Recently we hosted our annual Back to School Transformation Contest, and we are excited to show you the results that some of our members were able to achieve in just 45 days! Please take some time to check out their results and their stories below to cast your vote. (Please note: clicking on the pictures will bring up a full size image.)
We will be giving away $500 cash and a TRIP TO MEXICO to the winner of “Best Transformation”, as decided by a public vote.
Voting Ends: Tuesday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m.
Be sure to check our Facebook Page for the announcement of the winner!
“Hi, my name is Jenni Bingaman. I have a wonderful husband, Jon, and an amazing two year old son, Jack. I did this challenge for myself, but also to be a better person for Jon and Jack. When I am not confident in myself, it is not only me that suffers – my husband and son do too. I gained 50 pounds with Jack… and losing the first 40 was not a cake walk, but the last 10 were next to impossible. No matter how “good” I was I just kept yo-yoing. I would lose 5lbs only to gain it back again. My pants were tight and tight pants make me cranky :).
I have been working out three times a week for a year and a half, but I knew that wasn’t going to be enough to lose those last 10 pounds. Inspired by my husband (who is amazing and took up running 10ks during the competition); I started running too. Now, I will never run a 10k, but decided to run the 5k Halloween race with a friend. Then I got the running bug! I ran a second 5k two weeks later and shaved 3 minutes off my time. My husband and I also helped Jack “run” in his first race. Jack was dressed as Luke Skywalker in his land speeder and I was Princess Leia (props to Jon for Jack’s full costume and my amazing Leia belt)! It was so much fun! Running was exactly the addition I needed to get rid of the lingering pounds and body fat. Now, I can’t wait for my next 5k to beat my time again!
I am now the same size and weight I was the day I got married. I am on vacation right now feeling comfortable and confident in my bikini. Thanks to my husband, son and PFP trainers and friends for helping me achieve my goals!”
“I’ve been a member at Pursuit for a year and a half. This has been my third challenge and ultimately my most successful. With the help of my fabulous coach, Adam, I have set goals and habits that I plan to stick with from here on.
I enjoy the contests for the extra workout. I have found that coming to the gym more often motivates me most. Having all the members and trainers available for support and accountability is the best part for me.
Even with the extra workout, I learned this time, though, that what I eat has a much greater impact on my body. I have increased my vegetable and lean protein intake while decreasing the amount of junk and empty calories. I haven’t completely given up the diet coke yet, but that’s the next hurdle!”
“My name is Scott Gant. I have had several issues with sticking to a diet, exercising, and getting the right amount of sleep. When I heard about the Back to School Transformation Contest I decided to make a commitment and stick to it to get my weight under control and start eating right. I quickly found out that after the first couple of weeks it became a lot easier to start sticking to my plan. Also, having an accountability partner helped out tremendously.
The biggest impact the contest has had on me was getting into the habit of exercising again. I love it and can’t go without working out about 6 times a week. I was a size 38 in my jeans and was wearing 2x shirts. Now I am a size 34 and wearing size large shirts. I feel great and am very thankful I joined the contest. It is nice to be in shape again!!!”
“Hey there, everyone! My name is Michael Glickert and I’ve been a member at PFP for almost 3 years now. I’ve definitely had my ups and downs in all these years (weight wise), but I was always able to maintain a pretty healthy weight. Over the summer I was in a bad relationship that was very difficult and very toxic. I used poor dietary choices to help cope with a very negative life experience. My weight ballooned and I felt miserable. I wasn’t sleeping well, I wasn’t thinking well and my workouts were average-at-best (when I went). I knew I needed to make a change.
