Success Story: Julie Lost 52 Pounds!
Success Story: Julie Ellis
Starting Weight: 210 lbs.
Current Weight: 158.2 lbs.
I got an email from a wonderful gal who told me:
“Thank you Chris Freytag and team for all that you do to help those of us that can’t afford to pay a personal trainer, or simply do not have the time to devote hours to the gym. You don’t need to! You only need the desire (love the motivational help from Chris) and a little room to move in your living room. It’s really that simple.”
So I wrote her back and told her, “Thank you for the kind words!” And would she be willing to share her story with us and she said, “Yes”…here it is:
I wanted to reach out and let Chris know that she touches people – Chris has helped me. I am on a new journey – this is not a “diet and exercise program.” Nope, this is how I live my life. My life that will last far beyond 52. Now, 52 is a magic number for me– my parents and my siblings have all died before reaching 52. I turned 51 in October of 2013. How much time did I really have left?
I began reading about nutrition and moving your body, back in the summer of 2013, and that’s as far as I got – reading about it. By December 2013, my weight had just about topped out – I weighed exactly the same amount as I did the day I gave birth to my daughter! How could I have let this happen! I had no energy. I was carrying a laundry basket of clean clothing up the stairs. I got to the top and I was breathing so hard! My throat got tight; my legs were burning; I broke out in a sweat. I cannot do this anymore.
Then came a weight loss challenge at work. Hmmmmm. I don’t want to have my co-workers see me fail. I’m just too tired. But it wouldn’t leave my mind – it stayed there – it’s time to change.
So on my own, January 1, 2014 I began a new eating plan I crafted myself from all my reading. I would eat clean – no processed anything. No more soda, energy drinks, none of it. I committed to eating fresh fruit and veggies every single day. I decided that I would reduce my carbs and get as much protein into my diet as possible.
I continued eating well and reading for the first two weeks. By the beginning of the third week of January, I added in walking and I began with Chris’ walking DVD! I walked every single day with Chris for the next two weeks. I weighed myself at the end of January (and not before) to see what, if any progress I had made. I lost 12 pounds. I decided to start journaling to keep myself accountable.
At that point, a couple girls wanted to exercise after work but I was too embarrassed to join. I was overweight, I couldn’t do a jumping jack and I certainly couldn’t do a push-up.
But, by the first of February I did, in fact, agree to participate in the daily workouts beyond walking after work – with Chris Freytag of course, right in my own home. Every day I sweated, I pushed my body to go places it had not gone in 20 years! And, I was lifting weights with Chris, something I had never done! I vomited after working out. I hurt. I put the box of Oreos in the garbage.
By the last week of February, and I had been eating clean for nearly two months and on a regular exercise plan. I was working out every single day and lifting weights (10 Pound Slim Down DVD thank you very much!). I kept a journal of every bit of fuel that went into my body and the exercise that I gave it – and I still do!
At the end of February, I had lost 22.8 pounds. At the end of March I had lost 36 pounds. At the end of April I had lost 42 pounds. At the end of May I had lost 47 pounds. Still no perfect push-up but I was trying.
Now, as of 7 months later, I can RUN up the stairs! I CAN do jumping jacks and I CAN do push-ups. Yes I have to make good decisions for myself; yes there will be temptations (BAD OREOS!); but I CAN, it’s NOT TOO HARD and the more I exercise and fuel my body properly – I am NOT TOO TIRED!
I continue down the road of eating healthy and exercising every single day in some form. Some days I will let Chris kick my butt, and some days I simply walk outdoors, and then there are the days I actually go to the gym to lift weights! Thank you Chris for giving me the tools and the encouragement to get where I am. I can actually run up and down the stairs without breathing heavy.
As of the first of July I reached my goal – 160 pounds. I have not been at this weight since I was in high school (yes, that long ago)! My husband and I have planking and push-up contests! My entire life has changed. I feel so good!
To all those out there that think they can’t do it – I am here to tell them that YES, YOU CAN! (I am quoting you Chris – I LOVE that you always say in your videos “Yes you can!”) Once you get over the yucky feeling of getting all the crap out of your system, you will find more energy, better concentration, better sleep, and overall a greater feeling of well-being. That includes depression!
Chris, You have helped to motivate and inspire me more than you know– and I am learning along the way. I urge all women to lift weights – not only does it do amazing things for your body, but it has also given me a feeling of empowerment – I feel strong!