“My journey started back in October 2011, when I looked in the mirror and said, “it’s time to lose some weight”. Over the past seven years, I slowly let my body go and never noticed I was getting fat. The real shock came when I went to the doctor’s office and the scale read 201 pounds. I had no idea that I was so out of control, and I started to cry. A friend of mine who had recently lost a lot of weight told me about USA Elite Trainers. I figured I would test the waters and go in for a consult. There I met CJ. He instantly made me feel like I could accomplish losing weight, and he was confident that I would see results fast. My initial goal was to lose 30 pounds by summer. I started with the mindset that if I am going to do this, I will commit myself 110%. The decision was an easy one. I told myself “this is it”, and I signed up.

I started training with Ryan Bielat the following week. From day one, his high energy and his belief in me captured me. Ryan pushed me and believed that with commitment and hard work, I would be able to surpass my goal. For the first three months, Ryan said not to weigh myself and to stick to the diet and workout plan laid out for me. As the Total Body Challenge approached, Ryan asked me if I wanted to participate. I hesitated since I did not know what my results had been to this point. In early January, I finally weighed in for the first time, 181 pounds! I was shocked and overwhelmed with pride! In three months I had lost 20 pounds, but as CJ told me this is just the tip of the iceberg. With the deadline to join the challenge rapidly approaching, Ryan asked me once more if I wanted to enter. Again, I was hesitant, but he assured me that I still had the weight to lose and the motivation to go all the way. At that point, entering the TBC was a no brainer, YES!!

The Total Body Challenge opened my eyes to health and wellness. The diet was strict; the workouts were intense; and my competitors were fighting hard to win. Without the support of my friends, family, and Ryan, I would have never been able to achieve this goal. Everyone has supported me through this process and has motivated me to keep going. Now that the challenge has ended, I feel confident. Even if I have not won the TBC, I have won the personal battle to get fit. After losing an additional 28 pounds during this 12 week challenge, I realize this IS just the tip of the iceberg. I have lost a total of 50 pounds since I started with USA Elite Trainers. I feel confident that I can still lose more. When I first went shopping for clothes since my weight loss, the satisfaction finally hit. It was the best feeling! When I started in October I was a Size 16 and X-Large. Now, I have purchased my first Size 8 and Medium clothing items. I am literally half my size, and it feels amazing! My new life of fitness has only just started. This experience has changed my life forever. This story does not have an end, but it is to be continued…”