<![CDATA[Over the past few years I put on 100. I came to Yvette in November because I was tired of not fitting any of my clothes and just felt like crap. I had a great work out with her and felt motivated when I walked out her front door. Weeks later that motivation started to fade. I was exhausted from being at home with my little one and the holidays were an excuse for me to give in to every temptation- Christmas, cookies, cakes, pies! When I met with Yvette again in March I’d gained a few pounds instead of losing any. Yvette called me out for it. I told her I wasn’t eating “that bad” and was working out. She told me that if I wasn’t tracking my calories I had no idea of how many I was consuming. She also told me that I need to stop making excuses and I need to realize I’m worth it. She gave me a plan – work out 6 days a week for 45 minutes, eat 1200 calories and track those calories on Myfitess Pal. We didn’t even work out that day! It was 30 minutes of Yvette talking to me. She’d never spoken to me like this before and something just clicked. I decide not to “start me diet tomorrow” and instead change my life right then and there. I’m not at my ideal weight by any means, but I am content with the progress I have made. I track my calories every day… even when I am over 1200. When I go to a special event I make better choices, especially at weddings. I now only eat my meal and not any of the hor d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour and no alcohol. I don’t finish my daughter’s food – I either throw it away when she is done or put her leftovers in the refrigerator for later. I wake up early to make sure I get my workout in for the day. If I wait, it won’t get done. And most importantly for me, I reach to Yvette when I feel like I may slip up, when I am exhausted or just feeling discouraged. For some it may be easy to lose weight and stay fit, but for me it’s challenging. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. If any of this sounds familiar, know that you’re not alone. Start with making small changes and be consistent. I hope reading this encourages you.