Oh my goodness, THIS IS WHERE FITMOM CAME FROM!!! THIS RIGHT HERE! Where do I begin? I was 110lbs overweight and ridiculously miserable. I had 2 failed weight-loss surgeries and significant lower ab trauma from my oldest son's complicated birthing experience.
Eating was my coping; it was my go-to for all problems. I didn't know how to handle my pain and suffering appropriately. I mishandled food ALL OF THE DAMN TIME.
As I grew mentally, I realized I needed to do something and fast. I was in quicksand, struggling to stay afloat. I was allowing others to mistreat me and make me feel less than. I was in the pit of hell, and the only way out was through my willingness.
Fast forward, I am down to 140lbs. I fluctuate between 140 and 146 lbs. I have managed to flip my entire body around and gain access to a different way of living. A life filled with love and happiness.
I made the necessary adjustments to ensure I would never revisit obesity!
This is what 22lbs off my frame looks like. Everyone’s goals are different and that’s cool. Mine is simply to feel good in my skin. I was 200lbs in November. I’m 5’2! #issaNOforme
There’s has been a lot of fussing/cussing and celebrating my small wins. I’ve still got a bit to go but I could not have gotten HERE without @fitmomfitnesssituation - This shit ain’t easy. And a few times I checked out or I celebrated a weight loss so much that I gained it right back. This is about consistency and sacrifice and commitment. I’m STILL fumbling through it sometimes but I have a not so secret weapon and her name is @librajhicks!!! Now don’t ask me for her info if you aren’t serious. She’s tough and you might get cussed out for wasting her time and that MF’g scale BETTER move or you will be explaining what you’ve been doing! But to not have rolls on my back and huff and puff every time I walk up the stairs…..I’ll take every cuss word she’s got! Thank you Boo. I truly appreciate your support, sisterhood, and Jack Rabbit Ass workouts!
Covid changed the game in so many ways last year. Physically I was headed in the direction of destruction! But GOD!
Once I got my mind right, I could head in a direction to get my body and health right naturally.
I still have a long way to go, but baaaaby I’ve come a loooooonnng way! I've worked me A__ off to get here!! I've shared my journey for the past almost year. It HAS NOT been easy. I would NOT normally share this, but I'm proud of myself and its motivation to somebody.
I can't say thank you enough to those that pushed me to be better, and a special thank you to my trainer Libra J Hicks of Fitmom Fitness Situation, who has kept me motivated and pushed me to go harder! And to my accountability circle, my sisters, my daughter, and my son n love who always cheer me on!!!
There are absolutely NO FILTERs on these pics
I've only been in this FITMOM FITNESS SITUATION CLASSES for a little over a month working out at least three times a week, I can say I feel stronger and better internally, because whew Covid and I were out of pocket!!!! It takes a little longer to see the change on the outside but they're happening!
Let me tell you....
The BEFORE pics were with shapers, girdles, bondage, cellophane wrap and all kinds of contractions to suck it in and make it smooth under those dresses, sucking the life out of me.
Now let me tell you about the AFTER pics..no shapers, girdles, cellophane or smoothing contractions needed! Baby that is a beautiful thing! One fitting in all the right places while the other is hanging quite a bit looser in those same places. I'm lovin the change I see and will keep going!
Coach Libra J Hicks and her team are the answer for "Already-Fit and Wanna-Be-Fit" women and moms everywhere. If you want it, they've got you. They will push you to go get it!
My name is Mary Dessivia,
I am 49 yr. Old single mother of two. I have a 29 yr. My old daughter, and then I have my 17 yr old son that was born at 29 was, weighing in at 2lbs 5oz.. when I gave birth to him, I was weighing 152lbs. Over the years, friends and I would start walking, and something would happen, and we fall off and never would get back on course. And this became routine. I also would join gyms and would go once or twice within my contract. It seems like something was always blocking me from being my healthier self. During this time, I had many setbacks that caused me to give up on my health. Between the verbally abusive relationship I was in with my son’s father to deal with the many surgeries my son had to encounter at such a young age, to try to make sure my job was good, and making sure my daughter, who at that time was pre-teen had a great childhood during this season of my life. My mom was my biggest help; she was the rock of it all. But during this time, I would find myself sad, the feeling of loneliness, guilty, and I would revert to sweets. Sweets have always been my friend as well as Dr. Pepper. Moving forward, my mom passed away with lung cancer when my son was at the tender age of being 10 yrs old. And I was super sad; my 12 yr rocky relationship with my son's dad was coming to one big happy ending. With the unknown, my baby brother was killed in a car accident a year later, and now I am in a crushing situation, with two deaths and a special needs son. I found comfort in shopping spending when I didn’t have, eating more sweets on top of sweets. My weight shot up to a good 200 lbs, and I would lose to 198 but nothing less. I tried Herbalife, but I wasn’t consistent with the shakes. I would walk with Keishaun up to 7 miles, and still, I was not losing the pounds because when I got home, I would eat an unhealthy meal and something sweet.
