Success Spotlight: Maggie from Quincy, IL
No matter how big or small a transformation may be, every milestone our members accomplish is worth celebrating. Prepare to be inspired by Maggie’s unique story!
“About nine months ago I put on 30 pounds in a very unhealthy way for Paige Hathaway's 30-Day Transformation Competition. I also wanted to know what it was like having your body addicted to fast food and trying to lose weight.
This was by far one of the most challenging things I've done. I cried almost every time I looked in the mirror because I used to be so tiny. People judged me and just thought I was getting fat. But I don't regret a single second of it. Eight months ago I started tracking macronutrients, learning about flexible dieting, lifting heavy six to seven days a week, and started getting rid of all the negativity in my life.
My plan has been heavily focused on lifting. I've always been athletic, but we never lifted weights when I was an athlete in high school. I was familiar with the very basics of lifting. In the first three months I did a lot of supersets and a lot of cardio.
I stepped out of my comfort zone and started posting my progress pictures. I quit my full time job to find one that actually made me happy and made me feel like I was helping people. After going broke, I got three jobs and decided to take on becoming a personal trainer on top of it all.
I had mental breakdowns, but through it all, I met the most amazing people in the entire world. People who share the same passion, support me, and constantly push me to be my best. Shawn Lehner became my biggest inspiration. He is an employee at Snap Fitness in Quincy, IL and an Ambassador with me at Nutrition HQ.
Shawn and I are doing his body building routines together and counting macronutrients. There is still cardio in the mix to stay lean. I bounce around among a few gyms. Snap Fitness is a huge resource for me, especially when I have a late night or if other gyms are closed. I'm currently working for the Salvation Army, the YMCA, and doing online training. Balancing my busy schedule can definitely be crazy at times and there are MANY late nights, but I wouldn't trade it for the world; I love this lifestyle.
My advice for people looking to make a change is to not worry about what people say and think. You only have one life, so be the best you you can be. Just do it!
This journey has been so rewarding and so full of blessings. I'm not saying my transformation is anything huge, but I'm damn proud of everything I've accomplished so far. I can't wait to see where the future takes me.”
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