Joanna's progress and results were incredible and came because she worked her butt off. She stuck to her nutrition habits and exercised conistently and proved, once again, that if you put in the work, over time you will not only look better but FEEL better. And hopefully, as Joanna talks about below, you can get to a point where you love yourself every step of the way.
Also worth noting is that Joanna hasn't stopped now that she's married. She participated in my Clean Slate program in January and WON and is continuing to train (FYI, the next one starts at the end of April -- stay tuned)! This girl's got goals she's gotta crush. But I'll stop yammering on. Time for you to meet Joanna!
I started training in earnest last spring in order to get in shape for my wedding. I told Izzy that my goal was to feel like the most powerful woman in the room when I got married. We started the constantly preaching, "Bridal arms, bridal back!" I became obsessed!
How do you think your sessions have helped you out?
I have been trying to lose weight my entire life. I have beaten myself up and pushed myself to great lengths (sometimes unhealthy lengths), yet I could never say I was proud of my progress or felt like any of my prior attempts were sustainable. I think my IzzyFit sessions have helped me feel strong and beautiful at any weight. I feel like a beast walking down the street after a session, and I am proud of how much stronger I get with each session. Also, my arms were pretty darn kickass for my wedding.
What have you enjoyed the most about your training?
I love learning from Izzy. Yes, she is my dear, dear friend outside of personal training, but in the studio, she is my teacher. From her, I have learned to enjoy eating fats again, to stick out my butt and bend my knees during deadlifts, and to value each exercise. I also have learned not to put myself down when I don't immediately excel in an exercise.
Is there anything surprising that you discovered when you started strength training?
I can DO this! I am floored at how much stronger I am now than I was a year ago, and I am floored by how sustainable my exercise and nutrition habits can be.
Do you have any fitness goals for this year?
2 goals: 1) Pass the physical fitness test this spring that my students must pass to promote to the next grade level; 2) Climb a couple of Colorado's 14ers this summer with relative comfort and endurance. I'm 35, and I will be in better shape than I was when I was 25!
How would you describe your philosophy on working out and nutrition?
Mantras work, and I've been using 2 of them a LOT lately. The first helps me consider making small choices for myself: "Every moment is an opportunity to make the world a little better." The second comes from Izzy herself and makes the biggest difference in allowing myself to be successful: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Thank goodness for this second mantra, as it gets me packing my breakfast and lunch every night for the following day. I have more control in my diet, and I feel better!