Charlotte's YogaLean Transformation Storyby Charlotte R. Olson | 25/12/2015
Hearing your incredible feedback and results is what keeps us going. Charlotte wrote to us about her YogaLean experience and how she achieved incredible results amidst the chaos known as life.
“I would pick recipes and plan my week, at times tweaking things to fit my lifestyle and being a single mother of an 18 month old.”
Beth and I connected at the Minnesota Mind Body Fitness Conference in June and we discussed what I wanted in my life— I said: health. A few days later she sent me a copy of YogaLean. I started the YogaLean program on July 7th. I loved the Jumpstart program. I would pick recipes and plan my week, at times tweaking things to fit my lifestyle and being a single mother of an 18 month old.
I knew my world was cluttered in so many ways. I am a teacher, so for the month of July I cleared space and got rid of so much stuff. I donated what I could to a battered woman's shelter and hauled a load to recycling.
“...which before YogaLean would have sent me into an eating frenzy.”
In the midst of this I realized that my 18 year old cat was nearing the end of her life and had lost her joy. I made the hard choice to put her to sleep which before YogaLean would have sent me into an eating frenzy. But instead I focused on my meditation, yoga and cardio. I mourned my loss and allowed myself to feel the pain instead of try and eat it away.
Cardio became my balance. I work a very high stress job with teens kicked out of school for aggression or severe mental illness. I used to run every morning at 5am before my daughter was born. had only run once since she arrived. I started out running 60 seconds walking for 90 seconds for twenty minutes and then walking another 40 seconds. By mid-August I was running 30 minutes and speed walking for another 30 minutes six days a week.
“I have lost 25 pounds and 26 inches since July 7th.”
Since I have been back to school I run right after work before I pick my daughter up for 40 minutes four days a week and do my 30/30 run speed walk both days on the weekend. I used my 30 pound daughter for weight and did lots of playing with her to do squats, bench presses etc.
I have lost 25 pounds and 26 inches since July 7 and plan on losing 25 more by my birthday in February to reach my goal. My blood pressure is normal for the first time in 15 years and I am off the meds I was on for it. I feel better than I have in years and am wearing size 12 and some size 10 clothes that I have had in my closet for years. One of my students said "damn you look skinny Ms. Olson" on the first day of school—made my year!
I have about 20 friends who have now joined the YogaLean team. They are reading the book and transforming their lives. I am grateful beyond words for Beth and for helping me change my life in so many ways.
Charlotte R Olson
Find out how YogaLean could help change your life at YogaLean.com.
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