Client of the Week
Congratulations, April!!

Congratulations to April, our ‘Client of the Week’, for losing 6.8 lbs in one week during her stay at Live In Fitness, and in total dropping 20 lbs in fat while gaining overall lean muscle! Along with her perseverance and determination in finding what works for her, to keep going and never give up on a challenge or a goal, and knowing that her coach, Coach J, always believed that she could.

April lives in Arkansas with her husband and son. She left her work as a nurse case manager to come to Live In Fitness for an extended stay, as her health and longevity was far more important. She came with her mom, who has always been her biggest supporter and #1 Fan.

April has ALWAYS been heavier, with a strong build, not concerned with slenderness. Extreme physical strength has always been a real addiction. In her 30’s, April spent many hours in the gym or on the trail, either getting prepared for an OCR or lifting. Three years ago she was derailed by an accident, which prevented her from doing the physical activities she loved, which left her feeling depressed. She gained almost 100 lbs, and was left with a severe shooting pain in her back and hip.

 

 

When asked what ultimately made you decide to choose Live In Fitness?

“My mom had started researching ‘fat’ camps and had several possibilities lined up. She asked me for my opinion, so I went through all the websites, the comments from previous clientele, both positive and negative. In the end I was most impressed by LIF’s aftercare plan, which was created by Eric Viskovicz’s knowledge and experience from helping countless other clients, helping them understand what they need to stay successful. Home-based support is essential to continued progress, and eventual maintenance. The ‘business’ plan is equally essential and those who bypass it are only damaging themselves and honestly, they are wasting the money they spent to come here by not putting the time in on the extreme introspection necessary for long-term maintenance.”

“I feel FABULOUS about my progress! My preference is the water-based activities, where I can lose 5-6 lbs weekly. I’m internally motivated and enjoyed the private workouts offered at Live In Fitness, the one-on-one water aerobics or physio sessions were my favorites. Working with Scott, the ‘Strength & Conditioning Coach’, has effectively brought my body back to life. It was also important to me that I learned and understood the meal plan macro breakdowns and additional information provided throughout the lectures. Learning the meal plan macro breakdowns is absolutely the most important thing I’m taking home with me. The old adage, ‘workouts are easy, controlling that fork is the real challenge’ definitely applies. Keeping the macros in line is essential to everything.”

“I had a special connection with Jan, one of the amazing coaches who is experienced with older clients with chronic injuries and persons with limited mobility due to extreme obesity. I also gained a lot of insight and found the lectures extremely informative. A nutrition lecture from Aline, LIF’s resident nutritionist, made me realize that proper nutrition is ESSENTIAL. Eric Viskovicz, Founder & Owner of this program, is an especially great motivational speaker. He has a gift for simultaneously entertaining and teaching, capturing an audience and making the take notice, listen, and reflect.”

 

What advice would you give others contemplating attending the program?

“It’s only as good as what you put into it. Be fully committed to the work. To the sacrifice. To the pain. Because there WILL be pain. Physical pain. Mental pain. Emotional pain. And it is worth EVERY PENNY. If you commit to it, it’s a spiritual awakening. You’ll find a different person staring back at you in the mirror.”

“My life advice quote, which I instilled into my son at a very young age, is from Eleanor Roosevelt – ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’ Know who you are. Don’t allow others’ opinions of you to color how you see yourself. What works for them won’t necessarily work for you. Above all, unless you have specifically asked for an opinion, the ONLY person whose opinion should matter to you is the opinion of someone you love and/or respect.”

 

 

Congratulations from all of the LIF Team!

You truly are an inspiration! Practicing and embracing what you preach is such a testament in your strength of character. No regrets & choosing to live your life to the fullest!!

Employee of the Month,
Head Coach Sarah!

Today we’re celebrating all of Sarah’s dedication and hard work at Live In Fitness by awarding her Employee of the Month for October! She has truly gone above and beyond, helping guests and fellow employees alike. Her dedication to constant improvement is something to admire. With that focus and her supportive attitude, we are all pushed to be the best we can be!

 

 

What is your personal history with fitness?

