Tolissa Autry is 52 years old and is a Community Resource Coordinator. She has been a part of Bootcamp Tulsa for six months.
Tolissa’s favorite aspect of BcT is the “finisher” which signifies the end of class. The accomplishment of completing another challenging class brings self-gratification. She says, “It is a feeling of Winning!”
The atmosphere is what keeps Tolissa coming back. She explains, “Our class has a healthy balance of fun and focus. We can laugh, encourage each other to fight through the pain and then laugh some more. The coaches play a major part in creating such an atmosphere. Although each coach has his/her unique training style, they all share the common goal of ensuring each member stay focus in meeting their individual goals. It’s a supportive atmosphere that encourages us to be the best YOU every day.”
Tolissa’s results have phenomenal. For many years she struggled to lose a mere five pounds. After a brief conversation with her coach regarding nutrition, she realized the one eating habit she needed to modify. In September she set a goal to lose 5 pounds and 2 -3 inches in her waist. By the end of October she had lost 6 pounds and 2 inches. She says, “Needless to say, I was ecstatic. In addition to losing weight, my goal is to tone my arms and legs. I am on track to achieving all of my goals.”
For Tolissa the structure of BcT was totally out of her comfort zone from the class time (morning opposed to evening), outdoors opposed to indoors, to the strenuous exercises. Not giving up and pushing through her comfort zone were major boosts to her self-esteem. She says, “It has strengthen my confidence, enhanced my courage, and reminded me of the potential rewards of stepping outside my comfort zone to embrace challenges. Tolissa explains other benefits of BcT: “In addition to meeting my weight loss goal, BcT energizes my mind. It all starts with the mind, our thoughts. BcT provides an environment that emphasizes winning in every aspect of our lives be it relationships, emotional, spiritual or physical. After my morning bootcamp class, I go to work with a mindset ready to conquer all day.”
If you’re considering joining Bootcamp Tulsa, Tolissa would encourage you to make that leap and try it. She says, “If it appears challenging and out of your comfort zone, I encourage you to show yourself friendly and reach out to some of the ladies for support. As you hear other women’s stories, you will realize you are not alone. My gain was well worth the pain. You are in control of achieving your goals. Take action and make it HAPPEN!”
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