I hope that you are all doing well and working diligently to meet your goals. 

I want to talk to you about something important to me. I often hear that clients are intimidated to start with MPower Fitness because they feel that they just couldn’t keep up. They are scared because they “think” they are in bad shape and won’t be able to make it through a session, so they don’t think that the program is for them. Sometimes they even think they need to go and get in shape before coming to boot camp!

Look, taking that first step is always the hardest, we know this. We all had our first steps at one point and we all remember how scary it can be. But if you’re willing to do that much (take the first step I mean), then believe me you can do so much more. That’s what today’s story is all about. I’d like to tell you about Tamara H. Tamara has struggled with her weight her entire life and had reached a point where she couldn’t even pick up a bag of groceries. 

“I had no strength whatsoever and hated to go shopping,” Tamara claims. “I hated the way I felt about myself and hated the way clothes fit.”

She tried many different programs but none of them worked for her, at least long-term. 

“I couldn’t understand why I would try certain diets and they would work for a while and then I’d gain all of the weight back and then some,” Tamara confessed. “I was sick of the yoyo roller coaster ride.” She like so many people had gained and lost the same lbs over and over.

When Tamara attended her 25th class reunion and felt sad and frustrated with how she looked, especially in comparison to how she’d looked at her 20th she knew it was time for a change. 

“I had “let myself go and was really embarrassed how it had gotten that far,” she said. “Little did I know that I also had a medical condition that I found out about later but with the help of MPower Fitness I have come so far and overcome so much.”

At her heaviest, Tamara weighed 232 pounds. Her best friend Kristi had already been attending Mpower Fitness and Tamara was impressed with her results. That motivated her to start, too.

“She has been a blessing to be my work out buddy and motivator especially in the beginning when I didn’t think I could do it. I also have to say that all of the lovely people on the wall who I look at their photos when I work out are a huge inspiration as well,” mentions Tamara. (She is referring to our wall of success that features photos of our successful boot campers)

Tamara only works about five minutes from the gym, so she comes over on her lunch break. She tries to make it at least three times per week but is usually here more often than that. She also comes on Sundays, completes her workout, then does Zumba for a double dose! She loves our workouts, especially working out her arms that used to be weak. Now she’s strong!

“I have never felt more comfortable and welcomed than when I started here. I feel like I am a part of a growing family. I have met some wonderful people here and am sure I will meet many more. I was not a work out person at all but I can handle this. I love that it is 30 minutes and it is different every time and it is fun and it works!”

When asked what her biggest challenge was, it was the same one that I hear for many people.

“My biggest challenge was taking that first step to make a commitment to make a lifestyle change and decide that I had to be responsible for my actions; what I put in my mouth and what I did or didn’t do for exercise and to stick with it,” Tamara states.

Since she overcame that fear, she’s seen amazing results! She’s even begun to do something she never thought that she could.

“I have started to do things I never thought would have been possible before. I used to like my cocktails and those are no longer a priority for me. I ran a 5K last weekend and signed up for one every month the remainder of the summer. I never would have done that before.”

Wow! That’s amazing, and makes my heart so happy for her. She’s back to wearing pants, where before all she would wear was dresses to cover her body. I remember asking her because I thought she always looked so fancy and pretty because I had never seen her in pants and she told me she didn’t wear them because dresses covered up more and fit better. Now though, she can wear pants if she wants to!! 

She’s looking forward to getting stronger, losing more body fat and being able to run an entire 5k instead of walking/running/walking/running. She has a beautiful future ahead and I’m proud that I can be a part of that!

I wish you all the same success!

Megan K and Team

PS with Tamara’s story we hope that you’ll be inspired to commit to yourself and to take consistent action toward your health and fitness goals. You can do it. You really can do it- whatever it is. 🙂

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