Hello Team Horner!

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you. I signed up for the Transform You Challenge because I was hoping it would get me out of my slump. Last year I was a personal trainer, in the best shape of my life, and I was training to compete in a figure competition. I ended up having a series of awful events: car accident, lost my job, had to have surgery and was benched for four months (and not the good kind that sits under a bar). I ended up getting really depressed and turning to food. Subsequently I ended up at 180lbs going into the challenge. I felt awful and all I really knew was that I wanted to feel strong again. So I took a chance and signed up. I bought Pipehitter, Crux, and Sweet Cakes. I went hard that first week and it sucked. I had lost more than I had realized and I was incredibly frustrated with myself. But I kept going… right into week two where I got benched again with pneumonia. I lost 2 1/2 weeks. I could have lost more, though. I could have fallen right back into the same bad habits. This time was different. I had a taste of strong again… and that thirst wasn’t going away. I followed you on your 280 mile journey. As someone who loves to run, that was so inspiring to me. I have been told so many times that you can’t hope to gain muscle if you want to run. You have shown me otherwise. You have proven to me that you can have both if you are willing to work for it. I am almost at the end of Pipehitter and this challenge. It has been killer. And I feel so incredibly strong again. Not just physically but mentally as well. I have that drive back and it is truly thanks to you. While I would love to win this challenge, I kind of feel like I already have. I won myself back. I truly can’t thank you enough… and I can’t wait to share my results with you and everyone else!

Thank you so much,

Jess Lemear

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