Testimonials

Heather S.
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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.

 

Amy A.
Smart Fit Chicks Client Testimonial

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!

 

Alison O.

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, but I am very athletic and active, so I always justified my poor diet and eating habits with the fact that I worked out. I realize now what a poor approach that was! I reached my heaviest weight following a stressful year of completing my PhD and struggling to balance all of life’s hurdles. I then hit bottom. And I was disgusted. Disgusted with my diet, my choices and myself. I was unhappy and needed to make serious changes. Since my weight has always been an issue, I had done Weight Watchers for years, and while it gave me good tips and strategies, I found I was only going through the motions and not actually working the program. In desperation I reached out to Kellie for guidance….
Along came Smart Fit Chicks and Dawn. Dawn, who I will forever be indebted to, helped me change my life. My journey to healthy eating, losing weight and becoming stronger (mentally and physically) took me a year. But I am proud to say that as of today, I have maintained my weight and continue with my active lifestyle for 13 months. But every day is a struggle. I still have food issues. My old habits continue to haunt me, but I know how to approach these daily challenges with the tools Dawn gave me. The SFC program has give me so many things–most importantly, it’s given me the confidence to be me again. I lost myself for awhile.
My goal when I started wasn’t a number on the scale; it was pretty simple: I wanted to be able to buy cute golf clothes that fit. I was tired of trying on things that were too tight or unflattering. I remember the day when I had to return to the fitting room twice with smaller sizes!
I have found that “the new norm” is pretty incredible. I’ve tried fitness classes that I was intimidated by and found them to be some of my favorite activities. I golf as much as possible and find that I can easily play 18 holes, pushing my clubs, and still have energy left. Plus, a huge benefit to lifting weights? My core is stronger and I can hit the ball a lot further!
About halfway through my journey with Dawn, we came upon this quote, which is still stuck to my fridge: “Being healthy is hard. Being unhealthy is hard. Choose your hard.” And yes, while it is hard to make good choices, it’s worth it. Losing the weight was a huge motivator for me, but I am most proud of being mentally fit. I’ve also become a mentor to others who are in their “be the best version of you” journey. I have found that sharing my story helps motivate others. I am not ashamed of what has happened in the past, since it has shaped who I am today–the best version of me.