What’s up Temple Builders? Are you ready for another SUCCESS story by our clients here at TBF? We are almost halfway into January….are you sticking to those goals? Beginning this journey can be a very apprehensive experience. For most of us this isn’t our first pony ride with fitness. Many of us have worked out, joined gyms, and even gone to weight loss clinics to try to get control of our eating and health. Starting out again can be scary–we don’t want to fail and we certainly don’t want to make an investment and not see a return.
Fitness isn’t a new concept to Brandy Rose; she has done everything from tennis to kickboxing. Her fitness journey at TBF is a testament to her hard work and new outlook on life. Since joining TBF in October, Brandy has lost over 24 pounds and 12 inches. Her increases in strength and decreases in weight and measurements show muscle gain and fat loss. Not only did Brandy change her life, she brought her girls and husband along for the ride! Her journey just goes to show you how much of an impact you have on the community, especially your family. Brandy is dedicated not only to her health, but to helping others by serving at Paint This Town Red. We tend to think we are alone in our struggles with fitness, when in fact we are very much the same in the mental, physical, and emotional changes we endure to make a true lifestyle change. Let Brandy’s story remind you that while we may have different goals, our hardships are the same and we need to approach them with the same mentality Brandy has–like a champion.
My name is Brandy Rose. I am 36 yrs old. I have 2 lovely daughters and have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 18 yrs. When i was in high school I was always athletic. I played basketball and tennis. I was about a size 5 and 130 lbs. I got married pretty much out of high school and had my first daughter at 19. It was pretty much down hill from there. It’s like everyone says just got comfortable. I tried different things to lose weight but nothing stuck. I couldn’t get my mind right and the excuses just kept coming. 18 years later I found myself fat, out of shape, and extremely unhealthy.
I finally decided enough was enough. I noticed it was affecting my health and my family. I had no energy didn’t want to do anything. Basically I felt like crap all of the time and my self-esteem was in the toilet. I hated to go anywhere because I was worried what other people saw when they looked at me.
After much debate in my head i started TBF at the end of Oct. 2011. I had met Amber and Daniel at church and several of their other clients. I saw the result and decided i couldn’t hurt to try it. I knew I needed to take control of my life. I was in shock when I stepped on the scales for the first time. I knew I was over weight but never dreamed it had gotten that bad. I weighed 231.6. It was the heaviest I had ever been. It was kind of discouraging but I had made up my mind that I was going to do this for myself and my family. I want to be around for a long time for my girls and my husband.
When I started like I said my weight was out of control. I could wear and 18 but it wasn’t comfortable. That first week of grueling. There were several times that i thought i was crazy putting myself through this. They will push you past your comfort level which is what i needed. That first week i saw results on the scale. Then eventually in my clothes size. The meal plan was a big help. It made me change the way I look at food completely. Grocery shopping will never be the same.
I have been dedicated to this for about 3 months now and it still amazes me that you can get this much results from sometimes just a 8 minute workout. they had me doing stuff that i never dreamed i could do, like deadlift 300lbs. That’s crazy for me to wrap my head around. I’m getting stronger everyday and it feels great. It’s like Daniel said the first day “we provide the workout, you provide the intensity.” I try to give 100% every time, but there are still mornings when i get up and think man i don’t want to do this. I use the same excuses as before-tired, busy, but now i tell myself get off your butt and go. I don’t want to let Amber and Daniel down but most of all i don’t want to let myself or my family down.
I am now down over 20 pounds and in a size 13. All i can say is WOW. People need to know that this is NOT just a diet and workout. This is a LIFESTYLE. I try to get other people to join me and it’s funny they have all the excuses that i use to have. It makes me sad really. i am super excited to see what this year brings for me and my family because my husband and both my girls are going on the journey with me. They started this month and i can’t wait to see their results too!!