Fit Mommy Success Stories

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Take some time to browse the following Post Pregnancy Fat Loss Results from Moms Like YOU.

If you have any questions, just send me an email I am here for you and available to help you get started!

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Many moms wish to return to their pre-baby size. 

Holly and her Fit Yummy Mummy fat loss system helped me reach and EVEN BETTER pre-baby body!!

After gaining 55 lbs with my second pregnancy last year, I had some work to do to get my body back after delivering October 2011. As a former Cardio Queen, I had to take a new approach to my workouts in order to get the results I was after. FYM has not only transformed my body, but my attitude about myself, food and exercise as well.  I used to be a long distance runner, but now I LOVE my FYM WOs so much more!

By following the FYM Workouts, Trouble Spot Solution and the Workouts of the Month at ClubFYM, I dropped 4 pants sizes and over 40 lbs in 7 short months. 

I have exceeded my goals!

When I started, my goal size was to be an 8 and weight to be 145 lb. At the start of the Fall Transformation Challenge in September, I weighed 137 lbs. I haven’t been under 144 since I was in middle school and was taking diet pills! This was a scale free challenge so I do not know what my current stats are.

But I do not need numbers to show the results that truly matter.

I am leaner, stronger and see more definition than I ever have!

My arms, legs and stomach have definition for the first time in ever in my life! 

Results

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weight 170 – 137 lbs (I haven’t been under 144 since I was in middle school!!)
Mommy Belly 39.5 in – 30 in
Hips 42.5 in – 36
Size  14 – Size 6

The most amazing fact about my results …I am not working out longer or harder like I used to do as a Cardio Queen, rather I AM working out much, much smarter with Holly’s systems, in just a quick 20 min or less each day. 

Holly’s Intervals and Strength workouts keep my body challenged and leave me energized, which I need as a busy mom of 2 toddlers.  I love that I can work out in my garage at my convenience “with Holly” and get even better results than I ever had when I slaved away at the gym or followed some long, exhausting, insane workout program. 

The FYM system really works!
All you have to do is make the commitment and follow the steps that are outlined for you to follow.

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I also attribute the kick start of my results to the FYM ebook, which has taught me how to fuel my body properly so I have energy and ability maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

The ClubFYM community is a wonderful resource for busy moms trying to get healthy.  The forums and Holly’s transformation challenges have introduced me to so many moms like myself striving to get results and be healthy too. 

It’s a fabulous resource for anyone needing accountability, encouragement and insight from other busy moms. 

I consider myself a very skeptical person, but I am SO THANKFUL I took the leap and gave FYM a chance.

It has proven to be more than worth the investment I have made and is now a lifestyle for me. I love feeling good because I’ve made the best choices for my future not just the moment. I feel great, healthy and strong!

~ Bekah Tartt, Mom of 2 girls, ages 4 and 11 mos., Hampstead NC

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I found Fit Yummy Mummy in the middle of the night during a moment of desperation. 

I was 8 weeks postpartum with my 4th and final child and had been given clearance to resume normal activity. I was surfing the net while nursing and came across what seemed like a “too good to be true” add for the Deluxe Pack Busy Mom Workouts.

It was late.
I was tired.
I didn’t want to be in the shape I was any longer.

My pregnancies all had pre-term issues causing me weeks of bed rest, lots of hormone injections and meds that made me gain weight and bloat.

As a former dancer and water aerobics instructor, I was horrified by my state. So I quickly ordered and closed the computer before I could change my mind. The DVDs arrived and I jumped in with out preparation.

Big Mistake.

I was not ready for such work outs and I stupidly believed I was still at the fitness level I was 8 years ago. I hurt myself.  Lost and confused and quite upset,  I emailed Holly Rigsby who actually CALLED me at home and walked me through the material I had downloaded and suggested I start with the Ebook and advised me to READ all the material first. 

I was so touched that I ended up ordering the Transformation Kit too.

This time I progressed slowly and I read the materials…however, I only followed the exercise guidelines, not the nutrition. I did loose weight and thought I had it under control until I did my first Transformation Challenge and compared the pictures I took with the start of the Ebook to those at the start of the challenge and the Transformation Kit.

Different, but not the results I had “thought” I achieved.

Truly eye opening, humbling and motivating!

With the next Transformation Challenge I was more motivated than ever and this time I did it RIGHT. Clean eating, intense, challenging FYM workouts in the Transformation Kit and a shift in mindset made all the difference.

Guess what…I won that challenge!

The passion and drive had been fueled. There was no turning back. The results were so overwhelming and motivating. I worked so hard I rewarded myself with attending the Live FYM Summit that summer and had the opportunity to connect in person with the women I had met online at ClubFYM and was able to meet my mentor, Holly Rigsby.

Fit Yummy Mummy has taught me “attitude is altitude” and truly everything I need to transform my body, my mind and my life is within me.

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I just needed the right mindset, the guided support of like minded women, a forum to post to and quick, efficient and effective workouts with simple nutrition guidelines that fit my busy lifestyle as a working mom of four. 

FYM is all that and more.
Holly Rigsby and FYM have guided me through mental challenges as well as physical ones, leading me to discover a passion about being the best version of ME.  I am proud of what I have accomplished and I am satisfied with what is now a lifestyle and a body that rocks.

My goals now are different than when I started with the ebook or moved on to the Transformation Kit. I have shed the fat and I am going for the definition, muscle and strength. I am lifting bigger and I am stronger than ever! My muscles are really showing, even at rest thanks to the Kettlebell For Busy Moms and the Trouble Spot Solution series.

I love how I look in my clothes.
I love how I feel in my own skin.

My work outs now run my day instead of letting my day run me. Nothing is going to crush the feeling of using a 35 lbs. kettle bell or completing an intense 15 minute interval and knowing I just out did myself yet again! It helps too to have Holly congratulate you at the end of every work out and kindred accountability buddies send you virtual fist bumps.

Results

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May 2010  ~ November 2012

Height 5’1″

Weight 146 ~ 110: Lost 36 lbs

Hips 40 ~ 36: Lost 4 in

Thighs 24.5 ~ 19.5: Lost 5 in

Mommy Belly 36.4 ~ 29: Lost 7.5 in

FYM for me is no longer about changing my “STATS” but about  CHALLENGING my body in new and exciting ways as every workout each month is a whole new set of challenges.   I  can then push my body to accomplish things it just couldn’t do “x” number of weeks ago. And nothing tastes as good as “fit” feels!

Most Exciting Part…My body KEEPS transforming!

FYM continues to offer me more and more at the level I am at.  I am never at a stand still. No longer do I look at myself as being unable to train like an athlete, or look like one even if I am not truly one.

I don’t run marathons or do Spartan races, but I train hard BECAUSE I WANT TO and because I CAN!

FYM is not just a work out program but a mindset complete with empowerment, self exploration and reward.

I have earned my body and I am proud to call myself a “Fit Yummy Mummy.”

~ Stephanie Carbonneau, Age 37 Mom of Four – Ages 10 1/2, 7 1/2, almost 5 (just a month away!), 2 1/2 – Maine.

 

 

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It is hard for me to describe the amazing changes in my life in the past 10 months.  I have dedicated myself to a new way of thinking about food, a new way of thinking about exercise and a new way of thinking about my body. 

Results

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Weight: 175 ~ 143
Size: 12 ~ 6/8
Waist: 41.5 ~ 31.5
Hips: 42 ~ 35
Thigh: 24.75 ~ 21

Since the end of 2011, I have lost over 30 pounds of fat and more than 20 total inches!! 

I have gone from an uncomfortable size 12/14 to a VERY comfortable size 6/8 and MAN does that feel good – to be comfortable in my clothes (my new clothesJ ) and not rush home to put my yoga pants on every day!  And people notice….and that’s nice, too.

It’s not just how I feel on the outside though; I feel good on the inside.

I have more energy, I sleep great, I have a positive attitude and I have a lot of support from Holly and many of the other FYMs out there on the same journey me. 

I getting healthier mentally as well – as I stated in my transformation challenge goals, I had more physical goals in mind, but this transformation really worked on ME…not just my body – but my soul.

My passion for this new lifestyle is contagious and burning!!!! I desire to continue to strive on and set new goals and continue to JUMP!!! I actually cantered on my lesson horse for the first time last week and I was scared out of my mind but I loved it!!!!! These are the leaps I need and will continue to make!!!

The ClubFYM website is a cornucopia of resources and a great place to turn when I need guidance.  Holly’s workouts are always challenging and new and her encouragement goes a long way to keeping me driven and focused on success. 

After three pregnancies and almost 11 years of marriage, I am in better shape today than I was when I was in the Army 11 years ago!!!  That says something!  I cannot wait to see what this next year will bring for FYM and for ME!

My family is getting healthier, too and together, we will live longer, more active lives!  What a gift for my children!

I feel great about this and about myself!!! I am becoming the best me, the best mom, the best wife, I can be and it is because I chose to make this healthy switch for a better life!!!!

This program is simply amazing and I cannot gush about it enough!! 

~ Denise S. Age 37, Mom of Two (ages 9 and 6) and was a gestational carrier in 2011,
Berwick, ME

 

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When Holly asked me to share what FYM means to me, I jumped at the chance to share my story and to sing the praises of the FYM lifestyle!

My name is Karen and I found FYM in 2008 while still pregnant with my second child. I did the workouts of the e-book but never followed the nutrition after she was born.

Once I went back to work I continued to do the E-book workouts but dabbled in different “diets” here and there. In November 2010, for a variety of reasons, I decided to join Club FYM. I downloaded the workouts BUT I never did the workouts nor did I get myself involved in the Club.

I remember my turning point was sitting at the kitchen table over Christmas holidays hating how I was feeling. There I was eating Doritos and I had a major “a-ha” moment…….I am fat and hate how I feel/look because I make excuses and make poor food choices.

In January 2011 I signed up for the New Years Transformation Challenge here at ClubFYM and took the plunge!

I committed to the challenge 100%! It was very hard taking my before photos. I knew I was big but the pictures showed me just how big I’d let myself get to (before kids I’d always been a size 5). It was an eye opener for me and I couldn’t hide from my size.

