Guest Blog Thirteen – Patty Lillie

Posted: September 4, 2015 by dannytwoguns in Guest Blogs

Big things have been happening at Twoguns Training Systems, which has taken some time from the blog time. Stay tuned for all of the announcements of our new programs and new fun we have starting this fall and how we continue to change the way fitness is done in Erie.

In the meantime, we have a great testimonial and guest blog from Twoguns and Fit in 42 success story, Patty Lillie. I got goosebumps a couple of time reading it. Super proud of Patty for all her hard work and dedication. Looking forward to the future and continued progress. I’ll let her take over…

“When Dan asked me to write a guest blog about my story my first thought was, ‘Oh shit, my whole story?’ Don’t worry, this isn’t the whole thing, but this is the most important part.

In my early twenties I suffered from anorexia. I was the product of a lifetime of ridicule from peers and strangers. I was also in a very unhealthy relationship that encouraged and insisted on my behavior. I became very ill and in about 10 months had lost over 100 lbs. I was a heavy woman at the beginning of my illness, but not so much that losing this amount of weight could be healthy.

I spent several hours a day doing cardio, obsessed over what food went into my body, and became addicted to diet pills and the attention I received from my weight loss. But being skinny didn’t mean being healthy for me. And with everything else came severe depression and I didn’t eat for several days at a time. I was killing myself.

I am thankful every day that I was able to gather what little strength I had left and check myself into a rehabilitation center. I met with counselors for private sessions and we had group sessions several times a day. I quickly learned how important it was to know that you’re not alone and that you have support. I recovered, with some lapses, but I found self worth again.

I left the facility and started rigorous counseling. I went to counselors who ingrained the idea that I had to eat eat eat. The problem with the counseling I experienced was that they never taught me moderation. And unfortunately, as time went on, I bounced the other way. I kept gaining weight and the thought of going to the gym now gave me anxiety because of the association with my disorder. I don’t know which is worse, feeling like you’re starving to death or eating yourself to death, but I know I’ll never be on the road to either again.

Patty Bra B&A 1

During Fit in 42 Patty lost Patty lost 27 pounds, 5% bodyfat percentage, 6 inches off of her waist, 4 inches off of her hips. This doesnt include the 9 pounds, bodyfat and inches she’d lost prior…

I joined Twoguns Training Systems in March of 2015. A few weeks before this I had slipped and fallen on the ice in one of our never ending winters. I thought I broke my leg, but was lucky to escape with just very deep bruising.

The weeks following were depressing and eye opening. I was out of shape. At 27, I felt old and unable to recover from injury. I weighed more than I ever had, was the biggest size I had ever been, and was doing nothing to reverse that. I’ve served and tended bar for the past 10 years, and unfortunately with that lifestyle comes late nights, too much alcohol consumption, and too few home cooked meals. I worked two jobs and went to school full time. I convinced myself that I didn’t have time to workout or cook healthy meals. I didnt know that working out actually have you more time and you dont have time NOT to.

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So as I was laying on my couch with my busted knee, feeling bad about how I looked and my overall physical health, I came across a “before and after” picture of my friend Mandi on Facebook. It was a Fit in 42 Erie post. Mandi was always an athletic girl; strong and outwardly confident. But seeing these pictures, my jaw dropped. I thought, “If this program can do that for her, I can only imagine what it can do for me.”


And for once in my life, I took the initiative and sent her a message asking about the program. She ranted and raved about Dan and Dawn and the entire Twoguns team and how it changed her life. I was still skeptical. My experiences regarding gyms and weight loss still gave me anxiety.

In my head the only options were taking it too far or failure, thoughts that still remained from my past. But I got Dan’s contact information and set up a time to come talk and do an evaluation. I expected something totally different than what I walked in to…

I thought Dan would test how far I could run or how much I could lift. He didn’t. He tested my mobility, stability and movement patterns. He wanted to know how I moved so he would know how to help me move better. That’s what we all want at the end of the day, isn’t it? To feel good about what our body is doing.

So I joined Twoguns Training Systems. My knee was still hurt and Dan did everything he could to help me find ways to move my body while still letting myself heal. When I joined, the next Fit in 42 program (the initial reason I wanted to join) didn’t start for another month, but I figured a head start wouldn’t hurt. It definitely made me more confident in my abilities and the staff made me feel like part of a family.


When Fit in 42 started, I was anxious. It involved 6 weeks of grueling workouts and a strict diet – full immersion, full commitment to change. That meant NO alcohol and NO fried foods. If you have ever worked in the food service industry, you feel my pain. Serving pizza, wings, and beer when you can’t have any is torture.

But because of the amazing support group, I never faulted.

Dan or Justin were always there telling me I can do one more. And then one more after that one. During Fit in 42, Nate suffered through personal workouts when my work schedule didnt allow me to come to the normal time, letting me drag him across the gym so I could get stronger.

And as I’m writing this, I’m thinking about how sore my quads and glutes are because Dawn kicked my ass in the best possible way yesterday. You can look at my numbers and see the actual calculated results, but the more important factor is how I feel. I get compliments from everyone I know asking what I’m doing and I’m more than happy to brag about the hard work I’m putting into myself. I can lift more and move faster. I’ve learned new skills and changed my eating habits. Before this experience I weighed myself down with negative thoughts. Never in my life did I think I would have the discipline to eat healthy. I learned that if I’m putting the right foods into my body not only will I feel healthy, I won’t feel guilty.

Patty Bra B&A 3

I’ve been going to Twoguns for 6 months now. It’s hard to believe it hasn’t been longer. My mindset and body have changed so much. I had never done a deadlift in my life. Kettlebell swings? Had no idea.

Dan has showed me that I am physically capable of more than I ever imagined.

I am finally coming around to the idea that the number on my scale and my pant size don’t define me as a person; they don’t even define my health. But I will admit that it doesn’t hurt seeing them get smaller. The friends, or better said, family, I’ve made the past 6 months are hands down some of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life. We support each other to grow both physically and mentally. Twoguns Training Systems isn’t just a gym, it’s a fitness community and I’m thankful to be a part of it.”

Our best Fit in 42 success stories, like Patty, train for a month of so before Fit in 42 starts. The next Fit in 42 sessions starts on October 12th. If you are interested send me a message HERE and we can set up a strategy session to see what the best fit is.

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