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I am a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Weight Loss Success Story!

Pin It People often ask me why I decided to blog. Here are my answers:

1. I have no friends.
2. Between my full-time job as a high school teacher, my part-time job as a fitness instructor, my part-time job as a yoga teacher, and my part-time job as an AQ Instructor at the University of Toronto, I thought I needed a hobby.
3. Fitness blogs elsewhere are boring. Except for all the fitness blog people that follow me- yours are lovely.
4. Success stories.

Meet Dineen. Today is her birthday!!!
Happy Birthday, Beautiful!!!!!!
This is the message that I received from her:

So this may seem crazy but I needed to send you a message to say thank you! I started following your fitness blog, twitter feed and facebook page (okay that sounded stalkerish) because the instant I read that you were endavouring to do all of those things I knew that you would be amazing at them all. 
Over the past couple of months I have found myself eagerly awaiting each blog entry that you post becasue I LOVE the workouts that you send out to your readers. I have always had a hard time managing my weight and finding the motivation to go to the gym but your workouts make my time at the gym SO much more interesting...in fact, I look forward to going to the gym to try out new routines. 
Your blog has served as an inspiraton to me to fulfill my athletic potential, which in my 20's I didn't really think exisisted at all, but I'm happy to say since I began applying the information that you've been putting out I feel like I am in the best shape of my adult life (and it gets better with each passing day). To add to that fantastic feeling I've lost 15 pounds and saw a number on the scale this morning that I havent seen since I graduated high school...no joke! 
Which brings me back to the basis for my note...the thank you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge which has provided me the tools to get to this point, and I truly look forward to the next challenge that you put out there 
Keep up the great work Katy!!!!

First of all, please allow me to wipe away the tears from my laptop before it short circuits. Receiving this letter was one of the most rewarding pieces of feedback I have ever been lucky enough to read- it really made me feel like I was making a difference. 

Before- lovely in blue
After- fit and FABULOUS in blue!
Losing weight and getting fit is truly a team effort- you need support from your family, your friends, your partner, and mostly- yourself- in order for you to be successful in your goals. Dineen continually gives me great feedback on the workouts I create, which inspires me to do better. YOU guys are the reason I blog. 

Dineen started changing her lifestyle back in February 2009, and since then she has gone from 185 pounds to a svelte 150 pounds, and from a size 14 to a size 8. I have always known Dineen as a confident, amazing, hardworking, stand up woman. She has only added to her outer beauty with clean eating and fitness- and she has truly been able to prove that fitness is accessible to everyone- and that change does a body GOOD! 

Dineen was self conscious before, so would turn sideways and crop her lower body out of photos.

Holla!!!!!! Look at that teeny waist and svelte arms! I am so proud of you, Dineen!

So... the real reason I blog? 

For the praise, of course. 

Help me in congratulating Dineen! Do you have a success story to share? Email me at [email protected] if you do! 

How do you stay motivated to hit the gym?