Taking on the LYFE Fitness Challenge  

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO TRANSFORM? 

12 week Transformation Challenge  

Early Spring Lyfe Fitness host a 12 week challenge for all the ladies! These 12 weeks are a full commitment from the girls to really push their limits and watch their figures transform. Each Month we send out a customized meal plan, at home workouts (additional to the workouts from the gym), and weekly body fat assessments . The first 4 weeks are the most challenging. It is the most crucial part of the whole project. It is the time where the ladies are tested for true commitment, and they get to witness their strength and weaknesses. For some, it is an easy 4 weeks of just following the rules, while for others it is the time to take Lyfe seriously and get on a healthy track. When I originally started the 12 week transformation challenges, my intention was to use it as a way to get girls fully committed to the gym, and their overall health and fitness. However after every challenge I learned more from the competitors than the challenge itself. All of these ladies are Superwoman. They are moms, workers, cooks, career women, I mean the struggle is real. They showed me their in and outs of their life, and how badly they wanted to see a change. It is why I do these 12 week challenges every year. Touching lives, and watching transformations become a highlight of my passion. I highly encourage everyone who attends Lyfe to leap into one of the monthly challenges, because they will be one you will never forget! 


"First off, I’m not the kind of person who goes on diets. I hate being restricted. I had my second baby May 2017 and the weight I had gained from my pregnancy was not going anywhere! I felt embarrassed and uncomfortable in my own skin. My clothes didn’t fit and I just didn’t feel like myself. I started back with Lyfe Fitness in October of that year. I was losing weight slowly and happily gaining back endurance and strength. Then, Jessica announced that she was going to have a weight loss challenge. Since, I was frustrated with my weight loss, I thought this challenge might be just what I needed, until she sent us the rules of the challenge and our first meal plan. I wanted to quit right away.   I agree that I was being dramatic, because it wasn’t anything extreme. It was a healthy beginning to a weight loss challenge - no fast foods or sweets, a high protein clean-eating type of meal plan. Jessica always worked carefully with each of us to make changes to our meal plans to keep our weight loss on track. She considered our lifestyle, as well. As a breastfeeding mom, I was very protective over my milk supply. Jessica helped me modify the challenge, so I could still participate and not worry about hurting my breastfeeding relationship.  I found with some organization and meal prep, it was pretty simple. I also lost 10 pounds in that first month and so I was highly motivated.   Every month, our meal plan was revised and every revision made me think of quitting. I had a lot of encouragement and support from Jessica. She assured me that not only could I do it, but that I was already having success. I found that a lot of it was a mental test. My husband and I were used to eating out frequently and I had to retrain my brain to be ok  with eating at home on a Friday night. Luckily, cheat meals were incorporated into the challenge, so we didn’t have to live like complete hermits.   In addition to the meal plan, there were daily workouts with Jessica at Lyfe Fitness and supplemental workouts at home. Jessica has fostered an environment in her studio where you feel safe, supported, and motivated and she seems to bring that out in all the women who are also training. Everyone has their own personal goals and even though the challenge was a competition, I felt lifted up and supported by the other women in the studio. Each workout was tailored to shape all the parts of our bodies and build strength in a healthy safe way.   So now I’ve lost over 30 pounds since October, over half of that lost in the challenge. More importantly, I’ve gained muscle and energy. I can keep up with my two girls and now my clothes don’t fit because they’re too big, not because they’re too small! I feel like myself again and I owe so much of it to the support and encouragement I’ve received from Jessica." -Jeanne

