"From Weak to Warrior" By Jeri Hollingsworth

Hi, my name is Jeri Hollingsworth, I'm 24 years and I'm from Saint Augustine, Florida. I've recently started my own fitness journey, where I've been transformed mentally and physically and I would love to share my story.

My story begins earlier than this, but a catalyst in the journey happens July 4th, 2017. I was invited to a party, and I was getting ready for the day and felt like breaking down. None of my clothes fit, and I was super embarassed. I didn't feel confident in anything and I almost didn't go to the party, but there was a purpose for me going and I didn't know there was one until a few days later. I had fun at the party but in the back of my mind, I was super uncomfortable. At the end of the party, I was hanging out with a friend and he mentioned his sister locked herself out of the house and she was going to have drive 45 minutes away to come get the key from him. I wanted to wait so I could see his sister, it had been a few years since I had seen her. She had previously been my health coach about 2.5 years ago for a short time. I got to see Maiya briefly, and it was great to see her.

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In today's society, when you want to see what's going on with someone you usually check their Facebook feed, right? Well the next day I went to check out her Facebook and Maiya had one motivational post after another, and I was super inspired. Next thing I know it's 1 am and I can't stop scrolling down her Facebook. Then, it hit me. If anyone can get me out of my dark times and help me lose weight, its her. Honestly, at the time I didn't understand why I had let myself go. After self reflecting, I was really depressed. I had a dream of joining the military and I was told because I have hypothyroidism it will never be a reality for me. Someone telling you that a dream of yours will never come true is soul crushing. Now, I realize I didn't know how to cope with that. There was nothing I could change about my situation so I let myself go down a sad, hopeless road. The road soon came to an end though.

So, it was about 1 am and I texted Maiya. I told her I needed her and I was ready to get started, and if anyone can help me- it's her. Maiya was glad I reached out to her and invited me to Flagler Nutrition a few days later. We connected, and she asked me what my goals were. I told her I wanted to lose 40-50 pounds and I wanted to feel confident in my own skin. I was confident she would help me transform my physical being, but I had no idea she would give me the tools to become a happier me.

We got me started on a program, and next thing I know I'm showing up to the club every day to hang out and have a shake. I was down on myself, so my verbage was very self deprecating and negative and everyone was always lifting me up and next thing I know... when people ask me how I'm doing.. I wasn't saying "Okay" anymore. I was saying "GREAT!" I did feel great. I had insane energy, people even at work were noticing. I use to just get through the day so I could get back to bed.

So, two weeks went by of me staying consistent on the products and changing my eating habits and I had lost 8 pounds!!! I was amazed. I did that!! Soon after, I was seeing all the amazing positive responses I was getting on social media and Maiya encouraged me to become a coach. I was hesitant at first because I was still on my own personal journey and didn't think people would want help from me, but I decided it would be a positive thing and why not take on the challenge. 

Then, the gym became my best friend. I always dreaded going, I felt like I was going to be judged but I put those feelings aside and grew to love going to the gym. I couldn't wait to go now. So, I had been on my journey a month now. I weighed in and I had lost a total of 14 pounds! I was floored. Talk about a whole new level of inspiration! It was crazy how changing my daily habits, and putting in the effort in to go to the gym had drastically changed my life. I was addicted to seeing new results. So, in the gym I decided I was going to do more cardio. A person who could barely walk 10 minutes on the treadmill in the past was walking 30-40 minutes every day now. Little victories like that keep me inspired daily. I thought to myself one day in the car, "if I can do it, anyone can!" 

The 2 month mark of my journey came, and I got back on the scale. Who would have thought I would be excited to step on the scale?? I was once again shocked my own results. I had lost an additonal six pounds, making that a total of 20 pounds! I ON MY OWN HAD LOST 20 POUNDS IN TWO MONTHS? Talk about a proud moment. There are so many moments now where I just think about how different my life is. I use to sleep until 2pm on my days off from work, and now I get up before my alarm and go to the gym, walk the Vilano Bridge. It's so funny to think about that. Now, I want that for others. I know how horrible it is to feel unhappy in your own skin and I have a mission to help others like I was helped. No one should not want to leave their house because of how they feel. 

I'm still on my journey, but I am loving every step of the way these days. The beautiful part is I am just getting started. I would like to say thank you Steve Meehan for reaching out and giving me this opportunity. Thank you.

 

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