Client Success: Erika (50lb. weight loss)

Meet my awesome client, Erika, has two boys and a busy life. She decided it was time to take charge and take better care of herself:

“My weight has gone up and down over the years but the last 7 have been the highest it’s ever been.

I have a 5 ½ year old and a 2 year old and some of the pregnancy weight had come off, but not all, and I found myself at a standstill.

I was the person who joined the gym yet never went because I couldn’t get childcare or always had an excuse not to.

That’s when I received June’s email regarding the Weight Loss Intensive program – it came at the perfect time. I needed help incorporating exercise into my life and stop making excuses for why I wasn’t. With June I learned fancy gym equipment isn’t necessary for a great workout, and she tailored exercises for me I could do at home with my kids. I wasn’t just looking to lose weight, but rather make a lifestyle change that was sustainable. This included food, mainly portion control, and exercise.

The best part of the program was June’s support and encouragement. She starts one step at a time. Losing weight is overwhelming but when you break it down week by week and slowly chip away at it (and start seeing results) it becomes much more manageable. It helped tremendously when setting weekly goals knowing I was being held accountable for them because I would be following up with June at our next 1:1.

I hit some bumps in the road, but even through those bumps June was always understanding and motivating.

By the end of the program I lost 52 pounds. I’m still shocked. It’s more than I ever expected and I feel incredible! Now I work out with June on Saturday mornings and actually look forward to it! I would recommend this program in a heartbeat to anyone looking to live a healthy life!” 

Client Success: Karen (60lb weight loss)

Karen is one on those clients that just won’t quit. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Read her story here:

Karen (center) finishing her 5k this Thanksgiving. I'm on the right, along with a FitCamper supporter.
Karen (center) finishing her 5k this Thanksgiving. I’m on the right, along with a FitCamper supporter.

“I started working with June in February. I was extremely overweight and did not exercise. Plus, the fact that  I have been diagnosed with Spinal stenois which is narrowing of the spine and causes pain though out my shoulders, neck and spine. I get epidural shots at least every three months.  Actually, working out has helped out.

I had to do something. Dieting was not working and I continued to gain weight, had trouble breathing, swollen legs and overall feeling lousy.  I couldn’t even walk my dogs.  Then I met with June and over the past 10 months my life has changed so much for the better. She has taught me about reading labels, changing my eating habits, setting goals, and thinking about how I will be going forward.

The support I get from June, my family, along with the Fit Camp members has made this journey something I will hold onto for years to come.  

It is not easy, it is hard work, portion control, exercise, reading labels, reducing or eliminating alcohol intake. But seeing and feeling the results is rewarding.  So far I have lost 60 lbs, I’m able to do things I could not do a year ago and it’s an amazing feeling.

Who would have thought that I could jump rope, do many of these crazy exercises that help tone my body, and now doing a  run/walk outside.  

Thank you June, for supporting and helping me over the last 10 months, I appreciate everything you have done for me.”  

 

June Melia

Client Success: Cindy (14lb weight loss)

Meet my amazing, motivated, on fire client – Cindy.

She dug deep, did the work, and EARNED her amazing results:

Cindy paddle boarding on vacation with confidence!

“I started June’s [program] to get in shape for my daughter’s wedding but it has ended up being so much more.

Working with June was some how hypnotic to me. She somehow got me to do things I NEVER thought I could do. I have found my “inner athlete” as she calls it. And I love it.

I have never stuck with work out routines – I’d get bored at the gym and had little results. I somehow love the work out classes she holds. It’s a hard work out, but I feel great after and love seeing myself actually getting stronger and doing things I couldn’t do when I first started.

I am 52 years old and I’ve never run in my life, June has me convinced that I can do a 5k and I am working towards that goal right now. All the women in the class are so inspiring, helpful and supportive.

June taught me a way to eat that made sense and actually works for me. I have lost 14 pounds, several inches, have gone down 2 sizes and feel fabulous.

This all started as a quick class to get in shape for a wedding but really has turned out to be a life changing experience that won’t stop after the wedding!

This has been the best thing I have done for myself in years. Thank you, thank you June!!!”

Client Success: Jael (Inner Athlete Found)

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Jael with her beautiful family after the race

Meet my client, Jael. Jael has been a devoted Fit Camper for a couple years at least.

A mother to three young girls she makes time to get her workouts in with me each week.

