"I lost a total of 34.5 inches. I stayed the course even when I didn't feel like it...I have lost 9 pounds. But I have gained so much more...confidence in myself that I CAN make positive changes...I CAN do hard things, I CAN say NO to dessert (and feel good about it). I like feeling good from proper nutrition and exercise and rest AND nothing tastes as good as feeling healthier feels!!!"
Now, let me back up and share Lucy's introduction at the BEGINNING of our challenge:
"Hi! Tired, stressed, over-fat, previous challenge flunkie...I am tired of feeling like crap and tired of not being my best self...somewhere along the way I forgot to care for myself, and my outward appearance and level of energy show it. I am committed to feeling better and if that makes me look better I'll take that too (it's been a while since I felt pretty). So lay it on me Debbie, I am ready for this challenge!"
6 weeks later, Lucy shared with us:
"First off, I am in shock. This challenge has allowed me to feel comfortable again in public and allowed me to step out of that comfort zone and try new things...I am proud of myself and that is something I didn't think I would ever feel again. I have definitely gained so much more than I have lost during this past 6 weeks. I appreciate ALL of you and Debbie I am so grateful for you and how you inspire women everyday to be the best version of themselves!!!"
"If you told me in October that I would be saying I lost 21” in eight weeks I would have told you you’re crazy 😳
Thank you to this beautiful group of real, supportive women. Also I owe an extra shoutout to my mama Dianna for being a living breathing FWD lifestyle billboard for showing that this lifestyle is realistic and works. Can’t wait to take this momentum into 2020 and get even stronger!"
"This week I’ve reflected a lot on what continuing this style of living means to me and it came back to a phrase our pastor used to say “long obedience in the same direction”. It’s not about being perfect or a big list of things we can or can’t do. But rather a guide to keep you going in a direction that God has for you to be strong, healthy, and love yourself. I remember crying when I took those first photos and now I am smiling thinking about the last ones 🥰"
Here is Michele's 2 year progress --
in year one she dropped 57 inches & almost 40 pounds!
I've tried so many diets, workouts, pills, etc...and had short term success but nothing lasting. I needed a plan and I needed someone to tell me what to do. Well, Debbie makes it easy for us!
Change is possible (and it's never too late to start!)
You can't put a price tag on good health
You don't have to be perfect. Progress is perfection!
I am more than a number!
I'm excited for year 2 and beyond!!
EVERY woman deserves to feel this way!
If I can do this, ANYBODY can!
Check out Di's transformation from September 2018 to April 2020...two sizes down!!!!
"I love the interaction with y'all, and when I'm struggling I see others persevere and it inspires me....when I feel low I look back at where I was last year. It helps me look forward too."
" What works for that other girl isn’t gonna get me skinny. The way she gets fast results may only give me a little."
"Our physical selves only have a limited shelf life and we must care for them by not pouring junk into them all the time, working ourselves to much, stressing by torturing ourselves with the longings to be somebody else."
Check out Di's video testimonial by clicking HERE!
Check out Caitlin's 6 month transformation!
I feel like a different person since May when I started these challenges. I had very low energy. I could maybe do 4 or 5 push ups. I had a chronic joint pain and had stopped lifting weights altogether because I was afraid of more pain. I could very easily get lost in making proper food choices and fell into a pattern of food guilt anytime I ate something “bad”.
I don’t feel that way anymore at all. I can eat a pizza and actually enjoy it and continue on with my life. I feel great and I have more energy. I don’t have the pain in my legs I used to get (or in my back from having a weak core). I have so enjoyed this group. Each one of you has inspired me and it has been a big encouragement in my life ... I look healthier and feel so much better. Love you ladies."
I’ve lost 9 lbs and I have gained much needed energy from this challenge.
I lost a total of 13 1/2 inches ... I really enjoyed this program and looking forward to the next round. You ladies are so supportive and I loved reading everyone's posts with progress or being real about life.
19.5 inches lost and I am ecstatic! I also lost 7 lbs but was more focused on the measurements. Looking forward to the next challenge!
Meet Mary Hunter
So holy cow! I just measured twice...I’ve lost a total of 18.75 inches!! So glad we are measuring and not just going by silly numbers on a scale! ❤️ feeling stronger and craving more exercise.
Have loved the accountability factor- loved being a part of this group of women who all have goals to better themselves to be healthier- I now know that I am making better choices when on the road, focusing more on water and exercise more consistently and not feeling like it takes a ton of time to see change! realizing my metabolism is not the same as it used to but that it can be reset!
