November 25, 2019

Before Copper State FIT, if I could have described myself in one word it would be unhappy. I was unhappy with the way I felt, the way I looked and the way I approached life. I basically had NO self-confidence and was just unhappy with everything on a daily basis. This affected my outlook on life, my moods and attitudes and even how I interacted with my family, friends and acquaintances. I always compared myself to others when I went out. I never felt pretty enough…. never felt thin or fit enough compared to these people that I was interacting with.

In the past, I tried many ways to lose weight with Shakeology, Isalean, Slim Fast, cutting calories etc, etc.  None of them worked. I would cut my calories super low for a while, or give up something and expect to see results right away and I got frustrated and would give up because it wasn’t instant. I wanted to see results NOW. I felt like I gave up a lot when trying to lose weight. When I would get frustrated, sad, mad… any emotion, I turned to the one thing that helped comfort me… food. Food understands! Right?! It was a vicious cycle of me trying to lose weight the wrong way, not seeing results, giving up and then drowning myself in comfort food.

As soon as I had my first talk with Adam, I felt that this process was going to be different. I could hear the passion in his voice about helping his clients gain what they have lost for so long. I feel that CSF had everything broken down and organized so everyone could understand the process through their own journey. I like the fact that it was individualized. There are steps or “pillars” along the way to help guide you. I liked the fact of accountability on a weekly basis and that you basically had a “cheerleader” there for you through this process. This cheerleader was giving you positivity and encouragement as well as constructive criticism for days or weeks where you kind of fell “short.” The cheerleader was there to help pick you up when you fall off the wagon but also to rise you up for accomplishments.

It took a while to get used to this process of tracking, weighing, measuring, and counting but I had to stick with it. I had to prove to myself that I CAN do this. Did I do all of this at once, No. Like I said before, it was all in steps. It was a gradual process of creating habits and then building on those habits to form new, conscious habits.

I noticed that it was working when I started getting compliments. I NEVER used to get compliments before.  If I did, it was few and far between. The compliments would seem weird and I didn’t know how to respond. At the beginning, of course, you want INSTANT results but I had to keep reminding myself that this was a gradual, slow process and I was going this for ME. Months down the road, I was still getting compliments and after a while, it started to feel really good getting them from everyone!

Last summer is when I noticed a HUGE change. I got out my summer clothes bin and tried on some shirts and pants to see if they would “fit” still I was in disbelief. Usually I try them on and everything is a little snug. This time was different. Everything was so loose and falling off me!! I was stunned. I thought, “whelp…this is new.” It was a bittersweet feeling. “YAY I lost so much weight!….But now I have to go buy new shorts and shirts…”

I feel like my life has really changed. I am so much happier than I was when I started. My whole outlook on life is so much more positive. My attitudes are happier..I don’t compare myself to others when my husband and I go out with friends or family.. I feel I can do SO much more. I lost weight but I gained my self-confidence back!

Since starting CSF, I have lost a total of 56 POUNDS! I can make it through my Zumba classes without feeling like I am going to have a heart attack. The muscle definition that I have now is insane. Never in a million years would I even think I would have defined biceps, collar bone and back! I got my beautiful, curvy hourglass figure back! Booyah! I have participated in numerous 5K’s and had so much fun doing those. I’m not a runner by any means but I just see an overall improvement in how I accomplish those. Hopefully, in the next few months, I would like to get my Zumba Instructor License so I can start teaching myself!

I couldn’t imagine myself without this program in my life. I think I still would be the same unhappy person I was back in then, to be honest. I would be lacking everything that I have gained through this amazing program.

If you are considering this program, I would say give it a definite try!! Don’t give up!! The thing that I had to keep telling myself was that this process is not a sprint.. it’s a marathon. Yes, there will be hurdles along the way…those ups and downs are inevitable but if you stick with it and have your cheerleader by your side, guiding you along the way, you will see success and I promise you, it will all be worth it!

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