"First off, I’m not the kind of person who goes on diets. I hate being restricted. I had my second baby May 2017 and the weight I had gained from my pregnancy was not going anywhere! I felt embarrassed and uncomfortable in my own skin. My clothes didn’t fit and I just didn’t feel like myself. I started back with Lyfe Fitness in October of that year. I was losing weight slowly and happily gaining back endurance and strength. Then, Jessica announced that she was going to have a weight loss challenge. Since, I was frustrated with my weight loss, I thought this challenge might be just what I needed, until she sent us the rules of the challenge and our first meal plan. I wanted to quit right away. I agree that I was being dramatic, because it wasn’t anything extreme. It was a healthy beginning to a weight loss challenge - no fast foods or sweets, a high protein clean-eating type of meal plan. Jessica always worked carefully with each of us to make changes to our meal plans to keep our weight loss on track. She considered our lifestyle, as well. As a breastfeeding mom, I was very protective over my milk supply. Jessica helped me modify the challenge, so I could still participate and not worry about hurting my breastfeeding relationship.  I found with some organization and meal prep, it was pretty simple. I also lost 10 pounds in that first month and so I was highly motivated. Every month, our meal plan was revised and every revision made me think of quitting. I had a lot of encouragement and support from Jessica. She assured me that not only could I do it, but that I was already having success. I found that a lot of it was a mental test. My husband and I were used to eating out frequently and I had to retrain my brain to be ok  with eating at home on a Friday night. Luckily, cheat meals were incorporated into the challenge, so we didn’t have to live like complete hermits. In addition to the meal plan, there were daily workouts with Jessica at Lyfe Fitness and supplemental workouts at home. Jessica has fostered an environment in her studio where you feel safe, supported, and motivated and she seems to bring that out in all the women who are also training. Everyone has their own personal goals and even though the challenge was a competition, I felt lifted up and supported by the other women in the studio. Each workout was tailored to shape all the parts of our bodies and build strength in a healthy safe way. So now I’ve lost over 30 pounds since October, over half of that lost in the challenge. More importantly, I’ve gained muscle and energy. I can keep up with my two girls and now my clothes don’t fit because they’re too big, not because they’re too small! I feel like myself again and I owe so much of it to the support and encouragement I’ve received from Jessica." -Jeanne


"I had been working out at Lyfe fitness since January but when I saw the information about the 12 week challenge I felt this was what I needed to help me reach my goals. Jessica was supportive and guided us through out the challenge. She provided us with meal plans every month and was available for questions. We had a complete overhaul of our diets, became educated about nutrition and I trained at Lyfe Fitness 5x a week. I saw the most change in the beginning and began to slow as I started to move into the 3rd month. This was very discouraging as I felt I was working hard. At times, I had to remind myself why I started and remembered to stay focused in order to succeed. However, I stuck to training and continued the meal plans and even though I didn’t see a huge change in the scale, I continued to see changes in my body that were also apparent to family and friends. This 12 week challenge had its ups and downs, required commitment and sacrifices but was so worth it in the end. This is just the beginning of me reaching my ultimate fitness goals. Thank you Jess for everything! "-Monica 


"After having two kids back to back I had hit my heaviest weight. I was constantly exhausted and had zero motivation to start working out. One day I decided I was ready to get back to feeling good, start eating healthy again, start working out again and stop making excuses about why I was too busy to take care of myself. Jessica at LYFE FITNESS has given me all that I was looking for and more. Every workout is different than the last, you seriously don’t know what you’re walking into every day. She pushes us, challenges us, believes in us, motivates us and she practices what she preaches. She works out just as hard and harder than the rest of us. As a mom of two little ones, Jessica has shown me that living a healthy lifestyle can be done, you just have to want it because the gym is kid friendly, so I can’t even use that as an excuse. I started the 12-week challenge shortly after joining LYFE. Has it been challenging? Absolutely, BUT the challenge has kept me accountable and motivated. We get measured and weigh in every week and it’s been nice to see the scale drop, body fat drop and those inches drop. I haven’t been perfect, I have cheated, I am not where I want to be, but I’m also not where I was on day one. Best of all, I have found that love for working out and being healthy that I once had before I had children. Thanks JESS and all the trainers at LYFE FITNESS! "-Glady

