Laurie Caswell Miller – Weight Loss
My son said. “Mom I’m really scared. I want you in my life. I want you to see me get married, see your grandchildren grow up and be a part of their life, but I’m afraid that you won’t be here. Those words rang through my ears into my heart and sparked the fire that I needed to truly make the change. I realized I needed to save my life.
My story may sound familiar to many. I was struggling many years with an extremely stressful job, keeping up with an overbooked schedule and dealing with a failing marriage. Subsequently, it led to selling of my home, being unemployed, dispersing of my belongings, living in four different places in two years and never really having a place to call home. This resulted in finding myself in the deep state of depression with anxiety disorder.
I did as many do and sat around and didn’t care. This behavior led to me being admitted to the hospital for 10 days with multiple blood clots in my leg. This was one of the scariest moments of my life. This was a true wake up call. A chance for me to change my life but I was slow at it and still unsure and weak.
That August I went to cheer my sister on who was doing a mud run in Bowie. I was there with thousands of others and I found myself being transported to the hospital with heat exhaustion… just for standing outside. My son took me home that day and said. Mom I’m really scared. I want you in my life. I want you to see me get married.. enjoy your grandchildren ..see them grow up and be a part of my life but I’m afraid that you won’t be here. Those words rang through my ears into my heart and sparked the fire that I needed to truly make the change. I realized I needed to save my life.
I started on my own trying to eat right and do a little exercise but I didn’t know what to do. I’ve never really done this before. At that point, I was over 300 pounds and had trouble getting up and down out of the chair. I had so much love and support from my family and my friends and once my brain kicked in and said this is not something I have to do but want to do it almost happened automatically.
I went with my sister to a couple indoor workouts with the group OCR unleashed. They are an incredible group of individuals who are helpful supportive, encouraging and on my first day they helped me to flip a 300-pound tire and climb a six-foot wall. That was so exhilarating and made me want to change my life even more
In December of that year my sister introduced me to an incredible personal trainer named Stacy Wig. She was with a group called Warrior Within. I started meeting her twice a week at the Coliseum gym in Columbia. She was very patient and kind and tailored my workout to my physical capabilities. Every step of the way each session I gained confidence, receive encouragement and she made me feel like I can truly do this. Each passing day and each passing week I got stronger and stronger and more confident. I found myself wanting to do more .. needing to do more. Stacy set my goals and I kept reaching them. She gave me a tailored nutrition plan that worked miracles. Suddenly I found myself not wanting the food that was killing me for all those years. I looked at it and said… ok I’m going to have to be on that bike for 2 hours to burn off the calories of one cookie…. no thanks …I’ll pass.
The weight was falling off of me. I had lost 63 pounds in 9 months and I’m not done yet. Last year on my 50th birthday I was in the hospital. This year on my 51st birthday I signed up to run in Rugged Maniac obstacle course on May 2nd.
My goal was set. Stacy tailored my workout plan and nutrition to prepare me for that event. We met twice a week at the Coliseum gym and I was physically and mentally ready.
The day came and I was nervous but I felt confident. I was there with the OCR unleashed team and they were with me every step of the way. ..helping me ..encouraging me …walking me through the obstacles and with each one I grew stronger, more confident and found myself saying what’s next….what do we get to do next? It was liberating and exhilarating and I was amazed with what I was able to do!
I climbed 20-foot wall, jumped over fire, crawled through tunnels, trekked through mud up to my waist, jumped trenches, crawled under barbed wire, slid down a huge water slide and loved every second of it. 25 obstacles!! I just can’t believe I did all that…yet I did!
I came out of that day more confident, self-assured and knowing that I would continue to change my life. I’m ready… I am ready.
My life has gone through a total transformation like the mythical bird the Phoenix I truly have risen from my ashes and I’m reborn. I’m on a new path and I thank God that he’s put me right where I need to be. I’m going to continue to meet with Stacy, to work out, eat right, spend time with my family and friends and live the type of life I deserve.
My story’s not over. I’ve just turned the page and started a new chapter. I’m better..I’m happier and stronger. more confident and I know that I can do anything did I decide I want to do! I told myself that my personal motto is BREAK FREE AND LIVE….
Break free from whatever is holding me back, stopping me, preventing me from being who I should be.it is my time to BREAK FREE AND LIVE!!
Laurie Caswell Miller
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