During the NYTC I used the Transformation Kit for my workouts. Holy smokes….did they ever kick my butt! I was challenged with every workout. I was implementing Holly’s eating strategies and I felt awesome! I had energy, mental clarity, I was happier and clothes were feeling looser!

Not only was I experiencing physical changes I was going through an even deeper internal transformation. Wow….was that ever powerful!

 In January 2011 I didn’t like very much about me. In April 2011 I could say that I LOVED me!!!

The accountability of the Club, the ability to reach out and ask for help, and Holly urging us to ask ourselves the tough questions that make us uncomfortable – this was all truly life changing!!!

Throughout 2011 I stayed strong and committed to my transformation challenges, Club FYM, my workouts and my supportive eating! I used the Workout of the Months and they were amazing!!! Nothing like a new challenging workout every 4 weeks and Holly’s follow along videos are the best!!!  At the end of 2011 I felt the best I’d ever felt in years and I was smaller than I was before my first child was born in 2006.

In January 2012 I started the year without making a resolution to lose weight and get healthy…..the first time in years!!!

I also decided to take on the challenge of training for a half marathon – 21.1km. I figured I could train and do my FYM workouts. I couldn’t. As the runs got longer, my energy for my resistance training decreased and I can say I had a set-back with my FYM workouts, accountability buddies, etc.

I completed the run and did great and I know it’s because of the foundation that had been set from my FYM lifestyle. But, I didn’t like how I felt…..hours of cardio, very little strength training, eating wasn’t great. In June of this year, after my race was over, I jumped back into my FYM lifestyle and I haven’t looked back!!!

Over the summer I used the Trouble Spot Solution system and holy smokes….if you’re looking for a challenge, this is it!

During the current fall challenge, I took my transformation to a new level and recommitted myself to my FYM lifestyle in an entirely different way – I decided to go numbers free…..no scale, no tape measure.

My clothes and my internal feelings would be my guide as to whether I am seeing changes or not…..for the current place that I am with my transformation, it’s all about how I feel, how my clothes fit, and whether I’m pushing myself to get stronger.

I’m a person that likes to be in control and as scary as it was to give up the scale and the tape measure, I felt free!!!

Feeling free and not worrying about the numbers has been an amazing feeling! I’m feeling incredible….unstoppable. My daily life is about pushing hard with my workouts and eating clean….it’s actually pretty simple!

And the best part is I’m back to feeling how I did last fall and I’m feeling stronger than ever!!!

FYM has changed my life.

I’m a happier person since finding Club FYM and instilling the FYM principles into my life. I’m really the person that I want to be right now and

I owe so much to Holly, Club FYM and the amazing women I have met online. To have a safe place to share my struggles, to be supported by women who get what I’m going through and to be 100% honest and open and to NOT be judged….to me this is a priceless.

RESULTS

I have gone from a size 10/12 to a size 2/4. I’ve gone from struggling to lift 8 pounds to lifting 20+ pounds. I’m a healthy role model for my kids and I’m instilling healthy habits in them at a young age. I have found amazing, like-minded friends who get me and what I’m going through!

Fit Yummy Mummy is a total body transformation – external and internal.

The internal changes that I’ve been able to make, and continue to make, have been priceless. To go from hating myself to loving myself, loving what I see in the mirror and to be full of confidence in myself and knowing that I can do anything I set my mind to.

I can never thank Holly and Club FYM enough for that!!!

I started my journey almost 2 years ago and I’m still going strong!

Holly and Club FYM gave me hope when I felt like nothing was possible. FYM has helped me achieve my best me and to find my happy place again! I’m in the best place physically and emotionally I’ve ever been and I owe so much of it to Holly and Club FYM!!!!

To me, Fit Yummy Mummy means health, strength, support, accountability, no excuses, friendship, transformation and fun!

Happy Anniversary Fit Yummy Mummy!!!!

Here’s to another 5 wonderful years!!! You keep on getting better and better and I’m so happy to be along for the ride!!

~ Karen McKeown, Age 34, Mom of 2  – ages 6 and 4, Victoria, BC Canada


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~ Bonnie S. Mom of Three (ages 8, 5 and 3) IL

“I have been in tears reflecting on the beginning of my journey. I put it in a reply somewhere earlier in the week, but in case you didn’t see it, I’m so glad I found FYM one depressed night of googling six weeks ago!”

Bonnie lost 10 pounds, 5 inches off her mommy belly and 2 inches off her hips.
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My Biggest Summer Body Breakthrough was….

A change in my attitude and outlook about working out.


I was CONVINCED the only way my stomach would ever see the light of day again was if I had a tummy tuck…I used to spend HOURS doing cardio, getting nowhere and away from my family. So I set my goals to flatten my stomach.

Physically my body looks quite different for six weeks. But more importantly, my outlook on life has transformed, and that’s what’s going to allow me to KEEP transforming. I had so much of my self esteem tied up into my very heavy stomach, and now that it’s gone (going), I feel like I can do anything – like wear a 2 piece again after nine years of being a mother. Nine years I’d put myself on the back burner, not even realizing that I could be a BETTER mother to my children if I had patience and energy, both of which I gained from this challenge. Now I know I CAN get my body back (even better as Holly says). And I’m GONNA! Just watch me!

 

 

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Patricia Sheerin, Age 36, Mom of 19 month old daughter, Cincinnati, OH

Before and After

Weight 120.2————–109.6 ——–10.6lbs

Belly 34.5—————-31.25 ———3.25″

Hips 37——————-34.5 ———-2.5″

Thighs 22.5—————20 ————2.5″

Totals ~ Lost 0ver 10 pounds and 15 total inches!

The biggest internal change resulting from my journey during the 2011 New Years Transformation Challenge is that – I no longer see healthy supportive eating and workouts as a “punishment” for a “less than perfect body”. Now I see it as a way to nurture and care for myself and celebrate my body and strength.

I began this twelve week journey with a sense of being “damaged” and “embarrassed” about my body and what I perceived as “weaknesses” resulting from a traumatic labor and delivery. I was caught up in a story that went something like this, “The nerves in my pelvis are damaged, I pee in my pants, my belly is split from diastasis, I can’t run, and I may never be fit again.”

The first defining moment for me was early on, with the exercise of creating a Vision Board. Having never done this before, I was surprised by how much I got into it, quickly filling a poster with pictures and words that depicted the life I wanted to see for myself.

There was one caption that stood out above all the rest: “Let your story unfold…” It was time for me to let go of where I had been so that I could move forward into the new “me”. Time to let go of the old story I had been stuck in and transform into the person I hoped I could become.

I couldn’t have made this journey alone. I felt so powerless that I needed someone I trusted to tell me what to do. I have immense gratitude to Holly Rigsby and how she has beautifully laid out all of the pieces of this complex puzzle in a manner that was manageable and simple for me to follow. Even with this strong scaffolding of FYM nutrition, workouts and weekly homework assignments, I still needed the emotional support of my Accountability Buddies.

I feel honored to have had the opportunity to watch them on their journeys, which was a constant reminder that I was not alone. I was so inspired by their dedication to their process and their positive attitude even amid personal challenges – it allowed me to stick with it and get over the rough patches on my road to success. Perhaps most important of all, I felt very seen and appreciated by them for what I had to offer to their experience. That continued to open me up, so that I was able to share more of my self, and then they flooded my progress journal with continuous support and were able to reflect back to me the success I was hoping for but couldn’t always see without their help.

The second defining moment came about midway through challenge. I realized that I could not count on anyone else to make this happen. If I want to eat supportive foods 5-6 times a day, and workout 3 times a week then I needed to take the actions necessary for that to happen. I had to grow up and take responsibility for my own choices and consequences. I needed to stop hoping that life would “magically appear” the way I wanted it to be.

I especially had to stop blaming my husband for when things didn’t work according to my plan. My whole idea of “support” began to change. It no longer meant “doing it for me” or “holding my hand” — it began to mean whatever helped me to connect with myself, because it was my true self that really wanted this to work and knew I was the one that could “make it happen”. I mentioned during the Week 8 reflection that I was finally “making it happen” on all levels of my life – and it felt good to be living up the name of my PJ (great foreshadowing). Winning recognition as one of the top 5 at the 8 week mini-contest was exactly the validation I desired and needed to click this transformation into a whole new gear.

When I boil my original goals down to their essence, it was to get back to my pre-pregnancy body. I feel proud that I was able to meet all of the weight and size goals I had originally set, and yet my goals also transformed with me. I became much more focused on having more energy, inner strength, endurance and mental clarity. As well as having a more positive attitude, and being more affectionate and present to my family. It occurred to me while I was in Ireland with my family (weeks 10-11), that I was not getting my old body back. Instead, I was creating a new and stronger body. As I emerge from this journey, I realize that there is nothing that is out of my reach.

There are many ways to measure the success of my journey. The process of posting regularly to my Progress Journal helped me to see how much things have truly changes in just 12 weeks.

I did stick with it and complete the NYTC and was very consistent with my meal plans and workouts following the 30 minutes three times a week. Doing that I was able to lose over 10 pounds, 8.3% body fat, and drop three pants sizes to fit into my goal pants. I have cleaned out my closets and given away all the piles of maternity and “fat clothes” that no longer fit me. I was even able to get my core strong enough that I carved 6 minutes off my running time on the 1.5 mile loop I did for my intervals workout, resulting in a personal record of 14:48.

I made meal plans for the week, and tracked my calories (fat/protein/carbs) online. I trained myself to eat smaller portions that evenly distributed my calories over 5-6 meals a day. I added more veggies to my meal plans to help meet the goal of “Power of 10″ servings of produce a day, and made sure there was protein at every meal – which was a huge change for me. Following that simple rule of thumb, I was able to go on vacation and eat out with out gaining any weight.

Not only was I consistent with my workouts, but I actually looked forward to them. As I got stronger I bought new weights to keep myself challenged. And as I realized that the FYM workouts are a component that I want to keep in my new healthy lifestyle – I cleaned out the basement and we transformed our storage room in to a workout room where my husband and I can workout together. I am the strongest I have ever been in my life, and I am now free of the hip/sacral and low back pain that has bothered my since the birth of my daughter almost two years ago.

Now that I am no longer “trying to fix an imperfect me” I am able relax into the enjoyment of living a good life, and celebrate the new me that is ever evolving.

