Single Parent and A Crazy Work-a-holic

A year ago I was obese, borderline high blood pressure and in danger of a diabetes diagnosis. I couldn’t cross my legs and had a difficult time tying my shoes. I hated having my picture taken. I recall one day seeing a reflection in a store window and thinking, wow, that person is really huge… then I realized it was me. I hadn’t recognized myself. The pounds creep on a little at a time and before you know it you can’t clothes shop in any store… you’re relegated to the ‘big’ department with elastic waist pants and overpriced ugly t-shirts.

I’d been a single parent for 20+ years and a crazy work-a-holic to support my family. My physical and mental health were pretty low on the priority list. I told myself I just had to keep my head down and plow through... I didn't matter... what only mattered was that I could provide for my family. With my kids ready to graduate college I felt need to take a memorable trip with them. I had worked my way through them growing up and we never took vacations. I was scared, no, I was petrified, I'd be missing from their favorite memories. So, I booked a bucket list trip to California, complete with a 10-mile hike and a bungee jump. Reading the disclaimer for the jump I realized I was on the cusp for needing ‘special accommodations’… i.e., they would have to add more cable to be able to hold me. That was a slap in the face.

I’d seen a for Precision Kettlebells . I was horribly nervous about looking into it. Yes, I admit driving past a few times, but finally I poked my head in the door. They were in the middle of a class and the instructor asked if I could hang out for come back in about 20 minutes when the class was over. I could have driven away and never gone back, but I figured, if I had made it that far I owed it to myself to at least talk to the guy. So, I came back. Mike and I sat on the couch and we talked about where I was, what I was hoping to achieve, what my fears were. And I decided to give it my all for 3 weeks… as soon as we got back.

I did that bungee jump and as I stood on the ledge, stuffed into a harness, scared out of my skin, I told myself, this was the start… I’d take a leap of faith and give it my all.  When I got back I did just that… I gave it my all like never before. Committed to not only attending class, but to really push hard and at the end of three weeks I had noticeable results. The program wasn’t hard and the nutrition guidelines were very easy to follow. Maybe it was the right time in my life and the right program, but I saw results and I knew I wanted more.

Life before PK was all work and bad eating. I’d work anywhere from 10 – 14 hours a day, five to seven days a week, eat on-the-go food, stress eat chocolate at my desk throughout the day and crash on the couch with Ben N Jerry at night. Didn’t exercise much at all. Maybe go for a walk here or there, but that’s about it.

I’d joined a number of gyms over the years and even had a personal trainer at one point, but I never saw significant results. I felt pretty lost at the gym, not really knowing what I should be doing and never pushing myself to the point of results.

In the past year I’ve lost 65lbs, gotten my blood pressure and cholesterol very much under control, and I was able to stop taking a medication for a stomach issue. I’ve gone from a tight size 18 to being able to put on my first pair of size 10 pants since I was in my 20’s. I can see and feel muscles my body forgot about.

Last year I was a work-a-holic. Today I have balance. I have PK in my life and that means I get my work done and I’m out of the office on time because I have somewhere to go… and that place has helped me get my life back, it's a non-negotiable. I look forward to leaving work behind and doing something for ME. I’ve put myself back up at the top of my own priorities and it feels good. I’ve made great friends who are on the same journey. I'm a member of the PK FitFamily. Even though I’ve always been an outgoing person, I have so much more confidence in myself and it has attracted many good things into my all areas of my life.

I recommend PK to everyone because of the results I’ve experience. PK members come in every shape, size and age. We are at all different fitness levels, but have very similar goals… to become healthier. It is comforting and encouraging to be around people who share similar goals. I truly desire everyone to have a similar experience because it feels so damn good! Every week someone comments about how I’m the Incredible Shrinking Woman, or how great I look, or the new sparkle I have, or how proud they are of me. Do you know how it feels when your kids say how proud they are of YOU? There’s nothing like it…it feels terrific! Wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I can truly say I’m happy, healthy and in a really good place in my life.

Jen- West Chester, PA

I had made an investment in my family's future

My whole life I have battled with my weight.  Never really thinking of it as a 'problem', until - that is, while reading over a job application physical and in the comments under weight the Dr. wrote: 'Overweight'.  I was shocked.  That was over 20 years ago.

Fast forward - 3 kids later (27, 25 & 14 years old), turning 52, the challenge of a teenager while I'm switching gears in a new job.  Battling high cholesterol, high triglycerides, borderline diabetic and still 'overweight'!

I knew something had to give - this time - it wasn't me!  I had to teach myself it was OK to put me first and everyone and everything around me would fall into place.  After all, if I'm not healthy and happy how was I going to get my family there? 

I first heard of Precision Kettlebells through my friend Jen.  She had been posting some impressive results on social media.

Jen had tried to get me to go to Precision Kettlebells Boot Camp - but I wasn't ready - AND I knew it.

In April of 2016 Precision Kettlebells had a 6 week program running and I talked to my friend about doing it with me (Thank you Helen).  I have to admit it - I was apprehensive!  Could I do this, could I believe in myself enough to give it 110%?

Helen and I joined the PK fit family and I WAS HOOKED!!!  From the very first meeting to the first workout, I have loved every minute of it!  You really do get out of PK boot camps what you put into it. 

I immersed myself with every email, article, and piece of advise Mike and Kate gave!  I read everything twice to make sure I didn't miss any information. 

At first, I thought, 'Wow', can I do this?  YES!  Wholeheartedly!!!  The first week I lost 7 pounds!  I was ecstatic!

