Guest Blog Eight – Mary Clark

Posted: January 23, 2014 by dannytwoguns in Guest Blogs

The New Year New You has kicked off with a bang and I couldn’t have ask for better turnout and progress. Here we have a guest blog from one of the current New Year New You participants, Mary Clark and her story about how she found success in simply losing weight but how it didn’t get her the body she wanted until she started focusing on the strength training aspect of fat loss. Great story from Mary and proud of her. I’ll let her take over…

Mary Before

“I’m Mary, a 25 year old who turned to food way too much in college. Since I was 4 years old, I danced. Tap, Jazz, Soft shoe ballet, Pointe, hip hop, you name it- I’ve done it. What started out as dancing one day a week, quickly turned to five days a week, not only taking my own classes, but instructing dance as well.

My weight was never an issue until college. I was so proud of myself freshmen year- I avoided the “Freshmen 15”, only gaining 4 pounds my first year. The late night drinking and eating of sophomore year started catching up with me, and I noticed that my pants gradually were fitting a little tighter each day.

My junior year, I was chosen to be a Resident Assistant. Usually, I was stuck in a dorm building, taking most meals to go, so I could be in the building. I had to stay up late at night twice during the week and turned to snacking to keep me awake. Candy and pizza were my late night snacks of choice. It wasn’t just late night though, I’d have 2 or 3 Starbucks Frappuccinos during the day. Going into school I was a pant size 6, coming out of school I was a size 12, probably more like a 14, but refused to buy another size larger…

It wasn’t until one day in 2011 I realized how out of shape I had become. My best friend wanted me to go run the track with her. Begrudgingly I went, but had to walk almost the entire time. My knees hurt. My feet hurt. I was embarrassed. I was angry with myself. But it was exactly what I needed to get my motivation.

I started my healthier lifestyle January 1st, 2012, but this New Year’s Resolution stuck. I started eating better, got plenty of cardio in, either going to group fitness classes, running or using an elliptical. I was able to lose about 35 pounds by September. I felt good about my improved body, but not great. My skin felt loose and couldn’t get the definition I’ve wanted for so long.

Mary

I had become friends with a lot of Dan’s clients, and they finally convinced me to just try a few sessions. I remember how sore I was after that first session. It had been months since I’d been that sore- and it felt GREAT! I knew that I found something that was really going to help me tighten and tone my body. I lost inches and pounds with Dan’s help and now fit into my high school pants, except I need a belt, because the waist is too big!

Dan has always been patient with me, answering any “silly” question about form I have. But he’s also pushed me to places I never thought were possible. My guy friends couldn’t believe I was swinging a 28kg (62+ pound) kettlebell, and neither could I. A few months ago, I actually beat one of my guy friends in an arm wrestling contest!

I feel like I ask Dan a million questions every time I see him, “I need to increase my draw weight for hunting, what can I do?” – “I’d like more definition in my quads, what can I do?” – “Do I really have to give up my coffee?”, and he always gives me a truthful answer. I finally have a body I’m proud of. It’s not perfect, I still have stretch marks and sure, there are inches that can be pinched, but it’s mine, and I worked damn hard for this.

I’m so glad that I chose Dan and Twoguns Training Systems as my trainers. I don’t tell him enough how much I appreciate his training and how much faith he has in me. Together Dan and I set realistic goals that can be achieved, and that goal setting has helped me lose just shy of 50 pounds. Every time he increases the amount of weight, he always assures me I can do it. I look forward to seeing more positive changes in my body, new PRs (personal records), added flexibility, and what Twoguns has in store for me next!”

Mary After

Mary is continuing to crush it in the New Year New You and I look forward to the continued progress. As always let me know what you think and be sure to give Mary a shout out over on Facebook.

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