Over the past eight weeks, I’ve learned a lot about commitment. I’ve lost eight pounds and 4% bodyfat, working with the Get Phat Online program. The program was a key component to my results. When you consider that I took a week vacation in St. Lucia, and my cheat meals sometimes stretched into a full cheat day, I’m pretty happy with my results. But there’s more to be done.
I’ve felt exhausted and exhilarated, hungry and full, depressed and encouraged, defeated and victorious – and none of it had to do with what I did at the gym or in the kitchen. It was all “between the ears”.
Some days, I would drag my 52 year old bones down the steps, ankles and knees cracking along the way. I’d get on the treadmill, bike or stepper anyway. For the first five minutes, all I could think was “I don’t feel like doing this” or “I’m too sore today” or “I didn’t sleep that well last night.” It wasn’t long before the blood was flowing. Eventually, my body would overpower my brain. I had to admit to myself that 7.0 mph on the treadmill no longer felt like a sprint, and kicked it up to 9.0. Forty-five minutes of cardio wasn’t challenging anymore, so sixty minutes became the norm. Push-ups aren’t as dreadful as they used to be. Dumbbells started to feel lighter, so I’d move up the rack and take the heavier weights.
At my gym, there aren’t many women working out, especially my age. So, when I’m hopping around doing pop squats, burpies, jump lunges and side/side shuffles, I definitely stand out. I used to go into the aerobics room because I felt like I was intruding on the “boys”. Not anymore. I take as much space, as much time, and as much weight as I need to get a good workout. The regulars at the gym have come to accept me, and even compliment and encourage me.
So, after eight weeks, what have I learned? It all came down to attitude. I can depend on my body to do what I ask. The only thing that stands in my way is my commitment. The GPO Team put together some challenging workouts, food plan, and cardio sessions. They had more faith in me than I did in myself. When I realized that these weekly e-mails were constructed with the understanding that I was going to put in 110% effort, it really gave me a strong sense of accountability.
I’m getting ready to start the Phit Challenge for 12 weeks. This time around, I’m going to journal every day. I want to be able to look back and see my food, my mood, my workout, my energy level/sleep, and yes … even the bathroom scale, every day. I’ve been chasing that elusive “135” on the scale for years. I’m not sure what my next goal will be … but I’m counting on GPO to help me get there!
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Before i started the challenge i were pissed off not losing weight but working my arse off??
U guys got me on track, happy and feeling like ME again. To date i'm 30lbs down, thinking bout competing again and most of all HAPPY!!
U changed my life, gave me my career back. I can't say thank you enough to my fab team Heidi, Janet and Sandy. Love u all soooo much.
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Love u guys!! Get'n results!! xo
~ Doreen Burke
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I must have written this testimonial 100 times in my mind over the past 8 weeks, and I never seem to get it right. This program has changed my life, and I am not sure how to put into words what it has done for me.
I need to start by saying that I almost sabatoged myself from the beginning. Like most people, I always have these voices in my head telling me that I can't do it, can't afford it, can't, won't....blah blah blah. The reason why this program changed my life is because I listened to the one voice that said "i deserve this" and tuned out the rest. If your voice is too quiet for you to hear, I hope you will listen to mine: you deserve this.
The day I put up my before pictures my oldest son said "Wow Mommy, you were that fat yesterday?". That was the biggest slap in the face ever. I had NEVER thought of myself as fat, but there it was in vivid colour.
I'll start with the numbers because for some reason, that is what everyone always asks me, even though this program changed so much more. In 8 weeks I went from 144.8lbs to 125.6. I lost 25% of my total body fat. I went from a size 8/10 to a size 4. I know that these are very concrete, but really, I don't see this as the real success of my transformation.
I am a better mother. Taking the time for myself has made me appreciate my children so much more. It has allowed them to respect me as a person, and not just see me as mommy. I have shown them the importance of being healthy and fit. We have had so much fun working out together.
I am a better wife. Before you can love anyone else, you need to love yourself, and I don't think I did for a very long time. I feel desirable, I feel feminine. Nothing is more attractive than someone who looks after themselves. I am not afraid to ask for help and can now have a marriage of equals.
I am a better person. I have never felt more confident, beautiful or fit. This program empowered me in so many ways to make positive changes in my life and in my choices. 4 weeks into the program I quit smoking, after smoking a pack a day for 20 years. I am more outgoing, I glow. Random strangers stop me on the street or at the gym to tell me how happy I look.
The Get Phat Inc team are such an amazing group of people, who truly care, and without them, I would not be where I am right now. When things were great they were the first to cheer me on, and when things are not so great, they were the ones to help me find my way back. Joining Get Phat Online was the single best decision of my life.
