For as long as I can remember I’ve had body image issues and have been on some kind of a “diet.” I’ve tried every magic pill out there, and every diet scheme ever invented, but never got the results I wanted.
I started putting on weight very early in Elementary and Jr high school. I would fail subjects and projects just because they involved public speaking. I would take the failing mark over getting up in front of a class any day.
I was picked on, called names and bullied just about every day. I joined a big box gym when I was in grade 10 trying to get the weight off, but nothing I was doing seemed to be working.
So I started to hide.
When I went to the gym I would go to the women’s only section and attempt to run on the treadmill. I would get discouraged because I couldn’t run for more than 2 minutes at a time. I’d leave, upset and feeling down. There would be times when I would lose weight, but then I would put it back on, never being able to keep it off for long.
I can remember in January, 2013 sitting at work and something just clicked in my head…I needed a change.
I needed to do something to turn it all around. I would be getting married in September of that year, and I could NOT get married at the weight I was.
At this point, my mother had been in Heavyweights for a while. For months, I had heard her talk about it and how much I would love it. I would just laugh it off and say “I could never go there. I’m not strong enough to go lifting weights like that” and off to the women’s-only section of the gym I would go for an hour on the treadmill.
Finally, in May 2013 I decided to listen to my mother and joined Heavyweights for my first program. I’m not gonna lie. My first week there was rough. I was so intimidated by all the strong women and men that after my 2nd day I called my mom crying telling her I didn’t want to go back. I wasn’t strong enough. I couldn’t do it.
She listened for about 10 minutes without saying a word. Then she spoke up and said “you’re stronger then you think. You CAN do this. You are NOT quitting. Go online now to the Inner Circle. Post that you need a workout buddy and get back to the gym.”
I was scared sh*tless.
She wanted me to post that I needed a workout buddy? To 100’s of strangers? There was no way I could do it, but I knew if I didn’t, she’d be coming after me.
So, I did the best thing I had ever done for myself. I overcame my fear, I posted online, and within 10 minutes I had 10-15 replies of people in the same boat as me. That night I met up with a girl I had never met and we started working out together. From that day on I was there every day training with her. I started to lose weight and get stronger and finally make a real change in my body.
I did extremely well with my first program. I lost about 12 pounds in 6 weeks. That was more then I had ever lost on any “diet” I was ever on.
That was it. I was hooked.
I then went on to my 2nd program which was Built in 42 and continued to get stronger with the help of Kevin and Josh. For the first time walked into the gym with my head high and felt like I belonged.
“Built in 42” ended about a month before my wedding. I am happy to say that because of Heavyweights I was down 30 pounds on my wedding day. I felt like a princess.
After my wedding I started the Elite program. After a few weeks of being back, a friend of mine came to me and said “let’s do the UFE Bikini Fitness show in June 2014 in Ontario.”
At first I thought “no way.” Then I went home that night and thought about it. I thought about how far I had come, what I had accomplished and how much I had changed. I decided to go for it.
I am now training for my first show, and I would have never been able to do this without my husband, my parents and everyone at Heavyweights cheering me on. Without all of them I would still be the shy girl who would hide in the women’s only section of a big box gym.
Joining Heavyweights has changed my life both physically and mentally. Heavyweights is more than just a gym. It’s now a 2nd home to me and I have met so many amazing people that I now get the honour of calling friends. I am no longer shy and hiding. I am now a proud, confident and strong woman that can take on the world!
Thank you Heavyweights!