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Finding the Hourglass

Andrea Campbell (29-year-old people operations)

In 2003, at the age of 23, I decided I didn't like my body. I was too chubby and shaped like an apple. For 10 months, I worked furiously at the gym with endless cardio and pilates. I managed to take off 28 pounds and while I reduced some weight off of my arms and around my middle, I never quite got to the shape I really wanted.

In 2008, after keeping the weight off for 5 years, I got engaged. Having still never quite been at the point where I loved how I looked or felt, I was motivated to lose those last few pounds and build a better body. Working long hours at a stressful job, I could barely stand the thought of adding the 2 hours of cardio per day that it took to get the weight off in 2003.

That's when my friend told me about The Happy Body. She said that it was a holistic program that was defined by 30 minutes of weights, a balanced eating program, and relaxation. The point was to build a happy body, not tear it apart at the gym.

On the one hand, I didn't know if it could work, I was afraid of getting too bulky from weights, and I was intimidated by the thought of a diet plan. On the other, I was desperate for something that could work and fascinated by the various testimonials. The day that I met Jerzy and Aniela changed my life. Through sticking with the plan, I lost the weight, became stronger and leaner than ever, and I lost that achy feeling from too much running. My favorite part is that for the first time, I have an hourglass figure! I finally have a waist and taut abs. On the occasions that I attend a cardio class or ab class with friends, I find that I am stronger and more in shape than I have ever been. I was never able to make it through an ab class before I tried The Happy Body; now I sail right through.

I feel liberated that I have the key to health, and it's not tied to hours on an aerobic machine. I can come home and in the privacy of my own living room, do my weights and enjoy TV, listen to music, or talk to my fiance. When I finish the weights I know the next few minutes of relaxation are purely my time to enjoy.

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