Sunday, June 23, 2013

From Frustrated Overweight Mom To Trainer of the Year

What is it about the saying, "Fitness is a lifestyle."  That makes me roll my eyes, and think, "That's not it at all.  

The whole lifestyle thing makes me think of training as a chore.  Just one more thing, like brushing your teeth, putting away the laundry, or getting your oil changed, that is necessary but not a thrill.  Regular workouts can seem like just another duty to be fulfilled in order to live up to the ideal of being a good mom.

A good mom sets the right example for her children by working out, but she doesn't turn her exercise into a self indulgent pleasure that takes her away from her family for too long.  It's not a sport.  It's not a game.  It's not golf.  It's part of a healthy lifestyle.  It kind of reminds me of the old tag after commercials for Frosted Flakes,

"Part of this complete breakfast."

Working out is "Part of this complete life," but is it healthy, or satisfying, of inspiring?  Not always.

For the first seven  years after Colin was born, I did Tae Bo tapes, step aerobics, weight machines, and cardio machines, religiously, as hard as I could.  Getting my weight from 185 to 160 pounds was pretty straightforward, but the battle really began at right around 155 pounds.  At 5'1" 155 is significantly overweight, but nothing I did seemed to work for very long.  In spite of attending Weight Watchers meetings, and following diets like Atkins and South Beach, I would get to 147 and then bounce right back up.  Finally, in 2008 I found Turbulence Training, entered the 2nd TT Transformation contest, and everything finally came together.
C & C at TT!


This weekend, at the 3rd Turbulence Training Summit, Craig talked about his Four Pillars of Transformation, they are:

Planning and Preparation
Accountability and Social Support
A Deadline
A Powerful Reason to Change

The contest, a commitment to sugar free eating, and powerful Turbulence Training techniques gave me the tools to succeed.  What's more, the TT Members community gave me the proof I needed that brilliant lasting change is possible without low fat- constant hunger dieting, endless cardio, or surgery.  The key to making that physical transformation permanent was the determination to pass on what I had learned to others.

I am so fortunate that my TT students, Melinda, Sandra, and Melanie had the tenacity to power through the 15th TT Transformation Contest.  My win as TT Trainer of the year is a testament to what they achieved with TT and Home Workout Revolution programs.  They trained at Gordon Studio and at home, and it worked, proving right here in Sonora that the fat loss they achieved wasn't a fluke.

Right now, five students and I are right in the middle of the 17th TT Transformation Contest.  It is so exciting to know that as we keep learning and improving our techniques for fat loss, that more and more gals are stepping up and taking a chance on TT, HWR, and themselves!  Last year at this time Mike Whitfield,  TT Trainer of the Year 2012 inspired me to shoot for the stars, and set the intention of winning myself, and although CTT nominees Brian Kalakay and Daniel Woodruff deserved the trophy too- I really did land on the moon.  And what a super moon it is today!

This year, with the help of my students at Gordon Studio, I intend to do my best to repay Craig's confidence in me.

Let it begin.