April 1, 2020

Check out what Emily had to say below. Then, be sure to listen to her interview on our podcast for a more in depth perspective on her journey.

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I needed accountability. Serious accountability from someone who would give me some tough love with knowledge. I knew I needed to work harder and eat smarter but it just wasn’t happening on my own.

I had done Weight Watchers about 8 years ago and was successful on it so I knew what I was capable of but again it wasn’t happening on my own. I was running lots of miles which to me meant I could eat whatever I wanted. I just watched the number on the scale continue to creep up for the last 2-3 years as life got busier and more chaotic and eating right and working out were the last things on my mind.

In short, I was unhappy and that’s not me. I’m a happy person. Live life to the fullest because tomorrow isn’t promised. So with me not being happy, I wasn’t being the best version of myself for my family and they are my why. I knew I needed to change that if I was going to be the best me as well as wife, mom, and friend.

I’m a runner so I figured as long as I was running I could eat whatever I wanted. I used that as my excuse to eat 2-3 times the portions I should be eating. I would try to track my food and be “good” but the second I had a meal or food that wasn’t “good” I went to the mindset of ‘well I’ll try again next week I’ve already screwed this one up’.

I love that CSF does baby steps into eating better. It doesn’t throw everything at you all at once and say “here ya go, good luck”. It starts with hitting a calorie goal, and then protein and it just continues to build and before you know it, you’re tracking micro-nutrients that you didn’t even know about before and it’s no big deal. I like that you have a consult before you even get started and can get all your questions answered to make sure it’s right for you.

My weekly phone with my coach is one of the things I look forward to every week. That weekly call has been one of the biggest factors of me being successful—the accountability.

One of my goals when I started was to fit back into a pair of my favorite jeans. I had told my coach that and she said try them on today and see where you’re at. I actually had 3 pairs I tried on that day, each different sizes. I could barely fit in the biggest size and the other 2 no way! Fast forward 2 months and the second pair of jeans fit…with ease. Fast forward 1 more month goal jeans fit!!

I remember having a small melt down to my coach about the number on the scale not moving as fast as I wanted. She told me very firmly to put it away for the rest of the week and stay the course. Change nothing. I listened. That number on the scale was not the indicator of the significant changes that were happening without me realizing it. I fit in those goal jeans 3 months before my goal!

I’m happy which makes for a happy house. I can’t be my best for my family if I’m not happy. I need a good cup of coffee, a workout or run and my family. I love being able to keep up with my boys. I volunteer to coach most of their sports teams if I can and I want them to see me work hard so that they know they can too.

We also eat out far less than we were before. That’s a big deal. Not only health wise but saves so much money. We meal plan as a family so when life gets crazy we don’t resort back to grabbing fast food.

I’m super competitive by nature even if it’s only with myself. So once my coach and I had plan in place there was no way I couldn’t finish it. It started small…hit a calorie goal. Hit a calorie and protein goal. Hit that for 5 of 7 days. Add in a workout. 4 days of workouts. All those little check marks start to add up big.

I shared 6 month and 12 month goals with my coach when I started. I hit all of them but one in 6 months. Goal jeans. Doing real push-ups. I couldn’t do more than 5 real push-ups when I started this. I can knock out a lot of them now. In fact I do them daily, it’s become routine.

I hit a goal weight that I haven’t seen in 6 years. But my biggest achievement and one that I’m most proud of is staying consistent. I love summer and HATE winter. Every year in the winter I would slowly quit running and working out only to start all over again when the weather got nice. I’ve done this cycle for years. Since I’ve started with the CSF workouts in November I completed the 1st 12 weeks without missing a single workout. I am currently on the 2nd round mixed with half marathon training and I only missed 1 week because I was sick.

Working out has become habit. Part of my routine. I crave that part of my day. I can’t even believe how much more weight I can lift now compared to 4 months ago. I’m not done. I’ve got new goals and I will continue to work hard.

Had I not decided to work with CSF, I would be doing the same silly cycle of working hard for 6 months and then doing next to nothing wondering why the number on the scale was continually going up and my clothes didn’t fit.

CSF is 1000 times worth it. They are so knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects. They help teach you a lifestyle that can be utilized for years to come. Not one time was I told I couldn’t eat a certain food. Coach always had a suggestion for a substitute if I needed a better alternative. Workouts catered to me. Tough love and guidance when I needed it. Small changes made a big difference in the end. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

My only regret is that I waited 6 months before I fully pulled the trigger to make that first call!