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Samaria, Mom of Two, Loses Over 68 lbs.
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I can’t help but look back at my starting stats and feel astonishment & disbelief. It’s hard to believe I was at a lovely 217 pounds in the before photo above.

When I stated, I could barely button up my size 16 blue jeans, and once I got them up my belly just hung over my jeans. This was me before I discovered Fit Yummy Mummy back in May of 2008.

It took me a few challenges to get the momentum going….and now I am amazed that just this past year alone I’ve lost 60 over pounds, made the decision to go back to school, was attending my first semester of college in 5 years and am now working towards getting my degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant…all on top of being a busy mom and military wife!

 

Fit Yummy Mummy has truly changed my life!

 

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Weight: 217 — 149 LOST 68 pounds

Size 17 to a Size 6

Mommy Belly: 41 — 30.5 Lost 10.5 inches

Hips: 44 — 36.75 Lost over 7 inches

Thighs: 25 — 20 Lost 5 inches

A couple Transformation Challenges ago, if you would have asked me how to sum up my transformation experience, I would have answered…

 

“I’m not where I want to be, but I am thankful I’m not where I used to be.”

 

All I have to do is look back at my before photos of me from and I am quickly reassured that I have surpassed my goals and I am ready to set new ones!

I remember starting 2010 with so much zeal and the fire to succeed!

The theme of this particular challenge was to dare myself…and going back to school after becoming a mother was a daring challenge for me!

For the first time since being an FYM I had to figure out how to deal with sticking to my supportive nutrition when being at school — away from home…away from my controlled environment and not having everything set out the way I wanted.

At first I wasn’t sure what to do but I figured packing my meals and snacks best thing I could do for myself and I stuck with that until my last week of class! It worked extremely well and even saved me money.

I used even used FYM tips when it came to studying. I could not spend an entire hour studying so I would carve out 15 minutes studying a chapter or doing problems and it proved effective!

When my husband returned home from the military, I found myself dealing with yet another obstacle. He came in and he just wanted to eat, eat, and eat! It was not supportive either.

Eventually I stepped on the scale, measured myself, and noticed I “gained” a few pounds!

I knew that after all the hard work and dedication to get to where I was I could not allow out of control eating habits to take over!!

That’s the beauty of having an awesome and supportive program such as FYM. No matter “how bad” or how far off track you may think you are, you can TURN RIGHT BACK AROUND WHERE YOU ARE! You do not have to keep trudging toward that cliff!

I credit FYM & the ladies for the many times I just wanted to cave in and scarf down all that “yummy student cafeteria” food …I took back control and began with the basics, writing down what I ate and going back to the foods that were simple and satisfying and were my staples.

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Wow — over 10 inches GONE from my mommy belly!

With each challenge experience, I have come to realize and respect that in order to get to my big goal, great effort is necessary and I am ready and willing to reach that goal! I understand that this is much more than weight loss!

This past year I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and I am so thankful.

Now here I am taking on the 2011 New Year’s Transformation Challenge.

“Tone and Banish” is my motto for this challenge.

I will…

 

Tone Up: Body, Self Esteem, Diligence, Beliefs

Banish: Bad Habits, Flab, Self Doubt, Negative Thoughts, Bull

 

My Goal is

to Banish 12-15 pounds this challenge, fit into all the clothes in my closet, get a flat Stomach and Tone up all areas.

My Reason….

this is something I have struggled with….BUT I now see the reason is no more than I owe it to myself. It is my right to be the best I can and I will do it.

Plus I am back in school for I want to apply to the Physical Therapy Asst program in the fall of 2011. I hope to finish these core classes and be accepted into the program.

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I just cannot believe how far I have come in so little time, my whole life has changed and I truly mean that. I feel like each challenge, my levels of hope increase.

I feel like as I transform my body into what I never felt was possible, it gives me the courage to realize that so many other things are possible in my life, I just have to put forth the effort and dedication to get the results I want.”

~ Samaria Holland, Age 24, Mom of Two — ages 1 and 4, Alabama

 

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Denise S.

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~ Denise S. Age 36, Mom of Two (ages 9 and ) and was a gestational carrier in 2011,
Berwick, ME

“I tried this challenge last summer and bailed out, but have been doing some of my “old” FYM workouts sine January RELIGIOUSLY and have lost 16lbs and over 16 inches….I know I can do this!”

Denise lost 13 pounds, 4 inches off mommy belly and 2.5 inches off her hips.
She followed Phase 2 and 3 of the Trouble Spot SolutionWorkouts

 

 

My biggest summer body breakthrough was….

the focused attention on my nutrition, potion sizes and intake of protein!!

My goals included really following portion sizes and for me, keeping a food journal that included calories and protein was immensely helpful!! I TOTALLY think that was the key (and maybe the start of the Prograde Metabolism kicked me in the buns, too). But I really wanted to slim my tummy and back fat — gross! And I did these things!!!!

I am absolutely amazed and astounded with my results and actually re measured and re-added/subtracted a couple times because it seems unbelievable!!! And I truly believe it is because of my nutrition (being true to portion sizes, minding my caloric intake in regards to overeating even healthy foods and focusing on getting a lot of protein)! I have been laser focused on my workouts: not missing ONE SINGLE ST or Interval and completing all finishers! I feel great about this and about myself!!! I am becoming the best me, the best mom, the best wife, I can be and it is because I chose to make this healthy switch for a better life!!!!

 

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Emma H.

This is the 2nd Challenge Emma has took part in and came in as a big winner – her 1st experience was taking 1st place during the 12 Week New Year’s Challenge.Her persistence and patience is TRULY paying off!

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~ Emma H. Age 33, Mom of Two (ages 2 and 7 months) Sydney Australia

“You don’t gain anything by wishing or by giving up when it gets uncomfortable; you push through and get the results. I used to stop (or put in a half-hearted, going through the motions effort) in the beginning when it got – what I thought painful – but it was really my body screaming because it was getting pushed out of its comfort zone!”

Emma lost 7.5 pounds, 3 inches off her mommy belly and 1.5 inches off her hips.
She followed the Trouble Spot Solution Workouts

My biggest summer body breakthrough was….

getting honest about my eating habits.

After my coaching call with Holly I gained new insight into food and how keeping a food diary can help make a huge difference. It is amazing how much of an impact food makes in trying to achieve results.

I also read a very interesting article about celebrity trainer Gunner Peterson he basically said that to get results you need to avoid being a closet eater and if you were to put all the food that you eat in secret out in front of other people and eat it in front of them you would not do it. I found that to be a very good way of looking at things since my whole eating addiction started out in secret.

Learning the importance and the true value of food (for nutrition not for comfort) has been the biggest difference maker throughout this challenge.

 

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Gena S. ~ Mom of Six Sheds 16 Pounds!

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~ Gena S. Age 42, Mom of Six – Ages 13, 11, 9, 8, 5, 19 mo. (still nursing), Kansas City, Missouri

“I came to the New Year’s Transformation Challenge ready for a change!  I needed to change.  I was willing to change my actions, my habits, but I definitely wanted a change in RESULTS!  As a mother of six busy children, and with little extra time, I needed something efficient, but within the reach of my reality”

Gena Lost 16.5 lbs, 2 inches off mommy belly and 2 inches off hips
Weight: 175.5  – 159 lbs
Mommy Belly: 36 – 34 inches
Hips:43 – 41 inches
Gena followed the Workouts outlined in the FitYummyMummy.com fat loss system

I started off the challenge with the decision to try to lose those 5 lbs. by the first month.  After all, if I didn’t make it, I could still try for the end of the challenge.  I started asking myself WHY I wanted this change.  I started taking a real look at how I ate and making the changes that Holly recommended.  I planned out a reasonable progression for my strength workouts, planned out my food, and started following the plan.  Now it didn’t go perfectly, I missed a workout here and there, and I blew it on my food some days, but I kept reaching for the 30 day goal.  When it came time to assess, I had made it!  I was more energetic, I was ready to move up in my strength workouts, go to the next level in push-ups, AND I had lost 5 lbs!! This just encouraged me to aim for a higher goal.  When the 2 month assessment came around, I was ecstatic!  My measurements were down again, I had lost another 5 lbs, and I was ready to increase the incline of my push-ups! 

I felt stronger, slimmer, and super successful!

Then came an unexpected  thought:   “It might be TOO risky to go for another 5 lbs.  Maybe I should just maintain my weight and focus on strength.”  As I look back, I can’t even believe that I considered stopping there, but I decided to just list “5 more lbs.” on my goals, but focus on the strength goals.  I liked having a personal goal for each workout. 

My thoughts have changed from “I wish I could do…..” to “I CAN do….” and “I am DOING….”!  

I must admit that dreaming is an important part of the process, but I had been stuck there for so long, without the right ACTION.  I have changed to DOING and BEING the things I had been dreaming about!  I have learned not to quit if I mess-up, but just get up and start in again with what I KNOW works.  Lesson learned.  I have also learned that the daily steps toward the goal will pay off even though they seem too small to make a difference.  They add up!  They make the difference.  Day by day, one small step at a time – the changes come!

The success I have found is motivating me to look ahead, set new goals, and take new steps.  My dreams changed through this challenge, and I am sure they will continue to change, but they are what got me started DOING and BEING what I am today.  The most critical difference for me was to take daily baby-steps that turned my dreams into ACTION.

 

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Lindsay Whitesel, Age 28 New Mom of Two, ages 22 months, and 15 weeks, Sierra Vista, AZ

Before and After

Size: 12 ……..8

Weight: 155 lbs ……143 lbs

Waist at belly button: 38 1/4 in …….36 in

Thighs: 24 in ……..23 1/4 in

Hips: 42 1/2 in ……..41 in

For a total of 12 pounds and 2 sizes Lost!

“I started this challenge shortly after having my second child. I was on a mission to shed that baby weight. I was extremely excited to start this challenge because as a new mom, it had been sooo long (9 weeks) since I had been able to work out and I missed my FYM workouts!

I followed the Transformation Kit so I could workout along with Holly. My initial goals were to get back into my regular clothes. Maternity clothes are NO FUN once you have the baby. Prior to the challenge I had several people make the mistake of thinking I was still pregnant. That’s always hard to take, epecially when you have crazy levels of hormones in your system and are sleep deprived. Bring on pants with zippers and buttons!

