Kate U.

I've gone from a size 22 to a size 16!

About a donut short of 240 pounds, I attended my first BBX class with Dede in Mission Viejo in March. I had a huge problem. There was the me that was - sad, overweight, unhappy, embarrassed and ashamed of myself. Then there was the me I wanted to be - healthy, happy, positive and confident in myself and my abilities. I didn't know how to get from where I was to where I wanted to be. I was 36, just had a baby (my fifth) and was planning a wedding for this coming September. I'd waited 8 years to get married and I didn't want to walk down the aisle fat and feeling bad about myself. But, there was more than just the wedding looming. Each and every day I was setting an example for my family, a poor example. My eating habits were AWFUL. I ate mostly junk and processed foods, sweets , sodas and snacks. Quite often I would have a Pepsi and a bag of chips for breakfast as I drove the kids to school. I NEVER exercised and found the highlight of my day to be stuffing my face while I zoned out in front of the TV or the computer. I had headaches all the time, was grouchy and emotional most of the time and couldn't seem to focus on anything. My house was a mess, my life was disorganized and unstructured. My business was on auto-pilot. I wasn't interested in anything and literally drowning in an enormous pile of laundry, appropriately referred to as "Mount Washmore." I tried a life coach which cost $3,500, a homeopathic specialist for another several hundred. But, I was looking in the wrong places. Somewhere over the last ten years I fell out of love with myself. It sounds corny, but it's true. I found myself being bitter, closing myself off from others, resentful, hard on myself and even harder on others. Walking into the first class, I looked around, completely uncomfortable in my own skin, hoping I could find someone heavier than me. But, unfortunately I was the clearly the most out of shape person in the room. For a few minutes, amongst the sea of more slender and obviously more seasoned BBX Boxers, I felt embarrassed. I didn’t have the right workout clothes…wasn't sure what to expect, and was scared I wouldn't make it through class without throwing up. The negative "you can't do this" thoughts were rising to the surface. I started doubting myself. Right before we got started, Dede took a minute or two to break down a few of the moves…and then the music kicked in…and we were off! I didn’t have time to think about standing out, nor did I care anymore. I was having so much fun. I loved the music and the eclectic style of the workout. I didn't have the steps down. I became frustrated with myself for not being able to get the moves more quickly, but, as soon as it was over... I was eager to come to the next class and try again. Each class became a challenge to me. Could I push myself harder than I had the class before? Could I bring my knees up higher? Was I using the right resistance? Could I finally master "The Michael?" I noticed the people around me pushing themselves, too. I realized that there were women of all shapes and sizes there. Some with goals to lose weight, and others to get ripped. It isn't about what you look like, how much you have to loose or what you are wearing. It's about RESULTS. Dede says it's a dirty, gritty workout ...and it is. But, IT WORKS. And, IT'S FUN. I signed up for the 45 day program at my second class. I went to class three times a week and followed the nutrition plan they provided. Since then, I have lost over 40 pounds and over 23 inches! With the dramatic results I've seen with BBX - I've started to love shopping for clothes again and I am wearing sleeveless shirts and tanks! I have always had an issue with my upper arms and can't remember the last time I wore something sleeveless. I can actually SEE the changes in my arms and that feels great. I've gone from a size 22 to a size 16! This was certainly one of those right place, right time situations for me. I was ready to be helped and BBX was ready to help ME. Dede is not only present in each class, she arrives with a smile and an intense motivation I have yet to see in anyone else. No matter what the day holds for her...good or bad, she puts everything aside for that hour in class to push us, to motivate us and most importantly to empower us. I still have 27 pounds to go to reach my goal and I am confident that I will get there. This journey doesn't end at the wedding. Every day is an opportunity to make BETTER choices for myself and my family. This isn't a diet for me or simply just a workout. This is a lifestyle change to lose weight, get healthy and stay fit. I no longer have ongoing headaches. I don't feel like I need to medicate myself with anti-depressants. My house isn't spotless...but it's certainly looking much better and the mountainous pile of laundry has been obliterated. We are living healthier as a family, eating better and staying active. I hired two new employees and my business is in better shape than it's ever been and I wake up each day excited to be living this new life. I'm learning to cook foods I never thought in a million years I would eat...and loving them. But more importantly, I've learned to be less critical of myself and others and also to reward myself for the steps I've taken towards a healthier lifestyle, a happier me. THANK YOU BBX! Thank you Dede!

Kate U.