I joined Carozza Fitness 6 and a half years ago…. I was nearing my 50th birthday and gave Mike Carozza the challenge “Get me looking and feeling the best that I can”! I joined OMT, worked out vigorously, and listened steadfastly to Mike’s advice. My transformation – inside and out – was dramatic, and 6 years later I decided it was time for a tune up! Even though I’d continued to work out regularly – 5 times a week on average, with added bike rides, runs, and tennis thrown in on occasion – my eating and drinking had got a little out of hand! I had done OMT before, and knew I could do it again. Paleo eating works really well for me, and I enjoy it. So…. I signed up for the Summer OMT and knew I had 8 weeks of hard work and discipline ahead of me. I immediately turned to strict paleo eating again – lots of protein, vegetables, fruit, almond milk, all were easy to make and delicious. I discovered plant-based yogurts, crackers, and snacks that are delicious. I did no meal prep, but made sure I had protein to hand, easy to eat and staisfying, so I didn’t have to turn to junk when I was out and about. I said no to all alcohol, turning instead to ice cold water with a slice of lemon, or green tea or even a coffee…. It’s easier than you think. I was used to having a glass of wine each night, and on weekends a couple of cocktails thrown in. I am also a chocolate lover. I would say alcohol and chocolate are my two big weaknesses. Nope. An 8 week detox was in order!!!! I logged my calories every day – everything that passed my mouth went in to the app. I stuck to 1200 calories a day. Danielle was my coach during the 8 weeks, and she would waste no time telling me what I was and wasn’t doing well. Every time I reached for a handful of almonds, or wondered about that bar of chocolate, I would think twice – how would I log this, and what would Danielle say!!!! I was only going to be cheating myself! What I have come to realize is that working out is just one piece of the puzzle. Eating healthy is the other. As I get older it’s harder to keep those extra pounds off, even with working out each day and staying active. Combine exercise with healthier eating and for me the pounds dropped off; each day I felt more energetic, healthier, younger. I had a spring in my step and no longer felt so tired and sluggish. At week five I plateaued for a week – not losing any weight – but the following week the scales dipped again. I didn’t allow myself to be derailed – even through birthdays, graduations, girls’ trips, family vacation. No Excuses Just Results. The support of Carozza Fitness and the community was immense, and I would say to anyone – walk through the door, speak to the coaches, ask for help, join us, don’t be afraid, and just start. Seriously. If I can do it you can too. And you will be so much happier in every aspect of your life.OMT was one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding because it was the beginning of an incredible 8 week transformation. The support from the coaches, the diet, friendly competition, and the intense workouts were just what I needed to keep me on track and form sustainable healthy habits. I can’t believe how quickly the 8 weeks flew by, and the incredible results I saw from the program. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone, and challenging me to be the healthiest and strongest I’ve ever been. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey beyond OMT!