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Success Story: Julie Lost 52 Pounds!

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Success Story: Julie Ellis

Age: 51

Height: 5’11”

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!

Success Story Julie Ellis's before and after photos of her 52 pound weight loss.

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!

A Weight Loss after photo of Julie Ellis

Julie’s amazing after photo!



on July 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM Reply

You have inspired me, Julie! I am in my early 60s and need to lose 25lbs. I am going to be consistent working out and eating right! I know I will feel a lot better - both physically and mentally. YES I CAN!! :)

    on August 19, 2014 at 1:03 PM Reply

    Thank you Pat. You too will feel fantastic - physically and emotionally as you add muscle and lose fat. The feeling of empowerment is priceless - something that I never want to live without. You CAN do it!

on July 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM Reply

Such an inspirational story! I, too, started with Chris Freytag on her Challenge Loop 28 Day challenge. I never thought I could do a pushup or lift weights or any of that stuff. But I hung in there & actually began to love working out! My favorite exercise is now tricep dips that I learned from one of Chris's videos! I also love what she says about not thinking your are on a diet; instead change the letters to EDIT & edit what you eat! It works! I now eat mostly fruits, veggies, proteins (love biPro powder), dairy & complex carbs. I've dropped 60 pounds & plan to keep it off permanently. Yea for all of us & Hooray for Chris!

on July 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM Reply

I love this story. I was thinking women in there fifties, like myself, couldn't lose the weight anymore or do a push up. Thanks...This is what I needed to read.

    on August 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM Reply

    Sue - the first time you do that perfect push-up, you will feel so empowered! You CAN! And you WILL! And then you will cheer for yourself. :)

    on July 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM Reply


on July 29, 2014 at 7:29 PM Reply

Congratulations, Julie!!! I'm SO happy for you! :D My experience is similar to those comments made by Julie and Amy. I struggled with my weight through adolescence and early adulthood. In my mid-twenties, I finally made some changes, became more fit, and lost about 40 lbs. Then, I got married and some weight creeped on as I took on some of my husband's habits. I tried on and off to drop the weight in the following years, but I became frustrated and discouraged as I watched my weight go up after the birth of each of our children. Now, our youngest is age 9 and I am the heaviest I have ever been. I've been stuck in a vicious cycle of deciding to improve my health, reading about healthy eating and exercise, trying to make the changes, struggling and failing, then falling back into the old habits in discouragement. I want to feel good instead of tired and hurting all over. I want to be a good example to my girls and to impress upon them the importance of taking care of their health. I am trying to get some moral support from family and friends. I signed up to get Chris' e-mails (Love ya, Chris!! :D You seem so real, and your encouragement and clear instruction make me feel like you sincerely want to help people!). I dug out some old exercise dvds, looked at workouts and healthy recipes shown on Chris' blog,, and some other places online, in magazines, etc., and tried to get into the 28-day Challenge, but failed to keep with it. I'm trying to adjust my thinking and attitude and being more determined to improve my health, for my family's sake as well as my own. Thank you for the encouragement and the good example! :D It helps to be reminded that others who struggle are succeeding.

    on July 31, 2014 at 2:32 PM Reply

    Sheri - You can do it too! Thank you for sharing your story! We are all here for you supporting you and cheering you on! There are so many people struggling to lose weight and you are not alone. I hope the workouts I share on my Facebook page and the recipes (and DVDs) on my website help you on you journey. If you have a question for me, just ask! On here, on Facebook or by emailing ! YES YOU CAN!

on July 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM Reply

What an inspiring story! You just took away all of my excuses: I guess I'm not too old (41), too out of shape to start, too broke (I have Chris's DVDs), etc. I also have about 50 lbs to lose. Knowing you could do it (& in such a relatively short period of time) makes me believe I really can do it, too! Thanks for sharing your story & thanks to Chris for all of the great posts & products.

    on August 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM Reply

    Amy - You CAN do it! Yes, YOU CAN! At times it can be difficult, but I assure you, you CAN and you WILL succeed! Best of luck to you Amy - I and all the others here are cheering you on! Julie Ellis

    on July 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM Reply

    You can do it too, Amy!

on July 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM Reply

What an incredible story! We are so much stronger than we think :)

    on July 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM Reply


on July 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM Reply

This is a success story I need to hear. I am struggling so much right now. Partly because I'm truly an empty-nester and I work 12 hour nights. Really struggling to get back to healthy eating and exercising. Thanks for sharing this story!

on July 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM Reply

What an inspirational story and thank you for sharing! I'm sure this will motivate others. Chris has helped me get the body I thought I would never have, it is not impossible you just have to change your mindset. Thank you Chris!!!!

    on July 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM Reply

    Nancy - You are right! It all begins with a mindset shift! Thank you for your kind comments and support to other women like Julie!

on July 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM Reply

what an inspiring story, you look amazing and I know you have to feel amazing too! Keep living your life to the fullest! KUDOS!!

    on July 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM Reply

    She does look amazing, doesn't she?

on July 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM Reply

I too read your emails and am inspired to live a healthy lifestyle. It is not all about weight loss (although that is important too). I started eating healthier and exercising over 3 years ago and have lot over 90 lbs! It took me awhile because I didn't consider myself to be "on a diet". It had to be a new way of eating for me so I made gradual small changes in the way that I ate. I gave up soda, drank more water,cut carbs, incorporated vegetables into my eating and stated eating smaller portions. Now I have a whole new way of eating. I love the recipes and tips that I find on your website and through your emails. Thanks for the encouragement!

    on July 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM Reply

    You really can Pat! And think of the sense of accomplishment you will feel too!

    on July 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM Reply

    WOW! That's amazing! Congratulations! It sounds like you are truly dedicated to your health and are making great decisions! Happy you are enjoying the recipes on my website too! Keep checking back as we put up new ones all the time! Enjoy!

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