(Lost over 20 pounds and 10 inches)
I thank God for the vision of Reinvent U Weight Loss Boot Camps through Frances Cuesta, President and Founder. In 2008, I was at my wits end and headed for depression. My weight was out of control and I didn't know how to help myself. I was watching the worship services of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center as I prepared to leave for my church. Pastor Karen Bethea was interviewing Frances during one of the breakout segments. Frances is a member of the church and began to talk about her weight loss program. I stopped what I was doing and focused on the television. My prayers had been answered. This was the type of program I needed. The boot camp dealt with weight loss from a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. The plus was the huge amount of support from over 30 women participating in the program, the certified fitness trainers, spiritual support from Pastor Bethea, and other activities. We shared each other's struggles and accomplishments. At the end of the program, my metamorphosis was amazing....inside and out!
I wanted to lose weight, wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish it; and there was Reinvent U Boot Camps. My,my,my what an experience I had. There were different instructors for the workouts; there was a nutritional class; a market trip to show us what to look for in the ingredients. There was a class devoted to our spiritual growth, not only with "The Most High", but also with ourselves (how do we feel about us or better yet, how do I feel about me). Reinvent U Boot Camps made me want to do a makeover on me. And, I did. I lost 35lbs.; don't remember the inches, but it was substantial enough that I could wear 2 sizes smaller than what I had been! Know what else? There was camaraderie all around. Everyone supported each other. I'm Excited About "Reinvent U Boot Camp! You Ready? Let's Go!
I found myself at a size 16 dress moving towards size 18. I had become extremely depressed and could hardly stand to see myself in the mirror. I'd heard about the boot camp and wondered if it would work for me.
One Sunday, I sat near Frances and her family. We were asked to say something to our neighbor. I turned to Fran and we both repeated what our pastor said and I began to cry all over Fran. She held me with such sisterly love and I said to her, "I'm eating everything that is not nailed down and I can't stop". She said to me with that soft nurturing voice, "You're going to do my boot camp, you'll be fine".
started the boot camp not long after, 2 nights a week and Saturdays. Aerobics, dancing, kickboxing, healthy cooking lessons, walking, military training, etc.! We worked on the needs of the mind, body, and soul. I was able to maintain the weight loss for 1 year. I have never gone back to the weight I was when I first started.
This boot camp is not a diet, it is a lifestyle changer. I took my life back.