“I’ve currently lost 36lbs.”
Thank you so much for this opportunity, Dee. I truly cannot thank you enough. When I first messaged you after you posted about the program, I low-key thought this would be another program where I’d complete it and not walk away with anything valuable. I am SO GRATEFUL with how wrong I was. You’ve grounded me with the necessary skills to confidently continue with my health and wellness journey.
I’ve currently lost about 36 pounds, which is half of the weight I had put on after heavy medications/birth control/steroids. I’m still processing this accomplishment, but I don’t think that’s what I’m most thankful about. I’ve grown so much as a person and I KNOW I wouldn’t be where I am today without your guidance (I know this is sappy, just go with me…).
Before coaching, I thought I needed to get back to my weight before heavy medications, birth control, and steroids. But honestly, I’m only halfway there and I feel much more comfortable AND confident in my body now than I did in the past.
Before coaching, I’d never thought I would have lifted a weight in my life! But NOW, it’s what I look forward to every week. While I’m excited about losing fat, I’m more thrilled about how much stronger I’m getting. Instead of asking others to lift items during work for me, I can do it myself and that is such an empowering feeling to be in a room full of men and be able to pull my own weight.
Before coaching, I’d NEVER look in the mirror and if I had to, I’d brace myself with Ursula’s voice preparing me. Now I’m able to look into the mirror (even on the days where I feel like I’m at my worst) and be content with what I see. I don’t feel hate or disgust for myself. I’m able to accept my body and actually LOVE it at times. I never thought that was possible after everything I’ve been through and all the internal trauma coming from a brown childhood.
Before coaching, I’d never been able to attend family functions or events without anxiety and stress about what everyone thought and their comments towards me. After taking care of myself, I’m now able to enjoy family functions and not be so self-conscious or obsessed with everyone’s comments. I’m able to process it, let it go and move on with the day.
Okay, I’m gonna stop now because I’m in public and I don’t wanna get all emotional. But lastly, you’ve taught me to let go of this all or nothing mindset. I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend how damaging it was to me in all parts of my life. But with health and fitness, especially. Now that my schedule is back to being jam-packed, I’m still getting more sleep than before, I’m making time to eat, and I’m working out/moving whenever I can. I’m not gonna lie, it’s still been a struggle and a thought process, but the point is I can call myself out, re-evaluate the situation, and take the steps necessary to take care of myself.
OH. Last one, I promise. You’ve given me a SUPPORT SYSTEM. Before this program, I was doing it all on my own, and that clearly wasn’t working. I was ashamed and never spoke about my desire to become healthy (and when I did, I felt embarrassment). But now, I have this support system in you and everyone I’ve met through this program. I’m indebted to you for teaching me about learning to love myself and learning it’s okay to reach out to others for support.
Thank you so much, Dee!