It’s another #TransformationTuesday for our Sexyfit community, and today we are sharing a story of another successful Sexyfit sister.
Vivian Burk is a dentist, but despite working in a medical field and helping others living a healthier lifestyle, she didn’t feel that she was taking care of herself. She was used to be feeling lethargic, and she was even afraid that she may have a heart attack every time she tried to run a mile.
After numerous attempts to lose a few extra pounds that always ended up the same – gaining all the weight back plus some, Vivian realized that she needed to change her entire lifestyle completely. She knew it wouldn’t be easy, but she also knew that it was the time. If she wanted to have kids of her own one day, she needed to be healthy and to prepare her body for growing a baby.
After starting the Sexyback Challlenge in February of this year, Vivian turned her whole lifestyle around: she learned that she didn’t need to starve in order to lose fat and become healthier. She now knows that “go hard or go home” fitness approach isn’t necessary, and instead she should be following a steady fitness plan that is based on increasing her strength and endurance step by step.
Vivian’s determination to become healthier and her commitment to the plan is bringing her amazing results. In her own words: “I went from feeling like I was carrying sandbags for legs to feeling light and like I could keep going. I know that’s a factor of my diet and exercise. This is what I was looking for when I started this group. To feel fitter and less sluggish. “
Two weeks ago Vivian ran her first race (1/4 marathon) without stopping. To someone who was out of breath after running a mile only a few months ago, it is a great achievement and a huge milestone.
I cannot express how proud we are of Vivian and her progress. She is a true example of a motivated and determined woman who wants to be healthy, happy and look and feel sexy.
Name: Vivian Burk
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
What made you decide to join Sexyfit? I was tired of hating every picture I was in, not feeling comfortable in any of my clothes (and thus having each night out almost ruined). I was also feeling really lethargic and I felt like I was not heart healthy. I was terrified of having a heart attack, and every time I tried to run even a little I was completely out of breath. I also wanted to be able to set a good example for the kids in my life and be healthy before I started trying to have kids of my own.
What do you like most about Sexyfit approach to nutrition, fitness and accountability? I say it every time someone asks about SF: I LOVE our community! The SexyFit family is amazing motivation and support. It’s so helpful to not only see people succeeding around me, but to hear about their short comings too. I think when you’re out of shape and you see “fit” people you think they’re just perfect little gym goers that never eat unhealthy. It can be so intimidating when you’re just starting out. I like having a set plan to follow and that I can do my workouts at home and not have to be in a gym, it was especially great in the beginning where I felt like I had no idea what I was doing with weights. The nutrition piece- while always a battle, has gotten easier and easier, I now gravitate toward making better choices for me instead of just what sounds tasty but leaves me feeling like garbage.
In your journey, what are you most proud of? I just ran my first race ever, and even though I’m a self-professed non-runner, I went all 6.5 miles without stopping! I also have found myself feeling the need to run or work out when I’ve had a rough day – a trait I thought you had to be born with, I NEVER thought that would be me!
What are your words of wisdom to someone who is just starting their journey? Just seriously dive in. I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to get started. It’s easy to put off your diet and your workouts ’til next week, or until things calm down at work. I’m not perfect but the amount of time it takes me to pick myself back up is shorter and shorter. And make sure to use your community for inspiration and support!
What is your favorite inspirational quote? “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” – Carl Rogers
This is a great reminder that whatever we are pursuing we are never “done”, we are always a work in progress. Forward or backward! Same with fitness – we don’t stop when we are a certain weight or size, or we won’t be that way for long!
Does reading this article made you want to transform your life too? You can! Talk to me to choose a right program for you!