By: Susan Erler | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2010
Whitney Alexander, second place winner, lost 18 pounds and 20 inches.
“I want to lose weight, eat healthier, look better and feel better.” Most of us have said these words at some point in our lives. But, how do we do it? We have all seen the shows on television that take everyday people and help them get results, but what about normal people? People that have jobs and kids and baby weight to lose need help too! Can those people succeed at the game of losing weight? Yes, they can! Three members of Fit For Her in Owasso are testaments that anyone can do it with the proper tools.
Recently, Fit For Her hosted a fitness challenge for its members. This 12-week plan was designed to not only help the participants lose weight, but also lose body fat and gain the tools they need to keep the weight off. “We are helping them make life changes,” says Adana Gittleman, who co-owns Fit For Her with her husband Jason. “They all benefitted in one way or another. Whether it was with a better understanding of nutrition or higher self esteem, everyone gained in some way.”
The three top winners from this year’s challenge are Michelle Reese, first place; Whitney Alexander, second place; and Sherry Patterson, third place.
Michelle lost 20 pounds and 19.5 inches during the 12 weeks. When asked how this challenge has changed her life, Michelle had a lot to say. “It has changed me mentally, and made me feel healthier and stronger.” Michelle has reaped the benefits from the program in many areas of her life, including self esteem. Before, she would avoid mirrors and try to make herself invisible. She even felt like she was embarrassing to her children. But not any longer! Michelle is now wearing clothes she hasn’t had on in years and looks forward to volunteering at her children’s school. She is eating healthier and feels herself getting stronger. “I love not being unhappy with my reflection in the mirror.”
First place winner Michelle Reese lost 20 pounds and 19.5 inches in Fit For Her’s weight loss challenge.
Whitney Alexander lost 18 pounds and 20 inches. She confesses that for the past ten years, she has been “Fat Whitney.” “For more than a third of my life, and my entire adult life, I’ve unhappily flirted with fad diets, walked out on workouts and prayed that pills would turn me from a miserable size 16 to a fabulous size 6,” explains Whitney. She had a lot of the same excuses that many women use, such as pregnancy weight and lack of willpower. “When I started the challenge, I had some doubts due to all my past failures,” confesses Whitney. “But then I met the wonderful staff at Fit For Her, and I really felt motivated.” Soon she discovered that working out was fun, and she was getting smaller. But not only that, she was getting healthier too. This thought makes her smile every time she looks in the mirror.
Sherry Patterson came in third place, but she isn’t complaining. The challenge has taught her that “When I get time” just isn’t an excuse she can continue to use! She lost 13 pounds and 20 inches. “I really learned that things will happen in your life. I had hoped that somehow magically I wouldn’t have any family emergencies during this challenge, and it would be easy to stick to. That wasn’t reality.” But Sherry learned some valuable lessons, like the scale isn’t always a good indicator of your weight loss. “Jason was telling us not to weigh in at first, because muscle is denser than fat, and we would be increasing lean mass,” she states. Sherry soon found herself becoming energized and started seeing muscle on her arms. She took small steps and gained big changes. Sherry also learned that you actually can survive without Diet Coke!
These are just the top three winners from the challenge, but everyone who participated came away as a big winner – or is it a big loser? Either way, everyone can make life changes and feel better; just ask Michelle, Whitney and Sherry.
For more information about Fit For Her, contact Adana and Jason Gittleman at (918) 376-2828.
Sherry Patterson was the challenge’s third place winner, losing 13 pounds and 20 inches.