Transformation Tuesday: Alex’s Story

Today is a very special transformation Tuesday! Not only are we featuring Alex, a member from our plan, but he is the winner of the Winter Burn Challenge! For all of his hard work, Alex has won:

🔥Over $100 worth of merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods
🔥A $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods
🔥A supply of pantry items from Bob’s Red Mill
🔥A box of teas from Traditional Medicinal Teas
🔥A box of chia bars from Health Warrior
🔥A supply of pea protein
🔥A dozen healthy donuts from Hippie Cakes Vegan Bakery
🔥Fairburn it Off swag!!

Now on to Alex’s story…

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During the Winter Burn Challenge, Alex lost 15 pounds! Although seeing the weight come off is amazing, we loved Alex’s story, because it is a reminder that health is not about how you look or a number on scale, but how you actually feel and how you are fueling your body!

So without further adieu, here is Alex…

“While I feel I’ve always tried to eat healthy and stay in shape, as I’ve become a full-time business owner, husband, father, etc. my diet, weight and conditioning had all taken some hits from where they once were. I would often think of making changes to get back to a healthier way of life, but the day-to-day can easily distract from that and put you in a position to make eating decisions that are a less about health and more about convenience.

We had tried other diets, some with premade food, sometimes just cutting out some foods, but without any real substantive results, and there was never enough commitment to avoid the temptations and shortcuts. So, when my wife first told me about Fairburn it Off and what the program would entail, I was skeptical. I knew she had that level of commitment, but I wasn’t sure about myself. However, it was becoming evident that minor changes weren’t helping, and if I wanted to get results, this could be the way.

My hardest part was really in the first two weeks when my body was detoxing from cutting out all the bad foods I was so used to. It was well worth the effort though, and it wasn’t long before I noticed my cravings decreasing, my energy increasing, and the scale dropping. I was amazed with the amount of weight lost in just the first month. There were no false promises with Fairburn It Off; if you follow the plan, you will lose weight, and you will feel better. The Fairburn’s are always there to help, which has been great, and my wife and I can’t thank them enough.”

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Alex’s story was and is a great reminder to this quote below (shared by another FIO member):

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Congratulations again to Alex!

If you’d like to join Alex on his health journey, consider becoming a member of our nutrition plans today!

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Transformation Tuesday: Elyse’s Story

Today we are featuring Elyse’s own personal health journey. Although I of course have always found Elyse beautiful (I mean, my wife’s a catch!), I knew that her story should be shared since she did have many struggles to get to where she is today.

You may not believe this, but remember all of those health and fitness tests that we would have to do in gym class growing up? Like running the mile or seeing how many push-ups we could do? Well, Elyse opted out of every single one of them! She would have her doctor write a letter to dismiss her from class since she had asthma (that was the excuse Elyse would use anyway). In fact, Elyse did not run until high school when she decided to try out for the field hockey team, and she threw up. Twice. It’s a whole other story why Elyse decided to play field hockey, but lets just say she wanted to be like Winnie Cooper in the Wonder Years!

Despite her first time on the field being a painful one, it helped to motivate Elyse, and she became very active and even became a competitive ballroom dancer.  However, her eating habits weren’t always a match for sports and dance.  She had periods of time where she drank orange soda almost every day (Keenan and Kell anyone?), and then followed it up with a couple of years of having just ramen noodles practically every day.

In college, Elyse was dancing even more, spending hours a day in the ballroom while maintaining a full course load.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t consistent with her eating habits during this time, and sometimes ate very little, especially when compared to how much she was dancing.  I can remember always being on her case to eat more whenever I visited because she seemed to be withering away!

Once we both graduated college and moved in together, it was difficult for us to adjust to being out of college and working full-time.  Elyse was no longer ballroom dancing and was finding it difficult to consistently be active, eat healthy, and work.  As a result, in just a couple of months, she gained over 20 pounds.  More important than the weight, I could also tell that Elyse was unhappy and less energetic during this time as she dealt with other personal family issues and we both struggled to maintain positive fitness and nutrition habits.

Once Elyse tipped over 144 pounds, she became very hung up on getting back to a certain number on the scale and started experimenting with different diets, including one where she cut out all carbs and had pure protein days with no veggies or fruits!  She of course lost weight immediately, but this kind of diet was not sustainable and left her with very little energy.  She couldn’t even run – could only walk – without feeling dizzy! Different diets led to similar results, and her weight yo-yoed for a period of time.

