The FAAL Experience
Chef Desmon ShortLate nights were the worst for me, I quietly slipped down the stairs in my own house as if someone was there to hear me. As my eyes adjusted to the light from the fridge, I would toil over the copious amounts of sweets and fatty foods I stock piled on a daily basis. Food was my vice, and it had a firm hold over every aspect of my life. You can be anything in this world except obese. I had multiple consults with trainers who could “guarantee results”, but lacked the ability to connect with my condition, their approach only dealt with the aesthetic. Obesity is a mental condition reflected by the body, and I was in a prison. My first consult with Corey Taylor I noticed an immediate difference in his approach. Corey exuded what no other trainer had possessed, not just a sense of urgency not to get the weight off, but to find the underlying issues that lead to a un-healthy lifestyle. We give so much energy to everything else and neglect ourselves. In February 2015 I was 324 pounds, with a BMI of 46%, and over 40% body fat. Corey met my condition with a plan that started with addressing my diet and recognizing the triggers that cause over eating, coupled with a 3 time per week 30 minute high intensity interval training session. Each session was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life, not to mention an eye opener of how large and out of shape I was. Getting up down was a challenge, but I felt liberated knowing that I had taken the right steps to transform the old me. With Corey’s program I am over 90 pounds down, a BMI of 33%, and 26% percent body fat. It is currently September of 2015, and while there is still plenty of work to be done, I am stronger, happier, and more in control of every aspect of my life. EVERYTHING is better because I am healthier, I am a lifetime member of FAAL (Fitness As A Lifestyle), and look forward to more progress. Corey’s program is progressive and he will not let you plateau. We are the vehicle for change, Corey provides the road map. Shalom.
Jen O'PryI was a competitive athlete all during my childhood and teenage years, but let myself go in my 20s using college, post graduate work and life as an excuse. I began working with FAAL in April 2014 after suddenly losing my diabetic grandmother the month prior. I was overweight myself and decided that the best way to remember her would be to get into shape and to reduce my risk for diabetes by achieving a healthy weight and BMI (Body Mass Index). I also knew we would start trying to have a second child within the next year and wanted to do everything I could ahead of time to help me have a healthy pregnancy and reduce the time I would carry the weight with me after delivery. When I first began my weight loss journey, the road ahead of me was difficult. I remember Corey staying out in the parking lot with me one night a boot camp to help encourage me to finish a set of lunges while everyone else had finished and was already inside moving on to the next activity. However, it was at that moment that I knew I had his dedication to help get me through the tough moments, ensuring my success. I quickly lost 7 pounds from the 14 day eating challenge plan on the website, and slowly the pounds starting melting off. Over the course of the next eight months, I saw my body undergo a monumental transformation. Not only did I move from being 5’2” and weighing 168 pounds at first and dropping down to 142 pounds, but I also dropped from a size 12/14 clothing size to a size 6. My body looked like I had lost much more than just 26 pounds, and people were noticing. For the first time in my life, I saw muscle definition and people would constantly ask me what I doing to be 30 and in the best shape of my life. I felt healthier, sexier, and noticed I enjoyed life more. I could keep up with my busy toddler much easier and was proud of how I looked which brought my husband and me closer. Now, 9 months pregnant, I find that my body is supporting this pregnancy better than my last. I am still able to lift items and lightly jog. I still work out with Corey 2 days a week and exercise on my own throughout the week. My blood pressure has been lower than the average non-pregnant woman throughout my entire pregnancy, and my doctor expects my post-partum weight loss to be accelerated due to my fitness level prior to pregnancy. The line of encouragement that I think of most and will remind myself throughout the rest of my life came from Corey during the first few weeks of my start, “Would you go to the gym or work out with me and not give it your all? No. So why would you not work as hard in the kitchen with meal prep and healthy choices as you do in the gym?”
Lisa NormanI have been an emotional eater in the past, but now I am in complete control thanks to Corey and FAAL. I've changed my life inside and out, am down 100lbs, am physically and mentally stronger than ever and am ready to take on whatever life throws my way! Then, there's the daddy's girl side of me. My dad is my rock and my world, but he is now fighting the biggest fight of HIS life after being diagnosed with an incurable brain disease that will only get worse with time. This disease is unfortunately taking my daddy from my family and me one day at a time. It truly is THE biggest curve ball anyone in my family has ever faced. If I was to be completely honest, all I have wanted to do every day for the past months on end is to eat my emotions. Since March 2015, I have been in a constant fight, forcing myself to change my mindset, throw myself into the gym or go outside outdoors to physically and mentally exhaust myself. I will continue to force myself to burn it out rather than curl up on my sofa and eat my way through my emotions. I feel like people come into your life for a reason. I believe this whole journey with Corey and FAAL has prepared me for the journey that lies ahead. He saved my life 29 months ago and he may very well save my life again as I struggle through this difficult diagnosis that my father has to endure. I will always refer people to Corey and will speak highly of him. I promise that I will keep him high on that pedestal that he deserves to be on!