November 5, 2013
Transformation Tuesday! How POPster Sarah Gained Confidence
Hope you are having a lovely day so far. I’m very happy to see that over 4,000 of you are ready to join in on the 12 Week New Body Makeover Meal Plan and Challenge. This is going to be amazing. Keep following my blog to find out how and when the meal plan will be released.
I was checking the Blogilates App Forum and found this beautiful young lady in the Hot Topics section! (BTW please go check your iPhone updates for version 1.4 where the double Nov 3-Nov 3 issue in the Workout Calendar will be fixed.) I haven’t been posting transformations in a while but today I want to share with you POPster Sarah Patridge’s story! By using just Blogilates workout videos, she changed her body, began to love her body, and ultimately gained confidence again. Read on and be inspired to make a change in your own life.
OMG I can’t believe that this is happening! I am a huge fan of yours, like many others I’m sure. I put up my transformation photo on your app thinking nothing would ever come of it, but boy was I wrong!! A few days later I checked your app and saw that my photo had 292 likes!! And the nicest comments ever! From all the beautiful people of the Blogilates community. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw your comment! It is such an honor that you have asked me to send in my story.
My name is Sarah and I’m from Waterford in Ireland. My problems with my weight started when I was 13. This is when I became more conscious about my appearance than ever! I wasn’t comfortable and I wasn’t happy. When I started secondary school I really felt the pressure to fit in. I noticed that all the girls around me could eat what they want and still remain so skinny…whereas I was struggling so badly. It almost felt unfair. I was overweight and I wasn’t in any way athletic. But it wasn’t just looks that bothered me. I would get exhausted and out of breath very easily. I didn’t want this to become a bigger problem as I get older. I was also so disheartened to see that my clothing sizes were getting bigger and bigger. It was like I had no control over my body. I didn’t know what to do. But I knew I had to do something. I wasn’t going to make any excuses.
I tried every crazy diet out there! I started walking too. Nothing seemed to give me any results. One night I was looking up exercises on YouTube…I must have spent hours trying to find something I was capable of doing! And then I came across your videos…
…and my life has never been the same since!!!
I remember the first video I ever did of yours. It was the “Upper Body Workout – Arms, Chest, and Shoulders! (Full 10 min) Pilates Video.“
Oh man do I remember the feeling after it!!! Haha. Though the workout was amazing, it was more what you said at the end of that video that made something click in me. You said “Good luck and keep doing it. This is hard.”
I have never forgotten it since.
You have taught me an awful lot about things I need to do – not just to become fit but to become healthy! I never knew anything about nutrition and how important it is when it comes to losing weight. I always just thought you had to work out and that was it! Because of you Cassey I am no longer obsessed with the number on the scale. I never thought I would ever say this but I am now a fitness freak!!! I run, play on football teams and of course do POP Pilates where ever and whenever I can!!
Honestly words cannot describe how much my confidence has changed. I used to be called names by my so called “friends “when I started secondary school and for a long time I really believed them. But since doing POP Pilates, my mind has gotten so much stronger. I have left those girls who kept putting me down and have made new friends who are always there to support me in what I do 🙂 I now have a loving and supportive boyfriend too. I get my girls to join me in your videos all the time…it’s like one big Pilates party at my house !! 😀 Haha we even have Pilates sleepovers !
For anyone who is struggling with their diet, here is my typical meal plan:
– Breakfast: Porridge or Blogilates banana pancakes!
– Lunch: A healthy homemade smoothie! Or a nice crispy salads 🙂 chicken is my fave!
– Dinner: I adore sweet potato. I have it with lots of yummy veggies and a small breast of chicken without the skin! :p
– Snacks: I tend to have a piece of fruit or something extra yummy on the blogilates app! The cheesy cauliflower pizza is Epic!!! 😀
Favorite Blogilates Recipe: Ahhh that’s a tough one! But it would have to be the oatmeal and banana cookies they are soooo yummy 🙂 and so easy to make!
Favorite Blogilates Workout: I adore all the cardio videos – they are tough but great :p I must say my favorite is POP Pilates for Weight Loss. I do it every morning 🙂 Feel that burn!
It’s funny. I don’t know you or the POPsters on a personal level but you all have had such a positive influence on me and my life. I now know that I’m working my hardest to avoid getting diabetes and other weight-related health problems because you have educated me and changed my life. Thank you so much Cassey. xxxx
Sarah, thank you for that beautiful letter! Though you are young, I am so proud that you took the steps necessary to change your health and make over your life. I remember being in middle school – girls were so judgmental. Anytime anyone says anything, you take it to heart. It is also so tough to leave your social circle. You’re leaving your comfort zone…you’re safety. I had “friends” that made fun of me too. I was also a little overweight back then and it almost seemed that everyone wanted me to know it. You did the right thing. Leave people behind who don’t make you feel good and focus on what does. And you found that through fitness. I am so happy that I was able to help support you along the way. I hope you continue to inspire other girls to live healthier lives. Those POP Pilates sleepovers sound like fun 🙂
A lot of young people get sucked into wanting to achieve thigh gaps and slim waists, but you’ve showed that you care more about than just vanity. Good for you!!! Put your health first and everything else will follow. And just so you know…you look VIBRANT and AMAZING!!!
If any of you guys want to turn in a transformation story, please email me at POPsterPost@gmail.com with photos.
Thank you and hope this inspired you to get moving no matter your age. The time is now.
If you want to read more Transformation stories, click HERE.