I started off strong, eating clean and working out regularly and feeling pretty good about how things were going. Then week 8 came along. I almost chose not to do the reassessment. I am so glad I did…My weight had only dropped 1.5 lbs and some of my measurements had actually increased…this really forced me to look at what I was doing.

I started the Ed as a dare and increased the weight in all my RT workouts. I also listened to the interval coaching call to get the most out of my workouts and realised I had been doing them wrong!

I started seeing results immediately! I felt great; I was energetic and HAPPY!!! My clothes started feeling loose and I could see my body shrinking and changing.

This challenge had been so important for me. I am extremely proud of my progress during this challenge, both physically and mentally. I have altered how I approach my life and have made tremendous changes that will stick with me for life. Thanks FYM!”

 

 

 Kirstie Hansel

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Kirstie Hansel, Age 36, Mom of mom of 5 children 13, 11,8,6 and almost 3, Oak Park, MI

Before and After

Weight: 205#——–182#

Size:16/18———-12

Arms:15.5″———–14″ (-1.5″)

Waist:46″ ———40″(measured at belly button)(-6″)

Hips:47.75″———-42.5 (-5.25)

Thighs:26.25″———25″ (-1.25)

Totals ~ 23 pounds and over 29 inches removed!

 

Kirstie’s Final Essay

 

“I began this transformation with a video Holly made daring us to step out of our fear. It really spoke to where I was at in my life.

In my post…I wrote this: I want to prove to myself that I can face my giants of fear & failure. I want to flip the script in my head. To crush the self defeating mentality questioning if I can really do this or not. This was my I Dare You!

I have done this…My all or nothing mode of operation that often hindered and paralyzed my life was being replaced by the slow and steady wins the race mentality. This change in mindset was huge. The mere fact that FYM is structured in such a way that you attain success in a gradual progression helped me to grow away from my All or Nothing mode of operation. I was beginning to see the proof that perfection was not the answer but that progress is the key.

I realized that I cannot wait for an outside source to motivate me to reach my goals …I had to push and press past the obstacles and persevere.

On thing that has been vitally important to my success is the wonderful ladies that walked this journey with me. I am very grateful for their insight and perspective. When I was down they helped uplift me. No staying in doldrums here at ClubFYM. They helped to draw out of me more of what was there in me. They were inspiring by there perseverance and dedication. When they said that I inspired them it made me want to stick to it to be a good example.

I named my progress journal “Kirstie’s Chrysalis”. It was perfect picture to me that something is happening inside that no one can see. Change. On my focus board I have 3 butterflies where I wrote I can, I will ,I am changing!

I Changed:

How I was eating.

I eat breakfast now ~ I make green smoothies and protein shakes.

I workout 3-6x’s days out of the week

I thought I was strong but now I know that I am and getting stronger. Advanced workouts. 10# weights and stronger in push ups ( against the stairs currently)

I know that I can eliminate foods stick to it and happily live better. The ED helped me in the end. I don’t know that I want to go back.

My eczema has not been aggravated since being on the ED.

Protein and produce is the way I eat now.

My health and energy is much improved.

I am excited with how my body is changing. I like the Girl I see in the mirror.

I am becoming the woman I imagined myself being.

This time I am not daydreaming, I am working and living it out.

As my husband and children see my persistence they have stated how proud they are of me. I want to continue to make them proud. I see how much I matters what I do.

I see that I make a big difference!

 

Christy D. WINS The Weight Loss Battle
& Removes Over 15 lbs of Fat!

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~ Christy D. Age 32, Mom of Two – Ages 6 and 4. Johnson City, Tennessee


“I keep getting…”What’s your secret?  How’d you lose all that weight?”

I know sometimes they’re making sure I’m not doing something drastic like starving myself or having the lap band surgery. Other times, it’s their way of saying ‘Dang…you look great.’  Sometimes they’re looking for a quick answer to see if what I’m doing is an easy “fix” to their own weight loss issues.  So, my short answer to their question is ‘Club FYM’ – balanced eating with lots of protein & produce PLUS effective exercise.   But, in “real life” it’s just not that simple, so if you want to dig deeper…

 

Christy lost 15.5 lbs, 3 inches off Mommy Belly and 3 inches off Hips
Weight: 190.5 – 175
Belly: 43 – 40
Hips: 45 – 42
Size: 16 – Size 14 (loose)

  Christy followed the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com
With Treadmill Intervals

 

…I’ve struggled with my weight FOR-EV-ER….seriously, FOREVER!
I had lost weight off and on, especially after my kids were born, but nothing was really sticking or working long term.   My ClubFYM journey actually began last fall after meeting with a friend of mine.  I was entertaining the thought of having her be my accountability partner/personal trainer.  She said, “You know as much, if not more, than I do about this.”  (She knew that I’d tried and read a BAZILLION books about foods/diet/weight loss/nutrition.) “You just need to DO IT.”

 I think I had always been waiting for the magic pill or the “a-ha” diet plan to come along and be my saving grace.  When, in reality, I just needed to shut up and do what I knew I should be doing…eating better and exercising more effectively.Then, a blog that I followed (The Grocery Shrink by Angela Coffman) mentioned her “personal trainer” and that’s when I looked into Holly with ClubFYM.

After 9 years of falling short of my goal…I had arrived.  When I saw the theme for the New Year’s Transformation Challenge, I knew it was no accident.  I was created for more than “just fitting.”  Now, it was my turn to Dream.  Do.  Be.  When I embraced the balanced lifestyle of ClubFYM and allowed myself to DREAM, I am now BE-ing who I was created to be.   Last week was the first time in my LIFE that I actually got to CHOOSE clothes.  My clothes have always chosen me…it was whatever would fit without body parts bulging out. I also launched Windy Ridge Naturals  where I create fresh, handmade, nourishing natural solutions for your family.  Everything from herbal teas and natural skincare to REAL food.  I get the opportunity to teach others healthy living from the inside, out!  Thank you, Holly, for lighting the fire, challenging me to dream BIG, and helping me to find the strength to DO it! 

 

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Christina Janson, Age 33, Mom of 8 month old son, London, Ontario Canada

Before and After

Height: 5′ 8″

Size: 12+ now about a 10

Weight: 193 now 166 (down 27 lbs)

Waist (belly button): 38.5″ now 33.75″ (down 4.75″)

Butt: 44.75″ now 42″ (down 2.75″)

Thighs: right 26.5″ and left 27″ both now 25″ (R down 1.5″ and L down 2″)

Arms: both 13″ now 12.25″ (both down about 0.75″)

Total weight lost = 27 lbs

 

Total inches lost = 15.75″

 

Christina’s Final Essay

 

“The past 12 weeks has been the kick-start I needed to get my pre-baby body back plus more! I did it! I achieved and even surpassed my challenge goals! I would not have met them if it wasn’t for discovering FYM this September.

I was at a really low point in September before FYM. I was 8 months post-partum and I still looked the same as I did at 5 months pregnant. Resistance training and cardio at the gym twice a week plus power walking with the stroller almost everyday did nothing for my weight loss goals and I was getting desperate. I cannot afford to buy a whole new wardrobe and I needed to lose the weight to improve my self-confidence and body image in order to go back to work in the right state of mind.

So, when I found FYM, I decided to jump right in and Dare myself to stick with the challenge for the entire 12 weeks and achieve my goals!

Physically, I feel so much better than I did 12 weeks ago. My old clothes fit better, I’m receiving compliments from friends and family, the clothes I was wearing at the start of this challenge are now way too big and sloppy-looking, my skin is clearer and I haven’t experienced the frequent bloated feeling that I used to. I have more energy to play with and chase my now 11-month old son. I feel more confident in my own skin around my husband.

My state of mind has improved. Throughout the year, I suffered from post-partum depression and was taking medication. I have not needed to take my meds for several weeks now. I am happier, have more energy and am sleeping better.

Nutrition and Workouts: I was completely stepping out of my comfort zone with the nutrition and exercise but I was determined to make FYM work for me and I have stuck it out. Even posting my before pictures was out of my comfort zone but my ABs dared me so I posted and kept them up.

Prior to FYM, exercise for me included long duration cardio and participating in a resistance training group class. Now that I have a child, I don’t have the freedom to spend hours working out like I used to. FYM is exactly what I needed.
Staying Connected:I am truly thankful for the support all of you have given me. Staying in touch with my ABs and other’s journals helped me to stay focused.

I am so proud of myself and I am excited to see where I can go from here! I am heading back to work in January feeling confident in my skin and looking forward to buying a few new back to work pieces as a reward for achieving my goals. Even my weddings rings fit again!

Thank you FYM family — you have made a tremendous difference in my life!

 

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Brandy Thompson

 

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START FINISH DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT 178 168 -10lbs
NECK 13.75″ 13.5″ -.25″
BUST 41″ 39.5″ -1.25″
WAIST 39.5″ 35.75″ -3.75″
HIPS 41.5″ 40″ -1.5″
THIGHS 25″ R 23.5 L 22.5 -4″
10 pounds and 11 inches GONE!!!!

I followed the monthly FYM resistance training workouts and Intermediate Intervals with the soundtracks for this challenge. I started out on a 6 days a week plan. This aided in my nutrition because I would not give in to non-supportive food when I knew I had a workout ahead and then I would not give in after because I had just worked so hard at my workout. Once I conquered that issue I switched to the 3 days a week schedule because I felt like I was revolving my whole day around a 15 minute workout. Because I have so faithfully completed these workouts, my summer shirts are fitting in ways I never thought they would.

I have never been very good at keeping a journal but knowing that others could benefit from what I was writing motivated me to be consistent in keeping notes on my food and exercise each day….I was a little surprised at how much it helped me. One thing it certainly did was make me aware that for about a week I wrote that I would make the same change almost every day. Well, seeing that made me realize that I had identified an obstacle but was just kind of marching in place behind it wondering why I couldn’t get over it.