Jael successfully ran her first 5k on Thanksgiving, and shared her thoughts and training below:

“There’s no way I would have run a 5k if it weren’t for Fit Camp (and June!). Actually, there’s no way I would have walked a 5k, but since I do have Fit Camp (and June) in my life, not only did I do it, but I ran it.

My primary training was Fit Camp, plus some extra sessions at the track. The best thing I did to increase my confidence was to try a few laps and to realize I needed to slow down my pace so I wouldn’t burn out.

Part of my motivation was to prove to myself that I could do it, and part was to show my daughters that I’m committed to exercise, staying healthy, and being strong. I felt amazing at the end — pleasantly surprised that I finished it without being totally wiped out, and thrilled to see my girls and my husband cheering me on. I’m absolutely planning to run another one (or many more) when I can” 

Client Success: Geri (Inner Athlete Found)

 

Meet my client, Geri. Geri  was looking to find her mojo. She did it, and more!:

“I ran my FIRST 5k this year while working with June.

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Geri (Center) at Stow Gobbler 5k with her kids.

This is no small feat as I am 56 years old and haven’t been running in a VERY long time. In fact, I don’t like running.

But, I have been feeling better then ever since beginning June’s Program.

I have been attending FitCamp and working to improve my fitness.

June encouraged me to write fitness goals for 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, and one year beyond the start of the program.

June recommend tips to increase my fitness in small ways. Reducing my walking circuit time, or throwing in a few exercises first thing in the morning, and also keeping track of exercise and activity each day.

I also asked my adult kids to run with me, which added incentive and motivation to finish.

I am proud to say that running a 5k was a 1 year goal and I completed it within 1 month of starting the program!!!

June and the other Fit Campers were there cheering at the finish.

I don’t know that I’ll ever run a marathon, but it feels good to break out of that mental prison of “I can’t” or “it’s painful” and return to an identity of strength and athleticism.

I stand taller, sit straighter, have more energy, and feel good about myself. And that’s worth working for. Thanks June!” 

Client Success: Tenney (30lb. weight loss)

Meet another one of my AMAZING clients, Tenney. Tenney is a total superstar – and has been coming to my Fit Camp classes regularly for a couple of years. Tenney is one of those people who any teacher would love. She always comes to class (early!) with enthusiasm and a smile – easy going and encouraging toward the other class takers.

Over the course of the past year she decided to lose some weight. About 30 lbs.

I asked her to share some of her real world tips for weight loss here:

Q: What motivated you to lose 30+ lbs?

A. Honestly, I was just tired of feeling overweight – clothes were never looking good, and I hated shopping for new (larger?) clothes.  I had finally got to the point where enough was enough (and the fact that I will be 55 (yikes!!) this summer was something to think about too!)

Q: What were the two biggest changes you made to your lifestyle to lose 30 lbs?

A: Commitment to exercising – not just Fit Camp, but going to the gym a few times each week, or running and portion control of food.

Q: What were the two biggest challenges you had to losing weight?

A: Making both the portion control and exercise a part of my life. To me, your Fit Camp is the easiest part of it all – because I love it!  That first class was the beginning….it took me another 8 months of just that to get me going on the food part and the added exercise.  That is when the weight really started to slowly come off……..Fit Camp got me started, kept me motivated (I love your Motivational Monday e-mails), and slowly it all fell into place.  Thanks June!!

Tenney makes it sound so easy – but what she did can be really difficult for a lot of people.

 

Client Success: Lisa (Inner Athlete Found)

Meet my amazing client, Lisa and hear what she has to say about getting fit, challenging herself, and taking part in my classes:

“Working out and going to the gym have never been high on my list of priorities, but I found my niche in June’s morning fit camp classes. Sure, it is really tough to get up at 5:30am (especially on a Monday), but it is all worth it at 7am when you are tired and sweaty among your other fit friends, and you have completed a fun and fulfilling workout.

I committed to completing the Spartan Race – a 5K obstacle/mud run. My first ever 5K race of any kind. I was not interested in having a good time, I just wanted to finish. Period. Every class, June helped me stay focused and work hard toward my goal. Fit Camp really helped me prepare, and the day of the race I felt confident that I could finish it no matter what they threw at me (be it mud, fire, a 10 foot wall, or barbed wire).

Crossing the finish line was the best reward I could have received. When the volunteers put the medal around my neck, I knew I had actually done it, and I couldn’t have done it without June’s support (THANKS JUNE!!)

