Hitch Fit Living Magazine Volume 1 July/August 2015 - Page 54
After a life long battle with weight loss, Hitch Fit Gym Overland Park client Shira came out victorious!
Shira worked with Hitch Fit TRANSFORMER Amy Gipson. This working mom shed 25 pounds, but this transformationwas MUCH
more than a number on the scale. The healthy lifestyle changes and positive mental attitudes and emotional strength she gained
from this experience affected her entire family. Daughter Sydney discovered her own love for fitness and trains with Amy, and
husband Steve has shed 30 pounds working with Transformer James Hanton! An EXCELLENT example of how a fit lifestyle can
involve the WHOLE FAMILY!
I am a 36 year old wife, mother of a very active 4
year old son, mother of beautiful 8 year old
daughter, step-mother to a strong-willed 12 year old
step-daughter, full time employee, PTA member
and head coach of my 8 year old daughter's cheer
squad. I was obese throughout my childhood and
teenage years, causing a lifelong self esteem
struggle and debilitating internal conflict. I have
relatives who were morbidly obese and my mother
in law lost her battle to morbid obesity 2 years ago.
My first memory of my weight battle was around 12
years old when I was going to weight watchers.
When I was 16, I lost 80 pounds after taking weight
loss drugs but that led to a 15 year rollercoaster of
being on and off medication and gaining and losing
80 pounds multiple times. Two years ago I weighed
almost 200 pounds and after losing 85 pounds, I
immediately started gaining it back. I have always
been surrounded by a family that focused on health,
with my parents being Tai Chi instructors (you
might have seen my Mom on the JCCC channel)
and both of my brothers and their wives that are
CrossFit trainers. I have an amazing family that I
am very proud of but internally I struggled through
every fad diet, each ending in failure, followed by
self destructive over-eating.
Shira and her husband Steve and daughter Sydney
I looked at the Hitch Fit website for the last 3 years, dreaming of what it would be like to go through a
transformation but not having the strength, mentally or physically, to act on my dreams. I didn't want my
daughter to struggle through the torment I went through and I didn't want her to continue seeing me
struggle, I had no energy to play with my 4 year old son and enough was enough.
I emailed Micah and Diana in early December 2014, exposing my every weakness to them, leaving no