I love Marcie's story because I think it will resonate with a lot of moms who look in the mirror one day and think,"How did I get to this place?" We spend so much time and effort taking care of everyone else that our own health and fitness can take a back seat. Marcie is a hard working wife and mother of 4 great kids. Read how she lost (and then found) herself below: "I knew I had let my health go when I saw the photos from our July vacation in Florida. I was ashamed and angry that I had let myself get to this point.
So, July 2016 – I knew I was going to be in contact with Katie to see what steps to take to commit to a healthier life style….not only for me, but for my children to grow up knowing it is important to take care of yourself. I had known Katie prior to her Coaching days, so I will admit she has always had a smile that could light up a room and compassion you could feel wrap around you like a warm blanket. For Katie to become a health/fitness coach was a “no brainer” to me.
I will admit, I was skeptical at first. My mind felt that no matter how I change my eating habits and exercise, I was not going to see a response from my body. It was in my head that “this” was just the way I was built. I made excuses for myself on every pound I gained and every clothing size I went up.
My first accountability group with Katie went amazing! After sharing with Katie some of the minor health issues I have to work around in life, she didn’t let me use them as an excuse. She explained to me how we would work around them and make a few minor customizations in my program. I groaned at the measurements I had to take and write down – looking at them with a taste of pure hatred for myself. Then the photos, I had to wipe the tears away about six times before I could actually push the button to take the shots. Katie didn’t lie. She said this would be difficult, but would pay off in the end. I trusted her, so I continued to follow everything she did to guide me. Plus, I will admit…. Iwanted a little taste of the energy she rushes with every time I see her on a Facebook video! I still look at those initial picture I took and love the energy that Katie has reinfused in me.
When I hit my first day that I did not do as well as I had wanted in the program, Katie taught me the 80/20 rule. She is realistic in the fact that we will not all make the perfect choices 100% of the time. But, then she continued to drive home the importance of healthy eating habits and need to strengthen our bodies with exercise. On occasion, (rarely) she would post her day of a donut or glass of wine that she was willing to consume because she is human. She usually showed a major hard core work out she did that day as well – helping those of us who could potentially “forget” to push a little harder after a treat that week.
Katie has NEVER made me feel better. Because of her encouragement, I know that I am able to make achievements in my figure, health and energy levels. I know I am in control of the response my body has from a good work out vs. a sweet treat or a beer after work. I know that I am able to set achievable goals and meet them. I have lost about 20 pounds since July of this year and want to continue on this journey with Katie of creating a healthier lifestyle. This is not a diet for me….it is a way of life. Did I enjoy some finer indulgements at Christmas time? You bet, I did. But, I am more eager than ever to jump back on 100% to not indulging and continue focused exercise.
For those of us who are moms, my oldest “baby” turned 18 last week. He was looking at old photos and came across one of those horrifying photos from our vacation this summer. He was speechless at first. Then, he told me how awesome I had done. As if that was not enough, he turned the table on me and looked me directly in the eyes and stated, “Mom, I am so proud of you”. This was the most victorious moment in my time working with Katie! I thank Katie for showing me I can do this and I can make my children PROUD of me!
I fully believe that I could not have transitioned to this mindset without Katie Harlan backing me all the way. She has a true flair for teaching you to love yourself again and want to take better care of yourself. Her excitement about bettering yourself is absolutely contagious. It is a privilege to work with Katie and I truly feel that Katie feels it is a privilege to work with all of her clients. Thank you from my heart Katie!!!!"
Marcie gives me a lot of credit, which is very humbling, but no one can do the work for you. She got these results because of her hard work and dedication to making a change. Having a good coach and supporter is an important step in reaching your health and fitness goals, but YOU have to want to make a change.
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