Let’s go back to Early May 2013. Westford Regency Health Club was going to be running a “Mother’s Day Make-Over” for its’ female Members. All our ladies were eligible and a “winner” would be selected based on their written essay and why they should be selected. We did get a great response and selecting the candidate was more difficult than I anticipated. The winner would receive a training program, 1on1 training sessions and a food plan to help them reach their goals. The program would be 10 weeks and you were required to workout 5-6 times a week with several on your own. We had many worthy candidates and after going back and forth on our final 3 we decided on Laurie Merrill and she turned out to be a great choice!
Laurie is a 33 year old mother of 2 young children. In her essay she explained she had been battling with losing the last twenty pounds that would get her back to her pre-baby weight. Prior to the contest Laurie had taken that first Major step, joining a Health Club and then working out. After several months of working out 5-6 days a week she wasn’t really losing any weight and really needed the help. And I love when she wrote, “Not only do I want to lose the weight for myself, but I want to be healthy for my family”.
Laurie’s workout Plan.
A week could look like this:
Wednesday - Fullbody Workout
Thursday - Cardio 40 minutes
Saturday - OFF
Sunday - OFF
- Weight training is what really makes a difference. No amount of cardio can do what weights do to your body.
- You don’t become big and bulky by lifting weights and you can really sculpt your body with weights.
- Eating clean is a lifestyle. It is not a diet. And you can exercise all you want but if you don’t watch your portions, even if what you are eating is totally healthy it eventually gets stored as extra fat.
Did you allow yourself cheat meals? There were a couple instances where I fell off of the nutrition plan when in public situations and had to get creative with what I chose to eat. Because Laurie was losing the 1-2 pounds each week we allowed the once a week higher carb meal ---the Eat Clean Plan encourages a once a week “cheat” meal if it doesn’t trigger a cheat weekend.
What supplements did you use during your transformation? I took a multivitamin and protein powder for shakes.
What are your best tips for someone looking to make their own transformation? Make sure that you are starting this program at a time when you are able to give 100% to it. The more hard work and dedication you put into it the better the results. I thoroughly enjoyed working out and challenging myself.
- You need to be mentally prepared with how you will handle your accomplished goals, challenges and negativity.
- Keep healthy foods around and something with you in the car. Be prepared and try to keep junk foods out of your home. Especially at the beginning of this process. I know it’s tough with kids. This way you create a no fail situation
Okay there it is in a nutshell. 10 weeks for a total transformation, both mind and body. Laurie did a fantastic job. She came in with many questions and maybe a lack of confidence. By the end of this she had that confidence back and got in the best shape of her life. As a trainer these are things that make it all worth it. I saw a young woman come to us looking for a change and not knowing the best way to get it done. She got it done in a big way. She is a joy to train and never quit or made any excuses. She followed the plan and never complained when the workouts got tougher. Two young children and working around that schedule. Through sickness, a vacation smack through the middle of summer. There was NO stopping her! She killed it! Pictures speak for themselves. Laurie you made me proud. Thanks for your hard work and dedication. There’s no stopping you!