I signed up for the BTS Transformation Contest and decided to focus on going to the gym 4 days a week and watching very closely what I ate. I could tell within a couple of weeks that I was making big improvements. I was lifting more than I ever had in the gym, my mind was thinking clearly, and I was waking up earlier and earlier with MORE ENERGY! (I’m usually up at 4am these days and I literally JUMP out of bed!) While I didn’t lose a lot of weight, I dropped a lot of fat and I gained quite a bit of muscle. I’m very pleased with my results and I hope that my before/after pictures not only show you my physical changes, but I hope that you can see my mental and emotional ones as well! ”
“Daddy, why is your belly so big?” “Dad, when are you going to go running?” “Dad, when are you going to lose some weight?” These were some of the questions that my eight, six and four year old had been asking me over the last 12 months that told me that it was time to do something. I’d gotten to a point where I was up over 240lbs and in the worst shape of my life – and with an amazing wife and three kids (and number four on the way in December), I needed to make a change.
My biggest challenges were really diving in and making better food choices while always on the go in my job (wait…McDonalds, Taco Bell and Hardees aren’t the three food groups?!?) and to be more than just a sloth-like TV viewer when not at work. As a guy who never really enjoyed working out, little did I know how much Ryan, Joe, Adam (and the rest of the PFP family who put up with me) were going to push me to reach my goals – but make it fun at the same time.
While I’m not all the way there yet (I still want to drop below 215lbs by the time I’m done), losing nearly 11 lbs (almost 6% of my body weight and being under 230lbs for the first time in at least five years) and now fitting in pants that I haven’t worn in for years, the PFP family has been instrumental in this huge change for me over the last 45 days – and even has my kiddos telling me how skinny I look (I wonder what they’ll say when I’m down at 215?).”
“I was asked recently, what is my why? And after giving it some thought, here it is…I want a better quality of life. I want to wake up feeling ahhmaaazing every day! I want INCREDIBLE ENERGY so I can keep up with my kiddos and my husband and my house and my passions!
I have struggled with fluctuating weight and emotional eating my entire life, and I am not about THAT life anymore. I want to feel what healthy is like. I want to live it. I want to prove that it’s possible for me. I want to be a good example for my girls, my family and friends, and all the people I meet in this life. I want people to look at me and find hope and encouragement and think, ‘If she can do it, so can I!’
This competition has given me the motivation and focus that I needed to propel me closer to achieving my why and making it my reality. I need the support, encouragement, and accountability that PFP provides. I love the people I work out with. I love this gym! Since the end of April, I have lost 40 lbs and my kiddos tell me that I am more fun to be around – that I don’t take as many naps and that I do more with them. Isn’t that great?!
I am having fun campaigning, and want so badly to use my newly acquired passport for the very first time on this trip to Mexico. Nothing can keep me from believing that it has been meant to be from the start!
This is my new body under construction. I may not be all the way there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday, and tomorrow I will be closer than I am today. This is no longer about skinny, but it’s about healthy. A permanent lifestyle. I have chosen who I want to be, and I will continue to fight for it. I will not give up. And I will reach my goals. Because I am worth it. We all are.
Everyone in this contest has pushed themselves to achieve greatness. And every single person you have the opportunity to vote for deserves that vote. This is a tough competition! I hope you will consider casting your votes for me. Casey Herter. Thank you.”
“Hi. I am Kathleen Mack – a 29-year-old graphic designer who sits at my desk all day. I have had a hard time losing weight my whole life despite being a pretty active person. It was even harder to think about being a healthy person when my father was going through cancer. Naturally, I was drawn to my addiction of cheese and didn’t notice the pounds packing on. After my father passed away I decided I needed to make better life choices so I could live a long healthy life.
Throughout the challenge I learned that vegetables don’t have to taste bad and that making good choices isn’t difficult. There is always temptation around and other things influencing your choices but when you put on your pants and they slide down to your waste you can only be grateful that you didn’t eat the cake at work. Using the tools provided – such as work outs, portion control, fish oil, water and food categories – really helped take the weight off. The recipe for success is a great balance of all of these things. When concentrating on a protein and veggie for meals you don’t have time to think about carbs. You’re already full before you even miss having a potato (and do I love my potatoes).
