Slim Down for Santa

Alright we have three week’s  until Santa comes, which means we have three week’s until yet again the eating, drinking and attempting to fit in workouts during the holiday commences. 

I am making a challenge to myself to be more strict about working out and eating healthy for the next three weeks before Christmas, who is with me?

It’s only three weeks, I think we can do it! 

So thanks to Tone It Up, here are some motivational stories that always inspire me that working hard and committing to a healthy lifestyle does in fact work! 

Meet: Katrina’s Mom


“My story is a little bit different, because Katrina, from Tone It Up is my daughter. She never tried to talk me into losing weight, she just kept talking about a healthy lifestyle and Tone It Up.

I actually didn’t think I was over weight by much and I wasn’t unhappy with my appearance, but I just kept buying larger clothes each year until I was buying a size 20! The before picture is from June 2010 when I weighed 205 lbs. The moment I realized I needed to make a change was when I realized I weighed the same as my husband, Katrina’s father – and he wanted to lose 15 lbs! What? That was my ‘AH-HA moment!’

Read her story here.



The first picture is in 2010 at close to my heaviest weight. Over the next 2 years I lost about 40 pounds, until I hit a plateau that lasted over a year. I was tired of counting calories and boring workouts. After I discovered Tone It Up, I broke through the plateau and lost about 15 more pounds since this year’s BIKINI SERIES. The after picture is my first time EVER confidently wearing a bikini in such a public place. I was in Cabo, Mexico this September.

Read the rest of her story here.



I’d gotten up to 180 after I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and put on steroids. It caused me to put on a lot of weight, but I was always told that once I ceased steroid usage, it would all just slough off. I was weened off the steroids and to my surprise (and horror) the weight didn’t budge. I joined a gym and signed up for personal training– the weight still didn’t budge. It took MONTHS after that before I realized that the issue was my diet. The steroid usage had ramped my appetite and I hadn’t properly adjusted when I went off them. After a couple more months of knowing what I needed to do but not having the guts to actually do it, I had a pivotal “Ok, that’s enough” moment. My boyfriend at the time stepped on the scale and weighed about 40 pounds LESS than me…and he’s a foot taller. That was it, I was done messing around and actually finally applied myself to the calorie-restricted diet that got me down to 105. That was all good and fine from the weight loss perspective, but it did nothing for me health-wise and long term.

 Read more of Rebecca’s story here.
I vividly remember getting ready for a Cowboys & Indians costume party with my friends sophomore year of college. I was so upset I couldn’t wear the same cute outfits they were wearing and I was so self-conscious. I started to hate going out because I was unhappy with myself. Soon after that night I just started working on what I was eating. It was a gradual process, but I noticed changes in my body within a couple weeks. They were little, but they were there!
Read more of Karlee’s story here.


Sometimes a little reminder that although health changes are usually slow and gradual, they do work and it is worth it!

Thanks to Tone It Up for always being such an inspiration and motivational tool to me to stay healthy, fit and HAPPY! 

Hope this helps inspire you to eat healthy and get some exercise before Santa comes this year! 


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