Suzie Arthur is a wife and a busy mom of four beautiful daughters ranging in age from 3 to 18. Suzie’s weight-loss journey began a year and a half ago. She was shopping for new outfits for a trip she and her husband were about to take. It was during this simple outing that she was faced with her first reality check.
“While in the fitting room, I was trying on a size 20 that was a bit snug–I just about died–there was no way I was going up to a size 22,” said Suzie. “That was the moment I knew I’d hit rock bottom.”
Suzie, like many of us, had lost sight of who she was! She realized she had let herself go completely and– as a result– she was miserable.
She decided to start walking in the evenings and making better choices about what she was eating. However, the evening walks were doing little for Suzie.
“Even though I was walking, I was also watching delicious food disappear from my plate,” said Suzie. “I could have walked for miles and miles, but my eating habits were preventing my progress.”
Suzie began a weight-loss program that taught her not only how to eat, but what and when to eat. In the beginning she made great strides with the program. However, after a while, the cost and the thought of having to eat another one of “their” meals became unbearable.
She consulted her doctor about the possibility of surgery, or at least a plan to help her lose the weight. After the meeting, that’s when the final realty check hit. She realized she wasn’t following the advice she received from the weight loss company, nor was she exercising – the kind of exercise she should have been doing to push herself. She realized she wasn’t being true to herself.
After talking to her support system, her friend and neighbor Rosali came up with the idea to start a small group fitness camp in their cul-de-sac community; an early morning, heart pounding, sweat induced boot camp. An all out push to reach your goals with her friends and other people with similar goals.
Although not excited about getting up at 5 a.m., Suzie decided that she had nothing to lose, but the weight.
Rosali found fitness coach, Norma Zitterkopf with Argyle Adventure Boot Camp, who came highly recommended by Flower Mound resident Kelli Calabrese, an international award-winning fitness and exercise specialist. That was the moment they joined and never looked back.
“By far, it was the best decision we could have made,” said Rosali.
“Through Norma’s personal leadership and motivational skills, I feel more confident in working out on my own with free weights,” said Suzie. “I’ve gained knowledge of the proper form and technique. Being a part of the most amazing and supportive group of ladies and training with Norma, has instilled in me the confidence and discipline needed to continue to improve myself through sound nutrition and physical activity.
“Now, I am more aware of what it takes to maintain a healthy body. Boot camp is never the same, it’s never dull, and we always have fun and leave feeling accomplished and energized – always a great workout! Norma has truly changed our entire mindset. We don’t think of what we can’t do, we push ourselves to do what we can do.”
“I can tell Suzie has a new appreciation for life and health,” said Coach Norma. “The physical transformation has been simply amazing. Suzie has definitely been getting compliments on her youthful new look. Suzie has been a pleasure to work with. There have been many challenges for her, including juggling busy school and activity schedules for her very active family of four.
Suzie was determined not to let anything stand in her way and never made excuses or complained – working her way to being the healthiest she could be. She kept showing up to camp and often emailed us to request a workout to do at home or while traveling and working. Her determination has certainly paid off.”
With the help of savvy nutritional planning, Boot Camp motivation and Advocare supplements, Suzie has gone from a size 22 to a size 10. She feels better now than she has in many years.
“My family will always be my top priority, 5:30 a.m. works great for me,” said Suzie. “I love that I am home before my family wakes up. Best of all – I am happy and energized ready to tackle the day ahead. There are only so many hours in the day. Some of those hours belong to you. I will always make time for me.”
As we wrapped up our January Boot Camp, Suzie has lost an amazing 63-pounds and still counting!
At Argyle Adventure Boot Camp, if you believe it is possible, the right program and the accountability to follow through, everyone can make positive change regardless of their current state of health. Lifestyle diseases are now the number one killer, but it does not have to be that way.
The bottom line is, if you fill your life with nutrient-dense foods, manage weight, enjoy life and let go of the little things. You’ll find life is more enjoyable, less stressful, and delicious!
We invite you to commit to living in excellent health this year. You can enjoy similar success as Suzie by making yourself a priority. Argyle Adventure Boot Camp offers two convenient times at 5:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. For a complete schedule visit www.ArgyleBootCamp.com.
Norma Zitterkopf is a Certified Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach and owner of Argyle Adventure Boot Camp, an Advisor with Advocare International and consultant with Isagenix International. For more information visit www.ArgyleBootCamp.com or Call (214) 729-0001