I can’t believe after 8 years of weight loss attempts I can finally say I am the weight on my driver’s license. And because of this 15 pound weight loss I ran my first 3 miles without stopping! It is truly wonderful becoming an all-around stronger person, with more strength and will power.”
“I am a full time working mom of three children ages 4, 2, and 11 months. I have struggled with maintaining a healthy weight since my 20’s, but it became much more difficult after I started having children. I just wasn’t making time for exercising or cooking healthy meals. When I did have down time, I was exhausted. After having my 3rd child last year I decided that it was time for a lifestyle change. I wanted to be able to keep up with my kids, and I wanted to feel good about myself, so I decided to start working out at Pursuit Fitness.
I entered the Back to School Transformation contest because I have found that the contests are a huge motivator for me. Knowing that I have to weigh in and take before and after pictures is always in the back of my mind, so it keeps me disciplined with my nutrition. I have learned a lot about portion control and the types of foods I should eat, but I have also learned that preparation is the key to a nutritious diet. When I don’t prepare meals ahead of time, I can easily get off track. Meal prep is now a part of my routine.
Since joining Pursuit Fitness in January I have lost over 50 pounds. I have much more energy to keep up with my kids, and I feel so much better about myself.”
“Hi, my name is Kit So. I have never really been in the best of shape, but wasn’t in bad shape either. I always stayed active and thought that I could get in great shape if I really wanted to and that I had plenty of time to do it. Well… I just turned 33 this year and I started to realize that if I don’t start now, I might regret it. My mom died when she was 38 from cancer when I was in 7th grade. I don’t have any kids yet, but I look forward to that day and I definitely want to be around and healthy to see them grow up.
We recently moved to the St. Louis area and I found Pursuit Fitness by chance one night when I was Googling gyms in my area. It just so happened that they were running the Back to School Transformation contest and it really piqued my interest. I originally thought the 10% weight loss to get your money back was a marketing ploy and I didn’t know what to expect from this gym. When I talked to Ryan, I was pleasantly surprised to find his beliefs for a healthy lifestyle really aligned with mine. I thought that I would have to go to extreme lengths to achieve the 10% weight loss, but what they teach you here at Pursuit Fitness is to live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising regularly. It’s not about giving up all the foods you enjoy, but to eat in moderation.
I followed Joe’s nutrition plan and worked out at the gym three times a week. It was hard at first, but the support I received at Pursuit Fitness was excellent, and to my surprise I was able to lose 26 pounds in 45 days! In years past, I’ve joined gyms here and there and would find myself starting strong and then trail off over time. Scheduling my workouts at Pursuit Fitness and having a group to work out with really pushed me to keep going. My overall goal is to lose 45 pounds and thanks to Pursuit Fitness, I’m over half way there and have developed healthy habits that I know will help me achieve that goal!”
“Hello. I’m Karen. I’ve always been athletic, but spending years stressed out in a corporate job took its toll in the form of extra pounds. Being overweight has been a burden; aside from the negative health effects, I just didn’t feel good about myself. I had so many false starts to losing weight and it felt like nothing would work. I felt trapped in the fat and needed/wanted out.
The Back to School Transformation Contest represented a great opportunity for myself and my fiancé, Chris, to get the healthy kick start we both needed. I was surprised to find that minor modifications to the things that I thought I was doing right made a huge difference. Consistency and moderation, along with Chris’s and the PFP team’s support, changed everything. I’m very excited that the pants that previously cut off circulation can no longer stay up on their own!
In just 6 weeks, I’ve regained confidence in myself and my ability to be successful in weight loss. I’m excited about how much better I feel both mentally and physically throughout the day. I’m looking forward to and am confident in my ability to lose more before my wedding next summer. I’m so happy about the healthier life that Chris and I have started together. I am so incredibly grateful to PFP for all of the positive change they’ve added to our lives.”