Joining the team

May 10th, 2013 Written By RyanMalo RyanMalo

Team Mass is growing all the time and i asked new client Charlene Boyachek to write a little something on her first couple months in. here is what she had to say

When I was given a chance to do a guest entry I wasn’t sure at first. I’m not a competitor, I’m not a fitness expert … I’m just an ordinary girl trying to get in better shape for her wedding. But then I realized there may be some other ordinary people; unhappy with their bodies and fitness levels, unsure of where to start…. and reading this blog. Well, MassMeltdown is the right place to start.

I had been ineffectively trying to lose weight for years and though I would make small progresses, it was short-lived and all I managed to do was maintain or slowly gain weight. After blood tests, doctor visits, being treated for hypothyroidism, seeing a dietician and casually trying every “diet” from low cal, to carb-less, to Canadian Food Guide…. my weight was still not budging.

My first day of wedding dress shopping, I began to realize the full extent of my body image issues and weight issues. I hated all the dresses I tried on. They looked great on the mannequins, but not on me – my stomach looked big, my arms looked soft, my back would squish out. It was hell seeing pictures from that day. Realizing that I didn’t feel good in ANY of those dresses; I just knew that on the Big Day, I couldn’t feel like that. I knew I needed big changes. And help – professional help!

After researching various training services online, emailing their trainers, comparing programs and costs, I decided on Ryan at MassMeltdown. After I ran his name by a couple body-building friends, with positive recommendation, it was official. Ryan took my current information and my future goals and designed a program for me. He warned me it would be a huge lifestyle change. I agreed. I thought I was prepared: “I already eat fairly well and exercise 3 times a week, so how hard can it be?”. Very hard! Do I have to work out more than 3 hours a week now – YES. Do I get to eat pizza & beer whenever I want now – NO. But I’ve learned more about the capabilities of my body and mind than ever before. It’s been hard, but extremely rewarding.

Changes that I’ve struggled with:
• Eating so often – I was used to only eating 3 times a day; starving for hours in between. At first it was hard to force myself to eat so often, now it’s great & I am never hungry
• Getting over food cravings – It was rough, but the day I craved carrots I knew the switch in my brain had flipped!
• Adapting my impression of the gym – it took many, many workouts to not feel out-of-place
• Declining alcohol – I made a choice that alcohol isn’t worth it while I’m working this hard. As a 20-something-year-old, yes, it was weird going to my first social sober but turns out it was still fun – who knew?!
• Food preparation – Vital to success! Must remember to prep & pack all meals
• Social outings – It’s like people get offended when you won’t eat their cookies or drink their booze….?
• Getting those workouts in – After deciding I want my evenings free, I’m still struggling with early mornings but I’m trying!

Changes that I’ve loved:
• Seeing my body weight drop by 10%
• Fitting jeans I haven’t worn in over a year (and they’re loose!)
• Not feeling like a dork at the gym – I belong there too now!
• Moving that weight pin down another 10 lbs or picking up heavier dumbbells
• Being able to make it through a cardio session without feeling on verge of blackout
• Beginning to see food as fuel for the wonderful machine that is my body
• Feeling like there is hope again and that my goals are attainable once more; actually liking my body and being proud of it. It’s still a work in progress, but look at all it accomplished so far!

Ryan is a great coach and despite the distance, he’s always an email or phone call away. He’s always been there when I have a question, am confused, need a substitute exercise or want to see if a fitness-rumour is true. When I’m having a slow or tough week, he is the right combination of encouraging but tough.

I’m thankful I’ve finally found someone who has successfully restored my hope and faith in my body. It feels great to make progress where none was made before. Even though I’m nowhere near the end of my fitness journey, I’ve smashed some goals already and look forward to continuing!


One Response to “Joining the team”

  1. Scott Miner says:

    Your story mirrors others I have heard. Ryan will take you wherever you want to go, just stay on the program. All of us on Team MASS are happy for you and wish you every success.

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