What the hell is The Big Drop?

The Big Drop Bariatric Edition at GoGirl Fitness Studio

You wanna know? I have an answer!

The Big Drop is an 8 Week Long Fitness Challenge event at GoGirl Fitness Studio.  It’s an 8-week fitness and nutrition challenge where you get TONS of instruction, support, motivation and accountability to lose weight or get back into the groove of your healthy lifestyle.

Let’s get honest and raw here for a moment. Did you set a New Year’s resolution goal for yourself this year? If so, what did that goal entail? And, most importantly, now that the holidays are over and you’re almost a week into the New Year, what have you done to help you reach that goal?

First and foremost, remember, I’ve been there. And if you are anything like me, which if you are reading my blog, you probably are, then you’ve likely set some goals, got busy with life, and are still sitting there telling yourself, “I’ll get started on Monday.” or “I’ll get started next week.”

So I am going to lay a Pandora style “The Big Drop” truth bomb on you.

Procrastination gets you no where. Change doesn’t come without change. And you can’t achieve any of those goals if you don’t start working on them. Telling yourself you’ll do it later will result in the same ending over and over again. Failure.

Now I am a big believer in you can’t fail unless you quit trying. What I am not a big believer in is the “There is no such thing as failure.” I’ve experienced failure over and over again in my weight loss journey. As a result, I am here to tell you the cold hard truth. You won’t fail, unless you never start trying.

It’s a harsh thing to say. But sometimes, it takes a special friend to tell you that your head is stuck firmly up your backside and help snap you out of that mentality. I’m not going to apologize for telling you the truth. The truth is, if you set goals towards weight loss, better health and fitness, and you’re sitting there “waiting” to get started, you are going to fail in those goals. But if you start trying, you won’t fail.

And while I will not apologize for the harshness of the message, what I will do is deliver it with the love and sweetness of holding out my hand and offering to help.

That is one of the main reasons I am offering The Big Drop – Bariatric Edition

This year I celebrated 8 years post-op RNY gastric bypass. In that time I lost 255 lb. and am maintaining a loss of 235 pounds.

And, trust me: if I can do it, you can do it! It just takes the right motivation, support and accountability.

Because I want to help you reach your goals. I’m going to provide that to you with The Big Drop – Bariatric Edition Fitness Challenge.

YOU are my main reason for doing this. Because above everything else, helping the WLS Community lose weight has been my underlying motivation for the last 5 years of my career as a Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Coach.

Pandora Williams BeforePandora Williams After

But, I’ll be honest, there is another reason I am doing this too.

I want to prove some people wrong.

Let me explain. As a reader of blog you already know that recently I’ve been struggling through a financial crisis. This financial crisis is a result of a recent lay off from my position as the General Manager of GoGirl Fitness Studio. Because I love my job, I love the Studio, and I love what I do, I didn’t just give up when I got the news. I began asking how I could change things.

In pursuit of a solution I’ve sought out the advice and guidance of other fitness professionals, fitness industry sales specialists and marketing specialists. My big questions were, “What did I do wrong?” and “What can I do differently?

“Bariatric patients don’t want to exercise.”

The feedback I received made me angry. It made me start questioning whether or not a career in Bariatric Fitness was just some pipe dream I was chasing. Because, several of them told me the same thing; That one of the biggest reasons I failed in building a successful remote training program is because I marketed that program to a target population of bariatric patients. And, bariatric patients don’t want to exercise.

I won’t lie to you. The lack of participants in the remote training program at GoGirl Fitness Studio had me feeling like a failure. It had me feeling defeated and beaten. There was even a moment when I thought, perhaps they are right, maybe bariatric patients are predestined to choosing inaction over action. I even wrote a blog about it. [ Read Related : Bariatric Fitness – Is it a pipe-dream career path? ]

You might already know this about me. But I’ll enlighten you anyway. When I start feeling defeated, beaten and broken down, that is usually when I pick myself up, dust myself off, throw out a big f-bomb and come back fighting.

As a weight loss motivation blogger, I am use to getting emails regarding my blogs.

The Big Drop Bariatric Edition Fight Face

Some are kind. Some are supportive. And then of course some get a “Whatever you say asshole,” stamp. I typically hit the delete button.

After that blog, I received an email from this nice fellow in Massachusetts. His name is Jim.

( Hi Jim, thanks for writing, you have me thoroughly convinced that Massachusetts breeds massive assholes now. )

Here is what Jim had to say…

“Dear Desperately Seeking Slender. Sorry to hear about your recent struggle in trying to build a fitness career with bariatric patients as your clients. You probably should have known that it wouldn’t work. People who have surgery take the easy way out so that they don’t have to go to the gym, exercise or diet. You’d probably do better if you just focused on people who want to lose weight the natural way.”

Well, Jim in Massachusetts. Thank you for your letter. You read my blog, so I assume you’re reading this. I assume you know that I too am a bariatric patient. It has been far from the easy way out. But, thank you none the less, because telling a bariatric patient they took the easy way out, well those are fighting words. As a result, you’ve lit a fire under my ass.

You see. Despite what any one else thinks. I am not done fighting.

Nope. I am not done fighting for me. I am sure as hell not done fighting for you. And, you can bet your last dollar on the fact that I am far from done when it comes to fighting obesity. As, a result, I am presenting you with The Big Drop – Bariatric Edition. Why? Because, I want to start a fight! I want to prove them wrong.

I want to help you fight obesity, and I want to help you reach your goals. But, this time, me helping you is a two way street, because if you choose to do this, you’ll be helping me as well. Helping me prove that the bariatric population is NOT a population that should be dismissed and ignored within the fitness industry.

You see, I believe in myself. I believe in my dreams. And, despite what anyone else thinks, I believe that this population deserves fitness programs that specialize in addressing their fitness levels and needs.

And so I present to you The Big Drop – Bariatric Edition

The Big Drop – Bariatric Edition – 8-week Fitness Program

If you are ready to fight, I’m ready to fight with you. Fight for the goals you want to achieve. Rebel against people who think you took the easy way out and that you are population unwilling to put in the time, work and effort it takes to be successful. Fight against obesity. But most importantly, fight for yourself.

Take the first step in your fight. Take The Big Drop Fitness Challenge. This is a fight we can win.

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The Big Drop - Bariatric Edition

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Cooper Institute Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies. Her training and coaching services are offered exclusively through GoGirl Fitness Studio.