For the last 20 years, I have spent about 15 really frustrated with my body—with my appearance and my overall health. And I have been exhausted! School & work dominated my time, health problems and injury interfered, and the constantly contradictory (mis)information from the food world kept me from reaching my goals. In my early 20’s, I had to have surgery to remove a softball-size mass in my lower abdomen. Thankfully, it was not cancerous, but it was still a health nightmare. I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of endometriosis. Intense pain, hormonal treatments, and multiple surgeries (10 in 11 years) followed me for the next decade. It wasn’t until I had a hysterectomy in 2010 that I finally felt normal, pain-free, and able to change my body. I was at my heaviest. Over the next 3 years, I worked on changing my eating habits and getting exercise (cardio, weight-training, yoga, and a few group classes at the gym). I even had a personal trainer for a while. I lost 30 pounds & was feeling good—-still not where I wanted to be, but better. Enter injuries, husband’s changing work schedule, kids’ after-school activities, my own schedule and routine getting out of whack…I got out of the habit of working out, and did nearly nothing for a year and a half. I wasn’t as disciplined with my eating during that time either. The 30 pounds I had lost were slowly creeping back, my muscles were not as toned, my strength and endurance faded. I wasn’t happy about the flabbiness I could see and feel, but I couldn’t seem to get myself out of my funk and back into a routine. My sleep was affected, too. All of these things compounded the problem. I had no energy to work out. My stress level increased because I had lost my best de-stressing activity. I had the head knowledge of what I needed to do, but no motivation or energy to follow through consistently. Late June 2016 was my rock-bottom. I was not happy with myself. I was not in the best of health, either. I was embarrassed to wear sleeveless shirts. I hated my flab. I made a plan and started a workout log on July 28, 2016. I was making progress and was feeling pretty good, but I hated having to hunt for workouts and do them alone. I had been down this path before, and I didn’t want to fall into the same pattern again. This time I needed more accountability.
I noticed a friend kept posting pictures of herself and a friend with #steelstrong
and #steelsisters. My curiosity was piqued. She very enthusiastically told me all about The Steel Room… the workout side of it, the food side of it, everything. I had so many questions, and she answered them or got answers for them. And then she told me I could come try it out…for FREE! I was at the very next class. And then it was a drop-in week, so I tried some more. I was addicted within the first round of the first Bootcamp class I attended. Christy’s intensity is intoxicating. I thought I had a handle on what I needed to be doing nutrition-wise (I had lost 12 pounds of the 20+ I had gained), HOWEVER, I decided to go ALL-IN for the 6 month membership I had just signed up for. I wanted to see what I could accomplish. I followed the meal plans (which are delicious, by the way), logged my food, showed up to Bootcamp, gave at least a 9/10 in every workout, and challenged myself over and over again. I added in other classes, too, because they are SO fun and empowering!
Fast forward 6 months. I am hooked. I’ve extended my membership and plan on being a part of the Steel Room family for life. There are NO gimmicks. NO tricks. Tiffani and Christy are just incredible people sharing their abundant wealth of knowledge and love with others so that we can all be healthier. The food is OUTSTANDING (Tiffani is a genius in the kitchen!), the workouts are always empowering, and I have seen change. Between September and February, I lost a total of 22.8 pounds, 10% body fat, and over 30 inches, and I GAINED 2 pounds of muscle. Every week, I notice a new muscle popping out. The abs that I NEVER thought I’d see because of all of those surgeries…they are there!! My metabolic age dropped 24 YEARS, so metabolically, I am in my mid-twenties!
Update after Bootcamp that ended in March: down 28.4 pounds, down 36 years metabolically, down 16.2% body fat, down 22.7 inches, and up 6.6 pounds of muscle.
SO—yes, there is change on the outside. But there is even more change on the inside. I have rediscovered my confidence and have uncovered an inner strength. I am healthier and happier. I feel like the 26 year-old woman that my metabolism thinks I am. I have found a family in my friends and accountability partners at the Steel Room. I have learned so much about what my body needs and what it can do. I am stronger in every way. I have found my #happyplace. So many people have asked me what kind of diet I am on. I just like to answer and say, “I’m not on a diet. I am not depriving myself. I eat more now than I did before.” I have learned (and am learning) what kinds of food I need to eat to fuel my body for my activity. My inconsistent patterns for all of those years will NOT return. I can honestly say that The Steel Room & A Healthy Appetite has changed my life. Come check it out and let it change yours, too!
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