Hi my name is Angelique and I am 47 years old. I have 6 children. Four I birthed and two step. I work full time and have a very busy life. I am the person that would lose and gain, lose and gain. I have done EVERY diet in the past, including prescribed diet pills, but the weight ALWAYS came back. Then I got this brilliant idea that I would gain so much weight so I could qualify for the lap band surgery. So I gave myself permission to eat unhealthy, in large quantities and drink to achieve this goal. Well the process would take about a year before I could get it so I finally realized this was stupid! I was tired of being fat and exhausted and purchasing bigger clothes. I was at 185lbs, 5.2 inch tall and over 40% body fat. I was tired of walking by the really cute clothing stores knowing I could never fit in any of them. And worst of all I felt like such a failure to my children. I could see their concern at how heavy I was getting. But bless their hearts and my husband’s heart, they never said anything.
On March 13th, I was roller skating with my family and fell when a small child fell in front of me. Needless to say I had torn my tendon off of my butt bone and it would require surgery to reattach. (I just had a surgery 6 months prior to this for a hysterectomy and endometriosis) I was lying in bed feeling defeated when I came across the Xbodyconcepts that my friend Chad Morris posted on Facebook. I took a look at it and decided that day that this was my way out of this VERY unhealthy lifestyle. I had my surgery and while I was in recovery, I purchased the XFAT LITE program. Two weeks after my hamstring was reattached, I hit the gym with a mission. The first two weeks I could not even walk up the stairs without the assistance of my husband. I could not use my legs at all for the first 6 weeks and that was really frustrating! I focused on my upper body and little by little we tried using the legs.
I had every excuse not to go to the gym but I went every day. I started with 5 lb. weights and felt totally ridiculous. I sometimes felt like I wasn’t worthy of working out in the area where the really fit people were. I just kept my head phones on, ignored the feelings and held my head high and said damn it, I deserve to be here! I emailed Dawn multiple times each day asking her question after question, and sometimes doubting her. There were days I was feeling higher than a kite and then there were days, I cried. There were days I felt like I could become a body builder and days I told Dawn it just wasn’t working. I had days where I pushed too hard and hurt myself which set me back a couple of weeks, but I always looked for alternatives and worked what parts I could, really hard. Finally about week 7, I saw some results and said, well maybe Dawn knows what she is talking about……lol. This began to bring me out of my doubting funk.
Pushing through the changes was very hard for me. I was losing friends that I went out and drank with and I stopped getting invited to parties because my focus was to get healthy. This hurt me and at first and I was really frustrated and angry. I told Dawn I felt like I was sacrificing too much but she would always set me straight. She would tell me what was important and that this was a life style change and I had a choice. One was to take care of me or continue the old life. So I stopped putting myself in bad situations and started making better choices. When I felt strong enough to attend parties or BBQ’s, I would tell people no thanks to the drinks or bad food and just tell them I was in training. This sounded better and it didn’t offend people and it kept me more positive about what I was doing. Eventually it did get easier. I began putting myself first and then everything else came second. I would start planning my day around my workouts not the other way around. I stopped feeling guilty for telling people sorry I can’t make it, or I can’t help you, I am going to the gym. I began creating healthy positive treats for myself like going out and lying by the pool for 30-45 minutes after my workout, reading a good book or buying a smaller outfit.
After 12 weeks the results were great! I went from a size 16 to a 10! I lost 22 lbs and dropped my body fat from 40% to 31.5%. I feel so much better! I hear all the time, “You look so good.” My friends ask me what I am doing and I always refer them to Xbodyconcepts. I tell them it’s all about your commitment, clean eating and working out. There is no secret pill, no new diet that will do it.
Now I crave going to the gym. When I started I could barely push 5 lbs. weights or walk up the stairs and now I am using 30lb dumbbells. I can now squat and do leg curls. I feel so strong now and I love when I push myself to a new weight each week. It makes me want more. I am excited to take on my next 12 weeks and start the XFAT program with even more amazing results! My new goal is to enter a body competition by age 50 which is only 1 ½ years away.
If you are tired of being overweight, and or have physical issues, trust Dawn and Xbodyconcepts. The program works and Dawn will help you every step of the way!
Sorry no pictures for now. I will show you the results when I reach my goal.
-Angelique A. (Lincoln,CA)