The Get Fit Challengers: Stephanie McTiernan, Mary Faughnan and Michelle Reilly are an inspiration to us all. The three ladies spent the past six months totally transforming their lives, losing weight, getting fit and changing their diet and lifestyle and the results are breath taking!
Many have been following the three ladies on their huge transformation, but their were still gasps around The Basement, in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon at the weekend when the women were revealed in all their glory. They were hardly recognisable in their new bodies after a make over, beautiful hair styles and stunning dresses. Each of the girls glowed with confidence and their family and friends were so proud of what their loved ones achieved.
It was a tough six months for the ladies who each said they struggled at the very start and with some of the challenges presented by Get Fit Trainers Siofra O’Connor and Dave Hanley from D&S Studio. But with sweat, tears and determination the ladies busted through and faced their fears. They lost a combined 17 stone 2 pounds which is 111 bags of sugar!
Michelle Reilly from Bornacoola lost an unbelievable 8 stone 8 pounds in six months. The pictures of before and after speak for themselves. Michelle told the Leitrim Observer she was only delighted to “bag all my old clothes and buy new stuff.” She said it was “great to buy cheaper clothes with less material!”
Mary Faughnan from Mohill lost an impressive 5 stone 2 pounds. She said she is now buzzing with energy and confidence and is motivated to keep going and achieve her goal weight.
Stephanie McTiernan from Drumshanbo shed 3 stone and 5 pounds and advises anyone that they can lose weight “one step at a time.” Despite a struggle and physical challenges at the beginning, Stephanie overcame the issues to get fit and look her best ever!
Each of the ladies feel they still have to lose over 2 stone each to reach their target weights, and I think we all believe they can do it! They are going to continue attending Siofra and Dave’s exercise classes and will probably keep up at least one personal training session a week with Dave which they said is essential for “toning.” The toughest challenge for the ladies in the six months were the sand dunes in Stand Hill, Sligo. They said they were “mountains” that they each struggled with, but the second time they ventured up they reached the top in half the time! Last week the Get Fit trio along with supporters travelled to Westport to climb Croagh Patrick. Even on the morning of the climb they still didn’t think they would be able to complete it, but they did it.
So do they actually like exercising now? “Yes” the three chime. They said it is addictive and makes them feel happier, gives them more energy and helps them to get through the day!
Advice for anyone wishing to lose weight is to “start now” and “do it for yourself”, they all agreed that it helps to “lose weight in numbers” for support and motivation. They recommend healthy eating with exercise for the ultimate results. Their biggest food sacrifices were sweets, takeaways and fizzy drinks - but they all believe the sacrifice was definitely worth it!
Tributes were paid to trainers Siofra and Dave and Gwen Buggy the nutritionist as well as all the sponsors who gave prizes and helped out with the Big Reveal Night as well as Murtagh’s Bar who hosted the event. €820 was raised on the night for ‘A Little Lifetime Foundation’ which provides information and support to bereaved parents and families.
D&S Studio are having a Free Trial Day in their Studio on Park Lane, Carrick-on-Shannon with 20 minutes taster classes in Spin, Bodytone, Trampoline and Kettleballs on Saturday, February 16 from 12-4pm. Call (086)1929282/ (085) 2053109 to book a space.