Tell us a little about your backstory and what ultimately made you decide to come to Live-in Fitness?
Where are you from? Williamsburg, Virginia
What is your career? Public School Teacher
When did you notice a weight pattern or change if it applies? 3 years ago
How did it make you feel/or affect your lifestyle? Made me feel ashamed of my body and in turn I didn’t want to go out or do things because of the way i look
What were your biggest struggles? Binge eating
Why did you choose LIFE? Good price. Had never been to California and Long Beach sounded like an awesome place to spend my summer. Gary, one of the sales reps, reached out immediately and through our conversations helped me feel safe and excited to come to LIF.
What did you expect when coming here to LIFE? To lose 5-7 pounds a week. To detox. To learn how to overcome my binge eating disorder. To work with a specialist to fix my knee and ankle pain that I’ve been struggling with for ten years.
How do you feel about your progress so far? Physically, I really noticed changes on weeks 5 and 6. Binge eating is still a struggle but I’ve had more daily success while here than I have any other time of my life. My resting heart rate has lowered and I’ve been able to control my breathing more when doing cardio.
What so far about the program has worked for you? The chefs are absolutely wonderful and each meal is both beautiful and delicious!! The variety of classes ensures constant muscle confusion so that they never get used to anything and slack off.
What did you enjoy about the program? classes? lectures? staff? clients? Favorites: I love that this program take me all over Long Beach. I consider this my summer vacation and so spending so much time on the beach, boardwalk, marina, trails, parks, hills, town…has made it feel like I experienced the city and had a summer vacation. It’s all so beautiful. Favorite classes: hit the stairs w summer. Boxing w Marcus. Agility w Alec. HIIT w Zach. Favorite lectures: Definitely Scott’s lectures. Favorite Staff and clients: Coach Summer is so wonderful. She is always ready with a steady, positive outlook and smile and is always pushing me to do better. Coach Scott is like a miracle worker for my knees and ankles. So incredibly knowledgeable. Coach Jay has helped me fix my form so that I stop injuring myself. Favorite clients: Satrece, Claudia, Mai, Sharee. My roommate, Sharee has been HUGE motivator for me. Didn’t expect to meet a kindred spirit here, but she is just that.
How has this changed your outlook on Life? I shed 20 pounds in 6 weeks. With those pounds I feel like I shed the life events that surrounded me gaining those pounds. Time for the next chapter in my life to be lived fully, without being weighed down (literally).
What advice would you give others contemplating attending the program? It’s not a perfect program. Don’t waste energy on being negative. Smile and work your butt off. The weight doesn’t come off as fast is we hope. That’s hard to come to terms with. Still reconciling. But you will be a better version of you. That’s for sure.
What advice would you give to others? Quote, statement, motivation? The longer we wait to the get in shape, the harder it is. I should have done this in my 20s. Now in my 30s it’s harder. Happy I didn’t wait any longer.

Five Ways to Improve your Relationship with Food

Are you scared to have a cookie because you might eat the whole box? Do you count calories all day, then binge before bed? “What was disrupted in the relationship, needs to be repaired in the relationship”. At Live In Fitness we change the way that you think about food and exercise, so that you can reach forward towards all of the things that you want! Instead of feeling like you are constantly looking behind, and discouraged about what has been done. Here are five ways you can start changing your mindset when it comes to food!

1.  DON’T FEAR FOOD

We as a culture have a very strange relationship with food: on the one hand, we love it, on the other hand we are afraid of it. Eating can bring a tremendous amount of pleasure, yet not when we feel out of control around food. So many of us struggle with the concept of enjoying the comfort and nourishment that food offers, and learning when enough is enough. This is too bad, because when we do this, the relationship with food becomes very tense, and enjoyment is replaced with fear and trepidation. Let’s put fear in it’s place, and start enjoying food. To do this, learn to notice when your relationship with food feels out of control. You regain control by walking away, and doing something that brings control back to you, like going for a run, calling a friend, doing something you feel good at, or asking for help. Yes, I said asking for help. When you do this, you do bring control back to yourself. Remember the thing you are trying to gain control over is yourself, and your choices.

2.  DON’T COMPLICATE FOOD

It is amazing how complicated our society has chosen to make food! We have taken a very simple concept, and very successfully confused it to the point that most people are willing to try any program as long as it promises weight loss. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that many of these programs make no sense. Nobody can live on juice forever, or measure everything they put it their mouth. How about just learning to eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you are not. Instead of reading every new diet plan, or celebrity advice, just learn what you are hungry for. Start with this: eat breakfast, don’t skip meals, avoid “fake foods that have no nutritional value,  don’t over eat, and try water instead of sugary drinks that make up 20% of our caloric intake.  Is it really rocket science!

3.  WHAT FOODS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU?

There is no one right way for everyone. How can one way of eating serve all of us?  This is where you as an individual need to take responsibility and figure out which way of eating is best for you and your goals. Yes, I said take responsibility. Don’t make anyone else responsible for what works for you. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard unsuccessful dieters say, “That diet didn’t work for me”. My response is always the same, “You didn’t work for you.” This is where you come in to take the time and energy necessary to experiment and find out what works for you. You will not always get it right but that is part of the process. Allowing yourself to try and fail is what it takes to learn what works, and what doesn’t. So don’t be afraid of taking responsibility, It is incredibly rewarding to learn how to fuel you body to feel the best.

4. FOOD IS FUEL NOT AN ESCAPE

Food has become an escape.  Stop running away!  Don’t hide in your food.  Food is fuel and not a solution to anything other than giving your body nutrients. I love chocolate like anyone else, but it’s not going to change my situation. Eat to fuel yourself not avoid your life’s woes.  Put your needs in the proper place. If you’re feeling stressed, this need belongs in the therapist’s office, not the refrigerator.  We all need an escape at some point-there is nothing wrong with that-but food is not the answer. If you don’t need therapy, maybe you just need to find a passion that puts your mind at ease. This could be running, playing a sport, playing an instrument, listening to music-the possibilities are endless. But you are not going to see any of these possibilities if your head is in the refrigerator. So stop hiding in your food, and start looking around, you might be surprised what you can do when you open yourself up to new options!

5.  STOP AND ENJOY YOUR FOOD

Stop eating in your car or at your desk.  Take the time to enjoy your food long enough to figure out what you are really craving. Not only is mindless eating a huge contributor to weight gain, but also, keeps you from truly satisfying your cravings. Without satisfying your cravings, you are much more likely to overeat later. We all know this one: if you tell yourself you can’t have something, you are going to want it later. So slow down, think about what you really want, and enjoy it. To do this, and stop the cycle of mindless eating, don’t pair eating with anything else, such as watching TV, surfing the internet, or driving.

Fitness camps give people benefits that a gym simply cannot. At Live In Fitness, we use the latest technologies to test our guests before initiating the program. We analyze results and create personalized plans with mental health, fitness, and nutritional education designed for improving your lifestyle. Make sure to check out our AMAZING SALE! Act soon as this is the LAST DAY before prices go up!!!