I enjoyed having others commenting on what I was doing. It seemed to validate my efforts…. I received great benefit from reading my AB’s journals, and even those of ladies who I am not buddied up with. It is so reassuring to see someone else succeed in an area I am struggling in. It helped motivate me to give something new a try. I also learned a lot about myself as I attempted to share advice. It is tough to tell someone else they are not sticking what they say they wanted to do when you yourself are not sticking by your commitment. This encouraged me to follow my plan much closer. I truly hope that my journal and interaction had a reciprocal effect for those I now count as friends. I could not have accomplished this without you girls!!!

So for the final stats!!!! I must say I am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Not only am well on my way to body that I am proud of, I got to go on a mini shopping spree with my honey and now have a new smaller? Summer wardrobe!

Brandy, Age 32
Dixon, MO
Mom of 2 boys Christian Jr 2 1/2 and Adam 10 Months

 

Weight Loss For Moms Inspirational Story
Mary Lost Over 50 Pounds and is Keeping Fit!

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6 Months after Mary Dikeman celebrated her one year anniversary of living the Fit Yummy Mummy lifestyle, she celebrates once again at the end of the Summer Slim Down Challenge – proving that not only can you lose 50+ pounds – you can keep it off and continue to achieve true fat loss results!

 

Where Mary Started:

 

“The before shot above was taken in July 2007. It is the only document I have of what I looked like before. I refused to be in anymore photos! I cannot even begin to describe how unhappy I was!

 

January 2008- began like all the other years. I was finally going to get in shape and lose the fat! My weight had been slowly creeping up since the I got married 20 years ago, but it wasn’t until I had my last daughter in 1999 that I just couldn’t get control of my weight.

 

Fast forward to the beginning of 2008 and I was 220 lbs and was almost to big for my size 18W jeans. I was literally in the pit of despair. I thought I was going to have a heart attack or die from an asthma attack! I felt like an old woman! So, I pulled out all my diet info and we had even bought a BowFlex. I had no excuses anymore, except I just couldn’t go through more failed attempts at losing weight! My confidence was shattered and I literally prayed for a MIRACLE! I knew this was a matter of life or death for me.

 

Well that day came when my husband, Mike, forwarded an email from Craig Ballantyne, promoting FitYummyMummy for busy moms fat loss. He truly described a wonderful lifestyle system and its creator, Holly Rigsby! I almost didn’t take a peek, but my darling husband never forwards things he doesn’t believe in!

 

So, I went to FitYummyMummy.com and couldn’t stop reading all the testimonies! They were all real women like me, with the same problem!

 

- NO TIME
– Numerous failed attempts at losing weight!

I was even more impressed reading Holly’s story! I identified with so much! I felt my spirit start to rise and feel HOPE. I hadn’t felt that way in a long time.”

 

Where she is Today:

 

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Summer Challenge AFTER Fat Loss Results:

Age: 40
Height: 5’6″
Size: 8
Waist: 31.5″
Mom Belly: 35.5″
Hips: 39.5″
Thigh: 22″
Weight: 169 lbs.
Body Fat%: 30.1%

 

“I always say I learn something new about myself with every transformation challenge and this one was no exception.

 

These 12 weeks just flew by! I am reaching a peaceful place about my transformation journey and that is what hit me when I thought about how fast the end of the Summer Slim Down Challenge came.

 

Instead of just pushing with all my might to just make this fat melt off, I just worked with it. I won’t say it was an easy 12 weeks. I had my ups and downs. Some of the initial goals I set didn’t happen.

 

What did I accomplish?

 

~ I increased my strength a bunch!
I was doing 3 sets of 8 regular pushups at the beginning of the challenge and just this last week, I did 4 sets of 10!! My goal was to be able to do 3 sets of 10 and I can do 4! I am SO psyched about this!! I even had my hubby check my form because I thought maybe I was doing them incorrectly! Ha! He said I was right on!

 

~ I began running for my intervals for the first time ever!

 

~ My balance has improved also! I was able to do the 1 leg squats on a bench after a couple of weeks practice!

 

FYI: These are HUGE accomplishments for me…..For those that don’t already know, I was born with my feet turned all the way inward and had to have them straightened out with casts for the first year of my life.

 

 

 

I never let that stop me from doing what I wanted to do, but I have had pain in my feet all my life…. staying in shape and getting my body fat lower just helps ease the load on my feet! I am grateful to have found FYM and Holly when I did!

 

~ I have loved having more energy and stamina to keep up with all our projects and still doing things with my girls!

 

~ Camping was so much fun this year over July 4th! I didn’t feel dead when I got home! I was able to hike around some and work in a few FYM exercises too!

 

~ I love my arms and shoulders now! I get compliments all the time now!

 

~ I have learned to have joy in this journey and embrace what comes.
I didn’t weigh and measure except one time during this challenge. I spent time being grateful for what I CAN do and how good I feel. I guess you can say I was living in the moment! That is huge for me.

 

My other goal  was to get in shape enough to climb Mt. Elbert (14,440 ft. elev.) on August 14. I now do not have to carry 18 lbs. up that mountain! I totally surpassed my original goal of losing 15 lbs! WOOHOO! We are getting ready this week to make the climb. I will post pictures! I am SO excited to do this!

 

In all of this, I plan to continue to tone and reshape my body the FYM way and reach my dream body, too! What that looks like, I guess I will know when I get there!

 

For now, I like who I am and the body I am in; and I am grateful for the love and support of ClubFYM

I LOVE my buddies on ClubFYM!!

They ROCK! They lifted me up and encouraged me in so many ways. I received even more when I could log on and encourage them too! We exchanged recipes and ideas. I could not have stuck to my guns without the fuel they gave me! Thank you Holly for being my coach!“

 

~ Mary Dikeman, Age 40, Mom of Two, Colorado ~ Lost over 51 pounds, 47 total inches and is now in a Size 8! Loves Prograde VGF+25 and Prograde Lean

 

 

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Fit Yummy Mummy Justina, a mom of six, proves that with the right workouts, healthy eats and some determination to want something more…any mom can get an even better body back! See how she lost 14 pound of post baby fat and over 3.5 inches off her mommy belly!

“When I started Fit Yummy Mummy in the Fall of 2010, my initial goal was simply to be more energetic for my kids. I’d also like my current skinny jeans which are a size 12 in Australia to fall off me by the end of the twelve week Fall Challenge so, I can get a new pair. MY biggest goal is just to have a healthier life and a more active life. One I can learn and continue to do.

In just 4 short months, I have achieved this and More!

Internal Changes

I have noticed a great change in my moods and how I talk and look at my family. My look out on life has improved. My health has changed as well. I can now tell when my body is telling me that is enough or you shouldn’t eat that again. ( It really tells me that when it comes to sugar) I love it!

Physical Changes

I have noticed that I now have tummy muscles again and that you can sort of see them. I am so glad to have them back after so long.

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Age 31

Height: 5’ 5”

Weight- 132 – 118 (Lost 14 lbs)

Size: 12 in Australia to size 8

Waist: 33 – 29.5 (Lost 3.5 in.)

Hips: 38.5 – 36 (Lost 2.5 in.)

Thighs: 23 – 21 (Lost 2 in.)

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My back side has taken a great change. I can now get clothes on that I have had in the suite case for about 12 years. I must say now they are so out of fashion that I must go and get new ones. YAY!

I can now stay in the squatting position for quite a length of time with out feeling like I am going to fall. It is great.The best things is, I can even make better decisions of what I am going to eat when I walk into the kitchen. I don’t even really have to think about it.

This journey has been great for me because I didn’t come it to loss weight I came in it as a out for me. Having six children and not making the time for me was really getting to me. The way I was eating and the way I was handling things was not positive.


How I plan to continue?

I plan on still being open to what I need to learn about eating. As well as pushing my self to do my best in my FYM workouts. I love the time I get by myself to do these workouts too.

I am going to set my mini goals and my long term goals for the coming year and stick to them because this is what needs to be done to make me feel good about myself and to help my family.

My New Year’s Challenge Goals

Physical Goals:

To increase my weights and reps

To Run the 5k run in March

To tone my body

Nutrition Goals:

Learn how to count calories

Work my way back up to 10 produce a day

- week 1-4 eat 6 produce

- weeks 5-9 eat 8 produce

- weeks 10-12 eat 10 produce

Plan my PI’s better

Not let the sugar get the better of me.

Emotional Goals:

Be Positive

Rely on my family and accountability buddies who are there to listen and help.

My Gifts to Me for achieving my Goals;

By Week 4- To just fit into jean shorts that I bought.

By Week 9- The short jean skirt I promised my self last challenge.

By Week 12- A healthy me that will be proud to go and see her family in the states. I am so sure I will buy myself something as well.

 
What is in store for me?

Well I plan on maintaining my weight and continuing to progress with my FYM strength training workouts.

The most important thing though is to let other moms know that it is possible to have the body they want. To let them now that it is possible and ….it really is easy. You just have to put forth the effort!

I am going to get my bikini body back and buy a new bikini for next years long summer…by the end of summer I will have a healthier and happier me!”

~ Justina Turner, Age 31, Mom of Six – ages 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12 – Australia Queensland

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“Not only have I lost 10 lbs of body fat….

I’ve also regained 3+ lbs of muscle that I’d lost in the previous year of
doing ‘cardio classes’ with minimal strength building”

 

“When I first started with with Fit Yummy Mummy, my ultimate goal was to get the BEST body I’ve EVER had…which means back to the few weeks before I got pregnant with my son, some 5 years ago.

Now from June 2009, I had gained in my waist, my hips and my overall body fat increased … plus lost lean muscle. A year and a half of negative results when I should have known better, I’m a fitness instructor with 15 years of ‘experience’ (read “cardio queen”). But knowing what to do and doing it aren’t the same thing.

It all happened when I got bored with the gym and started attending local aerobic classes. These were really fun and boy, did I sweat through the 45 mins cardio plus 30 mins endurance/strength segment.

I eventually cut my own resistance training to 1x per week to attend these classes 4x per week!!!

Well, at the start of the Fit Yummy Mummy Summer Transformation Challenge, I did my body composition and found that after spending all my time doing these classes, I’d lost over 2 lbs of lean muscle mass, which resulted in a reduced base metabolic rate!

Hard proof that long cardio workouts plus light weight, endurance type weight training does NOT boost your metabolism or make up for excessive eating.

This style of training also contributed to some overuse injuries!