I could do this and I WAS!!!

Over the course of 6 weeks I lost a total of 17.6 pounds!!!  I couldn't believe it - I set my mind to do it for myself - but never thought I'd lose over 17 pounds!

After the 6 weeks I did not think I could join Precision Kettlebells and stay with the program.  I went for a week not exercising (at PK with buddies), and thought I was going to lose my mind.  My husband finally told me: 'Go and join!  You're not happy not exercising.'  That was it - I had become so used to getting a sweat on - I actually went through withdrawal without it.  Between Michelle's Monday, Wednesday, Thursday workouts and Mike's sweaty circuit Fridays - I'm having a ball!!!

Hand's down the best thing I could have done for myself and my family.  I am happier, healthier and better prepared for my future.  I'm still losing weight - up to 20+ pounds down!

I knew I had made an investment in my family's future when my daughter told me: 'Mom, you've inspired me!'

I am where I need to be right now.

My personal mantra:

~ BE MORE AWESOME THAN YESTERDAY ~

And, I am achieving it.

Debbie P - Malvern, PA

The best thing I could have done...

Precision Kettlebells where do I start.  

Heard some rumblings at work, saw the results and I wanted in.  I was in a major slump and needed help. I used to never stop and suddenly doing nothing was turning into my norm. I was going to the gym, walking, but not really working hard and was okay with that.   Sleeping late and not watching what I was eating, I was settling for middle aged life and everything that comes with it.

A friend recommended a challenge at PK and I didn't even give it a thought before signing up.  I had no idea what was about to happen, but I was ready for a change. A complete life change occurred, I lost 22.5 lbs and 14 total inches, the old me( really younger) was back. 

Joining PK was the best thing I could have done not only for me but my whole family.  We are all eating better(baby steps for some) but still seeing  changes. And my youngest daughter asked if she could do the workouts and with the encouragement of Mike, she comes everyday at 6am.  

Everyone at PK works together and pushes each other to do their best. Who can say they enjoy working out at 6am. I can.

 

Deb - Sanatoga, PA

It really is something special

Real Results Case StudyI want to share my story with anyone considering Precision Kettlebells. In January of this year, I stopped in to see what a kettlebell was as I had never been exposed to them before. I was a little nervous because I had never really done any strength training program and I was just coming off a shoulder injury. As I am now the caregiver for my 89 year-old dad, who weighs 180 lbs I felt I needed to gain more upper body strength to help me keep from getting further injuries. I really hadn't planned on any further goal than that.

Then Mike invited my husband to join the 21 day program trial I had signed up for, at no additional cost. I was baited. I was able to convince him to come along and try it - he, too, was frustrated with the results he was getting from his home exercise program.

That was the first key to my (and our) success. Having an exercise and diet buddy makes all the difference in the world. We religiously followed the 21 day diet plan and came to classes 3-4 times/week at the beginning. At the end of the program, I had lost about 14 lbs and my husband had lost around 18 lbs! The best thing is we had developed some really great new eating habits and were regularly exercising. We felt so accomplished!

So we continued the plan beyond the 21 days. We are now at about week #21 and I have lost 31 lbs, have dropped from a size 14 to a size 8. My husband has dropped 39 lbs, and has dropped from a size 42 to a size 38. We have started going at least 6 days a week to class (my husband sometimes goes every day, but he can be obsessive like that - lol)

Having someone else at home on the same team has made this journey so much easier. And the community that has formed at Precision Kettlebells is another group that is so supportive. No judgement, just support and encouragement all along the way. This is not your typical gym. It really is something special.

Looking forward to seeing you later today at class!

Barbara - Malvern, PA

Taking a Stance!!!!

I was just at the point of not fitting into my clothes, and depressed about going up yet another size. One of my co-workers looked amazing--she had trimmed down and lost weight. I asked her how she did it. She said the "28 day challenge at PK". I was intrigued, but having not exercised much and having bad diet habits for the past decade, I was intimated by joining such a program.

I looked into the Transformation Challenge--6 weeks of changing my diet and adding exercise to my weekly routine. I thought this would be so difficult to follow, but I decided to commit to it to avoid the next size up in clothing. I was most concerned about the change to my diet--since I prepare meals for both me and my husband each day, I didn't want to make 2 different meals. To my amazement, I was able to serve the same meal to him and was never hungry. As a matter of fact, some of the recipes are so amazing, my husband requested repeats--he's benefiting from the healthier eating as well.

I had never done kettle bell exercises before. During KB101, I was taught the proper way to use the kettle bells. Classes are so much fun, and each instructor has a different style. This helps keep the full body workouts interesting and helps to keep me motivated. All the instructors are very helpful and provide instruction and feedback during the workouts.

After completion of the Challenge, I am so happy with the results. My friends have noticed too and complimented me on several occasions. Not only did I not need to buy the next size clothing size up, I went down one size in the 6 weeks, and look forward to this summer in my "skinny" clothes and bathing suit. I would recommend this program to anyone that wants to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

Maureen M - Douglassville, PA

No more Wawa hoagies!

I have been in love with Kettlebell training for three years but I was eating whatever I wanted. Many times, I heard Mike say "you can't out train a bad diet” but I wasn’t listening. Finally after seeing awesome physical changes in my classmates, I decided to sign up for the next transformation challenge. I thought I can do anything for six weeks.

Everyone knows the rule for weight loss which is eat less and exercise more, this along with the daily encouragement of the PK team, instructors, prior and current participants was exactly the right combination for my success!

Karen C - Phoenixville, PA