Howdy HEAT Fam! Today we’d like to introduce you all to the winner of the first HEAT SMTX MELTDOWN Challenge, Mia! Mia has been on quite a fitness journey over the last couple of years. Here’s her story and how her journey has changed since joining HEAT.

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“I think it’s important to acknowledge that everyone’s journey is different! And our progress is ALL relative! Take me for example - I am killing it right now! But someone super fit beside me may not think that if they were in my spot.”

“What a lot of my HEAT Family doesn’t realize is how far in MY journey I have actually come. Three years ago, I was so fatigued due to auto immune disorders and endometriosis that I couldn’t even go grocery shopping. My wife had to push me around in a wheelchair basically anytime we went out in public. We sold our ACL tickets because we didn’t think I would make it all three days. My non-profit work was put on hold because I didn’t have the energy to run it and live at the same time. We missed out on so much that year. We decided I was too sick to try to get pregnant and start a family. We cancelled trips. We always stayed home. We cancelled the few plans we would make with friends.”

“I slept a LOT, basically all the time I was home. I wouldn’t have lasted five minutes in a Bootcamp. Three years later, at the age of 36, I had a hysterectomy. That was in August. I have done things these last three months that I never would’ve dreamed of. I started my HEAT journey and I believe that has been an integral part to the things I can do now and new things I will try. I learned to Kayak. I have NEVER lacked confidence, ever - but somehow, I’m more confident than ever. I’m stronger than I ever was. I no longer have to depend on other people to get things done. I’ve lost 20lbs. And I won a transformation challenge!”

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“So, trust me when I say - if I can do it, you can do it. You just have to take that first step. You have to decide YOU are ready for your transformation journey. And it will happen one workout at a time. And like so many told me along the way, you have to TRUST the process. It won’t happen overnight, but when it does it is the best feeling ever. And it will continue to fuel the flames.”

What kind of goals have you set for yourself the rest of the year?
“To hit my goal weight! And I’m doing it one workout at a time!”

What’s your favorite part about coming to HEAT?
“The trainers. The community. The family. The encouragement. I never feel judged. It’s like a little family of cheerleaders. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed no matter where they are in their journey. I love it all.”

Way to go, Mia! We’re so proud of your journey, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
 

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