What a fun night and what great food! Mohana, our FIT Chef, brought a turkey that was to die for and the fellowship was fabulous. I am still chuckling about the medicine ball “baby” during our team building fun, and all the creative idea’s you guys came up with! Great times and beautiful women, inside and out!! We are thankful for y’all!
I have been down for the count lately looking for new recipes, but this caught my eye tonight on pinterest. It sounds delicious. I will try it this week and let y’all know. We are loving this fall weather and I am looking for lots of good soups as winter is around the corner.
Brooke came to Homewood FIT several months ago and we could tell from her first lap around the park that she was a runner and that she was in great shape. She quickly earned the nickname “Dash” and we set off to buy a heavier weight to make sure she was getting the most out of Homewood FIT that she could possibly get. She pushes herself consistently to be faster and stronger and is an inspiration to many of the women, including her coaches 🙂
I’ve been training with Homewood FIT since May and have enjoyed every session. I am a wife to a great husband, a mom to two very energetic boys, 5 and 3, and I also work part-time. Before Homewood FIT, my workout routine was less than desirable. I was always trying to squeeze a run or workout at night which took away from special family time. It became an excuse of being too tired or just not having enough hours in the day to exercise consistently.
I came to Homewood FIT in pretty good shape finishing three half marathons in two years. I thought I was in pretty good shape. After the first day of Homewood FIT I could barely move the next morning. For the entire first month I took aspirin daily. It was a good hurt. For the first time in my life, I knew I was working hard and pushing myself to be stronger. I improved my 5K time by 5 minutes and enjoyed the run so much more having the energy and strength to finish strong.
I wanted and needed to find a way to exercise properly and also learn how to take care of myself physically and nutritionally not to mention find the right time of the day to do so. My new friends at Homewoood FIT have exceeded my expectations. The community, discussions, accountability, and nutrition advice are a constant blessing to me and my family. Suzanne and Allison have been an inspiration to me and have pushed me to be a better person. I have built some amazing friendships. We encourage each other every day even if it is at 5:30am. I love the accountability! I love the incredible group of women! I love being in shape! I love the teachers! I guess you could say I love Homewood FIT.
We are heading into to August and the heartbeat of our FIT Classes bring hope, change, weight loss and friendships. We have watched the women over the past few months really become friends as well as getting stronger, faster and leaner. Women continue to lose weight and change. Our FIT Chef Mohana, who cooks for the women, still looks amazing and wonderful every time I see her, and is ever transforming into a skinner, stronger version of herself after months of exercise and changing her diet. She can do push-ups and she can run, she struggled with both when she first came to class. It is also encouraging to hear how much people have missed the class, and the community, when they are gone on vacation.
The community of the Homewood FIT class has become all we hoped it would be and more. The women in the class are some of the best coaches anyone could want. They push each other and encourage each other and the topic often turns to potty training, camps, teachers for the fall or just what they are doing that day as we wait for class to begin. The workouts are tough and challenging, yet it is a come as you are community. For the girl next door…literally. The fall looks to be busy and like a full class and there will be more classes opening up…more details to come.
Here are some of the Girls from the FIT Night Out in June where we give the women practical idea’s in how to eat the FIT way and avoiding harmful processed foods. We will be having another one this month as well. Come get FIT with us!
*Sorry for the blurry iPhone pic. Working on recruiting a Zap guy 😉
Kelly came into Homewood FIT and by all accounts looked healthy from the outside. She didn’t need to lose weight, which is the biggest driving factor for getting women moving and eating right, but her growth from day one has been amazing to watch. She has gotten stronger and faster for sure, but one the greatest gifts has been watching her on her journey of processing and embracing the way to healthy eating. Kelly always gives us lots of laughs and brings her joyful spirit to our class bright and early. Here is Kelly’s email she sent us on how Homewood FIT has impacted her.
I’ve been wanting to write down my thoughts for a while since I’ve started Homewood FIT just to tell you, Suzanne & Allison, how thankful I am for this group of women and you, my trainers!!
I am a wife and mom of three kids- Jake (5) and Sam and Molly (twin 4 year olds). I have been in shape in the past -well, like in high school :)- but I have not had any drive or motivation to exercise in a long time, not to mention any spare time in my day without kids. Every now and then I would try to go on a walk or say I was going to start eating right, but I had no accountability and no self-discipline.
