The Choices We Make: Michelle's Story

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A lot of people in my shoes can say that they can’t imagine life with out Get Fit, but sadly I can. Its very real for me. My mom, who was in her early 60’s, young, was living the life that I thought was going to be me. She had Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, had strokes and suffered from obesity. She was moved into a assisted living home. The choices she made put her at a point where she couldn't take care of herself. I saw myself heading down that same path in my life at one point. I am determined to not let that happen.

Although my parents were not very active, I have always been an athlete. From as early as I can remember I have played sports. I am highly competitive and love a challenge. Being an athlete, I ate like an athlete; well, so I thought. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. Never gaining a pound and always on the move. Growing up, eating fast and easy was our way of life. When my parents would cook it was either from something you would grab out of a freezer, or from a box or can. As I got older my bad food habits carried over. One major thing was different, I was no longer active. This is where my food choices started to make a difference in my life.

Fast forward a few years, I am married to my high school sweet heart who was then in the Army. We moved all over the country and this was the first time I was on my own. The only thing I knew how to cook was from a box or a can. So that is how we ate; cheap and fast. Naturally, I gained weight. I had fallen right into my parents' foot steps. inactive and overweight.

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When my daughter was born I gained around 80 pounds, not to mention that I was already a good 20 pounds overweight. I was able to loose about 50 of those pounds, but then I became pregnant with my second child. Gaining all the weight back and then some.

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When my second child was about 3 months old I noticed a close friend of mine loosing weight. I asked her how she was doing it and she told me about Mommy and Me Boot Camp, previously known as Mom Fit. Tara was the trainer and she welcomed me and drove that inner athlete out of me again. I became really competitive, but this time, with myself. Challenging ME to get faster and stronger. I lost some weight, but I hadn't changed the way I was eating. Everyone, including Tara, was talking about “clean eating”. I told Tara, “I don’t need to eat clean, never have. I will workout so that I can eat what I want. That is what I have always done.” She politely smiled and was patient with me.

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By then my dad had passed away. Along with Lymphoma, he had heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease and had heart attacks along with being obese. My mom, with all her other health problems, was then diagnosed with breast cancer. I believe all the health problems that my parents had were all a result of choice. A choice not to eat right and be active. A choice that changed their life and mine forever. All of their diagnoses could have been controlled and/or reversed just by diet and exercise. A lightbulb went off and I then decided to make a choice, for me and my family. I was not going to fall into the same fast and easy lifestyle, I was going to choose to be healthy, choose to be there for my family, choose to NOT be a statistic.

Soon Tara began talking about the first season of Boot Camp. I cleaned up my eating, and found the Lord driving me to an unexpected place; a place that was contagious and changing lives: Get Fit Modesto. I found myself at Get Fit 5-6 times a week. I also was able to do Boot Camp with family members and found myself healthier, happier, and down to a healthy, fit weight.

I found the Lord pulling me towards helping others the way Get Fit helped me and opening doors that I didn’t know existed. After some nudging from the Lord and friends, I soon became a trainer at Get Fit and with Mom Fit. Later to be the Director of Mom Fit and now the Director of the very program that I can say changed my life and my family's: Boot Camp. I can also say, through the whole process I was able to have another child, maintain a healthy weight during my pregnancy, workout throughout my pregnancy and come back to training feeling stronger, more fit and healthier than ever.temp-post-image

Get Fit Modesto has impacted my life so much. I am blessed to work with the amazing likeminded people that I do daily, that all have huge hearts to help others. It brings me to happy tears when I hear success stories. Non-scale victories are my favorite. My heart for my role at Get Fit is to show people a new lifestyle, that eating real food and daily exercise should be the norm. That they can too make a choice to be different: a choice to change for them self and their family. That living life to the fullest can only happen if you are in a healthy place. That family history does not have to be your future.

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Our motto for Boot Camp, and I would say is my personal motto, “It’s a lifestyle, train like there is no finish line”. So very true. This is my lifestyle now. I eat clean, train hard and reap the benefits. I love to race in Spartan Races with my best friend and love of my life, Ryan, who has been my biggest supporter. I love being a mom and watching my kids be active and enjoying their sports. I love helping others learn how to change their lives. I feel so blessed to be a part of something bigger with Get Fit.

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