Beautiful Ladies Jay Cutler 2013
homas Szasz once said, "People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates." At this moment in time, my journey to creating myself is beginning. It has been eight short months that my training began and up to now I am feeling better than ever. My confidence, self esteem, attitude, drive, focus, and determination are all at a level that peaked at a new high. A high that was not reached before nor discovered, better yet, known it existed. But this newly found bravery and self worth was not always present within me.
Eight months ago I was a lost introvert individual that depended on her family and her relationship to keep her sane. Hiding behind a wall, scared of life and where it was going, and feeling empty because something was missing. Being shy, overweight, and distracted from life goals did not make the situation any better. Knowing that the way I was going was completely wrong but never taking the steps necessary to fix it or take control. My life was taking a turn for something that I never wanted to be, unhealthy and fat. But it was comfort because that was all I knew; I was always the chubby fat girl. So I conformed to what I had known my entire life.
Now I know what you are thinking, this girl must have no type of physical activity at all what so ever so she must be lazy. But that is not my thing, I hate laziness and would never waste my time, my life was so busy with work, school, taking care of the family, maintaining a relationship and trying to find myself! I was going to the gym and I was trying to get fit by myself with the guidance of my husband, and I tried hard. Not hard enough because my diet was not cleaned up, my eating habits were horrible, and I was going out constantly, drinking the night away. Clearly being counterproductive and not wanting to hear anyone's opinion screwed me up. I got comfortable thinking that what I was doing would keep me fine and that I was not doing any more harm. Well I was wrong.
One day watching a television show I encountered my first bikini and figure competition. Instantly I was captivated and knew I wanted to do that; I could do that. There was one major problem, I was out of shape, had no clue on where to begin and I still wanted to go out and have fun. Time passed and I put that idea in the back of my mind. November came around and I saw my friend Selene compete, keep in mind, back then I didn't talk to her or see her much, her transformation amazed me. Seeing her do what I wanted to do inspired me to do it. I thought to myself, if she can do it, I can do it. The idea stuck and it sounded great, but more time passed and I did not take action.
One day when we were out, I asked her about her training and she gave me Sharlene Ruiz's number, the owner yourtime2bfit.com. It took me a while to call her, I was scared and nervous. I contemplated the idea, played with it, imagined, dreamed, questioned myself and my ability to do it. Was I ready to commit myself to such rigorous training? Can I do it? Questions with no answers. After much talk and discussion with my husband, I played with the idea even more. Then suddenly one day I woke up and said to myself, "today is the day I will call her." I was ready, I needed to change, the sudden urge took over me and I did not look back. I waited for the evening to call, I was a nervous wreck and a chicken, so I waited for Marco's (my husband) presence to call her. After a couple of minutes on the phone the deal was set, Friday March 16th, 2012 my training would begin.
That Friday I was extremely nervous and I did not know what to expect. I was intimidated, scared, and shy. Many questions ran through my head and I was overwhelmed by it all. Thankfully I overcame my fears and had my first training session, it changed my life instantly. I went and I conquered the first of many trainings. Upon receiving my diet and my training schedule I became hooked. The feeling of empowerment was the best feeling in the world and every able person should be able to feel that profound joy. Once you beginning lifting more and seeing those pounds drop, it becomes your addiction, your drug to continue with the process. Progression takes its time, patience is required and results are not immediate but it happens slowly and internally. Each day as I wake up I feel the difference in my body, food becomes fuel and not comfort, and gym time is precious. Your mental structure starts to change, the being you were no longer there exists; you are growing to the person you are creating. Adjusting to seeing the difference in the mirror can get hard, people will judge and they will question your motives, put you down, make fun of your new lifestyle and make you feel horrible. But if you are changing for the better and for you, then there is no wrong, it is all right and it should be embraced because after all, you are going to be healthy and live a great life sticking around for a long time.
An extra push into becoming healthy was needed in order to rid the body of toxins that can potentially slow progress. With the advice from my trainer Sharlene, I began the Isagenix thirty day cleansing program. Yes it was hard at first, hunger become unbearable, and my attitude sucked because it was changing my body internally, after a couple of days all that went away. The cleanse itself did wonders and I had left a difference within the first week. A good change though and that was the thought that kept me going. The losing of weight was totally awesome and I loved seeing the numbers on the scale move. It is a product that keeps you nourished and it is a great tool as a beginning step towards the change in the new direction.
I have learned a lot about myself as the month's progress. I am strong internally and externally. I can resist the temptations that surround me daily, yes it is hard but the results and inner peace are worth more than a hamburger or fries. Yes I have slipped on ice cream and it was torturous but I learned my lesson and I realized that this means more to me than I had originally anticipated. I have realized that this is not a game or a "now thing", this is for life and I am fully committed to my training. If I can change or inspire someone to get healthy and fit, I have accomplished my goal. That goal of being someone's Selene, showing them that anything is possible if you have your mental muscle screwed on right.
