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12 Days of FITmas Transformations –> Day 10

Carla cuteLet us introduce you to Ms. Carla Strickland.  To know Carla is to LOVE Carla. She lights up a room, and is full of love and support for all around her!  We are so proud that Carla has decided to redirect a portion of that love towards HERSELF!!  Furthermore, we count ourselves lucky that she is allowing the divas of Fit, Fyne and Fabulous to celebrate in her victories (big and small).  Show Carla some love for losing, wait for it….. 25 inches and 12 pounds in just 5 weeks. I can’t deal, I’m dead!  This from the girl who thought she couldn’t walk a block!!!  Proud is an understatement.  Let’s read her story below, shall we?

How many pounds and inches have you lost since joining Fit, Fyne and Fabulous?  Since joining FFF 1 month ago, I have lost about 12 lbs and 25+ inches!

How did you learn about Fit, Fyne, and Fabulous?  
I learned about FFF from my dear church member and friend, Nicole Twyman.

What prevented you from reaching your weight loss goals prior to joining Fit, Fyne and Fabulous?

Before FFF, I would lose a few lbs and then gain a few lbs. I was not consistent nor motivated enough to eat right! I was discouraged and stressed about the weight I was carrying. However, I would eat more and improperly. I surely was too distraught to work out…AT LEAST I THOUGHT! My morale was shot!

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How did Fit, Fyne, and Fabulous help you get closer to reaching your fitness goals?

First of all, I work better under pressure! One day while talking to Nicole, she challenged me to allow her to help me with my weight loss goal. She told me I would be accountable to her. I thought, “WOW, she’s serious about helping me!” I was always taught, when someone dedicates themself to helping you in any way, you’d better work hard at doing your part because that person CARES ABOUT YOU! In a nutshell, Nicole is FFF and FFF loves me but I HAVE TO LOVE ME MORE THAN SHE/FFF DOES! So that challenge, the accountability, the ladies, the teamwork, the awesome coaches, the morale, the teaching of clean eating, the pics of the meals are all helping me reach my goal and CHANGE MY LIFE!

Would you recommend Fit, Fyne and Fabulous to a friend? If yes, why?

Would I recommend FFF is the question of the year!!! Lol. I’ve already recommended FFF to my friends and family! I’m working towards my weight loss goal and becoming a coach because of my coach!

What has been your most rewarding NSV or “Non-Scale Victory” since joining FFF?

Right now my most rewarding NSV is most of my pants are dragging the floor. Also, I have a button-up shirt and when I put one arm on, the shirt would not reach around my back to even reach the other arm. This has been in effect for over 2 yrs. now. However, yesterday I tried that shirt on just to see how far I had to go in order to be able to reach arm to arm….to my surprise, I WORE THAT SHIRT TO MY ALL-DAY EVENT YESTERDAY! YEEEAAA!!!

Carla

Think of a day where you felt you wanted to give up on your journey. How did Fit, Fyne and Fabulous motivate you to keep going?

Since joining FFF, I’ve been soooo motivated and encouraged that I haven’t wanted to give up! I can say that by my second weigh in on the scale, I had gained about 5-6 lbs. I got really sad and discouraged, but giving up never crossed my mind, but had it did, these ladies were already on it with their motivating, encouraging words along with links and websites of information about how muscle weighs as much as fat in the beginning. There are no excuses nor negativity allowed and I love it!!

What would you say to a friend who was trying to decide between getting a trainer at the gym vs working out from home and getting FREE virtual accountability?

The magic word is FREE! Before this group, I hardly knew of anything of value that was FREE especially a gym and personal trainer. Nevertheless, when you join FFF you get it all…..workout coach, meal coach, motivational coach, therapy coach, confidence, a lot more friends, a whole new family and A NEW YOU!

What have you learned about yourself during your fitness journey thus far?

I’VE LEARNED TO LOVE THE SKIN I’M IN BUT I DON’T HAVE TO REMAIN IN THE SKIN I’M IN!

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What advice/tips would you like to share with others who are on the same fitness journey?

The advice I would like to offer is, never let anything discourage you or stress you out to the point that you quit loving you! In the event your weight loss journey becomes too challenging for you, JOIN FFF, incorporate that challenge so you can develop and learn an entirely new level of challenging while giving it a new meaning!! I CHALLENGE YOU TO JOIN FFF….AFTERALL, COACH NICOLE TWYMAN CHALLENGED ME AND I’M LOVING EVERY SECOND OF THE MINUTE OF THE HOUR OF GETTING FIT, FYNE AND FABULOUS!

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  • gigimcneill says:

    Carla can I say how much I love you and your energy? From your first day in the group you bought that light with you. And I look forward to seeing your sparkle pictures every day. I’m so happy you took this journey with us. I guarantee that you have inspired someone. And your non-scale victories are AMAZING honey. And just today I told you that you’ve lost a lot. I wasn’t kidding, right?

  • I just love your spirit ask always blessed by your posts. You also take the cutest sparkle pics! My favorite quote from your story is: I’VE LEARNED TO LOVE THE SKIN I’M IN BUT I DON’T HAVE TO REMAIN IN THE SKIN I’M IN! I love that. Blessings on your journey!

  • Carla you are too cute and jazzy in your pics…You been Weeerrrrking girlfriend and we are very proud of your progress… You keep me on my toes w/your humor and beautiful personality…
    Continue motivating, as we continue to encourage one another.
    Thank you Carla for being you!!!! ??

  • Krista says:

    Carla, you rock girl! Way to love you some you & press forward toward your goals!

  • Zakia Anderson says:

    You rock Carla. Keep it up Sparkle Queen.