Kris B’s Story

When we lose someone we love there is often a long period of grief, sadness and uncertainty about the future.

This was the case for our client Kris Bruun.  Before becoming a member at Fit Body, Kris’ mother passed away and Kris fell into a deep sadness and depression.  She said that she “allowed the grief to consume her every day life”.  She was lonely, missing her mother, exhausted from the sadness and very worried about the possibility of no advancement in her career. With the loneliness and her future uncertain she said she was essentially “watching her life pass her by.”

Physically she was out of shape and unable to work, grocery shop or do daily activities without getting winded and feeling pooped. She found herself in a pattern of binge eating, gaining weight and then regretting it and wanting to change and see results. She would join fitness clubs but she felt that she didn’t quite belong.  She wasn’t sure what to do to get in better shape and she felt uncomfortable attending classes…

Kris knew things had to change. She wanted them to change but she wasn’t sure how.

 

One fateful evening, the Fit Body team went to Park Tavern for a staff bowling event.  Coach Kim knew and recognized Kris (who was bartending at the Tavern) and when Kris saw Kim and how great and happy Kim looked she was amazed. Kris asked Kim what she had been doing these last several months. Kim told her how Fit Body Boot Camp had changed her life.  Kim had been in a tough spot emotionally and stumbled across Fit Body Boot Camp. She had committed to the program, stayed consistent, seen incredible results and at that time Kim was down over 50lbs.  Kris was blown away.  Kim promised Kris that if she gave Fit Body Boot Camp a try, she too, could change her life.

 

Kris was nervous to come to Fit Body Boot Camp but hopeful as well.

She was desperate and willing to try what coach Kim had promised would work.

 

Kris joined on the Body Transformation Challenge.  She said was nervous about “actually being able to do all the movements.” Her fear was that she would “fail or the program wouldn’t work”.  By the end of the first session she knew it wouldn’t go like that. “Within the 1st week, I felt better mentally and physically. With each day I grew stronger and when I rang that bell for the first time, a feeling of accomplishment washed over me…not to mention love from the cheers of support from all the others in the studio.  The support and encouragement from my coach and all the others made me feel like I was home”.

 

With consistent attendance,  Fit Body Boot Camp became a part of her daily schedule.  She says it is now “her new routine. I work late so I usually go work out around noon then go do some errands before work. 1 of my 3 children has joined with me. I’m so much happier, healthier and stronger.” Since starting a year ago Kris can deadlift over 150lbs, do sit-ups and fit her entire body into ONE of her old pant legs. She is down 34lbs, 22.75 inches and 7.5% body fat.

 

But like anyone who has had success, Kris’ story isn’t free from bumps. She had to overcome plateaus and she is not yet totally to her goals. She said just a few months in she had stalled out in progress and stopped losing weight. With the help of coach Kim, they discovered that she wasn’t eating enough food!  Getting in more calories and trying to increase her sleep helped Kris overcome that plateau and see the scale number start dropping again.

 

Kris says she never knew how different her life could be just by feeling better and being in shape. “I enjoy the outdoor activities again. I love and eat fruit, veggies protein. Sweets are not a part of my daily diet anymore.” Best of all, Kris says she has had friends tell her they have been inspired by her. “I didn’t realize I could inspire someone to workout until people have told me they see my posts on FB and it inspires them to go workout. My workouts are the best part of my day. When I have rest days from FBBC I play with my 3 year old niece by teaching her jumping jacks, planks and sit ups. We chase each other all around the yard.”  If you’ve met Kris in session at our SLP studio, you probably remember her. She brings a lot of joy and positivity with her to every Boot Camp workout.

 

Kris said if you’re considering coming to Fit Body, “just give it a try”.  You need to come for more than just 3 sessions but just do it.  Come in and follow the tips from the coaches.  Before you know it you’ll be a part of an incredible fitness community where the coaches and the members really care about you.

 

We are so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished Kris!

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Changing Habits through replacing Behaviors

Happy Thursday!

This week I’m writing to you with a little trick I learned from our Director of Client Services Rachael Duval. She uses this to wean herself from bad habits, and it has worked for other clients and me too. :)

A little back story though, when Rachael first came to us, she was going through a really really rough time. Her husband had just passed away and she was trying to figure out how to navigate life as a new widow and single mom.

She told me that her pattern was to drink far too much wine and eat to help ease the pain. (This is not confidential information, so please understand I’m not spilling the beans on a secret)

After she began Boot Camp and things gradually began to shift for her. She started feeling better, she was building more confidence, she saw increases in her energy and she wanted to change her lifestyle.

About a year in, is when she decided she wanted to start to change her eating and drinking habits.

She told me recently that what helped her cut WAY back on her wine consumption was to buy bad wine.

I laughed but I was intrigued. Bad wine? Yuck, right?

She said that when she had bad wine in the house she would poor a smaller glass, have a few sips and then be done with it.

With good wine she wanted more…

She wonders, as I have often wondered about habits, if it wasn’t the act of pouring something “special” into a glass and taking the time to slow down and enjoy it that was the thing she longed for rather than the wine itself. 

Now wine is a tricky subject because I realize that there are some of us out there who are facing serious addictions to alcohol. I’m not saying that this will work for you, if you have an addiction. In that situation you may need help from a professional, but if you’re looking to swap out an unproductive behavior (that isn’t necessarily an addiction) this could work. It has for other clients and for me.

Many of you don’t know that I used to smoke.

When I decided to be done with that solo evening cigarette, I HAD TO REPLACE it with something else.

What I loved about that time was that I was alone, unwinding and at peace, but I didn’t want to fill my lungs with poison anymore while I was doing it…

I chose t.v. for a while.  Zoned out, uninterrupted etc. And now I prefer a few minutes of reading and meditation.

But the trick was that I needed to replace the behavior.

The ritual was important. The routine was necessary.

We all have things that we are doing that interfere with our progress…

  • ​Staying up too late
  • Watching just one more episode
  • Flipping through social media right before bed, or in bed
  • Hitting the snooze button and skipping the a.m. workout
  • Seeking out a sweet right before bed…

You get to decide if it is important to you to change that behavior. If it is impeding your progress, it is probably time to find a replacement for the habit. 

Test it out.

See if it helps.

I hope it does.

We are here for you,

Megan K and the team

PS curious about Fit Body Boot Camp?

Connect with us and try 3 sessions for free or come in for our 21 Day Total Body Tone Up