I feel my original goal has changed a few times throughout this journey and especially working with Mandi in particular. She has refocused so many aspects of my life for the better. In the beginning I wanted to get back in shape which meant just start working out again, which I did. I had a few measurement goals to reduce size in many areas, and I did. But the things that I learned that I did not expect outweigh the original goals and far exceed what I thought I could…only because
Mandi listened and watched! I have a breathing problem and it is not controlled therefore I struggle everyday with asthma and allergies just to make my body function properly. It’s like a salmon swimming Upstream everyday all day. I noticed that Mandi was adjusting each workout routine based on whether I struggled or not. She pushed me when she could but always found an alternative when I couldn’t! this made for the best workout possible each time. And what you wouldn’t have expected is
that someone with asthma CAN run! I could barely get very far without stopping at first, but gradually we’d realize I had gone the entire path without stopping! I noticed a huge difference in my stamina and legs and hips area! I was amazed and thankful that Mandi did the research before putting me in that position…she set me up for success not failure!
Mentally I was not prepared to expect a trainer and a friendship. Mandi is the only person I wanted to talk to at 5 a.m. LOL. I find myself missing her on days that we don’t talk or days that I don’t know how she is getting through her day. Everyone struggles on their journey with food and getting enough exercise in the day, but I know I am not the only one. I trust Mandi and she is very easy to talk to about her own struggles as well as what she sees of mine. Her friendship meant caring about what I need, what I want and knowing when to push me a little further. She goes above and beyond as a trainer to include in that friendship all the research that is required in order to understand my situation specifically. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I knew but I really didn’t know! You know that feeling when you thought having a cheat day was a good thing…well not if you want to ruin the entire week you just took to get to that cheat day! NO FRIED FOOD! DRINK WATER! DRINK LESS ALCOHOL! DON’T EAT REFINED SUGARS! You can have a cheat day but it doesn’t mean you need to go back on some of the things that are the foundation of your goal!
I don’t know that Mandi has friendships with all of her clients because it doesn’t seem to matter she never fails to make me feel like I am her only client. With this month being my last, what I have noticed is that I have achieved my goals and then some. My goals are not just a number on a scale but it had to do with so much more inside That You Don’t See with that number. And though she may not set her focus as a nutritionist she has taught me so much more about food and in a way that it does
not seem like work. Because the more effort I put in the more results I see. I have gained so much in the process of loosing! I am no longer afraid to push myself in new ways, and look for alternatives that help not hinder! And I learned to trust that a consistent pattern was what I needed. Mandi and I focused on strength and alignment in the beginning and I had no idea what it was all for, but I know now! the way I walk, the way I sit, the way that I pay attention to the direction my feet are pointed! I now have a better alignment that even a chiropractor can be happy with!
So to my trainer and my friend, Mandi, I say THANK YOU! I hope to continue watching your journey grow and prosper and that you continue to change lives