Fit Yummy Mummy put me back on track with the challenging intervals and strength training workouts and I’ve been able to achieve my lean body again!

After completing yet another Transformation Challenge this past fall, I found it hard to beleive time had passed so quickly from when I so enthusiastically was DARED to believe that I really could do this and that it would work for me.

Since the start of my transformation, I’ve had several really positive comments from friends asking what I’ve been doing and my husband loves having my thinner body back!

I’m seeing so much more definition in my abs and my arms are lean and shapely.

My Results
June 2010 – December 2010

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Age: 42

Height: 5’1”

Weight: 52.4kg (115 lbs) ….48 kg (105) Lost 10 lbs

Waist 26.75″ …..25. Lost 1.75 inches

Mommy belly – 30.5….27.75 Lost 2.75 inches

Hips 36.5″ …..34.5 Lost 2 inches

From a body composition perspective, I’m down to 15.8% and am very happy to have increase my lean muscle mass.

From a strength perspective: I’m up to doing 9 close grip chin ups (palms facing me) and 4 wide grip pull-ups – both with fully extended arms (from 0 at the start).

What Fit Yummy Mummy Strategies worked for me?

Supportive Nutrition:

5 smaller meals, protein with each, the power of 10 (10 servings of fruits/veggies a day) and meticulous tracking were huge success factors. Consistency was critical for me, having beat my 90% supportive objective (eating clean 90% of the time and keeping planned indulgences to just 10%).

FYM Workouts:

I love the Fit Yummy Mummy strength training format for it’s intensity and effectiveness. I still don’t like the intervals, but do them anyhow because I know they work.

Really, what’s 15 minutes of discomfort when I feel great the rest of the day?

I also switched things up a lot with special workouts of the month at ClubFYM.com, and added some kettlebell training – but all keeping things to a reasonable 90ish minutes a week of official fitness, and several other days of ‘active living’.

What I’ve Gleaned from my Fit Yummy Mummy Transformation

Other than finally looking more like the fitness instructor I am (and having almost achieved my pre-baby body), I have faith in my ability to DWISIW.

I Had To Overcome my Existing Mindset

As a long time exerciser, I really like working out. I’ve read all sorts of materials on effective training over the years, having also been trained as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.

Getting lean and fit is more than a caloric deficit equation (burn more than you eat = lose weight.)

Initially the Fit Yummy Mummy workout plan was counter-intuitive for me (though totally agree with the intensity of strength training) it was the short duration for cardio/intervals that was hard for me to wrap my head around. I waned to do it more frequently and add some extra time of mid-effort intensity…but quickly realized this did NOT lead to lean body results.

So I sucked it up and I stuck with the FYM routines – being 100% consistent. No long cardio sessions or body part weights for me.

I now have a wealth of knowledge about what works for me, and believe I can be an inspiration to others who are ready to change.

I’ve made friends here though this awesome shared experience who, through their own experiences, have touched my life. Thank you!”

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“30 minutes, 3 times a week. Gotta love it.”

Martine Kerr, Age 42, Mom to 4 year old son, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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“At the time of entering my 1st Transformation Challenge, my son was three months old  that’s about when I thought I’d be back to normal… but I had only lost 6 lbs!

 

I was weak and squishy after not being especially active during my pregnancy. I was tired all the time, and felt like I would never be myself again.

I was almost 30 pounds heavier than before my pregnancy, and I felt awful about myself.

Everything changed when I received an email reminding me that the Fit Yummy Mummy New Year’s Transformation Challenge deadline was approaching and I decided then and there that I needed to do something, so this may as well be it.

I liked the idea of the quick and intense workouts, the online community and support and the resources that were available on an ongoing basis. My initial goals were to get out of my maternity clothes and back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Here I am ~ 8 months and a couple challenges later!

 

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Height 5’4″

Weight : 162 – 144 (Lost 18 pounds)

Size: 12 and Maternity to a Size 7

Waist: 36 – 29 (lost 7 inches)

Mommy Belly: 42 – 37 (lost 5 inches)

Hips: 42.5 – 39 (lost 3.5 inches)

Thigh: 25 – 23 (lost 2 inches)

I am back in my pre-pregnancy clothes. I am much stronger, and see more definition than before I became pregnant…and I was in pretty good shape then!

As a result, I learned some very important things during these challenges- perhaps more important than the weight lost, or the inches lost, or the clothes that now fit that didn’t before…

…I feel as though I’ve made a breakthrough where it really counts – my mindset!

So what have I learned?

• The scale

It’s certainly a tool but it’s not the be-all end-all. As I was losing a pound here and a pound there, I was getting frustrated that the scale wasn’t moving much. However, at the four week mark, I decided to try on a pair of pants that were too tight last time I checked.

Lo and behold, they fit perfectly! I was so surprised that I nearly threw out the scale then and there. I didn’t need that kind of negative feedback when the fit of my clothes was much more indicative of my progress! After six pounds lost (which isn’t that much) I am down almost two full sizes in my pants. Now which number is more important?



• The end of the challenge is not the end of the road.

It is a step toward a lifestyle. My eating is cleaner this time than last. When I fall off the wagon, I don’t fall as far.

The ultimate goal is not to reach a certain milestone by a certain day- it’s to make this lifestyle stick. And each challenge brings me one step closer to that goal.



• Following directions gets you massive results!!!

This may seem like a no-brainer, and Holly is forever telling us to “do what works”- the guidelines laid out for us in Fit Yummy Mummy. Well, at the beginning of the eighth week, I was bloated and not feeling great…I cleaned up my eating 100% and cut out wheat, which I knew didn’t sit well in my body.

After only 2-3 days, I lost an entire 6 pounds. I was back to feeling great and looking a lot slimmer.

If I can see these kinds of results in only a few days of following Holly’s guidelines, what will happen when I really turn this into a lasting lifestyle?

My fat won’t stand a chance!!



• I need my buddies!

Being a part of the ClubFYM community and being accountable to others is huge. And usually, one of two things is true- either I need them, or they need me. I find that when I’m not doing too well, they are there to pick me up and get me back on track. When I’m in the zone, I can return the favour!

My Results

- I have lost 18 inches, and 5 pant sizes! I started in a size 12/Maternity and am now able to wear my 7’s!

- I am much stronger and can see a lot more muscle definition

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- I can do 10 unassisted push ups, Holly style, and 1 chin up (big goal met there!)

- My nutrition is much cleaner and more supportive

- I feel great, and am looking better every day!

- I know that I am well on my way to reaching my dream body!!!

Thanks to Holly, my accountability buddies and ClubFYM, I know without a doubt that my dreams are within reach. This challenge has brought me closer to those dreams, and I can’t wait to get closer yet in the next several weeks, and in the coming challenges!”

~ Jana Dutkiewicz, Age 31, new mom of 11 month-old baby Kian, The Pas, Manitoba, Canada

 

 

“Jacquie what happened? Where did the other half of you go?  You’ve shrunk!”

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“When I got married 13 years ago I weighed 155 pounds. After 4 pregnancies with a gain of greater than 50 pounds per pregnancy, I weighed about 195 pounds in the Fall of 2009.


I was stuck!

On top of my frustration, I watched my husband lose over 25 pounds because he cut out junk food.

I kept thinking I should be the one losing…I just had a baby!

A little about me:

I was very active in school. I played volleyball, basketball, ran cross-country, etc. In high school I tried weight watchers, but saw no results. I was pretty mortified by having to “weigh in” every week and I don’t think I fully got it at that point either. Weight was about how I looked to others, not about how I felt about my body, my health. It ended up putting more emphasis on the negative then what was possible and I backed out feeling bad about myself.

Fast forward to Halloween 2009

I’m a sucker for peanut butter cups and after a night of going through my kid’s candy, eating as many as possible and then feeling disgustingly gross, I said to myself, “what the heck are you doing?”

This is the very struggle I have with my eldest who also seems to have a secret love affair with food, hiding and eating behind the freezer, etc. I thought, “why am I so upset with Calvin for sneaking food and lacking self control when I’m setting the example?”

This was the… “I’ve got to do something about this moment.”

I had a friend who was following Fit Yummy Mummy and we were at a card making party and I looked over at her arms and saw all her muscle definition.

Wow!

Someone asked if she worked out, like at the gym and she said no. I was intrigued because earlier in the week she had brought me a coffee and I had looked at her and said that she looked so good, not skinny, but healthy, she looked well.

So after this night of feeling sick on peanut butter cups I looked into Fit Yummy Mummy for myself, and then wouldn’t you know it, my friend sent me an email saying

a challenge was about to start

and it was only 6 weeks, and I thought ….I could commit to 6 weeks, so I did!



My Results:

To be honest…I went into a mega irritable mood for about 2 days prior and 3 days after the challenge started. But I leveled it up to being like a smoker who was anticipating quitting. Knowing you’re about to “give up” all your treats really sent me feeling emotionally out of control.

Yes! I was able to stick to it and get over the hump.

I started to experience some of the energy people talk about. For all the insomniacs out there who can’t get to bed early, I am the opposite; I’d prefer to go to bed at 8 pm if it wasn’t for all the work around the house.

So for me, I had energy again, I began staying up until 11:30 or so and was ok. I didn’t feel tired or exhausted.

Another change I noticed was that I began to feel hunger again! Like the grumbling! I hadn’t had tummy grumbling in years, from all the putting off meals, or toast and coffee or scraps I had been eating to get through the day until the binge on the couch every evening.


I loved it, like my body woke up and said, “finally, she’s feeding me!”

 

My Stats:

December 2009 – June 2010

 

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Weight: 195 – 172

Waist: 41 – 31.5

Hips: 43 – 38

Thighs: 29.5 – 26

I lost 23 pounds and over 23 total inches!

 

Once of the challenges I faced….I have this inner desire to rebel and not want someone, or something tell me how I should or should not eat. The interesting thing with Fit Yummy Mummy is that mostly it was just me who was rebelling against me, no one ever told me I was bad or should stop binging, like I didn’t know.

The point is that the understanding of why you are doing what you are doing is just as big as the exercise or nutritional aspect of FYM.

When I started, I didn’t skip the goals, I didn’t skip the first steps, this wasn’t just about the weight…it was about the battle.

I was able to make it through this because I stayed connected.