Homewood FIT has changed everything for me as far as exercise and nutrition. I truly needed the direction and accountability that I get with Homewood FIT. I’ve got to be honest, I don’t necessarily look forward to working out when my alarm goes off at 5:20am, but I know everyone is there waiting on me and I feel so good when I get started with the workout. I love that the workout is always different and I’m done working out for the day by 6:30am. I feel in shape for the first time in a long long time!!! I have gotten so motivated that I even try to fit in some other kind of workout on my off days. I have been making much healthier choices in what I eat since I went to the “Homewood FIT Night Out” and heard what’s worked for you and other women. So for the first time, working out and eating right is not miserable! Another first for me… I’m working out on vacation! Unheard of for me 🙂 My husband and I have worked out together twice on our vacation this week- it’s so fun to be able to keep up with him and have that in common to do together.
For me, Homewood FIT has jump-started me back to myself after having my babies. I painted my nails and bought a new outfit the other day, I just feel so good again. 🙂 Truly, thank you so much for your encouragement and support. Suzanne and Allison this group is a gift to many women.
I have loved getting to know Mary better and have enjoyed working out with her. Watching her getting stronger, faster and thinner over the past few months has been awesome to witness. She has embraced Homewood FIT from the very start by being faithful to come to almost every workout AND changing her diet which produced obvious results, in the community aspect and appearance. So glad to have her as a FIT Girl from the very start! ~Suzanne
I came to homewood fit 8 weeks after delivering my 3rd child. I think it’s safe to say I was not in the best shape and I was feeling pretty bad about myself. Within a few weeks I started to see a change in my body but most importantly I felt soooo much better! The workouts are awesome! I never know what to expect when I get there but I KNOW I’m going to feel great (often times sore the following day) when I leave. I have been working out with Homewood Fit for four months and I weigh less than I have in a few years! I have also learned so much about nutrition. The education I have gained from Allison and Suzanne has changed my outlook on food. I now know what REAL food is, and this simple fact has changed the way I eat and how I feed my family.
Aside from working out and getting myself back in shape I have met some pretty incredible women along the way that I now consider friends. The community aspect of homewood fit has been just as valuable to me as the working out part.
As cheesy as it sounds – Homewood Fit has really changed my life. I truly LOVE it and I feel extremely blessed to be a part of it.
Mary the first few weeks in our class
I woke up the other morning and begin to read the following email I had received on my phone. Before I even got out of bed I had laughed and cried over this precious soul sister’s testimony! This is the driving passion behind Homewood FIT, women whose lives are changing from the inside out…literally!
I’ve been redeemed!
I don’t even know if I have ever shared with you my struggles with my weight through the years but actually started when I was born.
My mom had a difficult pregnancy, not even mention that my dad wanted her to abort me several times during the gestation process. My mom went into labor when she was only 6 months far in her pregnancy. Her water broke because my dad made her unload a truck fully loaded with boxes of peaches (each one around 50 pounds). I was born through a c-section. I was only 4 pounds. How long I stayed at the hospital and how I came home is another long story, that I may share one day.
I was very petite. My parents tried everything they knew to fatten me up. Fatness was a symbol of a great healthy child. So they fed me like the world was going to end. I have memories back to when I was in kindergarten, already carrying several more pounds than I needed. This gave me a huge baggage for the years to come. Children can be very cruel. I remember being left out of games because of the way I looked, whenever we had an opportunity to do something in teams, I was very often, if not always, left alone. I hated P.E. with everything I had. It was hard. It was humiliating to me, especially at the beginning of the year when the teachers had to measure and weight us one by one. I was the heaviest of the girls. I was mad. I was embarrassed.
During my middle/high school years I made some friends and they were good to me. At least I had a few girls that wouldn’t mind to hang out with me even when I couldn’t do a hands stand up on my weekly P.E. classes! But that baggage of rejection was always following me like a shadow, and I developed a self-defense wall to the point that when people would make fun of me because I was fat, I would act like I didn’t even care what they were doing or saying. But I did.
I graduated from high school and went to collage. I loved my time there. I learned so much. I started working as soon as I graduated. This time, I was the office manager for the general management of a shipping agency. Guess what? The first opportunity my boss had to talk to me, he used it to tell me that I needed to lose some weight… like if I had never tried before!
I tried for a while, with some success. I went from obese to barely overweight. Those were good years, I was finally looking more like a normal person, though I felt punished because everyone else could eat everything they wanted, whenever they wanted and I couldn’t. The Lord was very patient with me, I had to say it. Imagine a feisty chilean like me throwing a tantrum for this over and over again. I am telling you, the Lord had mercy on me.
So, after a few years the weight came right up. I would feel bad that I was gaining weight but after a while I would just give up. At the end, it was always the same story. I would starve myself so I could lose some pounds and when I was sick of it, I would come back to my unhealthy eating habits. I tried so many diets…. like those “stop eating everything you like and you would lose weight” I wish they would also add “oh… and you would be miserable during the process and when you’re hungry, you will get mad, so warn your loved ones!”