Meet Me, Fit With Deb!
Change is possible! Never buy in to the lie that you are too far gone or that it's too late! I hated salads and avoided sweat until my tight pants revolted.
Too stubborn to buy new clothes, I was on a mission to permanently transform my body with better habits.
I thrive on helping women look and feel their best using current research and experience as a fat-loss expert.
"I am so grateful that for the first time in my life I worked out on my own!
Size doesn't matter nor does weight!
I've lost 9 inches . . . I am pleased with the changes in my body but more pleased withe the change in mindset!"
I’ve lost 13”. The biggest win was “shopping” in my closet. I’ve added 2 jeans, 3 work/dress pants, and a pair of shorts back into my wardrobe! It’s a lifestyle and it’s a choice. I choose to be healthy and happy and to continue the journey.
When I decided to participate in this challenge, I was frustrated with where I was health wise, and so ready for a change!!
This group was exactly what I needed. I also know I wouldn’t have handled it this well if it wasn’t for all of you and this group. I lost a total of 12 3/8 inches which is crazy to me. Looking forward to the next challenge in January!
Loved this challenge! Total loss was 5.5”, and I am proud of that! What I learned...a mishap doesn’t have to mean failure - get back on the wagon! Also, limiting desserts to one per week (which I did five of eight weeks) doesn’t feel like deprivation - it’s control. Loved the challenge and all you ladies!
I'm down 16.5 inches and 8 lbs. I'm thrilled to see a little difference. I've changed how I think about myself! I can do this! I am worth it! I'm not giving up -- so excited for the next challenge.
I had been back in the gym a few months working my tail off and eating right, but was seeing little to no progress and was so frustrated! When a sweet friend introduced me to this, I remember thinking... I'll try anything at this point and her 20 min exercise time and obvious results seems so much more appealing than my hour+ with none.
I am encouraged to keep going and enjoyed so much spending time with you ladies!
Total loss of 23.75 inches
"16.5 inches down for this challenge and feeling amazing!
Thanks for the encouragement along the way, ladies!"
Update: "I actually felt confident in the pictures of myself. I can feel a difference in my body and it makes a difference in how I see myself in pictures."
I have lost 20 inches. I feel more in control of my health. I love Debbie’s challenges because they are not overwhelming and don’t make me feel bad about myself. Instead they focus on making me better one step at a time.
I feel like this challenge has been a good eye-opener for how I need to treat myself - schedule my time for workouts and walks; do a meal plan and plan snacks! I agree with whoever said it earlier that it's really about mindset. After doing this challenge, I KNOW I can take care of myself and my family. I KNOW I can drink my water, that I can workout hard, and that rest is important. I also LOVE the workouts that are only 15 minutes!!! Effective and efficient. I feel that this challenge really has been the reset I've needed to get my mind and body in a better place to continue on this journey of health and life!
I lost a total of 14.75”...my husband said he could totally see it as he was taking my pictures this morning and I didn’t laugh til hysteria this time...I FEEL SO DIFFERENT!!!! Been an amazing experience!! I am sad this particular group is over though!! A special thank you to those who have been so encouraging!!! I’ve enjoyed our group!!
What an amazing journey with your ladies. I have really learned to put time in for me. During these 6 weeks I have had graduation, birthday parties, taking card of parents, hospice for my Dad, kids sleepovers and everyday schedules. But I kept telling myself life is a busy roller coaster and I have to maintain a healthy lifestyle with all of these ups and downs. Eating healthy, exercise, water, sleep, walking all play into taking care of ME. And taking care of me is better for everyone who I take care of daily. I feel better! The inches that came off were 11.5. So really can't believe I lost that much!
I have lost a total of 19 inches. I have felt so much better with the workouts and eating healthy and getting in all my water. Love the way it feels when I put on a pair of jeans and they slip on easier." NINETEEN inches. From moving, eating, and hydrating!!!!
Meet Jennifer B
I lost 15 inches...feel good about what I did!! I enjoyed the challenge and loved you ladies!
Meet Jennifer L
This has really become a lifestyle shift for me. My cravings are gone, my energy level is high, and I cannot believe how much progress I've made in just a short time. Overall, I lost 20 lbs in 6 weeks and a total of 22 1/4 inches! Never in a million years did I think I could have such a huge transformation in such a short time.
This challenge was really great for me. My mantra this challenge was NO EXCUSES!! I was able to reach for those veggies or fruit instead of chips. And go for the water instead of the soda. I'm down 29.1 inches overall!
