I was scared, and I did it anyway.
In just 12 weeks:
lost 43 lbs, lost 6" off waist, lost 4.5% BF
BMI dropped 10 points!
Growing up I was an avid athlete. But I walked into Rebirth, 39 years old, 277 lbs, and with aching knees. I was scared shitless and ashamed. I was sick of living in this body that I had abused through over-eating and way too much time in front of a laptop for the last 10+ years. I was sick of hiding behind a successful career, hiding from all cameras, and hiding from people I hadn’t seen in many, many pounds.
Forget my clothes — my engagement ring didn’t even fit on my finger anymore. Putting on my socks was a chore. Kneeling hurt.
I knew I needed help. I knew that monthly meetings to step on a scale and talk about how many cookies I could eat while still staying within my Point range wasn’t going to cut it — not this time, and certainly not forever.
I found Rebirth while searching for a local personal trainer online. I was attracted to the holistic approach on physical, mental and emotional wellness and to the individualized approach to coaching. I looked at the success stories from Jon, Anna and Cappy and I wanted so badly to be a success story myself. I remember clicking the 'Learn More' button and nearly running away from my phone. I remember Julian calling me that same day, sharing his philosophy and inquiring about my background and goals. I remember warning him that I might cry during my initial evaluation.
I was known for being fun, easy going and driven. But when it came to my body, I was extremely sensitive, emotional and for some reason unwilling to make it a priority in my life. I walked into my initial evaluation encouraged not to see any massive weights or rows of cardio equipment.
I met Justin for the first time. We talked very openly. I told him that I was ashamed and intimidated. He was understanding, compassionate and clearly knowledgeable.
He didn’t fat shame me and didn’t make me feel like I was a special case.
Instead he acknowledged everything I said/felt as being common/normal. He seemed excited to partner with me through my transformation and I became a little excited too. In fact, I told him that I was going to be one of the best success stories on his resume. Fake it ‘til you make it, right?
I signed up to train with Justin 2 times per week for 12 weeks. I read through all of the nutritional information and texted Justin all my questions as they arose.
I was terrified walking into my first workout. I was embarrassed for Justin and anyone around us to see what I couldn’t do. But we started slow. We focused on what I could do. Justin pushed me to work hard but it wasn’t at all about getting me to breathe and sweat as hard as I could. (This was key, since getting up and down off the floor seemed like a cardio workout at this point.) And the only people focused on what I was (or wasn’t) doing were me and Justin.
Look, no one thing works for everybody (nor every body). But Rebirth isn’t “one thing”. It’s whatever you need it to be. So click “Learn More” and then run away from your phone if you have to. But then listen, face your fears and commit. It’s the best investment you’ll ever make in the most important asset you have.
Do it for you. You deserve this!
After the first week of working out two times with Justin and eliminating sugar and dairy from my diet, I lost 11 lbs. and my sugar cravings subsided. After the first 21 days I lost 21 lbs. The workouts got a little more challenging, but Justin knew my capabilities even better than I did. My confidence grew. I stopped dreading going. After 6 weeks my engagement ring fit again! After 8 weeks I had made it through the holiday season, indulging in delicious foods planfully, with a couple of blips on the scale but still continuously improving.
After the first 12 weeks I lost 42 lbs. and a lot else changed too. I started to feel more like myself again. My mobility had improved significantly. Putting my socks on became as easy as it should be. I had more energy. I lost 43 pounds and my clothes were becoming too big. Socially, I was starting to become more active and outgoing.
I signed up for another 12 weeks as I know I’m not ready to do this on my own yet. I need the continued support from Justin to encourage me and hold me accountable. In fact, I have a long way to go until I get to a place where I’ll really feel comfortable in my own skin again, but for the first time in a long time I feel like I’ll get there. And I’ll do it in such a way that once I get there, I’ll stay there.
Do you need support to keep at your fitness goals?
Contact Julian, Rebirth Founder, to get support like Stephanie!