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! Shira's Story: 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 surprises.