I'm carrying 9.75 less inches of stress and grief
Toni shared, "I really enjoyed this challenge. It has given me more energy and made me stronger." She dropped 8 inches.
I got rid of 7.5"
I appreciate all of the encouragement in this group and the honesty and the accountability! Thanks, Debbie, for your awesome tips, recipes, workouts, and comments that lift us all up!
Total loss 7 1/2 inches!! I can lift heavier weights than I thought and I am reminded that this is a slow and steady lifetime process that I am committed to.
I have lost 4 3/4 inches and 10 pounds and was very compliant during this challenge. I feel great! I have been going to the gym at least 3 or 4 days a week. I definitely have gained weight in muscle and feel stronger. My diet had completely changed and I love it. My cravings are down and I have so much more energy. This new lifestyle is becoming easier and easier. Thank you so much for all of the support.
I lost 3.5 inches overall. I just bought 12 pound and 15 pound weights as my 10’s were just getting too easy these last 2 weeks so I feel like that is a total win! I went down 0.5% in body fat ... I enjoyed the Bible verses and looked forward to those each week.
I lost a total of 4.5 inches...I'm most proud of drinking water or BCAAs...Another win was giving myself permission to rest...I'm excited about the next challenge.
3 inches lost! This is HUGE for me. What have I learned? To be a conscious eater, drink more water, move more and that I do not need refined sugar every day.
for the inches I lost 12.5 ... this support system of a group has helped me stay on track... I'm excited to keep going and for the next challenge!
I've lost a total of 8.5 inches... I've also had less breakouts and overall my complexion looks so much better... Definitely looking forward to the next round.
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to join the group. I have gained a ton of new good habits... 20 inches I have lost in 40 days... I am motivated and have additional energy. This was the jumpstart I needed to get moving and healthy! I appreciate all of the motivation...
I lost a total of 20 inches... and I feel so much better. One goal I had was fitting into a pair of shorts that I was gonna have to donate. But now I don't have to donate them. I definitely plan on doin the next challenge with all of you guys!
I have done these challenges for years and years... I lost 3.25 inches overall...I count this as a success...
I've lost 5.25 inches...exactly what I needed to prepare for this role, a.k.a. "Faux leather leggings fit me" ha ha.
16.5 inches. I WAS honest with myself. I WAS given grace. I WAS human. I WAS supported, and I WAS HAPPY! This group has been amazing and uplifting.
I just have to admit I do not enjoy working out...Debbie has always said to me to aim for 80%.
I like where I have come since joining the challenges.
I have to admit, the first challenge I did with Debbie was the best I've felt since having kids...These challenges are GOLD... it really is amazing the support you get in these challenges and you feel like family by the end!
This is the first time I've actually seen a consistent loss each week. I like how my body feels.
21.25 total inches lost.
I've learned...you don't have to eat 100% perfect all the time! I'm also so proud of myself...
I love Debbie’s encouragement that I can do hard things
This has impacted me in so many ways. Sure, I am 11" healthier. I am happier, more energized, and generally more pleasant to be around. But most importantly, I am kinder to myself. Progress, Not Perfection. I am grateful for this group and Coach Debbie!
I feel much better, my clothes are fitting better, and the math shows I lost 9 inches total. This challenge has taught me to focus more on sleep and recess. I have been greatly inspired by the encouragement and uplifting of this group!
(January to July transformation)
I honestly can't even imagine going back to being as big as I was...I was always tired and had no energy. Now I'm full of energy...and I feel so much more confident with myself!!!
I want to celebrate what I have accomplished and am thankful for the accountability, motivation and encouragement . . . I don't think I have been in a group where there has been so much continued participation and encouragement. I love myself a little more than 5 weeks ago, so I am proud . . . I need to celebrate this moment. I feel more confident, I feel smaller . . . I feel a fire lit that wasn't there before. I LOVED "living" this program -- as it was so easy to feel freedom from shame and guilt by making small changes . . I don't feel deprived and the workouts made me feel stronger and accomplished. I am proud to have lost 14.5 inches!!! Thank you for making this a safe place and celebrating with me.
It's amazing how freeing it was to have my cheat meal and dessert guilt free. It's like following a financial budget and you have a category for "free money." When you spend it, there is no guilt because you know it's in the budget...Wow!! Freedom is the goal. True freedom for me is not being controlled by my every temptation of food. To be able to say no so I can say yes when I really want to!
