Growing up, I was a healthy happy person. I never focused on my weight. I was a size 6 and was active in sports (basketball and rowing) and things were good. Life took a dramatic turn for me 15 years ago. While leaving work one night, I was attacked by a stranger, raped and left for dead in a parking garage. The next eight months was spent in hospitals (2 months to recover from my physical injuries and six months in a psychiatirc hospital to start the recovery on my non-physical injuries). While I made great progress in both areas (physical and mental), I found myself turning to food when I didn’t want to have to deal with the overwhelming feelings I was experiencing. Since then, my journey has been a long and winding road. The weight slowly started piling on. It is crazy that you can wake up one day and look at yourself in the mirror and suddenly you see a size 18 frame looking back at you. There is one part of you that is OK with it because your self worth is so low, but there is another part of you that wants to regain control back of your life. For so many years, I have lived on the rollercoaster. Yo-yo diets, crazy work out regimes. They all worked for the short term. But as we all know, it is the long term solution that provides the real results.

In November 2011, I decided that I was done with allowing this traumatic moment in my life to define me any longer. I was determined it was time to shake that monkey, put my head down and turn this thing around – once and for all. TNT has afforded me the opportunity to do just that. Between the fitness program and the nutrition program, I am slowly regaining control of my life. There have been ups and downs along the way. Days (even a week or two) where I totally fell off the wagon, but with the support of my TNT coaches (Kris and Shelby – the best in the business), I get back up and get back on track. I am very aware that there will be tough times ahead. For the first time in years, I feel like I am ready to conquer them. TNT has given me the confidence I needed to understand that when I fall down, it is going to be OK. My coaches will help get me back on the wagon.

So far in this journey I have lost over 15lbs and several inches off my waist. I am well aware that this is not a sprint. It is a marathon and I’m in it for the long haul. I’m confident that incorporating a new approach to food with the TNT Nutrition program and a new approach to fitness with TNT Fitness will be the solution I need for long term success. Thank you TNT for getting me on track to get my life back. I owe you more than you could ever know.