~ Pam Johnson
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WOW! A huge THANK YOU goes out to the GPO Team-such an inspirational, motivational, supportive and knowledgeable team! I can't begin to explain all that GPO Staff has taught me over the passed 12 weeks from altering my eating, workouts, and mind set altogether. And that it takes work to achieve & maintain a healthy, lean physique. I thought, until this point, I was in good shape but this program kicked my tail...truly GPO and staff are untouchable!
Also, whenever I e-mailed or text they were quick to respond. I looked forward to the new weekly plans and motivational quotes, which kept me going week to week, and showed up right on time. The photos (& staff) kept me accountable and the nice three ring binders, gift from GPO, kept my plan organized!
I will end by saying this...I'm a wife, mother of two small children (ages 2&3), work full time, and attend college, never thought I could make the time commitment; however, I did it! (The weekly plan was incredibly useful because it actually allowed me to save time and money being well prepared day to day!)
I feel AWESOME and look forward to Phat camp in the near future! Jen, Janet, Latisha, Heidi, and John keep up the excellent work!!
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I decided to join Live Phat and started my program in Aug of 2009. It was a great journey of routine and learning. I switched over to Phat Girls to prepare for a competition in the spring. Jen helped me with my routine and getting me in connection with her music guy and was there for me 100% of the way. I am so happy with the improvement I saw from my last competition in 2009 and the knowledge I have gained along the way so that I can always 'LIVE PHAT' for the rest of my life.
I just celebrated my 29th birthday (well, a week later as I was prepping for my show) and I have never felt happier about myself, my body and my lifestyle. Thanks GPO for a wonderful journey. I look forward to our friendship and seeing each other at camp for years to come!
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A few years ago, a DEXA scan revealed that I was what I refer to as a “Skinny Fat” person. At 120# I was 32% body fat. OUCH!!! I knew I wanted to do something to change that. My daughter asked me to go with her to a “fat camp” in nearby Dayton, OH. I found it was not a “fat camp” but PHAT Camp. What an eye opener! I never knew it could be fun to “have my butt handed to me” I was struck by how genuinely concerned Jen & her staff were for everyone there. We took what we learned at PHAT Camp and continued to train at home. We where fortunate enough to be selected for the fashion shows held at the Arnold Sports Festival. That really motivated us to up our training. During the holidays of 2009 I decided I wanted to compete. I contacted Jen and starting the week of Thanksgiving I became a member of the Phat Girlz team with my very first competition the Arnold Amateur Bikini. GO BIG OR GO HOME!!
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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.
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The life and story of Jen Walton
My journey began the day I was born. Throughout my childhood I have always been on the "heavy" side. I have struggled with trying to get my weight under control my entire life. I have always been an athletic girl. I swam competitively all throughout my childhood and college career. I have always been involved in sports and activities but I was always labeled as the big girl. The girl who could out sprint anyone or lift more weight than anyone but always the “big girl”.
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Congrats to GPO Client Traci Norton on her amazing transformation!
Read more about Traci and how she has changed her life these past 9 months! We are so proud of her!
What is your name and where are you from? My name is Traci Norton, I'm from Naples, Florida.
When did you join Get Phat Online.com and how long has that you have been consistantly in the program? I joined GPO last September and have been training with them ever since!
How did you hear about Get Phat Online.com? I heard about the program through another client turned competitor, Shannon Ditmer. www.Shannonditmer.com
How much did you weigh when you started? How tall are you? How old are you?
At the start of the program, I weighed in at 200 lbs. I am 5'8" and 37 yrs old.
How much do you weigh now in these amazing transformation pictures?
I am currently 138 lbs!
What is the biggest thing you have learned during the program about yourself?
There are really TWO things I have learned during this process:
The first, Patience truly is a virtue! I did not gain that much weight overnight and it certainly does not come off that quickly either,but with dedication, drive, hardwork and inspiration from my awesome trainers,,,,,and you guessed it~ plenty of patience!!~ I accomplished my 1st goal of losing 60lbs, actually, I surpassed it! Which brings me to the second thing, I now know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to!
What is the best part about being in Get Phat Online?
The best part about being part of Get Phat Online is knowing that I am being trained by THE BEST!! Jen and her staff are professionals~ Professional trainers and professional athletes! I didn't just enter my height and weight and get a printout of what a computer thinks I should be doing. Each day, each week is carefully planned out for me and my specific goals. I have access to each of them by phone, text or E mail anytime I have a question or concern. They want me to succeed and they are there every step of the way!
What are your next goals and have you accomplished what you set out to do when you first signed up?
Well, in the next two weeks I will be switching over to "Phat Girlz" to begin contest prep for my 1st figure competition,,,Jen Hendershott's All Women's Weekend and Big Shott Classic in South Carolina on October 23,,,,,I will turn 38 that very same day!!
