Susan Davis

I believe my experience will resonate with women and men alike in that 40 something generation who like me have become unfit, unconditioned, and overweight.

Everyday I give thanks for the blessings God has given me in my life-my loving family and great friends who are more like family. And like so many of us in today's a hectic fast paced world our lives are full of enormous obligations and responsibilities to our work, our family, and aging parents. We all make loving sacrifices but many times our choices can be to our own detriment. I believe that by giving my all to those that I love and trying to make things “perfect” so that everyone is happy that I am making loving choices as a wife, mother and as a daughter. But somewhere along the way I mistakenly began to believe that it was selfish of me if I were to take the time to take care of myself. So much so that I would make excuses and fool myself into believing that it was unrealistic for me even to think I could ever be physically fit and conditioned again. That this is just how life naturally progresses and it was asinine, ridiculous & far too late for me to even think about wanting to be fit now that I was in my mid 40's.

Then one day someone told me I needed to make ME a priority in my own life because no one else could do that for me. I had a difficult time comprehending what they were saying, because in my mind I thought already was. True self-awareness came when I realized that along the way I had lost my Self. I had given so much for the support and betterment of my loved ones that I had personally settled for physical mediocrity & that I was living a life of an unrealized dreams and potential.

Off and on for years I have followed the bodybuilding, fitness, and figure industry. I also followed the career of one individual competitor in particular, Jen Hendershott. When I discovered she had recently relocated to North Carolina and her studio was less than a 2 hour drive from me, I said “This is my time and I am doing this for ME!” After reading Jen Walton's amazing transformation, I knew this was the program I needed in order to get physically where I wanted to be!

In early January, I remember sending that first e-mail to Jen's group Get PHAT Online. Being at the height of New Year's resolutions, I sent it wondering how many days it would be until I had a reply. Well it wasn't days or hours I had a personal reply in under a half an hour outlining my training program options.

The day I met Jen in her studio I was nervous and embarrassed. From the moment we started talking I knew I had made the correct decision for my health and future. Not only was Jen an accomplished athlete winning the most prestigious titles in the fitness, but she had found her next calling in working with people who want to better themselves. During our first meeting I shared with her that I had lost my Dad in August 2006 and my Mom in November 2008. And that after my Mom's passing, I just “checked out” of life for awhile. Jen went on to ask me “As a parent ultimately what did I want for my children?” My response “Ultimately I want them to be happy.” Jen's next statement hit home “Well isn't that what your parents would have wanted for you also? For you to be happy!” In that one conversation, it all came full circle. I was so busy keeping everyone else happy and their needs satisfied I had forgotten about what I needed to do to make me happy and fulfilled.

For years I had done a great job of hiding my depression because I still maintained my everyday responsibilities. So from the outside everything was still being handled but after losing my Mom I knew I wasn't doing them with the same passion I had before. I was embarrassed to tell Jen that I hadn't worked out in over 2 years. Then I went on to share with her all of my major life events that brought me to that day and this low point in my life mentally and physically. Then Jen asked “Well why now?” My reply “This is my time and this was for me!” I want to follow in the footsteps of my two inspirations Susie Torres (2009) and Jen Walton (2010), each had been awarded the annual Most Inspirational Award at Jen's AWW. So right then and there I decided exactly what my goal would be. I will be stepping on stage in the figure division at Jen Hendershott's All Women's Weekend & Big Shott Classic on October 1, 2011 with the dream of being awarded the 2011 Most Inspirational Award . My journey began with Jen and GPO on Monday January 17th weighing in at 190 pounds and at a size 18.

So usually the first question anyone asks and it's viewed as the standard measurement of success of any program is "Well how much weight have you lost"? As of March 20th, I am proud to say I have lost 18 pounds, almost 20 inches and I have gone from a size 18 to a size 12.

But I think the more important question is what have I GAINED?

First each week I have a customized program of cardio, strength training and nutrition. Each aspect is tailored towards me and my goals. Through this program I have gained the understanding that this isn't a fitness program this is a program designed to help teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle. Second, I gained the understanding of what true intense cardio and weight training sessions really are - Jen Hendershott style! One of my favorite Jen quotes “The more you sweat the smaller you get!” Next I gained the understanding of what eating a truly customized nutritious meal plan meant. Not only does it replenish your body but it's satiates as well. And finally I have an entire team of specialized trainers who not only fully support me but they are accessible by e-mail, text or a phone call each and every day. Jen and her staff are just as committed to your success as you are. They will go above and beyond to help ensure your success.

I am very fortunate to live only 2 hours away from Jen's studio so I have the opportunity to train with her one-on-one every couple of weeks. This helps me maintain my accountability and program adherence by ensuring my level of training intensity on my own is what she expects. Jen's GPO training is unique and tailored to your individual goals and physical limitations should you have any. In these few weeks, I have been able to achieve the muscle strength and definition that I never have had.

During my last studio training session I had the unique opportunity to not only meet Jen Walton but I had the privilege of working out with her also! She is an unbelievable individual and I admire her for everything she has had to overcome and accomplished! She continues to live the GPO lifestyle and there are no limits to what she is capable of achieving in her future!

The final thing I want to share is Jen's acronym for PHAT. PHAT equals Perseverance, Hardwork, Ambition and Triumph/Tenacity. This is not just a 12 week change your body program this is a learn to change your life program! Jen lives her life by YOLO (you only live once)! You will gain a new perspective of self-respect, self-worth and appreciation for your body and mind's capabilities. So for me I went from yo-yo to YOLO!

- Susan Davis



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