I began exercising with Shelley in Oct. of 2009, and I can still remember calling to get the info on her classes, and questioning myself about being able to keep up. I started with 1 class a week with Shelley, and I also gathered with some friends 1 night a week for some exercise too. I really didn’t think that I had any more time than that to fit into my schedule. I continued that regime until the beginning of the next year. By January 2010, I was really enjoying Shelley’s classes, so I signed up for 2 mornings a week and cancelled my 1 evening class. When October rolled around that year, I was feeling stronger, and I was proud that I was keeping loyal to my commitment, but there was one thing missing. I went to Shelley and expressed the fact that I wasn’t dropping the weight that I was hoping for. Remember, this was 1 year into this 2 day a week program, and I was expecting miracles! Shelley had just moved her location to Gidley St. Her business was growing, classes were expanding, and she started talking more about our eating habits. MINE WERE BAD!!! It was at this time Shelley first introduced me to a book about “Clean Eating” by Tosca Reno. I got this book on a Friday, took it home and started reading. By Monday, I began by starting a whole new way of grocery shopping and preparing my meals. It took me some time to change over what was in my cupboards, but as time went on, and I was seeing the difference it was making, I became a “Believer”. It was all so easy and the pounds started dropping off. It was at the time that I was convinced that I liked the way I was beginning to feel and look, and that I was going to make the necessary changes to start making classes 5 days a week. Something I was going to do just for “ME” Shelley then began to explain to me to not only watch the scales, but to start taking measurements. If I remember correctly, she made me vow to not step in the scale for a month! Inches start decreasing sometimes before pounds, so I started a chart, and I wrote down my measurements every month. To see it on paper sure helped too! By Feb. 2011, I had lost 10 inches overall. 4 months after I started eating clean. Changes vary with people, but I was very pleased with how my body was responding to my new way of life. I was 160 lbs. when I started Eating Clean and after 3 yrs. lost 25lbs. and have held my weight at 135lb. for the last year and a half. I have confidence that I can continue to hold my weight by continuing this program I’m on.
I was lucky enough to meet Tosca Reno and hear her speak which was a highlight of my life! She is a wonderful motivational speaker and down to earth lady who is in incredible shape for a 50 something year old. If you ever have the chance, she is a “must see”. A very inspirational women, and when you hear her testimonial, you will be very impressed!
Like Shelley always quotes “Everyone has a story to tell” Thank-you for letting me tell you mine!
~ Kathy Mason