I want to share the story of our HWTC Team Member, Janessa Ward.
Janessa won a free 42-day program (you can win one HERE). Not only did she finish the Transformin42 program, but she did AMAZINGLY well. Janessa became 41.5 pounds lighter in just 42 days.
After that, Janessa continued on to Rippedin42 and has now just finished Builtin42. As well, Janessa just competed in her first powerlifting show.
Plus, let’s not forget, she is only 16.
At Heavyweights we are all about changing lives and bringing out the best in people.
Being overweight at 16 is bad enough, being 300lbs at age 16 is embarrassing, unhealthy and shameful. I have been overweight my whole life. I was always the fat chubby kid who was made fun of. I had different clothes and shoes, I was wearing adult clothes in elementary school. I could never get a uniform in the right size, and I felt judged. I could tell by the look in people eyes when they saw me. I was very uncomfortable in my own skin. I have been called ‘fat’ many times.
At age 13, I tried to change all this by hardly eating anything; practically starving myself. No one knew. I would throw out my school lunches without anyone noticing, and skipped many meals. Somehow I thought this would help. I started to realize this was not a solution to my problem, and I did a complete 180 degree turn and started to eat everything, only making things worse. I could never borrow my friends clothes, when we went shopping in the mall I could never find anything that fit. I would fake being sick so I could stay home to avoid the way I felt in school. I was uncomfortable walking down the hallway. I covered everything up, didn’t tell a soul.
In May 2011, my world came crashing down. I was in the middle of a basketball game, made one wrong move and that was it. I had torn my ACL and meniscus at age 14. I was on crutches for a month, gaining weight each day. I could no longer do something I loved, I always turned to sports when I was feeling down. But that was all gone, in a matter of seconds. I pushed through physiotherapy and returned to sports, only finding myself to come home and cry almost every night trying to deal with the pain and mental state I was experiencing. I was afraid to tell anyone what was going on, I kept everything balled up inside.
One day something happened. I was on a cheerleading trip to Halifax and everything went wrong. My knee got suddenly worse to the point where it hurt to walk. I returned home and my doctors said surgery had to be done, I spent to much time putting it off and it was only getting worse. In June 2012 it all started again: bedrest, crutches, rehab and the weight gaining. I was told after surgery that I might never play again. My knee was a mess and I am continuously to this day still chipping my cartilage on a regular basis. I made an astonishing recovery and returned to sports in just three months. I didn’t tell anyone, and as far as my coaches knew I was allowed. It was hard, I was out of shape and struggled with excruciating pain.
In December 2012, something clicked. The scales were reading over 300lbs and I decided I wanted to change. I had struggled with being overweight long enough. Then I discovered HWTC. Being afraid to join and not having the money to pay for the program I held myself back, reading the weekly emails over and over again. I filled out the application multiple times but wouldn’t send it in. I didn’t have the money and my parents were paying for multiple different things and decided this would not be one of them.
They told me it wouldn’t work and that it was a waste. In spite I sent my application in, not knowing how I was going to pay for it but I was going to find a way. I figured out they were giving away a free program. Being to afraid to post my story and weight online I just emailed and hoped I could qualify. The next day in school I found out that I won and I started to cry. I was so happy to be picked, I didn’t know what I was in for but I couldn’t wait to get started.
I was shy, I wouldn’t speak up, I was even afraid to ask a question to all of the staff face-to-face. Within a week everything changed, 10lbs lighter in the first 7 days, but not only that. I started to come out of my shell and I realized how great Heavyweights really is, and what I could accomplish with their help. I decided I would work my ass off for the staff who gave me the free program and for the people who couldn’t afford it yet. I started to get comfortable being uncomfortable, I posted my story and weight in my group, started wearing tank tops to workouts, made new friends and even became less shy around the gym. I found a side of me that I have never seen. I wasn’t afraid to talk to people and became more comfortable with every step I took throughout my journey. Reaching milestones along the way, I started buying clothes into the regular stores, bought my first size medium hoodie and dropped 3-4 jean sizes. I found the courage to write my public speaking speech about eating healthy and exercising with my main focus on HWTC. This was something I wanted to do but felt I would be judged because of my weight, but I learned to stop caring so much about what other people thought. I spoke in front of more than 100 people. I was excited for what I was saying and to be able to say that I was a part of something so great. In the end of my first 42 days I broke the female fat loss record. I became 41lbs lighter and 16.5 inches smaller. That was one of the most rewarding days I will ever experience. Then I completed my second program with amazing results again. Everyone congratulates me on how good I look and what a great job I did. But that’s not what I am most proud of, I am proud of myself for what I learned and the person I have become. I know I still have along ways to go but having the support of the staff and clients at Heavyweights makes me realize that I can do anything I set my mind to in the future. Nothing is ever impossible! I met the best workout buddies that I will be friends with for many years to come. I have found a new home, somewhere where I am always supported, always welcomed, where I enjoy going and look forward to volunteering.
For the first time ever I am starting to turn down unhealthy foods because I wanted to, not because I should. My lifestyle has done a complete twist and I plan to keep it this way.
I have never experienced something so amazing, this is by far the best thing that has ever happened to my life. The training center is a life changing experience that I am so excited to be apart of! I am going to continue with my training to reach new goals and see what else I can accomplish with a little bit of help from some amazing people!
People on the outside of HWTC only see the physical results, but it’s the mental results that make the biggest difference. Knowing that you have inspired other people to make a change and seeing other people reach their goals is the most rewarding thing of all.
If you are ready to start YOUR transformation, contact us at Heavyweights Training Center now.