My fitness journey started almost 4 years ago. I was 40 years old and the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I just started challenging job and posted a picture on social media of myself and my work team. A family member made a comment that I was so “brave” to work in an office full of beautiful blondes. Translation: “Awww, the funny fat girl isn’t afraid to work with all of these thin women.” I wanted to find a rock and hide under it. Obviously, I would need to find a BIG rock.
My cousin had been going to a boot camp class and really enjoyed it. So, I decided I might as well start somewhere. I HATED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! I could do about 15 minutes of the 30 minute class (I took a lot of breaks). I had never been so sore in my life, and I literally puked during one class. HATED IT. Until, I started seeing results…not only was my endurance getting better each week, I wasn’t as sore, and guess what? I started losing weight!!
As soon as I thought I was getting good at this, a new Bootcamp Trainer started teaching the class. Rob Johnson—this guy, so positive, so energetic, SO DAMN LOUD, and his boot camps were so hard! However, he was so HELPFUL, so ENGAGED, so ENCOURAGING; I had never met a trainer that made each boot camp feel like a personal training session. That stuck with me.
I lost 35 pounds. I looked great. I felt great. Then, a year later, I had a setback. I had a miscarriage at 41; I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I really had no idea how to deal with my feelings, let alone how to explain them, or understand them. So, I went back to the things that had always comforted me before. Food and alcohol.
I gained almost every pound back in about a year. I was fat, depressed, frustrated, angry and depleted. I knew I had it in me to lose the weight, I had done it before. But, I wasn’t ready to join a group setting, I needed something more personal, and customized. I immediately knew who I needed, Rob Johnson. I needed his energetic positivity, the encouragement, the NOISE. ☺
April 22, 2016 was a changing point in my life. I sent Rob a Facebook message, we had a consultation, and I basically poured out my heart to him. Poor thing, didn’t know what was coming! He listened. He HEARD me. We started doing personal training sessions twice a week, and I LOVED it. Every session got better, not easier, better. The more weight I could lift, the better my form was, the stronger I became; it made me want to keep going to the next level. I was no longer satisfied with a specific size of jeans, or number on the scale. I wanted to be STRONG. Physically, mentally, emotionally STRONG.
I have never had more mental clarity in almost 44 years on this planet. I’m up to 3 personal training sessions a week, and I voluntarily participate in Rob’s boot camp classes when I can. I don’t puke, but I’ve come close. I don’t like to admit this, but I secretly love how tough his classes are. I am by no means finished with this journey; I’m really just getting started. Rob has helped me to realize my physical potential in a way that has benefitted every aspect of my life. How do you say thank you for that? The results I have experienced speak to his talent; not just as a trainer, but sometimes as nutritionist, a counselor, and friend. Thanks, Rob. I could not have done this without your help. BAM!!! #teamkilla
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