Success Story #2: Sam M.
We’re so excited to begin sharing some of our community members’ success stories with you. This week we’re thrilled to share Sam’s accomplishments — be sure to show her some love in the comments below!
Name: Sam M.
About Me: I am a 25-year old, 5’3″ Filipina living in Perth, Western Australia. I work in a metallurgical/minerals laboratory/plant that occasionally requires me to do some heavy lifting of up to 20kg loads. I have always wanted to be fit and have a better body but never really had the opportunity.
My #JSTVFit Story: I tried running and soon realised it wasn’t for me. I increased speed/distance and never saw any noticeable result except for a slightly improved stamina. Eventually I would get bored during my runs, and sought something more enjoyable. I came across your channel and saw a MOTHER LODE (forgive the mining pun haha that is what I do) of different workouts to choose from. I love your happy demeanor despite the tough workouts; other trainers are just a tad bit too “aggressive-sounding” which can be a little frustrating and annoying sometimes. I love how the workout and the music you pick go hand in hand so I can just concentrate on my exercises rather than strain my neck trying to look at the TV. I feel as if you are talking directly to me and that really helps to get me to the finish line. Also, Peanut is very entertaining and that helps to get rid of any frustration!
My Favorite #JSTVFit Workout: I love them all, and have a 3-week program based on your videos which I created myself, so that I don’t get bored and so I can do my favourite ones every week. If I did have an ultimate favourite, it would probably be SOLE SCULPT. I have been doing this once a week as part of my program since February and even though I have got it down pat, having also increased the weights I use, I still sweat buckets and feel the burn even in the middle of 4 degree weather (it is winter in Perth at the moment). I love to hate HIIT Cardio and Core because of the switch lunge jumps and spider climb pair! I still find it challenging and I am working on perfecting the entire workout, which is good because it means I still have somewhere to go.
The best healthy living advice I can share is: I learned that fitness is a lifestyle choice, not something you do once and then simply maintain afterwards. It really has to be incorporated into your schedule. I eat most healthy most of the time, but never had to go on any specific diet during my journey. Fitness is so ingrained in me now that I find myself sometimes squeezing in a workout at midnight after a busy day because I simply just cannot NOT have my exercise for the day. I just got married on May 30 and am planning on having kids soon, and I know being fit and healthy will help me during motherhood, as well as the rest of my life.
My most exciting results: Since starting this program last February 2015, I have become stronger and much leaner. The stubborn fat really shifted and I can finally see my abs which, in the 25 years that I have lived, I had never seen before! I went from 125 to 116 lbs, a mere 9 lbs in 7 months. I also find myself doing simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift, and carrying a basket at the supermarket instead of using a trolley. I can go to IKEA and load (and unload) all the heavy flatpacks into the car by myself! More than looking better in a bikini or skinny jeans, these are the little things that make me proud of my progress and lifestyle change, and I owe it all to you Jessica!
Social Media Handle: Facebook: Sam.Mena