I started at BBC just over two years ago, when my second child was six months old. I have always run and played sports, but I had gotten to the point where I was not losing any more “post-baby” weight and I was looking for a change in routine. I am not a person that likes to sign contracts of any sort…I’ve never been a gym member. So, I signed up with an amazon local deal, assuming I’d do my 30 days and then move on. I was so nervous that first day, not knowing anybody or what boot camp actually entailed. I was happily surprised to meet so many women that were welcoming and supportive. Not to mention Devan Kline-he was also extremely encouraging!
Those first two weeks were difficult. It was hard to walk, hard to move, hard to do anything. But, I also noticed I had a higher energy level than before I started BBC. I was starting to feel better about myself. I was also starting to make a new group of friends with like-minded goals. Needless to say, when my 30 days were completed, I did not hesitate to sign up for boot camp. I was feeling better, mentally and physically, and was completely addicted!
Less than six months after joining, I found out that I was expecting baby number three. Devan and all of the BBC trainers worked with me to make sure that I could continue working out, right up until a few days before I gave birth. Post-pregnancy, Devan told me to let him know when I was “ready” to take my training to the next level. I had the physical part of boot camp down-I was attending at least 5 days a week, always giving it my best effort. However, after camp I’d go home and eat whatever I wanted. I was maintaining my weight, but was not losing any pounds or inches. Finally, on February 21, 2014, I decided that I was mentally ready to change the way I was eating.
I hadn’t lost any weight since 6 weeks after giving birth, and I was not making any progress at losing inches, either. I came to find out, Devan was right and “you can’t out train your diet”…I guess I should have listened the first few times he said that! I made small changes at first, and noticed such a big difference in the way that I felt (in a good way) that I went all in and changed to a whole foods diet. Devan, Morgan, Lindsay (and the other trainers) were very supportive in giving suggestions to make small changes that eventually led to a whole foods diet.
Since eliminating processed foods my energy levels are higher than ever before. I have lost 45 pounds, 22 inches, and lowered my body fat by 10%; I went from a size 14 to a size 4. More importantly, I feel stronger, I am happier, and I am excited that my children are eating healthier and seeing what a difference that makes for our family. I never thought I could lose that much weight, and quite frankly, I thought Devan was crazy when he suggested it.
I’m so thankful that Devan believed in me when I did not, and also for the other trainers that pushed me every day that I was in camp (and continue to do so!). I’m also thankful for the friends that I have made at camp-the accountability of seeing the same people every day, and having those people push you to do your best, is amazing. I love Burn Boot Camp and joining was the best thing I could have done for myself, and for my family. I can’t thank my BBC family enough!