 I find myself remembering that moment when work or life gets hectic, and it gives me perspective on things that are truly challenging rather than just inconvenient or stressful. I will be doing the Spartan Race in August. My goal this year is to complete it faster than last year, and I also want to complete ALL of the obstacles this time, which means I need to work on rope climbing, spear throwing and monkey bars! I’m sure June will have some ideas on how I can do that.”

June Melia

Client Success: Theresa (Inner Athlete Found)

Ruckus Boston 8Meet my client Theresa and hear what she has to say about FitCamp classes and her own fitness journey: 

“I recently completed a very challenging obstacle course called Ruckus Boston.  What drew me to this was my sister.  For about a year, she kept sending me emails on races and would harass me with “yeah, you’ll never sign up.”  I always thought these kind of things were meant for the true, die-hard exercise people…that’s not me.

Well, I surprised her this past June…and signed up.

She told me the best “training” is Boot Camp / Fit Camp and it was.

I am not a runner, I am not a die-hard work out fanatic.  To train for the race, I took June’s class one day a week and then really would do 2 more days of exercising at the local gym.  Forty minutes of cardio, with some free weights…I was a little worried that this would not be enough training.

Race day came, I saw the obstacles…admittedly, it was a little intimidating.  But, I had two goals…a) to try each obstacle 3 times and if I can’t get it, move on and 2) to finish the course.

Out of 27 obstacles…I could not accomplish 2 (one, because it was closed) – of the 25 other ones I did complete…I got them on the first try.  More importantly…I finished it.

It was BY FAR the best time exercising I’ve ever had.

When it comes to fitness, I like variety….fit camp gives me that, and obstacle courses give me that.

So, what I found is you don’t have to be the exercise fanatic to do these obstacle courses…you just have to want to have fun…and I did.  So much so, that my next one is in 2 weeks… I’ve even recruited a few people to join in! So, give it a try!!”

Client Success: Tom (25lb. weight loss)

Meet my client, Tom. An “unlikely athlete” who was dragged to one of my Fit Camp classes over a year ago by one of my faithful clients during a tough time in his life. Over the course of a year Tom has transformed both physically and mentally. 

Please read his story in his own words:

“I went to my first Fit Camp class about 2 weeks after my father had passed away, losing a 5 year battle to cancer.  I was really depressed and feeling down about my body as I had gained about 20 pounds during the time he was sick.  I had been to the gym off and on, but really wasn’t finding any results.  My life changed when I met June Melia the owner of Fit by June.  She is extremely supportive and allowed me to participate at my own pace.  I started slow and missed classes I signed up for, but she was always supportive and understanding.   She gave me gentle pushes to commit myself to better health, and shared insight on what to do on days I was not at fit camp.  Slowly as I got more fit she introduced me to health tips and supported me to prepare for my first 5K which was a charity run to support cancer and I finished under 30 minutes!

Tom After Losing More Than 20 lbs.
Tom After Losing More Than 20 lbs.

While I was working with June my friends had two comments that continued to resonate with me, the first was “Wow you work out at 6am and you pay extra money for a fitness class?!?”  The first is easy as it feels amazing to be walking out of the gym at 7am and having no pressure the rest of the day to find where in my day I will fit my work out.  I will admit getting up at first was hard, but it quickly became easy.  The second is the money, and frankly to be in a class with 10-15 other mates with direct access to a personal trainer is a no brainer for me.  I have plenty of friends that pay $100/ session for 1-2-1 attention and this is a fraction of the cost.  Additionally, I look and feel amazing, and the confidence that has brought into my life is priceless.  During this journey of fitness and health I have had the best year ever in my profession and I attribute the ability to have energy back to my small investment with June!

Well, I write this testimonial gladly, 16 months after my first class and I am down 25 lbs and the lowest my weight has been since high school, but what impresses me the most is when I look in the mirror I see a ton of muscle.  Sometimes when you hear of people losing weight they don’t replace the fat with muscle and they look horrible.  With June’s programs we do body weight exercises that minimize you chances of getting hurt and maximize your ability to shape your body.

I tell every person I meet about June Melia of Fit by June and feel that your can’t go another day with out becoming part of the Fit Camp team.

Good luck in your weight loss and fitness journey and if you want more than luck then sign up today and make sure to say hello at the next class!”