In just five months, Christine’s weight is at an all-time low (she’s dropped 20 pounds!)

If you were to ask me six months ago where I would be today, I would have never imagined I’d make it this far. I was going through one of the most difficult times in my life and I let it take over me. I was no longer the positive, motivated, and physically fit person that I prided myself in being. Luckily, my humanitarian trip to Africa came at the perfect moment. It was a life changing experience that filled me with gratitude and I came home I determined to get back to “the old me.” Over the course of two months, I’d gained 13 pounds and was at 141 lbs, the most I have ever weighed. I was upset with myself for gaining weight, and I felt insecure and defeated. I needed to get back into my exercise routine. I had done Pilates in the past, but wanted something that was at a faster pace. I remember my first class like it was yesterday. I couldn’t do 90 percent of the workout and was sore for three days. I can’t thank all of the trainers enough for their constant motivation and being so patient with me!

The biggest challenge in my transformation process, besides the actual workouts, was getting stronger mentally. I had such a strong fear of failure and I focused on everything I was doing wrong or couldn’t do. But I made a commitment to myself, and no matter how nervous or insecure I felt before each class, I showed up. After 2 months, I felt so much stronger, but the scale didn’t budge. I was working out the hardest I ever have in my life and sweating so much, how could it not be working? I gave myself a motivational pep talk, a pat on the back, and decided I would keep showing up, and take a break from the scale. As I got stronger, I pushed myself to take Ky’s class. In that time, Ky challenged me to stop focusing on the results and embrace the journey. He inspired me to focus on my accomplishments and how much stronger I was getting each class. I started to become aware of those little accomplishments, and as they were adding up, I found myself becoming more positive and leaving each class with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Three weeks later, I stepped on the scale and was 10 lbs lighter! That “Kyism” — along with learning to let go and to stop thinking too much — not only changed my workouts, but it also shaped how I started to view my life. I started to let go and be fully present in the workouts, being able to push myself harder and harder each time.

Physically, I am in the best shape of my life. No matter how hard I would work out in the past, even after months of Boot Camp and personal trainers, I was never a person with strong arms. I’ve never been able to do a full-on pushup … until now. And I can even do more than one! My arms and abs show definition, and although I have always had a butt, it’s changed shape and completely lifted. I noticed that my body started seeing more significant changes when I made a commitment to changing my eating habits. I haven’t completely cut anything out, but I have significantly reduced my gluten, sugar, salt, and alcohol intake and started drinking A LOT of water. All of these changes have led to the biggest change I’ve noticed: how I carry myself and how I feel about myself. There’s something about taking care of my body like never before and owning it that made me come alive. I can’t remember an exact moment, but somewhere in the fun I was having and strength I was gaining, it was as if a light switched on, and I was a whole new person. I have finally come to know my worth and what I deserve. My confidence is at an all-time high, I have more energy, and I’m extremely happy, fulfilled, more patient, and at peace.

There are four things that I am especially proud of accomplishing thanks to the Ky. The first is committing myself to keeping my appointments to class and going to each class, even on the days it seemed unbearable. If I am not able to make a previously scheduled class, I make sure to schedule a different class that week so that I don’t cheat myself. Taking action and holding myself accountable are seemingly small victories that helped propel me to bigger victories.

The second victory is tackling the French Twist. I never thought I’d be strong enough to move that carriage, and it’s still no easy feat. But every time I feel that burning squeeze, a little victory march is going on inside my head.

The third victory is completing a class without any modifications. Like I mentioned earlier, for the first month I couldn’t do 90 percent of the class. Being able to actually complete a class without any modifications was beyond an amazing feeling. I remember thinking, “If I could do that, I can do anything!” Seeing how strong I was getting, class after class, became increasingly addicting.