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What a difference a year makes

One year ago this month, I was miserable.  I was at my heaviest weight ever (156 lbs), I was chronically tired, bloated, irregular in every way and i just felt yucky.

Enter my fabulous trainer John Hall.  We actually started working together in May of last year but I didn’t really get committed until July (you know how that goes).  Believe me when I tell you, John saved my life!  Since I started working with him, I feel better than I have in 15 years.  I am about 27 lbs lighter, I’ve gained crazy muscle and I am in the best shape of my life.

Here’s my juicy @$$ before I started working with John.  Now mind you, I was on vacation, on the beach and this was the best I could do :[  WTH!!!! WARNING: it is not a pretty site...and i trust you won't laugh.  Here goes:

Am I Pregnant??? WTH!

the look on my face says it all...

This is wrong on several levels. That outfit has since been burned. Geez!

What #39;s with the meat hanging from under my top??? Damn!

Can you believe the atrocities!  I swear, I look back and I cannot believe I let myself get to that point.  I wasn’t completely out of control but I was definitely going down that path.  John put the brakes on that madness real quick!  Thanks to his brilliance, tough love, encouragement, motivation and willingness to challenge me I now look like this….

After a C-section, I never thought I #39;d have a tummy like this!

Now I #39;m not afraid to rock the bikinis!

I cannot believe I acheived this level of fitness!  And I’ll be 40 in a few weeks!  It took a lot of hard work but I did not give up.  Thanks John for believing in me!  Thanks Tony (my hubby) for supporting me!


Now that I have pushed myself to lose the weight, gain the muscle and I really understand how to eat, I am ready for the next challenge.  John wants me to do a fitness competition but I’m thinking half marathon or half triathalon…we’ll see.  But the point is, if I can do it, anyone can.  John is the best and he can really help you if YOU make the commitment.  Don’t spend hours at the gym trying to figure it out.  Trust me you’ll do it wrong and you won’t see the results you want.  Lack of results may lead you to quit!

So start something today–whether its walking, jumping rope, jumping jacks…whatever….just do something!!  You can also join one of John’s small group fitnesses courses.  Whatever you decide, I hope you will commit to experiencing YOU and a whole new level.  If you do, by this time next year I’ll be looking at YOUR before and after pics!

Call John at 312-421-6640.

What fitness/weightloss programs have worked for you?  I’d love to know about your success!

12 Responses to “What a difference a year makes”

  1. Genya Harley says:

    Heard you today on WVON…This is so encouraging! I just turned 40 in June. I am one of your FB friends! I recently started Zumba and it is PHENOMENAL! Forty & Fabulous, Girl!

  2. Hey there Monique!
    Up until recently I have been able to lose weight on my own with walking, some Bally’s fitness, some work with a trainer (about two years ago). Now I just hate the way I look and now that I am a senior, I have developed bursitis in my right knee. I need help. This summer I will call John and see if we can work on a program that fits my age and limitations.

  3. What a great motivation! I have been trying to get this weight off for years! Thank you for being transparent and shaing the before and after.. there is hope for me :-)

  4. admin says:

    Hey Karen! You can do it. Your commitment will pay off and you’ll feel better than ever!! keep me updated on your progress.

  5. admin says:

    Genya, I’ll be in the Fab 40 club very soon – let’s put the 30- somethings to shame!! Zumba is great for cardio. Slip in some weights and you’ll be even more fab. Do it girl!!

  6. admin says:

    i know your pain girl–trust me i do!! all u gotta do now is make the commitment. i believe in u!!

  7. Margaret Brown says:

    You Go Girl. You look FABULOUS! Keep up the GREAT work.

  8. [...] you know, John Hall has been training me for almost 2 years now.  My results have been life-changing! For the past several weeks, he’s been working with a small group of WVON listeners to see [...]

  9. Helena Smith says:

    I am at that point, where I know I need to do better. Definately calling John.

  10. [...] last year when I was 30 lbs heavier, I started taking a meal replacement shake called Nutrishake, made by Ardyss International.  They [...]

  11. Linda Clarke says:

    Wow I tell folks every year ok I’m getting the Janet Jackson abs (before the weight gain lol) now I can tell folks I will get the Monique Caradine abs! I start my workout — fast next week. Go girl you Rock!

  12. Hey, thanks for great tips. Keep sharing!

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