Jessica Gatoulis | The Fitness Asylum

Jessica Gatoulis

I joined the Fitness Asylum for the Fall Body Challenge in 2016 with my cousin, the year I turned 40. I thought it would be a great way to get myself back in shape and challenge myself to take off the weight I put on over the past few years. I remember looking at my husband while we were sitting on the couch, and saying- “Should I do it? I’m scared.” I knew something had to change. I am so glad I pushed that button that day and committed.

The Kickoff Meeting was amazing. I was scared to do my “before” photo and my initial weigh in, but now I love to look back on it and feel proud of how far I have come in such a short time. Each speaker had an inspirational story that I could relate to in some way, and tears filled my eyes more than a few times. Bonnie’s messages felt like she was directly talking to me at Kickoff. I often heard over the next 12 weeks in my head, “You can eat cake at your birthday, but you cannot eat cake at EVERYONE’S birthday!” I left Kickoff and headed straight to the grocery store to get everything in my packet. I read the packet so many times over the next week, and involved myself on my facebook team page and the inner circle support page.

I signed up for my first bootcamp class- I loved the people and the workout so much I began doing two or three a week after the first two weeks. Everyone was so encouraging. Each week, I gained confidence, strength, and ability at each of the stations thanks to the amazing instructors who correct your form and know when to push you, and are there to help you modify any exercise you need to. I looked forward to seeing my new friends at each class, and watching all of us transform before my eyes.

During my first Fall 12 week Body Challenge, I lost 28.6 lbs, which exceeded my goals and expectations. I continued onto the Holiday and now the Winter Challenge, and I am down almost 40 pounds total, and working on my new goals! I can see muscles in my shoulders and my arms for the first time in my life!
I have gained far more than just pounds lost. I realized that I have gained control back over my life. I have gained confidence, strength, friends, and an overwhelming need to inspire others and make a positive impact in the world. The support in the FA community is amazing- people help you, and people care about your success.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.