Medically I knew I needed to lose some pounds; I have a mitral valve prolapse with a murmur, and needless to say, my cholesterol has been creeping up over the last two years. One day my daughter says to me, “mom, there is a lady I follow on IG, she’s into fitness, and she has a special needs son, and I think you need to follow her. “ so she sent me information to Libra Hicks/ Our Children’s Story and I started following her. After a year of following her and being inspired by her movement (consistency, happiness, fitness, children, positivity ). I reached out to her in her inbox. She actually responded lol I was excited. We had a conversation about what results I wanted and a little of my story. She invited me to join the class for one session free of charge. Classes are set for ZOOM... I joined Fitmom Fitness Situation on Jan 14, 2021, weighing in at 198 lbs. the journey has been challenging because I want this in my head. Still, I want that candy bar I’m passing by in the store, I want a Dr. Pepper, and I want some ice cream.....over time, as I am being challenged and having to report my journey, I started to take some accountability for myself. This has been one of the best things I have done in a very long time. Today, I no longer want to snack all day on chips/candy I do not have a craving for Dr. Pepper, my water intake has increased significantly, Libra has granted me a platform for myself as well as other mothers with similar issues that are so rewarding, I can build, feel good about me, feel motivated, sweat, be tired in a good way. It all begins in my home with the guidance of LIbra Hicks. Today 5-26-21, I weigh 183. I owe it to myself to want to do better to be better, but I give Libra Hicks my gratitude for allowing this to happen............ Not where I want to be, Not where I started.
I am Jenell, and I just wanted to share a brief overview of my testimony with you.
Even after the birth of 5 children, I have always been small, all by C-section; outside of that, I have always weighed about 123lbs. But I noticed that after my 26-year marriage ended and raising 5 children (4 boys & 1 girl) alone and briefly becoming an empty nester, I began to comfort any stress through food. Over a year and a half, I gained almost 60lbs.my go-to was takeout, chips, popcorn, and Pepsi.
On November 3, 2017, at the age of 47, I suffered an Ischemic Stroke of the Thalamus; my blood pressure was 223/152, my speech was severely delayed, I had lost the ability to move the right side of my body and feeling. I spent 5 days in ICU and left using a walker, with minimal feeling on my right side and now mini seizures. I went from taking no medication to taking blood pressure medicine, blood thinners, cholesterol, & anti-seizure medicine. Within 1 year, I was back to pretty much normal, and I stopped taking the medications.
On December 3, 2018, at 48 years old, I suffered a second Ischemic Stroke of the Thalamus with my blood pressure at 198/123. This time I was not so lucky again; my speech was delayed, I lost feeling and movement on the entire right side of my body, & my right eye stayed dilated. This time I was in ICU for 5 days and moved to a regular room for 3 days. I regained the ability to move my right side on day 4, but I had slim to no feeling, but I continued to re-teach myself the everyday basics. I also regained my speech; however, I noticed I could not say the things I was thinking; it seemed like I was always at a loss for words.
I went home with the same medicine cocktail, but this time Valium was added because they said I was overly stressed and worrisome and needed to relax. I had anxiety. With all of the medicine, I found out I had a bad reaction to the cholesterol medicine. It caused bone density loss, which was devastating to me since I had already been diagnosed with arthritis in my lower back in 2005 due to multiple pregnancies/births.
My medicine was switched, but the damage was already done.
I had advanced degenerative disc disease. Now I was constantly in extreme excruciating pain in my hips and lower back. I got no relief sitting, standing, or laying down, and I have been prescribed muscle relaxers.
Fortunately, I was able to walk again, and my eye dilates now, and I permanently wear glasses but was still very weak on my right side.
I changed my diet to vegetarianism and eliminated the addition of salt. It helped a little bit as far as my blood pressure went, but with all the medicine I was taking, I began to swell up, and before the strokes, I had no swelling at all.
I had begun to come to terms that I will always be in pain and will always be overweight. Then I saw Libra on Social Media and her weight loss journey and complimented her on her weight loss etc., and said, you should be a personal trainer; if so, I would most definitely be in your class. And in Libra fashion, she said in two months; I will be certified to train. And on August 17, two days before my 50th birthday, I began my first class with Libra.
I had never been in so much pain. To bend over or lift my leg 3 inches, it hurt so bad I literally was shedding tears but played it off as sweat. I seriously wanted to quit, but I kept telling myself there is always someone worse than you, and you are here and able, with will and determination. So I kept on at; first, it was 1 day a week, then it became 2 days a week, and then I implemented walking to gain better balance when I walk since my coordination is off now.
I continued being a vegetarian and adding no additional salt to my food; I began to watch my salt intake from store-bought food and takeout. I cut back significantly on eating out to once every 1-2 months.
I eventually stopped taking all the medicine; today, I have a clean bill of health. I take nothing since I can maintain a healthy cholesterol level and normal blood pressure and have had no active seizures. Although I am still in pain every day with my back and hips, I rarely take any medications outside of Tylenol. Hopefully, I will continue to feel less pain as I build back and stomach muscle and lose a little more weight. I am so proud of myself now that I can bend, squat, do minimal jumping jacks, lift 5lb weights ( i know it doesn't seem like a lot, but 9mos ago, I could barely lift my body weight)
I never complain about the workouts; I have only missed 2 workouts since I began 9 months ago 1 due to a power outage and another due to a family emergency.
As of today, I can proudly say I have lost 40lbs since my beautiful journey began; I now weigh 141lbs. with a goal of 115lbs since I am 5'0 tall. I am so proud of myself; words can not truly express them.
This is my testimony.