TRANSFORM – Kristina Manger
Kristina TRANSFORMED her body and her life through Burn Boot Camp!
She went from 233 LBS to only 200 LBS; losing a total of 33 LBS and gaining a new found appreciation for health and fitness!
“I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I come from a family that loves junk food, hates veggies & uses every excuse in the book to hit up a fast food restaurant. I’ve tried countless fad diets, pills, starvation- you name it. And yet there I was still unhappy, still crying every time I looked in the mirror because I hated what I had let my body become. I have an amazing man in my life and found it so hard to accept his love because I didn’t love myself. I’d see friends of mine lose weight and pull themselves together so desperately wishing it could be me but it never was.
The only way that I can explain how my life felt would be to say that I felt like I was stuck in a prison that I couldn’t get out of. My body was that prison. I felt trapped. I felt helpless & overwhelmed with despair. My life seemed to be passing me by and I was fighting the exact same battle day in and day out. When Devan chose me as one of the Transformation Girls I balled my eyes out and called everyone I love to share the news. Although I knew it would be a tremendous challenge, I was overwhelmed with excitement and for the first-time had HOPE in being able to break this vicious cycle. I figured if this couldn’t change me then nothing could!
I always knew HOW to lose weight, I knew the bottom line was to eat less, eat cleaner & move more. However, for whatever reason, I failed every single time. I had deep-rooted issues that I couldn’t seem to conquer. I would plan ahead, prepare my meals ahead of time, go to the gym & feel amazing but when I left and went back to the ‘real world,’ like clockwork I’d mindlessly shovel a disgusting amount of food into my mouth and kill every ounce of work I did beforehand. This left me feeling guilty, depressed, disgusting, pathetic, unworthy, disgraceful, etc.
I cannot even begin to tell you what this year has meant to my life. I have changed for the better in every single way possible, physically, mentally and emotionally. I have become someone I never knew existed. I have a new understanding of my body and what it likes, dislikes, needs, wants, and the limitless things I can accomplish. I have overcome that binge eating disorder that controlled me for most of my adult life, I can do push-ups on my toes, I believe in myself, I can say “no” to unhealthy foods, I am obsessed with going to Burn Boot Camp and with how I feel after a camp. I’m several sizes smaller, the scale is 33 LBS lower than when I started, I have a confidence I’ve never had and I’ve made some amazing “swolemates.” I can see some muscles finally peaking through, and this list could go on and on forever.
This year has been the toughest year of my life but it’s also been the absolute BEST year of my life. I finally have control… I’m the one holding the reigns. Although, I may not have hit the exact goal I set for myself and may not be exactly where I’d ultimately like to be, I am so much closer than I was before I went through the Transformation Program. I am forever grateful for this opportunity from the bottom of my heart and I will never go back to where I came from.
I may not be where I want to be, but I’m not where I used to be.”
Kristina Manger – Burn Boot Camp, Huntersville, NC