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Linda Burks – September 2012

(Fighting back tears)  Here is my story!  I get emotional when I discuss my past weight issues because it truly was an issue.  I grew up playing sports and I have always had an “athletic” build to my body and was never considered to be overweight.  I stayed active and exercised but I never ate the right foods.  I was the girl who would go all day just eating a pack of peanut butter crackers because I was terrified of gaining a pound.  I was the girl who took every diet pill known to man, thinking it would help me lose weight.  I was also the girl who would hang her head over the toilet puking up her last meal.  Yep!  That was me.  I strived to be that size “0” on the cover of every magazine! I truly did have a problem and had horrible self -esteem!  I needed help!
Fast forward several years……..I am the most blessed mom of two wonderful little boys!  God is so good!  I have a wonderful husband and a fabulous family!  I couldn’t ask for anything more! BUT before T4L, I lacked a healthy lifestyle!  I wanted something that was truly going to change not only my life but my family’s life.  I wanted to feel good about myself and wanted to be a great role model for my kids!  So………I heard about Julie and Harlan through my officer manager at work and decided to give Transformations 4 Life a shot!
At first I would go to boot camp when I felt like it.  I would make excuses to not go and feel sorry for myself because of my calf injury or my shoulder injury.  I would lose a pound here and a pound there.  I would go on a stretch of eating great, and then I would back off. I would get caught up in life’s crazy schedule and make no time for me!  It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with PCOS that I decided to kick this thing in high gear and make no excuses!  Knowing that Julie was going through the same thing with PCOS, I knew she would truly be my backbone!  So I went after it!  I could either feel sorry for myself more than ever or take 100% control of my life and that I have done!  I have made a transformation I thought I would never see!
My eating has become a lifestyle change for me and my family and not a diet.  I feel so much better about myself and I feel great when I wake up every morning knowing that I am healthy and I am being a good mom by making the right choices for me and my family. I love going to boot camp and having sweat dripping down my face!  The exercises are never the same and I never get bored!  Julie and Harlan keep my body guessing and begging for more!  I have learned that I am so much stronger inside and out than I ever thought I would be!  (And it’s kind of nice looking over and seeing that I am curling the same amount of weight that a guy is!) I have met so many wonderful people through T4L and have lifelong friendships with the campers!  They have lifted me up when I needed it the most and for that I am forever grateful!
I joined January 26th 2012 and since then I have lost a total of 15 pounds and have dropped 3 sizes.  I officially have no clothes that fit! I refuse to buy a whole new wardrobe because I still have some personal goals to achieve!  I want to get leaner and stronger!  I want to live a long healthy life with my kids and be able to keep up with them and their activities!  I feel great about myself and about my transformation and could not have done it without God, Julie, Harlan, my family, and my fellow campers!  I love each and every one of you!  I truly give God the glory for taking me out of a place that was dark and lonely into a place of happiness and health!