"After having two kids back to back I had hit my heaviest weight. I was constantly exhausted and had zero motivation to start working out. One day I decided I was ready to get back to feeling good, start eating healthy again, start working out again and stop making excuses about why I was too busy to take care of myself. Jessica at LYFE FITNESS has given me all that I was looking for and more. Every workout is different than the last, you seriously don’t know what you’re walking into every day. She pushes us, challenges us, believes in us, motivates us and she practices what she preaches. She works out just as hard and harder than the rest of us. As a mom of two little ones, Jessica has shown me that living a healthy lifestyle can be done, you just have to want it because the gym is kid friendly, so I can’t even use that as an excuse. I started the 12-week challenge shortly after joining LYFE. Has it been challenging? Absolutely, BUT the challenge has kept me accountable and motivated. We get measured and weigh in every week and it’s been nice to see the scale drop, body fat drop and those inches drop. I haven’t been perfect, I have cheated, I am not where I want to be, but I’m also not where I was on day one. Best of all, I have found that love for working out and being healthy that I once had before I had children. Thanks JESS and all the trainers at LYFE FITNESS! "-Glady


"When your coach calls it a challenge, thats exactly what it is. Its not meant to be easy. The last few weeks have been a great lifestyle change not only for me but for Lance as well. Learning to food prep to stay on track with the nutrition plan, gaining strength thru the numerous different workouts. I wont say its been easy and there have definitly been some challenges, but I am beyond happy to see how far I have come with the coaches help. The biggest thing I have taken away from this challenge has been that even though it is a competition between all of us ladies, the competition was really with myself to see how far I could go, how much strength I could gain, and how much better I could make myself! Learning that “never/not able to” doesnt exist in my vocabulary anymore, but has changed to “not yet”. I cant wait to continue this journey past the 12 weeks with the help from Jess and Kristen. "-Candice

"When your coach calls it a challenge, thats exactly what it is. Its not meant to be easy. The last few weeks have been a great lifestyle change not only for me but for Lance as well. Learning to food prep to stay on track with the nutrition plan, gaining strength thru the numerous different workouts. I wont say its been easy and there have definitly been some challenges, but I am beyond happy to see how far I have come with the coaches help. The biggest thing I have taken away from this challenge has been that even though it is a competition between all of us ladies, the competition was really with myself to see how far I could go, how much strength I could gain, and how much better I could make myself! Learning that “never/not able to” doesnt exist in my vocabulary anymore, but has changed to “not yet”. I cant wait to continue this journey past the 12 weeks with the help from Jess and Kristen. "-Candice


"My name is  Sarah McVicar  a California Native. I grew up playing various sports, baseball, basketball, softball, running, and Crossfit. I took running seriously in 2005 ultimately completing a Ragnar relay race. Shortly after that I started training for a 50k beach run ultimately breaking my leg.  After not being able to walk for 6 months I left running and started Crossfit training. I currently work as a fitness coach at Mo Town fitness and assist with senior fitness in Ojai. I started working out at Lyfe a few months ago. I was looking to add to my fitness goals and gain new experiences to help better myself and for others. This has been a great experience for me and for those close to me. I’m very happy with the outcome of this challenge I’m looking forward to seeing where I’m at in a few months. "-Sarah

"My name is Sarah McVicar a California Native. I grew up playing various sports, baseball, basketball, softball, running, and Crossfit. I took running seriously in 2005 ultimately completing a Ragnar relay race. Shortly after that I started training for a 50k beach run ultimately breaking my leg.  After not being able to walk for 6 months I left running and started Crossfit training. I currently work as a fitness coach at Mo Town fitness and assist with senior fitness in Ojai. I started working out at Lyfe a few months ago. I was looking to add to my fitness goals and gain new experiences to help better myself and for others. This has been a great experience for me and for those close to me. I’m very happy with the outcome of this challenge I’m looking forward to seeing where I’m at in a few months. "-Sarah

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