Primivito.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
Too many to name….Realizing I can pull myself up on the equalizer, that I can do push-ups, getting under 200 pounds again, trying on clothes in my closet and zipping up a Size 10. When you are doing an exercise at the fitness sessions and you suddenly realize you have advanced; planks off your knees, heavier med balls….

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
I am happier! I sleep better! I am able to find the things that have propelled me in my health journey to other aspects of my life...attaining goals, not fearing the next step, going where I haven’t gone before.

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
This year I have lost 35 pounds. I am 10 pounds heavier than my lowest weight and yet I am in the clothes I wore at that lower weight. This has shown me that it isn’t about a number on a scale but an overall healthy body.

I am calmer...my workouts set the tone of my day. If I miss for any reason I am off kilter the rest of the day.

I notice the “little things” like getting the groceries out of the back of the car and how much easier they are to lift.

Q: What other benefits or changes have you seen since joining Get You In Shape?
A year ago if you told me I would be working out 5-6 days a week, at 5:30am, outside in the dark and heat and cold I would have said you were nuts.

The obvious benefits are weight loss, greater strength, and endurance.

The less obvious and most important benefits are how I am happier and more positive each day. How I crave the work out...It comes first. How I have met friends and supporters that I never would have met. How I can see the possibilities rather than the limitations.

I moved to Coppell in 2009….it took me until 2015 to find Get You In Shape. The Universe shows you what you need to see when you are ready to see it.

Sam Hignight - Nominee #7

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Sam Hignight is a Project Manager for Determine Software and resides in Coppell TX. He has been with Get You In Shape for 4 months.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I was heavier than I am now, my muscle mass had deteriorated, my energy level was low.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
I wanted to change everything I listed above. Being a diabetic my doctor also advised me to make some life changes to help lower my A1C.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
My neighbor has been a GYIS member for years and I had seen a huge change in her appearance and health. My first impression was that it was a very well run organization, the instructors were very knowledgeable and the workout routines were challenging but fun.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
I would have to say the GYIS FB page is the best tool that I’ve used. It helps with communications and offers advice on getting in shape and healthy eating.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
The amazing results that I have achieved in just a few months. The instructors knowledge and people skills. The workouts are different each and every fitness session.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I’ve lost weight, I’ve gained muscle and my A1C has dropped from the high 9’s to the low 7’s, which is almost normal. My doctor stated that it’s one of the biggest A1C drops he’s seen. He’s very happy that I joined Get You In Shape!

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
That It has made such a positive difference in my diabetes!

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
That the lowering of my A1C level will affect my life expectancy.

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
I’ve lost more than 10 inches off of my body, gained muscle mass, my clothes fit better and most importantly I’m more healthy that I was before.

Sarah Carrick - Nominee #8

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Sarah Carrick works from her home in Coppell, TX making custom greeting cards and is also an Interior Designer and home remodeler. She has been with GYIS since March 29th of this year.

Q: Where were you at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
Before Get You In Shape I was unhappy, frustrated and hated the way I looked and felt. I was at my heaviest weight ever, 264 pounds – even while pregnant I weighed 10 pounds less than where I was last December! I was embarrassed for my husband and children when I went out with them, for them to have to be seen with me, and I avoided making eye contact with anyone because of my appearance. My weight had a huge negative impact of my lifestyle. . I stopped my Interior Design work because I felt I didn’t fit the (albeit) stereotype. I battled to find clothes – especially when living overseas where European clothes are much smaller and the stores certainly don’t cater to Plus-size women. When flying I couldn’t fit into an economy-size seat and I would hide the fact that my seatbelt couldn’t close. I was sure passengers were looking at me hoping that they didn’t have to get squished in next to the fat lady! My friends would go on shopping outings together and exclude me because they were going to “regular-size” clothing shops. I became somewhat of a hermit. Despite sleeping well at night I had zero energy, often needing a nap during the day. Late last year I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s – an auto-immune disease where your immune system attacks your thyroid. I’m now on medication but still have to be aware of my body as it puts me at risk for other auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, anemia and more. I knew something had to change and my weight was the one thing I could control.

Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
I’d started walking with my college-age daughter in January but felt I needed more accountability and routine, especially since she’d be leaving to go back to University soon. I needed to make sure I would show up every lesson – I was not strict enough on myself to do it alone. I noticed the Get You In Shape car driving through Coppell, I took down the number and decided to call and make an appointment. The cost, schedule and attitude to overall wellness fit my needs. And so my fitness journey began.

Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape?
Honesty, I was terrified to start. The thought of “boot-camp” was pretty scary! But, from the very first lesson I knew this was the right fit for me. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Billy was my next-door-mat neighbor on my first day and guided me through many of the exercises. I knew I wouldn’t be able to complete the full amount of repetitions to begin with so I worked on my form instead of speed and quantity. Speed and quantity came over time. I love that every workout is different – no chance of boredom creeping in. I had, and still do have, some limitations that prevent me from doing all the exercises but the trainers (big shout-out to Julie) have always been very helpful in suggesting effective alternatives so I never feel left out or that I’ve not been able to achieve a “complete” workout.

Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
I began a Challenge program about a week after joining Get You In Shape. The challenges are a great boost to your regular routine and really jump started my progress. I also drink the Advocare Protein Shake every day for breakfast. It’s a tasty and filling “treat” to start out my day. I’ve yet to do the Community 5k, but that is my long-term goal! I use MyFitnessPal to log my food and exercise. I had been doing this for years in an Excel spreadsheet but MFP is so much more effective, easy to use and I actually enjoy having to log my food and exercise now. I like the Facebook pages as well for information, and motivation from fellow boot-campers.

Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
There are so many things I like about Get You In Shape….that it’s outside – although I’ve not been through a winter yet so I might be eating my words come February! I like the accountability it provides, the camaraderie of the participants, the awesome instructors who encourage in a non-threatening way, the “overall wellness factor”, the class times….but I would say I like the variety in the workouts the most.

Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I am making much better choices for myself now. It’s been more of a lifestyle change than a quick fix, which is what I wanted and needed. I’ll now park my car at the farthest spot and walk instead of searching for a spot closest to the entrance. Before I would always be asking my family to get or do things for me instead of doing it myself, I was depressed, short-tempered, generally a not-very-nice person to be around - all of this simply because of the excess weight I was carrying around with me - I was constantly tired. Now I feel energized; I look forward to my day! I can enjoy working in my garden. I can take my dogs for a walk. I enjoy time together with my husband and daughters. I’ve made wonderful friends within the group who understand the challenges we’re facing together so I don’t have to worry about someone sabotaging my progress or leading me off track. Not only am I eating healthier but so is my family. Better choices all round.

Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program?
I was fairly proud of myself for making it through the first lesson and actually returning for the second! I don’t know that I’ve reached my “proudest moment” yet. There’s still a long way for me to go, but I’ll get there. I set lots of short term goals which has helped keep me motivated but when I reach the big 50-pounds loss with GYIS I’ll feel pretty proud then. Only 9 pounds to go! And 13 pounds before December 31st to reach my next threshold. I refuse to start the New Year over 200 pounds!

Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
My confidence level has increased which has impacted everything – I feel that, although I’m still “big”, I’ve achieved a lot and I’m proud of those achievements. Strangers can think what they want – they don’t know my story and how far I’ve come!

Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
Since joining Get You In Shape on 29th March (7 months exactly) I’ve lost over 41 pounds, lost over 28-inches and I’m down FOUR clothing sizes! I had lost about 10 pounds before Get You In Shape but there’s no way that would have stayed off had I not joined Get You In Shape. So, I consider GYIS responsible for my full 51 pound weight loss!
With less weight having an impact on my knees, I’m now able to do short distances at a slow-jog pace - I could barely walk the same distance when I began Get You In Shape. I’ve started walking with some of the other boot-campers on Thursday mornings – last week we walked 5.6 miles and I felt fantastic afterwards!
Some weeks I notice the inches come down but the scale doesn’t move, and vice-versa, but I know that ultimately it’s all making a difference.

Q: What other benefits or changes have you seen since joining Get You In Shape?
Health wise: My cholesterol level has improved down to 182 from 243, my BMI has dropped 9 points, and my knee-pain is hardly noticeable most days.
MyFitnessPal: I always have a Protein shake for breakfast and in the morning I’ll track my dinner meal, so I know what I have available for the rest of the day. That way I don’t get to suppertime and find I’m short on calories. For the rest, track everything you eat immediately – don’t leave it till the end of the day to try and remember what you ate. And don’t eat your calories burned through exercise!
Diet: Keep it varied – add in different veggies, herbs & spices

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