I weighed 123 lbs on my wedding day and there is nothing like putting on my wedding dress and feeling beautiful! I would never have been able to accomplish my goals without Amanda. The best part is that I haven’t gained any weight since the wedding! The lessons I learned from Amanda will bene-fit me for life!
I had those moments of “I can’t do this” or “I am not a runner.” But Amanda pushed and encouraged me while gently introducing me to new exercises and workout styles. She listened when I was having a bad week and would not let me give up. Most importantly, she did not set me up for failure. I have never felt so accomplished!
After starting the bene-fit program, I completed two 5k races and improved my finish time in each one. My clothes started to feel loose, and in fact, I dropped a full dress size! On my wedding day I could see the muscle definition I had always dreamed of having in my photos. My hard work paid off and will continue thanks to bene-fit. The best part about it is that even after my wedding day, I am still motivated to keep going and set new and different goals – like running a 10k! I continue to find my bene-fit each week and look forward to reaching even more goals with the program.
In 2009, I decided I could run a half marathon. Keep in mind that at this point the farthest I had ever run was 6 miles (for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society) and I disliked pretty much every second of it! Through bene-fit, Amanda designed a comprehensive half marathon training plan for me, making sure to be available to answer my questions, meet up for races in the area, and provide encouragement and support during my weakest moments. I finished the race proudly with a 12:08/mile pace, and since then, I have run my fastest 5K and 10K and completed yet another half marathon in 2010.
This summer, I joined a bene-fit training group to race the Los Angeles Rock and Roll Half Marathon and I know I will set a personal record. As a supplement to running, I attend bene-fit Boot Camp and bene-fit Happy Hour Circuit Training, and I can truly say that without Amanda’s continuous energy, passion, expertise and support I would not be in the healthy place I am today. I am 25 pounds lighter and two dress sizes smaller, but mainly my success is measured by the races I complete and the personal goals I reach. I can honestly say I’ve found my bene-fit – and I hope you can do the same!
From the start of my bene-fit journey, Amanda knew when I needed to be challenged and when I needed to be encouraged. She celebrated my successes and helped me refocus after setbacks. I began to take responsibility for my poor eating habits and made changes to my portion sizes and food choices. I also become more active in my daily life. Amanda introduced me to new cardio workouts like Indo-Row and Studio Cycling (Now my favorite part of my weekly exercise routine!) and eventually inspired me to train for a 5K race. While training, I realized how accomplished I felt, how much I enjoyed it, and what a great change of pace it was from my usual fitness routine.
Eighteen months later, my passion for living life to the fullest has been reignited. I have lost 23 pounds and lots of inches but, more importantly, I am more confident, self-assured, and aware of my self-worth. I look forward to continuing to work with Amanda and bene-fit to stay as fit as possible and love every minute of the new, healthier life I now have.
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