7.5 inches lost...This challenge has given me accountability with grace...that progress no matter how small is still progress...that I am not alone in my struggles. It has given me a doable framework for long-term healthy habit-forming changes.
Before this challenge I was a couch potato and had trouble starting things and sticking to it. I have become so much stronger.
I lost 15 inches this challenge and dropped my A1c a full point.
I lost 12.25"...I feel I have made a lifestyle change that is realistic and manageable. I would not have done this well without the daily inspiration of everyone in this group!
I lost 20 inches total! No wonder I feel so much better in my clothes! This challenge has led me on a positive path to get where I'd like to be. It has truly started me getting back to better. I've found a connection with the food I put into my body and the way I feel.
I lost a total of 14.5 inches. I feel rejuvenated when I had been in a funk for a while.
Getting all of my water in each day no longer feels like a chore. I have lost a total of 18.25 inches. I feel so much better and stronger.
Meet "Miss A"
I have lost 17.5"! I am so very excited and proud of myself. I joined to challenge myself and make a change in my lifestyle. And, I've done that so in my eyes I am a winner! This challenge has educated me on how much of an impact eating clean, exercising, self-care and managing stress can have on improving my mental and physical health. The amazing part is it didn't feel difficult. I never felt like I was being deprived. This is the best I have felt in years. Looking forward to the next challenge!
I lost 24 inches!!! I've gone down a shirt and pant size! Today I comfortably wore a pair of jeans -- all day -- that last year I could not button! I am so pleased with my progress and am most proud of myself for sticking with it...
Check out Kelly's one year transformation!
"The pic on the left was one year ago and probably 4 or 5 (or 7 😂) of Debbie’s challenges ago. I realized that night I couldn’t even button my denim jacket anymore. I was determined to come home from that trip and “get serious” about getting MY body back.
Transformation takes TIME but it also starts NOW with your very next choice. Debbie reminds us all the time that change isn’t linear and I reminded myself of that often over the last six months.
The changes I see in this pic happened one choice at a time. I have learned a lot about myself in recent months and have learned what works for my body and what doesn’t. I can tell you for sure that what worked ten years ago isn’t working now. I am so grateful to have so many running buddies in all of you, led by the best coach on the planet!
Here’s to never giving up!"
Check out Shelly's one year transformation!
"My first challenge I lost 22 inches and 18 pounds and I won the challenge.... this was before grace boxes, yes NO GRACE BOXES! Winning was wonderful but not my biggest victory.
After our challenge Debbie asked us to do a video of what the challenge meant to us and so of course I did because I checked every box and did everything Debbie said! I go back and watch that video now and I feel sorry for that Shelly. She was sad. Happy for losing weight and getting healthy but sad. Each challenge I have learned to like myself inside a lot of that has to do with recess.
This group has taught me to pray and mean it. Not that I didn’t before but I feel like I was kind of faking it. That sounds terrible but I don’t think I really knew how to pray. Now I know you pray whatever way you want, God hears you. The groups kind words and encouragement keeps me going. I look forward to checking our page everyday to get your encouragement and to cheer you on.
I wish I could redo that video because I’m no longer her."
I lost a little over 11 inches total. My biggest victory was not worrying about the scale. I did not weigh myself one single time the last 4 weeks. I listened to my body. I trusted the process this time around and I feel proud and accomplished and ready to keep going!
It's ok if I mess up one day. No need to go off the rails. Just pick myself up. I think this refocus has helped in calming the cravings.
I learned to get out of my own way, stick to the basics, and not give up if my day didn't go as planned. I like the changes I am seeing in my body, but mostly like the mental changes that helped me deal with things I could not control.
UPDATE: Pam has lsot 19" in 5 months! "I have found a rhythm in my nutrition, exercise, and sleep."
I lost 20.75 inches.
The most important thing to me is that I feel better and have more energy.
Meet Jennifer S -->
Check out Jennifer's 1 year transformation!
"I am honestly in shock!!!
I cannot believe the drastic changes in my body even while carrying and delivering a baby during 2020!"
Meet Jennifer S -->
(gave birth Sep 2020)
* This picture was taking the week before Jennifer delivered!
"I have been looking for the right words to express my feelings . . . but I am truly amazed!!!
I am not sure you know how special / encouraging you are to so many!! I am thankful for your approach / delivery of information."
Meet Jennifer S
"I am amazed that I was far from perfect and the results are still huge.
I was consistent with the big concepts and the results show. I am even more excited to jump all in to the next program!!
I just found my January 2020 measurements and I have a lost a total of 38.75 inches!"