Anyway, every guy I liked would always not like me back. Do you know why? I was not looking so hot with 60 pounds extra. So, I added a little bit more to the hurts and pains. Making long story short, Jesus found me!! yay!!!! He took my pain, and washed my sin away but as stubborn as I am, I kept the baggage to hang out with it a little bit longer. You know, there are some things you don’t think the Lord can heal, or at least I did.
Then, years later. I met my man. And here was when the whole healing process started. He loved me as I was. He would look at me and couldn’t believe I was his girl. He was/is crazy in love with me. Well, THAT was a miracle to me!!! I mean, I kept looking for the angels around us to explain me that one…how that could be even possible?!?! He loved me!!!!
Poor guy, he has had a tough job witnessing the Lord’s goodness in my healing process. I told you. I am stubborn as a mule! I don’t even have a number for the countless times that Jared has told me… “Babe, if you could only see yourself with His eyes…” Anyway. I finally gave up. I haven’t said I am completely healed, but getting there… slowly… but getting there.
After years of this process and being compelled by the Lord over and over to honor him with my body, we set goals as a family and we started to at least eat better. It was hard, but it was a good transition. I didn’t want to do a single diet, because I hated them all, even the ones I’ve never heard before. But even around us there were people that we knew and loved that were into this transition too. This, of course, brought a great benefit. I was losing weight. I was also becoming a slave to my TWO scales. I would check my weight every single day of my life while Jared went to drop off the boys to school. There I was, with a shirt and underwear on top of the scale. If I lost a pound or two, I would run around the house and open the door to Jared looking at him like if I had seen Jesus. He obviously figured that I’ve lost a pound. When those numbers didn’t change for a couple of days, or really didn’t change from day 2 to day 3, then I was upset. I would tell him over and over… this darn thing is not working. I am wasting my time, it is not worth it. Now, if I so happen to have gained a pound, those were bad news. He would find me on my bed bursting in tears. As you know, the smart man decided to put both scales in the trunk of his car. I don’t even think he did it to help me, it was just a strategy to keep his own sanity I guess.
But healthy eating was not enough. I had to exercise. Those words were like a curse. I hated every single syllable of it. But, I said to myself. You only need to try. It’s for His glory. So, Homewood Fit came to the picture. I saw the Facebook page and since I knew the girls I decided to give it a shot. I signed up for the demo class. Jared at this point was so thrilled that was almost jumping on the walls of pure joy!. I went to that gym and it was a slap on the face. I said to myself “I am so out of shape”. “This cannot be my future”. I barely did something that day. I was shocked as how little I could do. I felt so helpless with my own ability. I wanted to come back. But I needed to have a surgery. So I didn’t do anything for the next six weeks or so.
March came and it was my time to come back. All my excitement was fading after six weeks but as my sweet husband said “you told them you were coming back. You need to be a woman of your word” yeah… thanks, darling… that’s exactly what I wanted to hear!… I came back. In the middle of the workout I hurled, and kept working out some more. I needed to come back. I was reminded how badly I needed to be in shape.
The Wods started to get harder and more intense, but I was enjoying them more and more. Somehow, my mind setting towards exercising was changing. I was starting to feel different. I was loving to be around these girls and work out with them. April went by and I was so amazed to see how much the Lord had blessed me through this. I got stronger. I was able to work hard and when I was about to give up, I always heard somebody cheering me up… every session has been an offering to my Father for his goodness. I am so thankful to him and to each one of you.
We started May and I wasn’t so thrilled about getting up this early to exercise. The first class I failed to set my alarm correctly and I missed my class. But I was there for the second. It was a partners workout. A class that I will treasure deeply in my heart. I know, you’re thinking I am crazy by now and probably falling asleep reading this whole testament, but you have no idea what the Lord did last Monday, May 7th.
I wrote above, I’ve been redeemed! and redemption and a great healing came to me on Monday morning. I showed up for the class and after running the first lap, they asked us to get a partner for the workout. Just think for a second of all the baggage that I’ve carried for years of rejection. I simply lifted my eyes and the first person I looked was Mary, and she picked me!. Did you read that? She picked me! The one that was always left alone. The one that nobody wanted to do anything with. The one that never could do hand stands and car wheels… I was in shock! Overwhelmed by His healing. I worked as hard as I could and as soon as I came home I told Jared what happened. Tears of joy ran down our faces. The Lord redeemed me through Mary, and after years I finally felt free. His redemption was real. I experienced it. I rejoiced in his love for me and brought such gratefulness for each one of you.
You are a blessing to me. I love you all!
Mohana one week ago