Tuesday Transformation: Client Spotlight

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

I'm so excited to share with you my amazing client's 60 day testimonial for today's Transformation Tuesday!! Every month I offer online fitness camps to individuals with health + fitness goals. Some have goals to build muscle, others weight loss, and still others are just looking to change up their routine. This woman in particular has just finished my 60 day weight lifting program! This program consists of 30-45 minute workouts 6xdays a week with an easy to follow portion-fixed nutrition guide, 30 meals of my favorite meal ever & access to my exclusive online accountability group! She has totally crushed it and is now well on her way toward carrying out these habits as a lifestyle! If you are interested in participating in one of my future fitness camps, click here. I hope you are inspired and enjoy reading her testimony! 

Hi everyone! My name is Christal and this crazy (ongoing) outside transformation of my body is truly a reflection of the change that has happened on the inside. There are so many pieces to that, but I will try to keep this short for you!

I have been exercising for about 15 years. For a majority of those years, it seemed easy for me to exercise, eat a bunch of crap, and still maintain a decent figure. In the back of my mind, I always wanted to see how far I could push myself to get the body I dreamed of, but my love for bad food outweighed that desire. I was always thinking of when and what I was going to eat next. I would go through spurts of days or weeks where my nutrition would be on point. Then I would start seeing results, ‘treat’ myself for those results, those treats would turn into binges, and I would be back to square one. Nothing.ever.stuck.

In 2006 I decided to seriously follow Jesus. There were things in my life that made sense to change, and things I could clearly see how they related to my faith. Exercise and nutrition was not one of those things. I knew the Bible talked about honoring God with your body, I knew the Bible talked about not doing anything out of vain conceit, I knew the Bible talked about food a lot, and I knew the Bible said to ‘Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength”. I just didn’t know how to actually apply that to my life. As much as I knew those things in my head, I really just wanted to exercise and eat healthy to have a good figure.

Last year, I experience the worst downward spiral in my health since I started exercising. I got to a point where I was so frustrated with my lack of results, that I lost all self-control. I barely exercised (because if my nutrition wasn’t right, was there even a point?). Instead of occasionally eating things I knew my body hated (donuts, sugar-loaded coffee drinks, cheez-its, cookies, cakes, chips), I was eating them all day, every day. My body fat was up and my self-worth was down. I didn’t have the energy to keep up with my toddler, I didn’t feel attractive for my husband, I started having headaches, having brain fog, I was grumpy, and more than anything, my relationship with the Lord wasn’t what it needed to be.

So, I prayed. ‘God, help me. Help me to see myself the way YOU see me. Help me to understand what it means to be taking care of my body for your glory, and not for my own ambition. Give me self-control and motivation when I have none. Please, just show me what to do.’ This has become my hearts cry on a daily basis. The Lord showed me that my ‘self-control’ is not really something of my own doing, but the Spirit leading, and me obeying His direction. About this time, I came across The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program. It looked like just the structure I needed in this area of my life, so I mentioned it to my husband. He didn’t really seem to buy into the idea, but wound up surprising me and getting it for me.

The last 60 days of doing Hammer and Chisel in conjunction with the nutrition plan has been a huge part of this success. Since I knew it was a 60 day program, I spent time planning all meals up front, which has made grocery shopping and meal prepping much easier. I no longer am consumed by thoughts of food. It’s allowed my mind to be open to the things the Lord has wanted to show me. Like, how to take care of my body to physically be able to go where He calls me to go; to be healthy so I can have dance parties with my daughter; to be there mentally and physically for my husband; to be a better friend and employee; to have a clear mind to listen when He speaks. It’s painful to think of how long it’s taken to get to this point, but I’m so thankful that God has been patient enough with me to get me through it.

I’m so excited where these last 60 days have brought me and am even more excited to see what’s to come. Bring on round 2 (starting 3/14/2016)! You are welcome to follow along my fitness journey on IG @theaftershot

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