Jessica is 28 years old, a single mother of two young girls, and both works and goes to school full time. On top of all that, she has a dog and a house…so, a lot on her plate!
During my KickStart with Jessica, I learned that she's never really exercised before, drank a ton of soda all day long and ‘hated’ water. We had a great conversation during our time together, mainly focusing on how she needs to be happy and healthy in her own life so that she can be a good, long-living, healthy role model for her daughters. We did a few exercises together and it was apparent to me that her body was used to sitting at a desk and not moving much. Jessica purchased twelve 30-minute personal training sessions me with me after our KickStart, so I knew she was serious about making a change for the better in her health. Let's be honest - with all of her responsibilities, it was amazing to me that she could make that type of commitment!
“Working with a trainer means that I have someone there pushing me to never give up, and who help me through the struggle. They are right beside you, talking you through every step, making sure you get the most out of each and every workout.”
But, do that, she did! Jessica and I meet once per week, and in addition to that she also attends regular GroupPower and GroupActive classes, does our workouts on her own time, logs all of her food and is up to over a half-gallon of water every single day! She went from absolutely NO activity outside of regular day-to-day life, to committing wholeheartedly to a healthier lifestyle. Since early-April, she's cut out soda completely, become 1,000% more active, upped her water intake (she hated it though, remember??), started eating healthier and logging everything she puts in her mouth – and her measurements show it! She's lost more than 14lbs and 2% body fat just since April!
Recently, we met after not having a session together for two weeks. Jessica was feeling down because her weight went up 2lbs from our last weigh-in. She hadn't been to the gym in a week. She was stressed out at work. Her girls’ soccer had been taking up 3+days/nights every week. Her school workload had increased. We had a very real conversation about this – LIFE HAPPENS! We talked it all through and right away she was back on track, telling me she doesn't want to let me down but even more, doesn't want to let herself or her girls down.
“Lauren is my biggest cheerleader…she wants nothing more than to see me reach my goals. She has made me realize that I can do it, and I’m not alone.”
At only 28, Jessica amazes and inspires me with her dedication to making healthy changes in her life.
“My journey isn’t over, but I’m happy, and I’m motivated to where I’m headed.”