Name: Eddie Hampton
Why I Got Started
I've had a weight problem as long as I can remember. My wife Julie has always been a fit and healthy person, but having kids and putting everyone else in her life first caused her fitness to suffer, and she ended up putting on weight. We had been going to the gym for years, but never really saw any progress. And then a couple years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It really hit home how badly I'd let my weight get out of hand.
For a long time I struggled with the disease and was in denial, until I met with my doctor last year and he told me I was getting worse. I then committed myself to getting back in shape. I was able to lose about 20 pounds, but I could not make the progress I wanted.
That's when I found Micah LaCerte and Hichfit.com. I saw how he helped people like myself, and decided I could no longer do it on my own, and needed some guidance. Julie was unhappy with her current weight gain, so we signed up to do the online couples' 16-week boot camp.
How I Did It
In January 2011, I found Micah's website, Hitchfit.com, and convinced my wife to sign up with me for the 16-week couples' boot camp. She was skeptical but agreed. Micah created each of us a custom 16 week workout, broken into four 4-week workouts, along with a custom meal plan for each of us. These were designed specifically based on whether we had access to a gym or were working out at home, and what our specific food requirements were.
Additionally we received a DVD which showed us all the exercises and how to do them properly, along with his book which told his story and how he overcame his own obstacles. This was very inspiring and motivated us a lot. The workouts he created were intense! I nearly threw up the first day, but stayed committed and made sure I did my workouts, along with getting in the prescribed daily amount of cardio.
More important than the workouts, I believe, was the diet plan. We both found that diet truly is 90% of your fitness! Having Micah create our meal plan, and sticking to it as much as possible, we found we not only we were feeling so much better, but we also had the energy we needed to workout even harder. The difference in our bodies just from eating clean was amazing.
Suggestions for Others
I would tell anyone that this is a commitment. You have to be willing to commit to your workouts, and to proper eating. And commitment means getting back on when you stumble. We all have days where we don't make the best decisions, but no decision will derail you completely.
We had countless struggles trying to stick with it, but as we saw progress, it became easier to as time went along. One of the most important things we found is having someone to be accountable to. For us it was Micah, and reporting to him our progress each week.
Whether it's a friend or family member or trainer, being accountable to someone else helps you keep on track. Be sure to find someone that will encourage and motivate you, and help you get back on track when you have trouble. Nobody is perfect, and as long as we do our best 90% of the time, we'll get to our goals.
Micah LaCerte - HitchFit Online Personal Training, www.HitchFit.com