In November of 2013, I lost my job due to layoffs. It was the end of an extremely challenging year. I had lost my grandfather, a man who meant more to me than just being a grandfather, and I had gained 30 pounds after moving to Denver, completely abandoning yoga and workouts, and having an extended bout of depression. During the period of time between losing my job and getting a new job, I began realizing how disappointed I was in myself that I’d abandoned my efforts at health, and when I started my new job, I vowed to always take the stairs, and to join the gym in the basement of my new office building. Fast forward a little over a year, and I’m currently practicing yoga again, going to the gym 3-5 times per week, and hiking regularly to train for climbing a 14er. I’m feeling happier and stronger, and my relationship with food, while still a work in progress, has improved in a major way, as I’m working towards intuitive eating.
What happened in that intervening year? You might say it was counting macros, or doing the workouts that Kellie gave me, but what she gave me was much bigger than that. When I signed on to be coached by Kellie and Chrissy, I was desperate to lose weight, and I joined for the reasons that most people get a fitness coach – to get the meal plan and the exercise plan to get me there, along with accountability for following those plans. What I got was a lot of questions about why I felt what I felt, what I thought I should do, and the guidance to help me do what I felt I needed to do. My plan was tailored to fit me, because Kellie asked the right questions to get me to come up with that plan. While Kellie did, and still does, provide me with exercise plans and macronutrient plans, the real value in what Kellie and Chrissy do is their style of coaching, which leads to greater trust in yourself, which in turn, leads to immensely positive results in physical and emotional well-being. I cannot express how much what they did for me has helped me, and how much better it has made me feel. I wholeheartedly recommend either of them, especially if you’ve been on that merry-go-round of dieting and exercising for a long time, and are tired of the anxiety it causes.
In October of 2014, I decided I wanted to compete in my first figure competition. I asked around about coaches and businesses that could help me with my goals, and Chrissy’s name kept coming up! I contacted Chrissy, and we began working together almost immediately. For the next 8 months, Chrissy and I worked together and I walked up on stage for my first competition in May of this year!
The competition was exciting and incredibly fun, but the 8 months of work I put in to get there taught me so much more than I ever expected. Chrissy gave me a plan that challenged me in all the right ways. Through working with her, I learned how strong I am – physically, emotionally, and mentally. I learned how to listen to my body again, and how to give it the fuel, challenges, and appropriate rest it needs. But, most importantly, I truly feel that I learned how to love myself and respect myself no matter what.
In 8 months time, I grew into a person that I am so proud of and walking on stage in my glittery pink suit was just the symbolic moment for all that I had learned and achieved on my journey to get there. Chrissy and Smart Fit Chicks totally facilitated this amazing journey for me, and Chrissy went above and beyond to make sure that I was not only just physically where I needed to be, but that I was keeping a healthy emotional and mental perspective. I am incredibly grateful that I was able to work with her, because it changed my life for the better in so many ways. It was challenging, eye-opening, and a lot of fun!