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per·se·ver·ance/ˌpərsəˈvirəns/noun

  1. persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

    Without typing another word this is Tadda’s Fitness Center! From the trainers and staff being at TFC year after year, bootcamp after bootcamp, and class after class. To the clients that adjust their schedules…their lives to give it their all. I applaud each of you for persevering. 

    I have many stories of TFC clients that exemplify the true essence of perseverance however I want to focus on two individuals. 

    Erin joined TFC last bootcamp. She came in very serious about her weight loss journey longing for some changes in her life, longing to lose weight and to just feel better about herself. She started off on the green team struggling to run and get up my hill. Erin came in daily, quiet but always giving me 110%. She listened to the changes I asked her to make in her meal plan and by the end of the bootcamp Erin was promoted to the yellow team and lost 6.8% body fat in just 6 weeks however she didn’t “Bet on Herself”. We have a personal challenge every bootcamp where clients can Bet on Themselves and win $500 cash at the end the bootcamp if they lose 6% body fat or 25 lbs. in the 6-week bootcamp. Erin was so proud of herself and knew she still had a long way to go before she would meet her personal goals so when Erin signed up for this bootcamp she took the challenge and “Bet on Herself”. Erin adjusted her schedule to live at her mothers’ home so her mother could watch her kids in the morning. Erin’s mother also meal prepped for her daily, so no fast food for her. Erin had perfect attendance, never missing a day of bootcamp. Erin made a lot of sacrifices and they all paid off. Erin lost a total of 21.4 lbs. in 2 bootcamps, was promoted to the orange team  going from 35 minutes to 24 minutes in her 2-mile run. Erin lost another 6.6% body fat in this camp and because she Bet on Herself she won $500 cash. Erin persevered and won. 

    Christy was devastated last bootcamp because she as going for Most Fit 90%, she missed her run time. To become Most Fit means, you are pushing yourself already beyond what you probably think is possible. You are beating the odds on so many levels. Christy had already won Most Fit 80% and 85%, she could just stop there, right? Her name is already engraved on the wall of fame. She has already won a number of free bootcamps so why stress herself out and train her body past pain and agony? Now when most would just give up and throw in the towel, Christy used the towel to wipe her tears, made a plan.  Christy’s plan included an accountability partner, Tammy, eating more protein, utilizing the unlimited alkaline water plan, getting vitamin b12 injections and training harder.  This time Christy ran her personal best time of 18:24. Christy was not playing, she was smoking those hills like they were no problem. Christy preserved and won.

    Erin and Christy are no different then you.  Both ladies are mothers, with jobs and full busy lives.  And more importantly they both get the same workout and opportunity that everyone else in the bootcamp does. Patience and Perseverance is what allowed them to reach their goals and they can do the same for you. Without these two qualities, progress stalls. Setbacks feel disappointing. Keeping focused on your goal feels daunting. I know it’s tempting to give up I just ask you to push through. Don’t run to the finish line, run past the finish line. Perseverance is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it’s hard. Perseverance is NO MESS!

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