You know someone is supposed to be the gamechanger of the month when five people approach you to tell you she does.
“Have you seen her lately?”
“She looks incredible, what is she doing?”
“Theo, dude, she’s got to be the next gamechanger of the month!”
I totally agree and have agreed for many weeks now. This nomination is loooooong overdue.
Mary Jo looks like a completely different person. She has lost 90lbs over the last year. She just ran her third 5k this season. And her determination to keep on going doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon either, if ever.
This mother of four has been in our lives for about seven years. She wasn’t chosen to be the FMU Gamechanger of the month based on this physical accomplishment alone. As in every gamechanger selection, it’s more about the character of the human being behind the accomplishment that we choose to honor. Mary Jo is a gracious human being and if you watch her in class, she’s got a lot of grit too. I often tell her it’s ok to slow down or modify and she responds, “I know.” And then just keeps going. She’s in her zone and isn’t worried about what anyone else is doing.
Check out what Mary Jo has to say about her new life:
1. WHEN DID YOU START THIS JOURNEY?
I started this journey March of 2015. I started coming back to FMU again, I did work out with FMU all through my pregnancy with my son Gabriel who is now 4, which would have been the year 2011. I decided to get back into the ballgame March of 2015. I simply wrote Amber Theodore a message on Facebook saying I wasn’t working out anymore, I needed to change that and when and how could I come back to the gym?
2. WHAT CLICKED? MEANING, WHAT REALLY MADE YOU SAY IT’S TIME TO START LOSING WEIGHT AND GET IN SHAPE?
I was very lazy with everything. It came on me one day that I really needed to do something about it. I have 4 kids. After I had my first 2 kids I had done this before, so I knew I could do it again if I put my mind to it.
3. WAS THE SMILES FOR SOPHIE RUN YOUR FIRST 5K?
Yesterday was my third 5K. Originally I was training for yesterday to be my first, but thanks to a good friend of mine Monica Swords who has also lost a ton of weight on her own and with no gym, and her secret facebook group called fit club that she started it was my third 5K. I ran the first two races with her. A big shout out to Monica she is leading a lot of people online and encouraging them to eat right and stay in shape.
4. WHAT HABIT CHANGE DID YOU MAKE THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST?
The habit I changed that affected me the most was changing my diet. I started counting all my calories on myfitnesspal. I eat salad every day for lunch and have cut out sweets most of the time.
5. HOW HAS YOUR FAITH INFLUENCED YOUR NEW MINDSET?
God gets all the glory in this journey. God brought me to my brother and sister in Christ, Paul and Amber Theo. I try to live my life for Him and to encourage people and inspire them in many different ways. I know life is not about me, and God has brought so many different people of all backgrounds into my life from across the globe. I see needs in people, people hurting, lonely, struggling with depression, needing a friend, needing encouragement, struggling with anxiety, and sometimes just needing to know or see that someone does care about them. All this comes from the Holy Spirit working on my mind and heart and God put the drive in me to start this journey. These are our bodies given to us by God and He was showing me that I need to take care of the gift He has given me.
I think about a mother of four and I think, she could make every excuse in the world if she wanted to. Not enough time. Not enough money. Too tired. It’s just not for me right now. But she’s dropped the excuses and somehow, which she would agree is by the grace of God, she’s persevering and making this happen.
Great job Mary Jo and congratulations on being the FMU July 2016 Gamechanger of the Month!!