What advice do you want to tell others who are struggling to lose weight?
Advice that I can share with others~ First,Have a game plan! Even if you are unable to have a trainer or be in a program like GPO, do some research, pick up some fitness magazines and make a plan for yourself to follow your cardio and weight training. I see too many people at the gym doing alot of walking around and looking at the machines, but they just aren't sure what they should be doing! Second~DON"T GIVE UP! We hear this all the time, but if you have a plan and the mindset, and you stick with it, even through the rough days,,,,(and there WILL be some!) YOU can make you're dreams a reality! I encourage anyone wanting to look and feel their best, to give this program a try, these ladies will have you working out like never before!
Anything additional you would like to say?
A huge thanks to all of my trainers, Jen, Janet, John, Heidi, Latisha and Sandy,, You are the BEST!
We wish you the very best Traci with your journey. YOUR a true inspiration for many who are reading this and to all of us here at Get Phat Online. Congrats on what you have already done and best of luck in the future. WE are excited to continue this success. Jen, Latisha, Heidi, Sandy, John, and Janet!
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Interview with Kathy Dinatali as she climbs her way to her first show with GPO and transforms her already great body into an amazing body.
Kathy, how long have you been in GPO?
I attended my first phat camp in 2007 and started with GPO in 2008. I have loved it.
How much did you weigh when you started and when you stepped on stage what did you weigh?
When I started the 12 weeks I was 127.7 and I was 116.5 when I got on stage, tighter and more confident.
What were your reasons for joining GPO? and are you happy you joined the team?
I wanted a structured program where I did not have to guess what cardio and weights to do and what to eat. Yes, I love being a part of the team. Every week it is exciting to get that email with my new plans from my trainers. It is all laid out for you so all you have to do is just do it!
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During your journey to getting on stage what did you find was the hardest and the easiest parts of the experience leading up to the show?
I think the hardest part was finding enough time in the day to work full time and get the workouts in. Once you set your mind to it and realize you have to schedule it and make it a priority then you just do it....no excuses. The easiest was the weight training....well not that the workouts were easy just that I love lifting and pushing myself. You will be amazed at just what you can do when you put your mind to it.
With nutrition what was the #1 habit you developed that will stick with you for the rest of your life?
To drink lots of water and keep eating 6 clean meals per day with a "cheat" meal once per week. It is a great habit and once you get used to it you won't want to go back to all the greasy food and junk food. You feel so much better!
How did you place in your show and were you happy?
My goal was to complete the 12 week training and have the confidence to walk across the stage. I went into the show knowing that no matter the outcome I was still a winner! I did not place in Masters but I got 2nd place in Open Figure Class B. I was very happy and went home feeling like I had accomplished what I had set out to do.
Whats next for Kathy and her family?
Well even though I said this was a one time thing I woke up the next morning asking myself should I go for it and do Jen's show in October? Hmmmm never say never right?
Congrats again, we are so proud of you here at GPO. YOUR a beautiful woman who will now inspire a lot of people. Thank you for being a part of the team and we are excited about what's next for you! We love ya.
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My experience with phat girls started in may 2009 at PHAT CAMP in Edmonton Alberta. This is where i first met Jen, Lisha, Latisha, Heather and some other of the Phat camp goddess's. Now at that point i was training for my 2nd fitness competition and i would say i was in pretty good shape, i knew phat camp would be a challenge and a good but kicking... and it was. But it was not only about the great work out, it was motivation to be the best i can be in life and to be a good person. Strong and confident in everything i do.
I did great at my second show (about 6 weeks after camp) and my personal goal of improving every year was attained. I knew i wanted to do at least one more. I decided to go with Jen and the PHAT GIRLZ program because it is a group of women who walked the walk... and CAN talk the talk. THEY ROCK! I knew that if i signed up with these women that they could motivate me and push me to succeed in my goal.
Climbing stairs and walking down them...not so good today. :)
I just wanted to write my heart felt thanks to you and your amazing staff. Honestly, I came to phat camp to get tips on working out and diet so that I might look like an oxygen chick. What I got out of your camp was priceless. It was sooooo inspiring and down to earth, that what I really needed, was to love myself again. Reality check 101. Surrounded by so many wonderful participates with all their personal stories and pain just restored my faith in women...yes, we can let our guard down and be real. I will never forget this experience because Lishia Dean won't let me, I signed up for GetPhatOnline :) (more pain) I can not wait.
Enjoy your vacation!
Azemina Cemalovic "Mina"
Jen and Staff -- I just want to thank you for the great experience I had had PHAT camp this past weekend. As I told you, Jen, I was very nervous about showing up as a 60 year old (well, almost 60), but everyone made me feel so welcomed. At no point did I feel that you were singling me out as "someone who would never make it through camp".