Morning sweet friends! Today we have a special treat for you! We are featuring one of our incredible clients, Hope Wiltshire. She is truly an inspiration to so many women who live a "full life" and her hard work, dedication and passion to living a transformed life has truly paid off! Her mantra is "if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you!" and she has truly been changed inside and outside! Completely transformed by giving her best one workout, one day, one hour at a time! We love you and we are so proud of you, Hope! Keep motivated and reaching your goals!
"I will always remember stepping on the doctor's scale towards the end of my second pregnancy. Although I was very pregnant, my weight was at the highest it had ever been and it worried me. I had abandoned my cardio routine during my pregnancy and my eating habits were very poor. I can't tell you how many texts I sent those 9 months asking my husband to bring home a pizza from Little Italy on his way home from work! Right at 6 weeks after my second daughter was born I returned to my 3 to 4 days a week cardio program. I had lost extra weight easily before after my first daughter was born 4 years earlier, and I expected it to be easy again. I stuck with it for months, but the number on the scale wasn't moving. I lacked energy. I looked tired. I was reading and learning about healthy foods, but I didn't know how to realistically incorporate them into meals that my family would want to eat. And as my baby's first birthday crept closer and closer, I knew that getting healthy was something I wasn't doing well on my own.
I had friends who recommended Caroline and TransFit and I loved what I read and saw on her website, but it was several weeks before I actually contacted her. Fear got in the way. What if it's hard? Will I be able to keep up? At my initial consultation Caroline was kind, encouraging, and she gave me hope that I could reach my goals. She led me through different exercises, some that were very different from anything I had ever done before. After I left that day, I considered telling Caroline that I couldn't do it. It was challenging! I was sore. My old friend fear returned-- Will I be able to commit? What if I fail?
Caroline told me something at our very first meeting that I have kept with me throughout this journey. "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." I knew in my heart that I couldn't hold on to those fears if I wanted to change. I decided to go for it--2x a week at TransFit, 3x a week exercising on my own, and modeling my eating after the meal plans Caroline gave me. It seemed daunting. But before I knew it I was seeing and feeling all sorts of changes. My clothes fit differently. I could see muscle definition in my arms. My skin cleared up. I wasn't "dragging" every day around 4:00 in the afternoon. The number on the scale was decreasing. And to my surprise, I felt good after the workouts! At TransFit I've connected with a community of women who support one another. I have made many special friends! I have let go of worrying so much about reaching an "ideal" weight and now focus on developing a permanent, healthy lifestyle.
Right now my goals are to incorporate more greens into my meals each day, drink more water, no eating after 7:00, and exercise 5 times a week (those last two have been hard ones, but I'm working on it!). When I first started training at TransFit I went twice a week. In January of this year I pushed myself to try three times a week (say what?!) in the studio. The other 2 days of the week I love to dance at Jazzercise or walk/jog in my neighborhood. The accountability at TransFit is one of my favorite things. I love treating my workouts as appointments that cannot be missed. Caroline will often ask what we ate for different meals and checking in on the scale is a great way to see how my food and exercise choices have affected my body.
TransFit is such a special place, and I've said before that it is like personal training for your soul! The trainers at TransFit inspire me to be a better person! The love and positivity that radiates from the studio is contagious. I want to make others around me feel important and special, just as they make me feel. I have not only improved my physical health, but my emotional and spiritual health as well. Each morning that I leave the studio, I leave grateful for my body, my family, and my life. I truly want to be the best me that I can be.
Was it challenging in the beginning? Yes! Is it still challenging? Oh yes! But now, almost a year later, I want to push myself harder to do one more rep or to use a heavier weight. I'm not afraid to be challenged. I am living transformed!"
Hope's Favorite Recipe
Sweet Potato Soup
Makes one serving
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced small
4 baby carrots, or 1/2 large carrot, diced small
3 frozen whole okra
1 cup chIckes broth
3/4 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pinches mineral salt
Stevia to taste
1. Put all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cover and turn the heat to high, bringing the mixture to a quick boil. Lower the heat and simmer the veggies until tender (takes just a few minutes).
2. Transfer the mixture to a blender. Make sure the lid is secure, and blend well for a few seconds. Turn the blender off and vent the hot air, then continue to blend until completely smooth.
3. Return the purée to the saucepan and simmer for a couple more minutes Taste and adjust seasonings.
You can top with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Add diced cooked chicken breast for protein
Hope's Favorite Exercises
Kettle bell swings
Kettle bell squat thrust
Wood chopper on bosu
Russian twists with med ball.
What an incredible woman with a contagious passion to live a healthier life: body, mind and spirit! We are truly inspired and encouraged by you, Hope!
To try some of the workouts Hope does in the studio along with some of our best TransFit recipes and inspiration, check out our 14 Day Recharge ebook. With about 14 days left in April, what a better time to start your whole body health transformation? Join Hope in being challenged and changed this month! You can find the ebook here! Get it now for only $9.99!!
Have a great week friends! This week on your April calendars is the Water Challenge! Push yourself to drink at least 80 oz and whatever you are drinking now, try to drink one glass more a day! You can do it, friends! Also- a reminder that the studio will be closed this Thursday!! We will be open on Friday with sessions lead by TransFit CPT, Shelley Tanner! Have an awesome day!