In walks Laura.
She's 42. Overfed, undernourished, and totally desperate to change.
She was the 'perfect' client.
Enthusiastic. Never missed a workout. Followed my nutrition plan to the Tee.
Day 42 of bootcamp comes around, and she is beyond thrilled about the woman she has become.
She almost didn't recognize herself in her 'after' pictures.
She's confident, walking differently, talking differently, looking differently!
But little by little that twinkle in her eye fizzled.
4 workouts a week turned into 1.
Following the nutrition plan turned into "sort of" following it.
It wasn’t long before she came in to talk to me.
"Leanne I NEED another 6 week challenge! I can't do this without it! When is it? I need it!"
I felt myself getting defensive and irritated.
I knew that If I put her through another challenge, 6 weeks later, we'd be standing right here all over again!
I took it as a sign that I wasn't doing enough to help her.
I took responsibility for her situation, and set up the next 6 week challenge.
Until one day I walked in to check on my challengers — now training with a team I’ve hired to work for me—I noticed Laura limping!
I vividly remember her justifications ...
"Oh it's no big deal"
"I felt a bit of a twinge during some lunges last week, so it's probably from that. I'm taking it easy though today...gonna go a bit lighter.” (As she looks over at her pair of 20 lb dumbbells compared to the pair of 25s she had been using. That was her idea of "taking it easy")
In that moment I had a flashback...