Laura Ryan – way to go girl!!
In 1 year, Laura loses 25 pounds & completes 2 triathlons!!
WoW! has helped me get back to exercise as well as counting my points and watching what I eat. One month ago I would never have imagined that I would be exercising at 5:30 AM for three mornings a week, AND loving it!
As we talked about at my pre-assessment, I had hit a rut in my workouts. And I had been extremely frustrated that I had been working out so much and not losing weight and not getting the results I want. Not to mention that I had adopted the mindset that if I worked out, then I didn’t have to be as concerned about my diet. Well, this weekend I went to put on two skirts that were tight only two weeks ago and now they’re loose! I am so excited to finally be making some headway! I think I have lost about 5 lbs in only two weeks and can even see little abs! I can already tell that Boot Camp is giving me that extra push I needed to focus on my diet and really push myself physically. I can’t wait to see how my body has transformed by the end of the month (just in time for a week at the beach!).
Thanks for everything!! This has been one of the best experiences of my life….and I tell everyone too!! I was telling Dr. Mercer all about WOW….she was very impressed with my weight loss.
This is the best program I have participated in. I have never seen results like this or have I been as motivated and inspired as all the girls make me. This program is such a blessing!!!
This is just to let you know what a difference a year makes. A friend just gave my husband and me a CD of some pictures she’s taken since Henry was born and I found these two pictures which show me before and after boot camp. The second picture was taken in October at Henry’s first birthday party. The first picture was taken when Henry was two months old – I wore maternity jeans for about four or five months after he was born. I was so self-conscious about my post-baby body that I didn’t want anyone to take my picture (unless I had a baby in my lap to camouflage the girth), so I had forgotten what I looked like a year ago. It’s good to be back in shape, and while I miss the boobs of Christmas 2006, I do not miss the belly, hips, or thunder thighs. Thanks so much for your help this year.
September 2007: It was a Saturday morning and I was heading out of town for a tailgating party at a friend’s house. I was in charge of bringing the dessert. I stopped at Publix to pick up a few things to prepare a dessert tray. Feeling fat and lazy, I waddled my way up to the register with chocolate dipped rice crispy treats, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate pound cake(True story, I swear!). As I stood in line with my basket of empty calories, I noticed this perfectly petite young lady in the line next to me. She was decked out from head to toe in workout gear. She had the perfect body and happiness just radiated from her every move. Immediately, I decided I didn’t like her. She was what I wanted to be. She was fit and she was happy. She cared about herself and she had will power. She was stronger than I was.
After checking out with my basket full of fat, I walked outside to find my car. I was thinking that I was just destined to be fat and there was nothing I could do about it when I got a sign from God. Seriously, right in the parking lot in front of me was a car with a bumper that read, “www.wowbootcamp.net.” (I am willing to bet you can guess who was driving!) So right there in front of God and Publix, I laughed out loud and threw my hands up in the air. I said, “Ok, fine God. I see my sign.” I got in my car and rushed home to look it up. I signed up immediately for the October Boot Camp. I tried to get my friends involved, but they all said they didn’t have the money. Although I am by no means rich, I decided that I had to do it for myself and my sanity no matter what the cost.
January 2008: I have just completed my third Boot Camp session and for the first time in years, I feel great! I have learned to love myself again. I no longer look in the mirror and wish I could have someone else’s body. I love my skin and who I am inside. I have lost 20lbs and too many inches to count! Everyone notices a difference in both my appearance and my attitude. I am truly blessed to have found WoW! Boot Camp. Thank you, April!
I was an overweight child and an overweight teen, with all the insecurities and pain that comes with growing up fat. I was ridiculed by peers and even members of my own family. I learned very early to seek comfort in food. When I went away to college, I lost weight, and became thin, but I smoked cigarettes and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. I had replaced one addiction with another! I finally stopped drinking and smoking before I got married and had my son. I gained sixty pounds with my pregnancy and another twenty pounds after William was born. I was eighty pounds overweight! I tried everything, mostly fad diets (South Beach, Atkins). I even ordered videos and weight loss supplements from infomercials. Needless to say, none of it was working. I managed to lose thirty pounds on one diet, but I was gaining all of it back. That was when I joined WoW! Boot Camp.
I was so nervous the first day, but it was really fun! I could not even run a complete lap, but it didn’t matter; I wasn’t alone. I stuck with it and soon I could run a whole mile without stopping. Granted, the mile took 14 minutes, but it didn’t matter, I had done it! I was losing weight each month through sensible diet and a great work out regimen provided by WoW!. April was a real motivating force to me – she was there for me every step of the way. She cheered me on and celebrated every success, no matter how small. After three months of Boot Camp, in February, I enrolled in my first 5k race. To prepare, April met me and some other girls and jogged the course with us. I ran that whole race without stopping! Granted, it took me 38 minutes, but it didn’t matter, I had done it. I stayed in boot camp and kept running races, each time getting faster and stronger. In May, I finally weighed under 200 pounds for the first time in years! In June, I ran a 10k race. After the 10k, April put a group together to participate in a triathlon in August. I really wanted to do it, but I was scared and I still had not reached my goal weight. I worked hard to train, but I was so self-conscious about wearing the triathlon clothes. I was in tears, and again April was there for me. I stuck it out and did my first triathlon in August! I was so excited and my husband was so proud, it was truly a special moment that I will never forget. I continued to train and completed my second triathlon in October. In November, I finally reached my goal weight, exactly one year after joining WoW!
These accomplishments have given me the extraordinary feeling that everything was as it was supposed to be. That everything had led me to this moment and it all had a place and a purpose. I was 80 pounds overweight, but that sad reality had set me on a journey to discover things about myself I might never have learned otherwise. When I enrolled for my first 5k in February 2007, April said “Hey next year, how about a half marathon” I had scoffed at this idea, but guess what I’m doing this February!
Participating in WoW! has been a life changing experience. I have learned so much. I have made new friends and found great support, all I had to do was reach for it.