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This was a very hot day, but Elyse was very self conscious about showing too much of her body in a photo – shortly after her yo-yo diets began

But most of you know what happened next – we decided to start drinking black coffee to cut out sugar (it was actually a recommendation from my grandmother who is very active herself).  Elyse and I also started running together, and signed up for a few road races, including a half marathon, which was Elyse’s first ever road race!  Quite a far cry from when Elyse was throwing up during runs for field hockey!  We trained for the race and also went to the gym for lifting workouts together, which helped us both hold each other accountable.  Elyse also incorporated many other home workouts, such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts – her favorite!  The positive progress we were making made it easier for us both to be passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and we realized that we actually could find time to fit our health into our hectic schedules!

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Through this gradual process, we both became much more consistent with our workouts, and to help fuel these workouts we also changed our eating habits.  We both began questioning what we were putting into our body, and how we could make things healthier as we became passionate about living a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.  It was during this time that we realized that the processed foods we were accustomed to eating for many years did us no good and could be replaced by healthy, natural, and tastier options. And as we did this, people began asking us how to do it too, which helped push Elyse to work even harder and live even healthier without depriving herself.

Even though Elyse is now physically healthier than she was a few years ago, the most important part of her transformation has been about how these lifestyle changes have made her happier and more full of energy.  Her positive attitude during this entire experience has led to her incredible results, and I couldn’t be more proud of all she has accomplished.   Accountability and staying positive, even when it is difficult, went a long way for Elyse, and has ultimately helped form our vision for Fairburn it Off!

Oh, and she refuses to own a scale so that she won’t get hung up on a number again!

Are you ready to transform? Become a member today here and be our next success story!

 

 

#TransformationTuesday: Amy’s Weight Loss Story

Amy is a working mom with a toddler at home.  Her and her husband started with our Four Week Guide and are now members of our Burnin’ Meal and Workout Lifetime Guide! When we received photos of their progression after just 4 weeks, we were floored! Check out Amy’s story below (don’t worry, her husband’s story will be coming soon):

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As a former massage therapist, I would always encourage clients to tend to their own health so that they can be dedicated to others without becoming stressed, sick, or depleted. But, sometimes it’s hardest to take care your own advice! This lesson especially hit home when I became a mom. Now, there never seems to be enough time in the day!

When I found out about Fairburn It Off I leapt at the chance to sign my husband and myself up! We had tried clean eating before, but we were having a hard time breaking some of our “bad food habits”. Without structure, we were just trying our best day-by-day.

The first week, or so, was the toughest.  Our appetites were out-of-whack with the new patterns of eating, and we essentially detoxed from our old poor diet. After the initial adjustments and gaining new habits, we realized that our cravings were diminished and our appetites were stable. We actually find ourselves reaching for (and enjoying!) healthy snacks and other healthier alternatives now!

We still live our lives: running our business, working on side projects, keeping up with our house, and raising our energetic two-year old. There were a million times we could have quit, or given up on our goals- life can get crazy around here! Instead, we focus on doing the very best we can each day, and making the best choices at every meal/snack time.

I am not always “perfect” with following the guide and things do not always go perfectly to plan, but I can feel the positive changes our lifestyle is already having, which has encouraged us to be better and better.

Finding new restaurants with menus that support our goals make our rare evenings out a total win/win. Using family time to stay active now leads to amazing quality-time enjoying the outdoors hiking or walking with our son. Rather than letting my role at home and work conflict with being healthy, I make working out a game that my toddler can join in on: Now, he begs to “dance” and “do yoga”!

I noticed a lot of positive changes in just the first month (I didn’t have a single blemish the entire time!), and we each lost more weight than we thought we would. I lost 7 lbs and my husband lost 14 lbs! The scale is not our reason for doing this, but it is wonderful motivation to see that number drop while we feel stronger and healthier! The road for me has been a long one, but I am so grateful for the support of fun, healthy people, like David and Elyse. They are real people who truly care about helping others get healthy.

We are so happy to be Fairburn It Off members! The recipes are great, and I love the way the plan lays everything out so simply. From grocery shopping to meal prep and timing – it is fool-proof! Having workouts and challenges included for each day make it easy to stay on track, and we are excited to continue this journey!

Want to follow Amy and start your health journey? It’s never too late! Get a jumpstart this holiday season and sign up to become a member here! You WILL be our next success story!