For this edition of Transformation Thursday, we’re so excited to feature Paige Wassell. Paige didn’t just participate in our Fall 2015 6 Weeks 2 Chic program – she dove into it with all of her energy and completely dominated the program! Her energy and her commitment to making a positive change were infectious, and her results speak for themselves. Read on to learn more about Paige, and join us in celebrating her accomplishments!
Hmmm...where to begin? I feel like I have been dealing with (or more like not dealing with) weight problems my entire life. It’s the classic story - girl is a little heavier than the other girls, girl gets bullied, girl turns to food to make her feel better - and the cycle continues, on and on. As I got older, the bullying went away, but emotional damage and weight problems continued to follow me. I lacked confidence, self-esteem, and self-control, which is a terrible combination for anyone struggling with their weight! I didn’t want to go to the gym because I felt like everyone was judging me, I didn't have the knowledge to develop a healthy diet, and I had no idea where to start.
Flash forward many years later, and there I was: still overweight, still not dealing with it, and well on my way to becoming an extremely unhealthy twentysomething at risk for some major medical issues. My defense mechanism is avoidance, which is why I had not been to the doctors in over 5 years. When my husband and I started discussing when we would start a family, I knew that I would need to face my fears and find myself a doctor. It broke my heart thinking that because of all of the damage that I had done to my body over the years, that it might affect my ability to have a child.
After going over my lab results with my doctor, it was clear that I needed to make some major changes. I could no longer avoid the very real health concerns that I had been ignoring all of these years. So I left that appointment with big goals, a lot of motivation, and the desire to never feel that way again…and this is where Studio Poise comes in!
I had been going to Studio Poise off and on for about 6 months, and I was really enjoying the classes. My friend and I started going together, and it was always a lot of fun. My past insecurities still haunted me in the beginning - I was afraid to go to a class without my friend there, I would always get a spot in the back, and I dressed in oversized baggy clothes to hide my body - but I was actually ENJOYING working out for the first time in my life.
I knew that SP offered a program called “6 Weeks 2 Chic”, but I had always thought it was out of my reach. With my newfound inspiration to get myself on the right track, I signed up for the next session that they were offering. At the same time, my friend that would come to classes with me moved, so she was no longer able to go any more. Not only was I stepping out of my comfort zone, but I would be doing it all by myself (...or so I thought!)
During the kick off meeting, I immediately felt the support of all of the other amazing ladies that signed up for 6W2C. We were all in this together, and I knew that I didn't have to worry anymore about feeling alone. I jumped right into the program, and Danielle’s guidelines were so easy to follow that I felt empowered right from Day 1! I threw myself into my classes and tried almost every one that is offered. Around week 2 or 3, something started to happen...I could FEEL the difference in my confidence and self-esteem, I wasn't afraid any more, and I didn't mind standing out. I got to know a lot of the other “regulars” at the studio, and all of the instructresses were so supportive. While I was seeing some major changes in my body, I am more amazed by the overwhelming feeling of support and how it was making me feel on the inside. At the end of the program, I had lost about 20 inches total, but it is what I gained that will stay with me forever- CONFIDENCE!
While I still have a long way to go on my journey, I will be forever grateful to Danielle and #SPNation for helping me get to where I am today. My only regret is that I didn't find SP sooner, but I am trying my hardest to make up for lost time :-)