As for now, I am still creating myself into the person I feel I am supposed to be. I am still adjusting to my new identity while trying to fit some of the old me into the picture. I still cannot get use to seeing myself in the mirror, I am still seeing the old chubby girl, but I love my transition, it is part of my story. A story that I am happy with because it shaped me and I am willing to share it with anyone that is open to listening. Thankfully I have the support of an amazing family, friends, and the best trainer as my mentor and coach that push me hard everyday. I am happy and excited to see where my journey will take me. The world better be ready for me because I am barely beginning and there is no stopping me, I am unstoppable and the world is mine for the taking.
Kathleen such an inspiration!
With her persistence,commitment to her workouts and our nutrition plan
There was NO stopping this girl!
I worked with Kathleen after she had lost some of the baby weight but hadn't quite hit her pre baby weight goal. She thought she ate good and was for sure training hard. Although the scale didn't change much after she started the nutritional program she dropped several sizes and is happy with having learned how easy clean eating is Bobi G!!!!
Before prepping for my first competition, I was frequently at the gym but not achieving the results I strived for. I didn't have the muscle definition I tried for years to obtain. I thought I ate quiet healthy, but after the knowledge I've gained from Sharlene I've learned so much more. The coaching and mentoring she provided gave me deep insight to proper nutrition and training. I realize it takes patience and at times it was difficult, but seeing my body change was so rewarding. This showed me what an impact food and exercise have on the body. I became even more motivated to stay focused and keep on going. It was a great opportunity to challenge myself, body and mind, and train for my first competition. This experience has opened my eyes to a better understanding of fitness. I'm so happy and grateful to have had Sharlene guide me. I'm so proud of the results! My goal has been accomplished!
Hi I just wanted to share how wonderful my life is since I took the advice of Bobi G. Previously at the age of 68 I had started to see a decline in my health due to weight gain. I had gotten married to a wonderful man and started eating late at night along with not exercising regularly.
Pretty soon my blood pressure was uncontrollable, my energy was low, and I found myself getting depressed. Bobi showed me that with little changes in my lifestyle I could get back on track. What I loved about this is that if I had a question I was never made to feel like it was a stupid one or that I was bothering her. I would text her several times a week until I fianlly got the swing of things. I feel so good now I no longer need blood pressure medicine and I look 10 years younger even though I am now 71. (pic in black I'm 70)
I would highly recommend if you are ready to commit to take charge of your life and let Bobi help she will show you the way.
best to you
Why can't I just be skinny? I wish I looked like her. I'm fat! These were the things I would always say throughout my life until one day I realized that complaining was not going to take me anywhere. It was time for to change my attitude and lifestyle. I knew that this was a big challenge for me and that I needed help, guidance and support. I reached out to one of the most motivating and knowledgeable people I know, Sharlene. She created a meal and exercise plan for me. My first step was to clean my body out so I could have a fresh start. Sharlene introduced me to Isagenix. This was my first cleanse so I really didn't know what to expect. I soon learned that unlike many other cleanses, the Isagenix cleanse does not let your body go into starvation mode. It feeds your body nutrients and help your metabolism. Those 30 days were not easy but I managed to resist my cravings and stay focused. Not only did this cleanse flush my body of toxins, it also helped me lose weight and it get into the habit of eating 6 times a day. After completing the cleanse, I had no doubt that I would be able to achieve my goal. After completing the Isagenix cleanse, I began to follow the meal and exercise plan that Sharlene created for me. I quickly began to see great results and was excited that I was finally making a change in body but most importantly in my health. Sharlene's knowledge and mentoring helped me understand what proper nutrition really is. I realized that what I thought were "healthy foods" were not really healthy. Thanks to Sharlene, now I am more conscious of what I feed my body. Seven months into my lifestyle change, I began to hear talks about a fitness competition. I always knew that Sharlene competed but I never really pictured myself being in a competition. One day Sharlene asked me if I ever thought of competing. I was very surprised that my mentor believed that I would be able to be part of a fitness competition. At first I told myself that there was no way I could compete but it was always in the back of mind. The thought of competing wouldn't go away so I finally made up my mind to do it. It was a very hard journey but Sharlene's motivation helped me overcome my fears and roadblocks. The change I saw in my body was incredible. It's as if I was a different person. This journey helped me learn lot about myself and gain the confidence I never had before. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I am thankful that Sharlene was with me every step of the way. I love my new fit and healthy lifestyle. It's not easy reaching a goal. You have to be willing to put in the work and make sacrifices to achieve any goal. Having a mentor makes a world of difference. Thanks to Sharlene's (my mentor) motivation, devotion, support and knowledge, I was able reach and surpass my fitness goal. I could not of done it without her.