Laura Hazlewood is Director of Sales for AT&T and lives in Coppell, TX. She joined GYIS March 1st 2015.
Q: Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like? Tired, frustrated with myself, I thought I was “too busy” to make myself a priority.
Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape? I was at the end of my rope, none of my clothes fit, I was so frustrated with how I looked and how I felt I didn’t know what else to do. I called Brad (from knowing him 7 years ago after my daughter was born) and he was gracious enough to listen to me and offer suggestions. He said “come on, you can do it” and I DID 🙂
Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape? My first class was during “snow week back in March and it was really hard, but I knew it was hard work that was going to get me to my goal. I was doing the Advocare cleanse and couldn’t have coffee or bread or cheese (my comfort “go to’s”) and thought that if I could do this, I could do anything!!! And I DID 🙂
Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you? First and foremost, the people. The trainers are amazing! Julie, Chaney, Lotta, Kathy, Meg . . . . you have changed my life!!! My Fitness Pal is great, definitely helps to see what you are doing, chart it and visually be accountable for your diet and exercise. I would say the other clients are a tool; they motivate, help hold you accountable, guide you and keep you on track.
Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program? Without a doubt, the people!! Trainers and clients make all the difference in the world. Without the people aspect, it’s just like joining a gym or “hoping” for results. The people make it all possible!! I also like the variety in the workouts, the thought and effort put into designing the workouts to change the intensity, areas we work on and it keeps it fun and interesting.
Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life? All I have to say is how hasn’t it changed my life??? Everything has changed. From the size I wear, to the motivation I have for working out, to the “swagger” I have at work and in my family life. My kids look at me with a new sense of pride, I feel awesome when I’m up in front of people (coaching cheer, presentations at work etc). I have a huge sense of accomplishment, I set a goal and I DID it!!!!!!! Amazing pride, self-esteem and appreciation comes with it and I am grateful for the opportunity I have had and continue to have with this great group!
Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program? Over the summer I was in a dressing room at Ann Taylor with my daughter and I was trying on a pair of shorts. I put on a size 8 and they were too big!!! TOO BIG!!!! I actually cried. As tears were coming down my cheeks, my daughter said “what’s wrong Mom?” and I said “I am just so proud of myself, I have worked really hard for this and I DID it!” Each milestone carries with it a sense of accomplishment and whether it’s running the mile a minute faster than last time or being able to wear the next smaller size, it all matters and it all gets me closer to my goal. It’s tangible evidence that through dedication and hard work, you can do anything!!!!!
Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life? It’s greatly impacted both my personal life as well as my work life. It’s given me the ability to coach cheer with great pride and get out of my comfort zone by putting me in situations that made me really uncomfortable in the past. The same with my work life. I have a new pride and self-esteem that allows me to volunteer for projects, presentations and events that put me out in front of a lot of people and I do so willingly and with confidence. It’s incredibly important to do this and teach my kids that you can do anything you put your mind to. Set a goal and see it through. Do not quit when it gets hard. Always be up for the challenge and YOU make it happen!!!
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 nearly 30 pounds (28 and some change!!!!), went from a size 14 pants to an 8, and I can easily buy a Medium anything and it FITS!!!!! I am confident, HAPPY, have a huge sense of pride and accomplishment that positively impacts and shapes my daily life on the business side and personal side. My skin looks better, I look healthy, I am actually eating a lot less so it’s saved me money and I feel great due to the healthier food and supplements from Advocare. So many life changing results that I will work hard to continue!
Overall, I just feel blessed. Blessed and thankful to be a part of this group, to have been accepted so freely by everyone involved and lifted up each and every day by the people and mission. I am grateful for the opportunity to change, learn and transform (both on the inside and outside). Although weight loss was my primary objective, I have accomplished so much more. It’s a new chapter and I am so excited to see what 2016 and a new full year in GYIS has in store. I am willing to continue to put in the hard work and dedication it will take in order to reach even more goals I will set forward for myself. Can’t wait for the journey to continue!!!!! Thank you!!!!