Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Evie Hoppenrath

Posted March 22, 2016 by

Evie is one of those clients that every coaching team loves having–not only does she follow advice to a T, but she pays it forward and helps others learn as well.

Many of our clients look to her for help with their nutrition because of how consistently and effectively she has adopted a weekly food-prep regimen. Each week, she shares her meals for the week with the group and encourages others to follow her lead and prep as well, and it’s amazing to see the way she helps motivate people.

That’s one of the coolest things about our gym community–that our awesome members take it upon themselves to help each other out. The value of the TGTNFamily is more than the sum of its parts for sure.

Seeing Evie’s transformation over the past year is no surprise, but is very inspiring. We asked her about her experience and what she’s learned, so be sure to check out her interview below!

Tell us your story. What brought you to TGTN?

Probably like most people I felt like I was stuck. I was a fat skinny person. I was going to the gym but was not seeing the results I wanted, and did not know what to do to get there.

I would spend a lot of time doing cardio, yes I would incorporate weights but I guess I was not pushing myself hard enough. Plus my eating habits were terrible; although, at that time I did not know that.

I was concentrating on calories and not macros and I was starving myself, to the point to where I passed out on more than one occasion. Then I noticed one of those trendy “boot camp” places started popping up on my Facebook feed, so I went on their website and started reading.

I filled out the online application and Ben, the owner, called me back. I think we spent like 30 min on the phone discussing my goals, expectations and what not. To be honest I was very surprised because I felt very comfortable and at ease talking to this stranger.

On the phone we agreed that I would go and check it out, I did take one session and I was hooked. I canceled my membership at the other gym and have not looked back. Best decision in my life.

Outside of the physical realm, what are some of the ways you have transformed that are most significant to you?

I think the most significant change I have noticed is my mental state. I no longer obsess over the number on the scale. Right now it is just a number that will fluctuate (especially if you are women) and nothing more. I don’t cry anymore because I don’t look the way I would like to or that the number on the scale is the same or god forbids goes up a little.

Another thing is I EAT! A Lot!!!

Right now I literally eat twice as much as I would have ever allowed myself to eat and–Are you ready???–I am losing body fat!

Also, I am able to eat everything; I do not have to restrict myself from having a desert or something else I may want to eat.

My whole approach to food has changed drastically. The way I read nutritional labels on food has changed. In the past most important thing were calories. Now, I know better. I know to look at each macronutrient individually and make an educated decision if I want to buy that product or not.

All tools that I have learned at TGTN.

Each week, Evie shares her menu/prep for the week to help provide ideas and inspiration to other members

Each week, Evie shares her menu/prep for the week to help provide ideas and inspiration to other members

How has your hard work dedicating yourself to your health impacted those around you?

Wow, where do I start; I think that the one person that was affected by this transformation the most is my husband. As a result of my positive results with TGTN he started following his macros as well and paying a lot closer attention to what he eats.

And guess what, I did not have to ask. On top of following his macros he also incorporated working out and his results were remarkable.

To my co-workers, I have become their go-to person regarding nutrition related questions.

So much so that one woman that I work with, who regularly has personal training sessions, will often respond to her trainer’s suggestions with “I will have to ask Evie tomorrow morning.”

People at my husband’s work ask me questions about nutrition and how to incorporate certain things into their diets. One of the most rewarding parts of the whole experience came when our eight-year-old daughter started to look at nutritional labels to determine if the item was healthy or not.

That was when I knew that I had made the right choice to come to TGTN, because I knew that I was being a good role model for my kids, by promoting healthy eating overall.

Another surprising result of the transformation is getting messages or questions on Facebook from members of TGTN. I had no idea that my personal success and dedication can affect so many people in such a positive way. Coming to the gym and hearing thank you because I was able to motivate someone to meal prep, or stop them from binging, is the best feeling ever.

I get butterflies every time I find out that my commitment to a healthy life style impacted others to make positive choices in their own lives.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about starting a healthy lifestyle change?

You have to give your all, be 100% dedicated. You also need to realize that it will not be easy and you will not lose whatever your weight loss goal is in 1 week.

You did not gain that weight in one week do not expect to lose it in one week. Set small goals that are easy to achieve, that way you will stay motivated.

Just imagine your goal is to lose 20 lbs… if you tell yourself “I want to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks” but you only lose 6 you will feel discouraged–but if you set yourself a goal of 5 pounds and you meet that goal, the feeling you will get will be amazing.

What is most important, you will feel motivated instead of being discouraged. One of the first things I learned was, it is OK to have a bad day. We are, after all, just human and have moments of weakness.

But when you have one of those moments on the road to your destination, consider it a bump in the road, it’s not a sign that reads road closed.

Do not beat yourself up, just shake it off and keep going!!!

And finally, the most important thing I could say is BE CONSISTENT. This is not another fad diet; this is truly a lifestyle change.

This should not be seen as temporary; it is the tools for a long healthy “Real Life.” It will happen, and when it does you will feel amazing. Keep fighting and never ever give up.

Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it prove them and yourself wrong.

Evie, we want to thank you for being an amazing addition to the family and we’re very happy to have you training with us each day–we can’t wait to see what you’ve accomplished in another year from now!

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