Sarah is our 2017 BBR Transformation Project winner who dropped four dress sizes by following a regimented plan for four months. Sarah underwent a head to toe transformation with the assistance of the Burnin' team and several other local health and nutrition providers. By following Ray's plan and putting in the hard work, passion and tenacity, Sarah didn't just lose weight, she transformed her life into a healthier lifestyle complete with the necessary tools and mindset to continue on her wellness journey.
I've successfully completed the Burnin'byRay 12 Week Transformation challenge (and then some) and I can honestly say, without a doubt, it has sincerely been a Life. Changing. Experience. I reflected on my transformation overhaul to better understand why THIS time was different and why it was so successful for me. What I am about to share is personal so hopefully my experience may enlighten or inspire. Moreover, it may (hopefully) motivate those who are desperate to change their lives and take that first step to getting healthy.
First things first... I WANTED this. I wanted it with every ounce of my being. The fact that I found Ray's ad while searching for the latest restaurant openings in Boston was a HUGE telling sign that this was meant to be. I also had gut a feeling Ray's program was going to work. I wanted it SO bad that I was compelled to go to one of Ray's bootcamps and show them just how much I wanted it. I wanted it so bad that I completely and willingly relinquished myself to Ray and his team and let them take over my life. That meant that for the next 12 weeks, I HAD to do everything they told me do which was: burn no less than 5 times a week (or more), eat the foods they provided, and Instagram my progress. Anything less or a deviation from this meant disqualification. I wanted this so bad that the idea of figuring out a way to cheat on this program wasn't an option. It just wasn't. It never entered my mind. Have you ever wanted something so bad you just obsess about it? That pretty much sums it up.
Secondly, why this time worked had to do with shifting my focus. I put exercise and strength training FIRST, food SECOND. Sure I've done: Weight Watchers (3 times), NutraSystem, ProWeightLoss, Whole30, etc... and while I've dropped weight on those programs... I NEVER adopted or synced a workout program to compliment it. I figured losing weight would be the trick and if I lost 30+lbs... my body would magically transform into this lean, fit muscular body of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. Yeah, that doesn't happen. Ray, Rich and the team, took time to explain the magic of building muscle is the key to burning fat and ultimately losing weight. That concept never really clicked until now. And how do you build muscle? Consistency. That's all guys. Show up and build a routine. I consistently worked out 5-6 days a week, focused on building my strength (adding reps and weights to each workout!!) ate a clean, lean diet of mostly protein and veg and 16+ lbs. of body fat melted away. However, this doesn't happen overnight or right away. Also, I didn't put on all the weight on in one week either. When I was getting discouraged because I wasn't seeing any major progress the first month, Rich kept saying over and over, "Trust the Process.... stay consistent.... it will happen". Eventually it did!
A third reason this time was successful was two-fold: Managing my mind and having an indestructible support system that was Ray and his team. Anyone embarking on a fitness journey needs to be prepared that this type of transformation will affect you both physically and emotionally. While you are conditioning your body to build strength, you need to condition your mind as well. Your mind will tell you terrible things like: You're too weak, you're too tired, you're too lazy, you're too fat, you can't do this... Oh the list goes on! The first few weeks of doing 1.0s... this song played over and over in my head. In fact, there were instances where I literally cried on the jacob's ladder or the rope pull... It was hard! But I NEVER gave up because I wanted this! I also knew that with consistency, it would get better, it would get easier, I would be able to get thru my workouts if I stuck with it and kept building my strength.
Those days when I felt down and in such pain due to extreme soreness where I could barely walk let alone raise my arms to put on a shirt, I still showed up because I had a support system who was counting on me and I them. Here I was, the winner of a 12-week transformation challenge... and what if I failed? How would that look to Ray and his team? They were counting on my success in order to show that the program works. The team also believed in me especially on the days I didn't. Having that support and encouragement made a difference. I allowed myself to have a bad day and then move on. The next day was a new day and a chance to try all over again. I would show up to a burn, grab a bigger weight, and get thru the reps all the while knowing I could do it.. and was doing it over and over... The tune in my head changed, real fast. I went from saying, "I can't!" to "Holy crap I'm doing it!" When you get that mind shift - it's everything. YOU BECOME UNSTOPPABLE.
Not only was having Ray and his team critical in my transformation process... the unique members / family who belong to his studio were/are incredible. When the changes started happening and my fellow burners started noticing, their compliments boosted my morale and confidence as well as my adrenaline too keep going and push harder. Suddenly, working out became fun and something I looked forward too.
Now, here I am at the end of my transformation and looking straight ahead at my very bright and exciting future. I'm starting off a new year not feeling depressed, regretful, wistful, angry, frustrated, hopeless, hiding, ashamed, and weak. Instead, I’m kicking it off smaller, stronger, happier, confident, brighter, mindful, grateful, and peaceful. This new outlook I have I owe 100% to Ray and his team. Without his generosity, none of this would have been possible. He knew giving the opportunity to change a life would come back to him 100 times. It's exciting to see how this is paying off not only in my transformation but especially the expansion of his business and the opportunity it gives to transform more lives.
Transforming your life is hard. It is also exciting and worth it. Trust the process. Stay Consistent. Practice Gratitude. Good things will happen. I'm living proof.