REAL 45: Worth the Leap

Julie S., CG Member

My story probably sounds familiar to a lot of women in their late 30's.  I found myself in a constant state of being overwhelmed by stress, chugging coffee and Advil to get through the day and rarely sleeping through the night.  I had chronic sinus infections, headaches, IBS and was beginning to exhibit signs of arthritis. I was pushing through, going to the gym a few times a week and convincing myself that all of this was just normal for people my age.  Each day was a wait until that next glass of wine, the next weekend to spend lying around in my pajamas bingeing on Netflix, or an annual beach vacation, none of which would ever make me feel any better.  All of these things were chipping away at the core of who I was, but I put up the same outward appearance that everything was just fine.  

Enter Real 45.  

I'd been a member of City Gym for about a year, but hadn't really formed relationships with anyone and felt like I was just going through the motions.  I was tired of being tired, and I wanted a tribe of people to be there with me to help turn it around.  I can say that 6 months later, this is unequivocally the best thing I've ever done for myself. 

The detail and care with which the Real 45 Team teaches you to really understand the food framework and the simplicity of quality workouts has been a life-altering experience for me.

 Within the first five days of the start of the program, I started to notice a difference in the reduction of the symptoms of inflammation that I was experiencing. My sinuses are now clear, my joint pain has decreased dramatically, I have more energy and I sleep better.  And while I did lose weight and change my body composition, the importance of that didn't seem to matter as much as the fact that I simply feel so much better and more like myself.  I have the clarity and space to make time in my life for the things that matter, I am better equipped to handle stress as it comes, and can enjoy occasional indulgences without feelings of guilt or failure.  

I am truly thankful to the Real 45 Team for the guidance and encouragement that they offered through this program and believe that I will carry it with me for the rest of my life.  It was a leap that was 100% worth taking.