Jessica took 1st place and a $5000 check for the National Gold’s Gym Challenge. I did an interview with her on Facebook & here is what she had to say that I felt could inspire others! I was the WINNING TRAINER. I am encouraging Jessica now to pursue a career in fitness & to write her story. Hopefully, she will still listen and see my suggestions as words of wisdom.
“You can’t be the person you want to be if you refuse to let go of the person you are.”
“I know I was difficult, but you buckled down and told me, you WILL do this and I did, even if I didn’t want to or even if I didn’t think I could. You taught me a million important things, but if I had to remember one thing that you did better than anyone I have ever met…you believed in me. You told me it was possible and it was. It was possible and THEN some!”
“I honestly don’t think there really is a secret. I can say that, being where I was when I started, it is really, really difficult to look in the mirror and think, “this is going to change, don’t worry”. It’s so much easier to look at your reflection and think, “this is so far gone that it’s going to be impossible to get back”. Ignoring that latter voice is difficult, but I decided to put my inner voice aside for three months and see where the other voice would take me.”
“You put the tools in my hands and with those tools, I developed a million tricks that made the whole process a lot easier and more positive. I was able to concentrate on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative. It really was a time for me that I looked outside of who I was and really, REALLY saw the person I wanted to be and knew I could be.”
“Plateaus are difficult. I remember, during my twelve weeks, there was a week where I lost 1 pound. ONE. That was insane to me, after all the hard work I knew I had done that week. However, the next week, I changed things up, did different activities, came to your TRX boot camp (I have a love/hate relationship with the TRX), etc. The following week I SOMEHOW lost 8 pounds!
I had lost weight before the program in the past, gotten to a plateau and thought, “screw it, I’m getting a pizza.” This time, I said, “screw the plateau, it’s not going to bring me down with it.”
Thanks Jess. You are inspiration for all those who now have to meet the challenges before them!