Personal Trainer Kurt Dixon of Body Refined, Inc in MD wrote to us to share another success story (We featured his client Michele back in June). His client Flo lost 71 pounds and he interviewed her about her journey.
“I was turning 30 in a matter of months and wanted to go into that new age of life looking and feeling better about myself.”
Say Hi to Flo! She started her journey to healthier, fit life last November. In this before and after picture, Flo is wearing the same exact dress. With all the changes she has made to her body and continues to do, she had the dress tailored to fit her new body.
Her progress in just 10 months…
What was your light bulb moment that made you decide to lose weight? Did you think you were overweight?
My “Aha moment” (as Oprah would say) was when I was visiting my mother at her house. She had lost weight for health reasons. Looking at her, I saw how good and healthy she looked, and it made me want to lose weight as well. In addition to that, I was turning 30 in a matter of months and wanted to go into that new age of life looking and feeling better about myself. I knew I was overweight but I just didn’t want to admit it to myself. So rather than trying to change it, I just bought bigger clothes.
Have you always been overweight? If not, how long have you been overweight? When did you notice you started to gain weight?
I cannot really say whether or not I was over overweight because I never got on the scale. I never really cared about my weight. Maybe I was overweight and I did not know it. (I guess you are right again!!! Damn you Kurt!!) I never got on the scale to see how much I weighed. I was always the biggest of all my friends. But my weight gain started when I got to college. I think instead of the “freshmen 15”, I gained more than that. My weight just kept going up from there.
Does being overweight or obese run in the family?
Being overweight in my family was acceptable. For the most part, all of my family members were overweight. Being overweight I think was a sign that you were living the good life.
Was it a difficult journey? Are you satisfied w/ where you are now?
Not at first because I was really determined to get in better shape. But now as I get closer to my goal weight I find it difficult because I am so anxious to see more results.
What have you learned about being healthy?
Being healthy is a way of life. You cannot lose weight then revert back to your old habits. I have learned that if I want to stay healthy I definitely need to continue to eat healthy and stay active.
How did you end up working w/ Body Refined Inc? What has your experience been like working w/ Body Refined Inc?
I was going to the gym everyday faithfully when I was given the card for Body Refined. I hesitated at first because I thought that I was doing fine and did not need help. Unsatisfied with the lack of results, I finally decided to call the number on the card. My life has not been the same since I have been working with Body Refined. I have a new outlook on life and what it takes to make the change to a healthier lifestyle. My overall experience has been incredible.
What advice would you give someone who wants to lose weight?
Someone who wants to lose weight should first be serious about it. Don’t just say I want to lose weight. Begin the journey with purpose. Meaning if your reason to lose weight is to be healthier or wear a bikini, put that in your mind and go for it. Every time you find yourself thinking you cannot do it, remember your purpose.
How do you feel now vs how you felt when you were overweight?
I feel better about myself than I ever did in my entire life. I was very shy growing up since I was always the biggest of everyone around me. I was never really confident in myself and my body. Now I am very open and confident in everything that I do.
What kind of support, if any, did you get from family and friends? And in contrast, did you experience any negativity from friends and family?
I set out on this journey somewhat alone. I really didn’t discuss it with anyone. I knew that I wanted to lose weight but I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want everyone to make suggestions as to what I should do. Now as I am closer to my goal weight, I keep hearing “don’t lose any more weight”. People don’t really know what a healthy body should be.
Have you ever tried to lose weight before? If so, what was the difference in what you did this time vs. other plans or programs you tried to follow?
I have tried to lose weight but not with a customized comprehensive plan as provided to me by Body Refined. My attempt to lose weight included supplements recommendations by family members or as seen on TV. I didn’t have the knowledge that I have now.
Would you recommend anyone to Body Refined Inc? If so, what would be the deciding factor on your decision to refer someone to BRI?
I would definitely recommend people to Body Refined but only if they are serious about a lifestyle change.
As of right now, what more do you want? Are you at your goal? If not, what is the ultimate goal for you?
I am not anywhere near my goal. I want to take my body to where it has never been before. I don’t want to just have a flat stomach; I want to have definition all throughout my body. I want to be able wear shorts and maybe even a bikini.
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