Annie Zastera started her journey at Training For Warriors East Metro in Cottage Grove, Mn with a “8 Week Transformation” Program. Annie’s story is similar to many individuals looking to change the direction their health and well being are heading. Read more about how TFW East Metro has changed Annie’s life and continues to deliver a service impacting the quality of her life!
1. What were some of your struggles before you came to TFW East Metro?
I ate horribly and didn’t move. I never realized how poorly I ate until I was shown what my body really needs. Of course I still have a little something here and there but even my “cheat” foods have changed to better foods. My kids tease me that my protein shake has green things in it and that is not a treat.
2. What made you reach out to TFW East Metro?
I stumbled across a facebook ad at just the right time. I was down after looking at myself in pictures, hearing more bad news about my health, and just depressed at my current state. When I saw an ad for the 8 week class, it said something about seeing things happen in that short of time. In the past I would try things and give up too soon, not do enough, or not really do things correctly and then never saw real results. If this program could do something I could try anything for 8 weeks. I told myself that even if it was awful, I only invested 8 weeks. Little did I know that it would do more than show me a few results in the first few weeks, it would actually change my life.
3. What are some of the significant results you’ve gotten since training at TFW East Metro?
The scale, while going down some, hasn’t shown huge changes in numbers but my body has transformed. I’m down from squeezing into size 20 jeans, which really should have been larger but I was too sad to buy a bigger size, to now comfortably fitting in 14’s.
Besides just being able to shop in the normal section at stores instead of the plus sizes, I’m stronger and have so much more energy throughout the day. I can play with my kids. I can keep up when they run. I can be an active part of their lives rather than watching from the sidelines.
The other huge thing from TFW has been the improvement of my MS. After hearing that yet another medicine wasn’t working, I was getting pretty low. When I was offered a chance to be in a trial for a new medicine, I was excited… except for the fact that another medicine was ruining my liver. I fully believe that without TFW, I wouldn’t have been able to improve my health that quickly in order to even have a chance to try the new medicine. Now together with science and exercise, I have gotten my first MRI with no new lesions!
4. What are the top 3 tips that helped you transform?
The class structure of TFW, with coaches and other people just like me, has helped push me so much. When I would try to go to the gym in the past, I was directionless and never pushed myself. It was partly because I didn’t know what I was doing but more because I would give up on myself or let my mind tell me I couldn’t do it. Now I have a huge support system pushing me on, helping me do better, and keeping me accountable. I can hear that little voice in my head saying, “the mind will give up way before the body will” even when I’m working out by myself.
Like I said before, the fact that we not only focus on what we do in the dojo but on what we eat outside of the gym has been really big. No matter how hard I work, if I don’t put good food in, I won’t get results. I complained and fought the idea of the shred but afterwards I realized that it was good. I did go back to coffee and cheese but now I am aware of what foods do to my body and how to use them for good.
I know I said the fact that there are coaches in general already but really my third thing that has helped me transform the most is the amazing coaches! The coaches really care about all of us, not only about what we are doing in class, but in our lives as well. You notice when we are not there, when we are down, or when we are doing great.
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