“Well, I was an overweight high-school teacher. My original goal was to fit into “regular” sizes. I did way more cardio than needed, then didn’t eat enough, crash dieted. This made me lose weight, but I didn’t like how I looked. That’s when I hired a trainer, telling them I wanted muscles. Worked with them for a year, then they sort of took me on as a trainer partner. They encouraged me to take training certification. That’s why I totally understand everything clients are going through, because I’ve been through it myself, but it’s also why I don’t buy their excuses.It makes working here so special, since I understand how hard it is. Especially that initial step of coming here, knowing something needs to be changed. So, I’m happy to do anything we can to help.”

 

What you do at Live In Fitness?

“I teach classes, train clients. I’m the head coach, the team leader, so the other coaches come to me for advice and to handle anything that might come up.” Sarah is also one of the coaches you can be on a team with during your stay at Live In Fitness. You’re able to come to her for advice and she will always do her best to assist you!

Favorite quotes or inspiration saying?

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” We all get in our own minds, then give up if we aren’t perfect.
“Stress and adversary creates change. And without change, there can be no growth.”

 

 

Sarah puts so much care into her work here at Live In Fitness, and we are all better for it.Thank you, and congratulations again on being October Employee of the Month!!

Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to learn more about Head Coach Sarah. You will be able to follow her day here at Live In Fitness over this month, with special videos, personal guides, and fun!

Congratulations to Kim for losing 7.2 lbs in her first week at Live In Fitness!

Kim lives in Santa Rosa and is a retired Deputy Chief Probation Officer, but works part time doing employee backgrounds and internal investigations. Her biggest struggle in life has always been her relationship with food. For most of her life she has been overweight, trying every diet, which at times left her sad and embarrassed.

Kim chose Live In Fitness because she had always wanted to participate in a weight loss/fitness camp. After researching, she felt this was the right choice for her. She needed a place where she could focus on herself without any distractions, a place to workout hard, feel strong, lose 10 lbs, and to learn something new. The greatest learning experience that Kim will take from Live In Fitness has been by far the nutritional education and guidance, from the nutritionist and from attending the informative lectures.

Kim has always had a positive outlook and loves her life, but this LIF experience has bettered her relationship with food and exercise, helping her find a balance.

This week also proved to be a ‘win-win’ weight loss for several ladies that all started their journey together, sharing an instant bond, a sense of team comradery, motivation, and inspiration. Collectively Kim, along with Sheila, Robin, and Wendy, shed nearly 30 lbs in one week!

A quote from one of our elite Coaches (Jan), Kim will always remember:
“Exercise is not about being able to lift all the weight, or do all the push-ups, etc, exercise is about practicing to get there”

Eric Viskovicz created his LIF Program to provide all the tools and education needed to create a healthier lifestyle. Creating a safe and positive environment where clients felt supported was very important to Eric. For many, acknowledging where we are in life; what is our purpose; and true self reflection can often leave us feeling vulnerable and insecure. With Eric having over 20 years of experience in the Health and Wellness profession, his program has evolved to include not only the fitness and nutritional aspects, but a large emphasis placed on the behavioral and emotional. This combination truly gets to the root of the problem.

One of Eric’s ‘mantras’ often used at Live In Fitness:
“See a problem, find a solution, create an immediate action plan.”

Problem – Solution – Action Plan

Congratulations Kim on all your success while at Live In Fitness, and your continued success in your new healthy future!

From all of the LIFE Team.

Client of the Week Sheila
Lost 9.5 Lbs in 1 Week!

Congratulations Sheila, who lost an amazing 9.5 lbs in 1 week!

Sheila has continued to not only lose the weight, but also increase her fitness level, and improve her endurance. To date, she has lost a total of 18 lbs in fat, and lost 6.4% in body fat.

Sheila lives in Redlands, California, and has been truly blessed to be supported by so many in her life, surrounded by family and friends. Now retired, she had a successful and fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher. One part of her life was not always so constant, her fluctuating weight gain and losses. At times this left her feeling ashamed and embarrassed.

In recent years living alone proves to be the hardest challenge for Sheila.  Although always welcomed at her son and families home, when alone she would always put off today what could be done tomorrow.

