Name: Julie Hampton
Why I Got Started
I've been pretty fit most of my younger years, and weight was never an issue for me. After having 4 kids, the weight was so much harder to get off. I was so busy with kids, my husband, and the everyday needs they all had that I forgot about me and what I needed to do to stay in shape.
Before I knew it, I didn't even recognize myself in the mirror, and wondered "what happened?" We had gone to the gym for years, did the same thing and really never saw progress.
When my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and his doctor gave him the facts of his disease and what it was doing to him, he knew he had to make changes! He told me about Micah LaCerte and Hitchfit.com, and wanted me to take a look at the program they offered to see what I thought.
I was skeptical, but saw how many people they helped, and that they lived what they taught, so I agreed to sign up to do the couples' 16-week program.
How I Did It
In January 2011, my husband told me about a website he had come across, Hitchfit.com, and after some discussion and my skepticism, we signed up for the 16-week couples boot camp. Micah sent us a detailed program that we were each to follow, including a meal plan customized for each of us.
The workouts were designed according to the information we had given him prior: whether we had gym access, home gym, etc. The fact that Micah too had obstacles in his life that he had to overcome helped with the doubts I had going through my mind. He had overcome them, and I saw what he had made of himself and his life, it was inspiring to say the least!
More important, he was there to inspire us along the way, and to hold us accountable for decisions we made, bad or good. The workouts were so much more than I thought they would be, after all I had already done all of these exercises! What I had never done was these exercises at the level of intensity or combination that Micah had set up.
With the combination of weights and cardio, I was actually seeing results that I never experienced! That gave me even more motivation to keep going and to see what I could accomplish! The diet … well that took some getting used to. I realized quickly how I was eating was the main reason I was seeing such positive results in my progress.
It really is 90% part of your fitness regimen! I not only had more energy in my workouts and everyday chores, but I felt so much better, stronger.
Suggestions for Others
I would tell anyone that this is a commitment. Anyone can tell you "If I did it, you can too," ultimately, we all can do whatever we put our minds to, it has to come from within you to have the desire to do what it will take to get where you personally need to be.
You have to be willing to follow whatever program you decide on, and stick to it. That means following your workouts, and eating clean! It's one day at a time, and if you do make a bad decision one day, don't beat yourself up about it. Just get back on your program and you will find each day gets easier and becomes part of your life.
I found that by writing down everything; what you eat and drink, workouts, cardio; helps keep you accountable to yourself. Of course having someone else you are accountable to helps. In my case it was Micah, and I kept him updated each week of my progress. He also helped motivate me when I needed that as well.
Find someone that can do that for you personally, whether it is your spouse, friend or trainer to help you along in your journey. You will find that when you start to see changes, both inside and outside, that the motivation you need is coming from within yourself, and that is the greatest gift any of us can give ourselves!
Micah LaCerte - HitchFit Online Personal Training, www.HitchFit.com