I didn’t hide, I talked about my anger, my frustration, my temptations and my binges. It’s in secret that I got this big, I know I can’t get through this in secret either. Many fellow FYM-ers helped me through.



Most Surprising…

~ It amazed me that I could exercise so little and still get results.

~ It amazed me that I could eat all those calories and get results.

~ It amazed me, that with such a crazy life with 4 kids and roller coaster husband, I could still manage to eat well and put in 15 minutes of exercise a day.

~ It amazed me that even when life spun out of control a few times, FYM life was sustainable, and even carried me through do to the good habits I had already formed.

Prior to Fit Yummy Mummy, I had very little control over my life.

Now I know differently.

I know I have control over what I do with my body and what I put into my body. This really is the only thing I can control in my crazy sometimes chaotic world. FYM didn’t give me that, it just helped me see it and gave me some tools to take back some of my crazy life and gain some sanity.

I’ve said it to many other mom’s and gals in ClubFYM, “mommy matters too.”

This is a message I have been using with my kids, when it’s my time to exercise or my time to eat, I think it’s a message for me, just as much as it is a message for them.

 

I am most definitely changed

 

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I AM COMFORTABLE IN MY OWN SKIN!

 

I think of that Dove commercial, “love the skin you’re in.”

How many women can say that? And mean it?

I am wearing shorts again, I am wearing tank tops again, in front of people that is…I’ve never felt like this before!

I am now able to fit into a pair of pants that I got 3 babies ago!! I am able to move into a medium size scrubs at work….and am even more thrilled when I put them on and they are not skin tight!!

Yay,… all this effort is paying off!!

Initially I really struggled with wondering if I should even participate in this next challenge because of late my motto is to keep on keeping on.

I’m not talking about a rut, I’m more talking about staying the course. I’ve got the tools, I still can choose to use them, or instead hold down the couch, I can beef up on bread and chocolate or I can treat myself occasionally to those things and find healthier alternatives in the meantime.

I still have 15 pounds to go to reach my goal weight, and if more comes off after that, fabulous! For now I just want to show my kids some self-control, what an active mom can look like, and how loving others really starts with the ability to love yourself first.

I feel empowered, I feel like I am worth it, I feel like I can and I did!”



~ Jacquie, Age 35, Mom of 4: Ages 8, 5, 3 and 1, Winnipeg, Canada

 

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“I Got An Even BETTER Body Back!”

Years ago, before Fit Yummy Mummy, I used other types of workout videos and fly by night diet scams, but I didn’t really understand the best way to workout and optimize fat loss until I started working with Holly.

I have been a part of Fit Yummy Mummy and worked out using the program since Holly began it back in 2006-2007. Believe it or not, but she was my one on one trainer in Elizabethtown, KY before she ever developed the official fat loss program for moms.

And guess what.. I’ve stuck with her advice and training methods since FYM’s inception!

When I first started Fit Yummy Mummy, I wanted to be about 10 pounds lighter and I wanted to fit into my clothes that had slowly started to get tighter and tighter.

When my husband and I started trying to get pregnant and I miscarried twice, my goals changed to needing to maintain my weight and being as healthy as possible to hopefully sustain a pregnancy.

Fortunately, I had my FYM plan in place well before pre-pregnancy, so I was able to continue it throughout, modifying as my belly grew or if I went through spells of sickness or fatigue.

Before I got pregnant, I was about 30% body fat and stayed at a steady 139lbs. for about a year. Right before I delivered my baby girl, I weighed 161lbs. I gained a total of 22lbs. It was not easy for I was constantly fighting my sweet tooth before and during pregnancy, but I was trying to stay active and keep up with my fitness routine otherwise.

I’m in better shape post-pregnancy than I was before my beautiful daughter was even a thought!

Today, my little girl is 7 months old and I now weigh 124lbs. with 20% Body fat!!!

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This is the leanest I’ve been since before I married my husband almost 5 years ago! In fact I haven’t weighed this light since I was in high school…but that was when I was doing crazy crash diets, so I’m sure my BF% back then was not as healthy.

I feel like I have energy, and I want to live as healthy as possible – not just for me anymore, but to be an example to my baby girl.

As a new mom, it’s been really difficult finding the balance of life with a baby, meeting my husband’s needs, and making time for myself to workout and just have some “me” time.

I had to be very forgiving of myself at first if I missed a workout or two, but as I’ve become more accustomed to life as a Mom, I’ve been able to use my time more efficiently and have been staying regular with workouts as well as with my nutrition.

I have to say that I was really surprised by how quickly I was able to shed my pregnancy weight and beyond.

I’ve heard it said that if it takes 9 months to put the weight on, you need to give yourself at least that much time to get it off, but that’s baloney!

With the proper nutrition and exercise plan in place, you can lose the weight much, much quicker than you ever thought possible.

Plus, my focus has changed now – I can’t be selfish anymore and think all day about what I’m going to eat next or dwell on meaningless cravings. My day revolves around my baby and how I need to meet her needs, so cravings for ice cream from Baskin Robbins down the street take a backseat, and those carrots I keep handy in the fridge are front and center in my mind as I pass through the kitchen on my way to feed my baby!


POST-PREGNANCY PULL UP GOALS REALIZED!

After I had Maddie, I started working on my pull ups- a little bit here and there at first, but pretty consistently every other day for the past several months. (Every other day to allow for a day of recovery.)

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I’ve improved my upper body strength tremendously by using a resistance band hooked around my pull-up bar to rest my knee in and perform assisted pull-ups.

Then a few days ago, I decided to give a real pull up a try, and I actually did 1 from the bottom (arm fully extended) to the top (arms fully bent)! The next day I did 3, took a few minutes to rest and did 2 more. Then I did two more sets starting off with a few real pull-ups mixed with about 10 assisted, to round out the sets.

I’m SO happy that I’ve reached my goal!



Listen Up You Can Get An Ever Better Body Back AFTER Baby TOO!

Ft Yummy Mummy is not just another fitness plan like so many that are out there. This plan really teaches you how to live in the real world and be healthy. You can adapt the workouts for your needs and fitness level. You can fit them in a busy day, because it only takes 20-30 minutes to get in a great workout. It can’t be any simpler!

Fit Yummy Mummy has helped to give me more confidence in who I am as a woman and as a new mom. I wasn’t depressed that I would never lose my baby weight, because I knew I could get it off with this program.


~ Melissa Brady, Age 28, Mom to 7 Month Old Maddie, Elizabethtown, KY

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Allie’s 1st Success

 

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~ Allie, Age 44, North Carolina

“This 3 week challenge has been the my most successful challenge yet….mentally, physically and developmentally. Over the 70 day Fall challenge I only lost 1 lb and 8+ inches ~ this time I lost 9 lbs and 3 inches off my waist!”

Allie lost 9 lbs, 3 inches off mommy waist
Weight:  147 – 138, Mommy Belly: 33.25″ – 27.25″

She used the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com

PLUS she Added in  Prograde Metabolism

I won a bottle of Metabolism in the essay contest and let me tell you….that stuff has some magic fairy dust in it. I have a sensitive body to caffeine, MSG (yuck), and any thing that is meant to speed things up, so I was nervous. Taking only one in the am and one in the afternoon, I have had great results. I think I had the energy of 10 elves in the workshop and my appetite was suppressed to boot. I will continue this supplement and really recommend it to anyone considering it. I was skeptical, but did the research as I wrote the essay to educate myself and experienced no side effects or harm in taking it….all good

This lifestyle is finally grabbing hold and the results have given me a taste that I can’t resist. I feel soooo strong, thanks to the consistency of workouts and this burpee challenge. I now know that I can complete small goals….in either 3 day or 21 days.

The scale revealed a change I wasn’t prepared for. I knew I was stronger and thought the muscle strength would mean weight gain or again…only a pound loss. When I read the scale…I was shocked. This tells me that when you EAT CLEAN, amazing results happen. I truly ate as clean as I ever have with NO processed sugar, breads, or sweets and a conscious efforts of controlled calories.

I do feel I have earned my Holiday Hottie pin and will strut my hotness with confidence. Thank you Holly for your guidance and thank you FYMs for your encouragement during this challenge. I’m a believer….in Santa AND FYM!

 

Allie’s 2nd Success..
She Took Her FYM Fat Loss Strategies Up A Notch ~ Now Can SEE Her ABS!

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~ Allie, Age 44, North Carolina

I am the healthiest I have EVER been in my life. I never knew I could shrink my hips and glutes like I did. Seeing less belly fat and ab definition is just so exciting. I actually LOOK strong on top of feeling strong. The FYM lifestyle has really energized me to make many changes in all my choices for a healthier lifestyle.

Allie lost 5 lbs, 1 inch off belly, 2 inches off hips
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 140 – 134.8
Waist: 27.5 – 26.5
Hips: 40.75 – 38.75
Allie followed the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com
along with the Pull Up mini challenge in ClubFYM and weekly Yoga Classes
PLUS she Added in  Prograde Metabolism  (save 29% with coupon code: METAB29)

I won a bottle of Metabolism in the essay contest and let me tell you….that stuff has some magic fairy dust in it. I have a sensitive body to caffeine, MSG (yuck), and any thing that is meant to speed things up, so I was nervous. Taking only one in the am and one in the afternoon, I have had great results. I think I had the energy of 10 elves in the workshop and my appetite was suppressed to boot. I have continued this supplement along with Prograde Lean Meal Replacement and Prograde Workout.

The DREAM difference makers for me…..

Dedication
I never wavered during this challenge.

Responsibility
It’s my personal responsibility to take care of myself….that’s no one else’s job.
I remember not knowing what to do when I started FYM but encouragement from others and taking responsibility to surf those FYM forums were key….it’s the golden library to success.

Education
They say “find something your interested in and stay passionate”…..I’ve found FYM (thx Kathy) and I’m truly passionate about it.

Attitude
Smiles…lots of them. “Live your bliss” right?

Motivation

This year is my year to RESTORE. That’s my “word” for the year.  I have always made things work and kept on going but without true focus and let my health deteriorate. Without a strong sense of self and identified goals….it’s easy to just cruise along. I don’t want to cruise, I want to climb….climb the tallest tree, swim to the island that’s a speck on the horizon, achieve  what seems impossible, step out of comfort zone and challenge myself athletically and mentally. “Believe and you will achieve” right? I can identify and accept my mistakes, it’s how I learn from them that defines my progress.

