Jodi: Strength is Confidence

Consistency is the key to being successful with any endeavor.  Your health is no exception.  If you want great health you must consistently work on habits that build great health.  Today I want you to meet one of the most consistent, hard working and determined ladies I know.  Jodi has consistently attended Boot Camp for 2 years and in that time she had gotten stronger, dropped inches and improved her health.  This is Jodi’s fitness story!

How long have you been exercising consistently?

My TWO year anniversary at Expect Results fitness is this month!!  I have also always been a walker. I love a good, brisk walk.

What influenced your decision to get dedicated and be consistently active?

I really wanted to get stronger.  I wanted to strengthen my upper body and core. I was almost 50 when I joined ERF, and was beginning to feel my age. I just didn’t feel as confident and steady as I used to.  I want to be sure I stay fit and strong as I grow older.

How much weight/inches/jean sizes have you lost, how much stronger are you and what are the changes you’ve seen in yourself?

At first I dropped about 10 pounds, and a few inches.  However, I have added some of the pounds back. I know some of it is muscle, but some is that unwanted weight. I battle the carbs in my diet.  My strength has improved so much! I am lifting more than I ever thought I could. My clothes fit so much better.  And what a boost of confidence I have gained!

What is your favorite thing about Boot Camp?  What Exercise most scared you at first?

I love walking in and having a planned workout.  And it doesn’t matter what class I attend, I love the people.  ERF is such a great place to work out.  Dead lift probably intimidated me the most, but now it challenges me the most. I think I started at 75 pounds, and now I am lifting 145 at most.

Can you briefly tell me why you continue to do Boot Camp?

I have great support and encouragement at the gym, and I am having success and seeing results.

What are some of your biggest barriers to staying active and how do you overcome those barriers?

I think the biggest barrier was just getting started, but now it is a great habit. I cannot stand to miss!!!

Since becoming consistent with your exercise, what’s the biggest change you see in yourself physically and mentally?

I have definitely improved my overall strength. I feel so much better physically and mentally.

I feel better in my clothes.  And again, I have had a great boost in my confidence.

How would you classify your current eating habits?  (Great, Good, Bad, or Ugly)

I think my eating habits are good. I do enjoy eating a variety of foods, including occasional desserts (sometimes often). But at least I am working out and trying to monitor my diet.

Do you have a specific diet/eating strategy that you follow?

I try to eat more proteins, vegetables and fruits and practice portion control.  I try to limit my breads and sugar.

Do you have a favorite go to healthy meal or food?

Baked chicken and roasted vegetables.

Do you have advice for someone contemplating starting a fitness/weight loss journey or advice for someone struggling to stay motivated?

Find something you enjoy, stick with it, and find a buddy to join you. Join ERF, and go as much as you can!

I want to thank Jodi for sharing her story and insight with us.  Three things I want all of you to make sure and take away from her story.  Improving physical strength improves confidence.  If you’re a lady and have never lifted weights I encourage you to give it a try.  You will not believe the confidence you gain both physically and mentally form being physically strong.  Number two, the biggest problem for many people contemplating starting and diet and exercise program is getting started.  Don’t procrastinate; the time for change is now!  Stop reading right now and do 20 squats!  See you’ve started now get consistent.  Number three, find a friend that needs your support and help each other.  It’s easier to obtain a goal as a team.  Grab a friend or three and be accountability for each other.  You can do this and we would love to help!

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