“If she can do it, so can you.” Sometimes the cheesy lines have the most truth.
This is Elizabeth’s story. She tells us about her journey to transforming her health and her life.

Excuses begone..
Just like many women out there, there was always a reason why I didn’t have the time…raising my kids, establishing my career, etc.  Being the caregiver I concentrated on others before myself. I have always been involved in some sort of physical activity to stay fit but it was on and off. Then three years ago, my life became very stressful, I wasn’t sleeping and started gaining weight. I knew I needed to do something.  I was almost 150 lbs at 5′ 5″ (and up and down by 10 lbs for many years). It was enough.

Juggling the demands of a busy IT career, family, friends and the gym isn’t always easy.  You just have to make it a priority.  I realized nobody was going to do it for me.  It was me that would have to concentrate on me.

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The downs..
We know life is full of surprises and sometimes, setbacks. But once I decided that enough was enough, a torn ligament in my ankle wasn’t enough for me to give up. I wasn’t going to be another couch potato. It did crush my goals of doing a race but I kept going. I started training with Jenny and started to build more muscle mass while adapting exercises for the ankle.
Late last year, as if just to further test my determination and stamina, life sent me another challenge. I had an abdominal surgery and had to take 8 weeks to recover according to the doctor. I felt ready though at 4 weeks and started to slowly get back into my routine. I started Muscle Activation Techniques with Jenny to get my muscles firing up post surgery and decided on my next goal.  A 3 months lean transformation – change in diet, lose 7% body fat and 2 inches from my waist and hips.  I was trying not to concentrate on that number on the scale.  Yes, ladies.  We all do it! 😉 And for extra motivation I was willing to allow anyone looking for motivation to follow my progression on the Parallel Fitness website and facebook page.

The Process..
What really made a difference was my switch to a paleo diet and stepping up my workouts. I loaded up on fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, nuts and seeds. Along with wheat, I removed the majority of dairy from my diet with the exception of skim milk which I need for my coffee.  Coffee, in moderation, was one thing I was not going to give up.  Love my Starbuck’s! If you’re reading this and think that you won’t be able to stick to a healthier diet, please give me the benefit of a doubt and just give it your best try for 2 weeks. You’ll be surprised by how much better you will feel.

No matter how old you are it’s never too late to start as long as you are motivated and dedicated to achieving your goal!

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What now?..
The overall results were ok but I wanted more. To get that last bit of weight off, I enlisted the help of Julia Karantjas, a holistic nutritionist who specializes in customized nutrition planning based on your health and fitness goals.

I’m now at the end of my 3 months body transformation and have lost a total of 10.5 inches, lost 8 lbs (from 141 lbs at the beginning to 133 lbs) and lost 7% body fat (from 34% to 27%)

Belly: -4.25in
Waist: – 3in
Hip: -2in
Shoulders:-1.25in

Even though, my initial goals have been met and surpassed, I’m just getting started!
My new goals for June:  Another 2-3% reduction in body fat for an overall of 25% body fat , unassisted chin ups so I can show up all those young guys at the gym 🙂 and increasing my core strength through TRX exercises. This has been an amazing journey not without it’s highs and lows. But with the encouragement from friends and family, I’ve made it.

Special thanks to Parallel Fitness
– My trainer Jenny who encouraged when I needed it and always knew I had it within me…you’re an amazing person and i’m glad to call you my friend
–  To Damian, who gave me the idea from his own experience of the lean transformation last year.  I’m now younger than you at a metabolic age of 31 and almost as muscular 🙂