"Sandi pushes me every time we work in the gym and encourages me to bring out my best every time."

Name:Lena Gilmore
Occupation:Homeschooling Mom of 6 Children
Hometown:Denver, CO
Starting Weight:310 pounds
Current Weight:267 pounds

My Story:

I first met Sandi when I officially weighed-in for the 12 week challenge she had put together. I was over 300 pounds, had no clue how to be effective in a gym or even how to use half of the equipment.  Daily tasks in my life were difficult due to lack of stamina and joint pain from all the extra weight I carried. I have been obese my entire life and don’t recall the last time I was under 200 pounds, sometime before my pre-teens.  During my first meeting with Sandi, it was apparent to me that Sandi has a deep passion for helping people. Perhaps the most striking to me, was the fact that I never felt judged. She was supportive, encouraging, and uplifting, telling me that I could reach any goal that I set for myself – as long as I was willing to put in the work.

Diet and exercise is not a new concept to me. Several years and a few kids ago I had lost some weight quickly. After suffering a second trimester miscarriage that I was lucky to survive, adding three additional kids to my household, homeschooling, and balancing therapy and the struggles of having a special needs toddler – personal fitness was no longer a priority. Prior to learning about Sandi’s 12 week challenge, I learned that I was on the verge of pre-diabetes, which was a scary “wake-up” call. Although I had reduced my sugar and changed some of my eating habits, it was not enough to make the life saving change I was looking for.

Meeting Sandi has completely changed my life. She has educated me me about nutrition, goal setting, learning my strengths and weaknesses, and that change can occur regardless of our situations.  I signed up for her in-home nutrition course and learned how to easily prepare a week’s worth of meals – a key factor in my success. Not having to “think” about what to eat, how to balance the meals, or how many calories each item is has made life so much easier.

Through working with Sandi I have also learned that I am stronger than I realized. Sandi pushes me every time we work in the gym and encourages me to bring out my best every time. She also tells it like it is. She won’t sugar coat anything. So you know if she tells you are doing great – you can believe it! In the short time I have worked with Sandi I lost 43  pounds, gained a great deal of strength and stamina, I am no longer pre-diabetic, and can keep up with my kids without feeling exhausted or having constant joint pain. I have also learned that if you want reach your goals bad enough – you will do what it takes to make it happen. I understand time restrictions with kids and activities, but I have leaned to make reaching my fitness goals a priority and I can find the time it takes. #howbaddoyouwantit!!

My life is forever changed because of Sandi!

~Lena Gilmore