Six weeks into retirement, Sheila decided that something needed to change and she needed help to do this.  She researched and came across Live In Fitness, and it was everything she was looking for!

When asked, what did you expect when coming here to LIFE? 
“My time here has surpassed any ideas or dreams I had coming here. The staff is qualified in not only coaching me to become stronger physically, but there’s a mindset of encouragement and also an expectation of personal responsibility.  I am thrilled with my progress so far in the program. I am stronger physically and mentally. My endurance and mobility is constantly improving. Most importantly, I have experienced pushing myself physically in ways I never have before and along the way discovered ‘Jumping Jacks’, I love jumping jacks. I could do them all day long. The food is healthy and amazing, cooked fresh daily with lots of variety.  During my time here at Live In Fitness I have come to learn and understand that my issues about weight are really about being healthy, making good choices, breaking bad habits, and learning new ways to think and do things.

Sheila’s advice to any newcomer attending the program would be to simply follow the advice of the professional LIF Team and follow the program. Attend the sessions and lectures, and be prepared to do the homework. Go the extra mile.  Be positive with an open mind, ready to listen and learn. This program will enrich your life for the better.  We are all worth it!

Sheila, you are like the ‘little engine that could’ and there is no stopping you.  Such a pleasure to work with and an inspiration to many.

Congratulations from the entire LIF Team!

Guest of the Week
Congratulations Laine!

Lanie is 56, from Vacaville, which is east of San Francisco, where she worked for the BART system. A mother, and now a grandmother, she became an empty nester once retiring. Lanie has always yo-yo dieted, 10-15 lbs up and down, then gained 50 lbs when she stopped smoking, but lost it with a healthy eating plan and exercise. That is, until she retired, where she felt like she had lost her purpose for life, feeling like she had nothing to do. Her day to day life was binging and watching TV.”My eating problem and weight made me feel weak, out of control. The simplest things would tire me out. Playing with the kids would take me a whole day to recover from, and that is the worst thing, because I love to spend time with them more than anything.”

She started looking into weight loss surgery, but found out all the work you have to do to even get the surgery. Her mindset was that you might as well do the work yourself, with exercising and eating right! But, she couldn’t do it herself. “I was to far down the rabbit hole with binging and staying home and watching tv all day” That’s when she considered a weight loss retreat, Once doing the research, comparing programs, Lanie ultimately decided the one for her was Live In Fitness!

Lanie has made amazing strides with her healthy and positive outlook. Her body AND mind continue to change in the supportive environment at Live In Fitness. She has lost 10 lbs so far! Doesn’t sound like much? We try not to solely rely on the scale, as it is only one way to gauge progress. This is why we suggest the Silver Testing, consisting of Resting Metabolic Test, VO2, Scan, and the Hydrostatic Tank. These proved that, although it’s 10 lbs on the scale, it is really more like 14 lbs– as she gained 4lbs in lean mass! That 10 lbs came completely from pure fat!! She continues to train hard and smarter, by increasing her mobility, endurance, as her body is re-firing and doing the work for her to become, and stay, healthy.

When asked about her progress at Live In Fitness:“I feel like my progress has been great! I’m walking so much better and I can’t believe what my body has done in just a short time. I feel so much stronger than I ever thought I could in just 2 weeks, wow. I think the accountability and all the motivation I get from the coaches, and all the guests, too. It truly is like a sisterhood here. I used to isolate myself, and now I think this is going to be what I needed to see that I need to put myself first and make me a priority every single day. I really think this program is changing my life! Without this, I would have just continued to not live my life and and sometimes feel dead inside.”​​

Her advice to anyone interested in the program:

“My advice to others that are doing the program is to fully embrace the program, because if you could do it on your own you wouldn’t be here. You should get the most out of this, as you can to not make your own program within the program. To those thinking about attending, it will teach you so much about eating, and how well your body can preform. It truly is amazing!”

Her quote:

Put yourself first, so you can be a better self for everyone else. Always remember to live in the moment, the past is gone and tomorrow is the start of a whole new day. Practice being happy, it’s contagious!”​

Congratulations from everyone at Live In Fitness!
We’re so proud of your continued success!!