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~ Shani Bryceson, Age 39, Mom of Six: Ages 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 3 months, Darwin Australia

 

 

“My final results exceeded the measurement goals that I had set.  I am leaner now than I was at the end of the FTC-2012!  And I am nearly as lean as I was one year ago, before getting pregnant with baby #6.  All of this in just 3 weeks…  I am so much happier in my skin because I feel like I am taking care of myself.”

 

Shani Lost 7 lbs, 2.5 inches off Mommy Belly and over 1.5 inches off Hips
Weight: 128-123, Mommy Belly: 34-31.5, Hips: 38-36.5
She followed the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com

 

I AM A HOLIDAY HOTTIE because I turned my attitude around from glass-half-empty to glass-half-full.  Instead of being defeated by events around me, I took back control of my life and made deliberate choices that have in turn made a positive difference to how I look and feel.  In the lead up to Christmas, I have been a tower of strength rather than a train wreck! 

I have given myself the best Christmas present ever – a healthier body and a healthier mind!

 
The Mother-Daughter Team
Anna & Kahanu 

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This Mother & Daughter team followed the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com


“I achieved my goal of not gaining weight.  Lost 5 pounds I had gained since halloween and plus one  pound more and I lost 3 inches. And  I got to wear my favorite dress which I haven’t worn in 9 years…that felt amazing!”

In October of 2002 at 214 pounds I started my journey to good health and wellness.  Over the past 9 years during the holidays (between Halloween and about mid January)  I would gain between ten to fifteen pounds and then work hard to loose them again before summer.  This year I was already well on my way when I was introduced to clubfym through my daughter.  She suggested we do the challenge together and it has been the best thing. I’m happier, have more energy, my skin is glowing and I feel like a million bucks!!!!!  A real holiday hottie!!!!  Thank you Holly for the motivation, inspiration and education!

~ Anna V, Age 52, Mother of 5: ages 36, 33, 32, 26, 22, Hawaii

Anna lost 6 lbs (157-151), 1.5 inches off belly (33.5 – 32) and 1.5 inches off hips (42-40.5)

 

“This challenge has helped to bring us together and both of us to break old unhealthy patterns in our life.  I know for me everything surrounding exercise and food was very intimidating and overwhelming. If I can do it an feel empowered by it anyone can.  I love FYM.”


I DID T!  I gifted myself for Christmas a vibrant, healthier, slimmer me!  If I can do it anyone can.  All of this was very intimidating and overwhelming.  I feel so empowered by this whole expereince.  What a difference commitment and support can do to help me acheive my goals. It just goes to show the committing to a program, in this case FYM, having support, and doing it will get you results.  I know for sure that having to take the before photo and send it to Holly motivated me to want to make that image of me a thing of my past and no longer the present me.  I still have a ways to go to reach my ideal me (a real hottie) and I know that the FYM system will get me there.  I have learned through this that committing to do it and following through is the key to seeing results.  I love being a Fit Yummy Mummy!

~ Kahanu K, Age 36 Mother of 4: ages 9, 7, 4 yr old twins and 2, Hawaii

Kahanu 8 lbs lbs (186-178), dropped from size 14 to size 12 and lost 2 inches off mommy belly

 

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~ KATE Del Bel, Age 34, Mom of Two Daughters, ages 4 and 6 months, Vancouver, BC Canada

I set a goal to fit comfortably (no muffin top!) into my pre-pregnancy jeans (size 8 and I’m currently a 10-12). I hope this is a reasonable goal.  I was so nervous about this goal!  I thought there was no way that I was going to get down almost two whole sizes in 10 weeks!  I am currently wearing my size 8 jeans.  I can’t believe it!”

Kate Lost 18 lbs and dropped from a Size 12 to a Size 8
Weight from 174 lb to 156 lb , Waist from 34″ to 30.5″ = 3.5″ lost
Hips from 42.5″ to 39″ = 3.5″ lost

She followed the Workouts outlined in FitYummyMummy.com

 

My Biggest Leap:

Not only was this my first transformation challenge with FYM, but it was also my first attempt at living the FYM lifestyle.  I joined Club FYM 2 days before the challenge began.  I had delivered my second daughter six months earlier and while I was exercising here and there, I wasn’t really putting in much effort.  I was sort of under the guise that I was breastfeeding and unable to diet because I didn’t want to mess up my milk supply.  So, I was using the breastfeeding as an excuse and mostly eating whatever I wanted. I had finally had enough and was starting to get pretty down on myself for the way I was looking and feeling. 

After a bit of internet research, I stumbled on the FYM page and in late August I purchase the ebook.  I was excited to try out the FYM lifestyle but apprehensive and somewhat skeptical of the results I would achieve.  The before and after pictures on the website were sort of too good to be true!  Around this time, I also joined club FYM.  I saw that there was going to be a challenge and I thought I would join to sort of lurk and see what it was all about.  After all, the first month was free with my purchase!  I was tired of being soft and carrying around extra weight, I wanted to be strong and trim! 

The theme for this challenge was perfect for me.  The entire challenge was out of my comfort zone, I don’t take pictures of myself and put them out for people to see!  I don’t join online groups and I definitely don’t discuss my inner feelings and fears!   I had goals like everyone else (I honestly figured that some of them would be unattainable in the short time that we had) but I was determined to reach them.  It was so helpful to do this with a group, slowly my fears of sharing my feelings and discomfort with my weight and appearance started to fade away.  Knowing I was not alone in my quest definitely helped me to continue with this challenge. 

I was determined to do well in this challenge, for myself.  To get rid of all of the extra weight, that I was carrying around, having it “weigh” me down both mentally an physically.  My discomfort was increased when the assignments began and we had to think positively about ourselves.  I’ve always been so hard on myself and to have to list my best features to other people was so far out of my comfort zone!  But I learned that even I deserve love.  I’ve worked hard throughout this challenge and I’ve learned that I deserve to take time for myself each day to work out and do something for myself.   I took a huge leap by joining FYM and then transformation challenge.  I found my wings and soared, becoming stronger inside and out and learning to love myself for all of my gifts and faults!

 

Faye W.

 

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~ Faye Whyte, Age 46, Mom of Two Daughters – ages 15 and 8, Inverary, Ontario, Canada.

“Finishing this challenge was my ‘secret’ goal when we began 10 weeks ago. I am so proud and excited to have reached the goal line!”

Faye lost 12lbs, 3.75 inches off Mommy Belly and 4.5 inches off Hips.
Weight: 192-180
Mommy Belly: 39″ – 35.75″
Hips: 46.5″ – 42″

She used the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com

My Biggest Leap:

My starting goals were all related to the theme of ‘Leap of Faith’.
My first goal, unexpectedly, became the most important and biggest leap during the Challenge. I took the leap of faith that if I put self-care high on my list of things to do, I would be able to be a better mother and wife. I kept up with my workouts, using the WOM videos. I used the online menu planner, and took Prograde supplements.

Just two weeks into the challenge, we were informed that my eight year old daughter would require kidney surgery…My first instinct was to quit the challenge. How would I be able to keep up with good diet and exercise while she was in the hospital? How would I find time to do my final essay and photos? How could I concentrate my efforts on myself, when all I wanted to do was worry about her?

I came to the ClubFYM forums and saw other women struggling and participating in the challenge. They were looking after their children, dealing with personal health, financial and family issues. Some of them were doing this facing the most incredible odds. I was inspired by this community to stick to my commitment. I kept on with the challenge, having faith that I could do my best to eat clean and keep up physical activity before, during and after her hospital stay, and that taking care of myself would allow me to take better care of her.

Keeping up with the exercise and clean eating was the best thing I could have done for her. It allowed me to have the stamina to stay up with her through the worst of the recovery, right by her side whenever she needed me. I was able to be calm and strong for her, and that was such a powerful gift. She is recovering very well, and I’m so pleased I could be there for her. My first leap of faith was granted.

I think one of the best ways for me to continue the FYM lifestyle and to continue toward my ultimate fitness goals is to have these little step-wise, but concrete goals.

 

 

Skye W..

 

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~ Skye Winters, Age 33, Mom of Three (ages 6 yrs, 3 yrs and 2 months), British Columbia in Canada

“I am back to my pre-baby body and I am still changing! I feel like a completely different person.  I am so proud of myself where I once was always beating myself down for not doing ‘good enough’.  Now, even if I do have a struggle with something I accept and treat myself as I’d want a good friend to treat me- with care and love. What I am Most proud of:I got my Sparkle back!  This simply means that I have been gaining my confidence, my self-esteem, my Love for My Self back.  Life just isn’t very positive without these aspects.”

Skye Lost 20 lbs and dropped from a Size 9/10 to a Size 4
Weight from 150 lb to 130 lb , Mommy Belly from 33″ to 28″ = 10″ lost
Hips from 38″ to 35″ = 3″ lost

She followed the Workouts outlined in FitYummyMummy.com
along with the Workouts of the Month posted here in ClubFYM.com

 

My Biggest Leap:

Other than up heaving my entire way of living…?

When I started the challenge and my results started to show both physically and emotionally I started to sense a discomfort between a small group of women that had spent a great deal of time with.  Then the comments started rolling in, clear put downs to the fym way of life, whispers of anorexia (even after explaining 5-6 meals a day!) arguments, etc. 

Of course I tried talking to them a few more times about how I did want to change myself- I wanted to be the healthiest version of me and that working out with my daughter and feeding my family Clean was the best feeling ever.  I even asked them if they’d like to join me…but in the end I had to give them up.  That was scary considering they were my closest, most comfortable friends I have had in some time. And I love them and miss them, but I love THIS new way of life and how it treats me no matter if I’m up or down.  It is true Misery loves company and I no longer want to mope around in my sack clothes waiting for a change to happen.  I have worked hard for this and have started to surround myself with supportive friends I hadn’t previously felt so comfortable around. This was a very uncomfortable change (the transition from my familiar life and friends to something completely different) but surprisingly I am very comfortable now in all this positive I have built within me that is manifesting positive things around me!

 

 

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  1. Wow! I want to be like these mom too. I want to know their secrets.

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