Testimonial: Ashley

My “journey” started at a young age.  From elementary school on, I struggled with my weight.  I continued to put on weight until high school, and that is when I decided to make a change.  I was tired of being the “fat girl”, and I wanted to take control and get the body that I had always dreamed of having.  I started to get serious about tennis, and I began to see changes in my weight.  From there I began thinking about my food choices and what I could do to continue the change.  For years I went up and down.  I was made fun of and called names, and it affected the way I felt about myself.  When I decided to make a change, I thought that all of my problems would disappear as soon as I achieved that “perfect body”.  However, the perfect body never came, and the expectations I set for myself slowly increased-it was never good enough.  I finally realized that the problem was within.  I learned that my weight was not the only thing I needed to lose-I also needed to change the opinion I had of myself.  I had not dealt with emotional scars that were left from years before.  It was not until recently that I have really started to grasp the true meaning of wellness.  It is not just about losing weight, but creating a lifestyle of healthy changes-food, exercise, rest, and fun.  This also includes taking time for myself to reflect spiritually and mentally.  Focusing on all areas of my life has helped me to grow, not just in the...

Testimonial: Carrie

I feel confident in my body more now than I ever have.  I have always been an active person and have watched what I eat.  However, in the past year I have taken it to a new level by finally understanding what my trainer has repeatedly stated over the past year.  “Fitness is 80% what you eat. ” Once I realized that you can workout as hard as you want but not see any results until you change your diet has truly changed my training perspective.   Changing my diet and trying new foods has made the most difference to help me achieve my desired results.  I love trying new recipes and by becoming more open minded about how to cook foods and eating smaller meals and incorporating snacks in my diet has changed my nutritional habits.  Furthermore, by adding healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, and nut butters) to my diet has allowed me to understand that not all fats are bad for you and you can choose the right ones to eat.   It has been difficult maintaining my results with my current lifestyle this past year. Getting married recently not only had me improving my nutritional habits but also changing my husbands.  I dragged him to many nutrition classes held at Good Bodies, which helped him understand the importance of nutrition, and discover new foods.  We both learned the importance of supporting each other to eat well and achieve our goals although we do eat our “cheat” meal (one meal one day a week) together.  However, maintaining this lifestyle is a challenge but it is a rewarding...