Success Story: Brianna Bernard, a new mom now 50 pounds lighter and stronger in EVERY way

On October 27th, 2012, I became a mom to a sweet little boy named Tye. Throughout my pregnancy I gained a total of 70 pounds, and the week Tye was born I weighed 235. At the time I wasn’t overly concerned about all of the weight I had gained because I was positive it would come off quickly after the baby was born. And when Tye finally arrived, like most new moms, I was entirely too overwhelmed and busy with feedings and diaper changes to care about what I looked like!

Brianna Bernard, 40 weeks pregnant

Before I knew it, Tye was turning ONE! I hadn’t exercised or watched what I ate the entire year. I lost 40 pounds immediately following Tye’s birth, but I still felt awful. I weighed 195 pounds, which was still 30 pounds heavier than I was before I got pregnant. My knees and feet hurt from carrying around extra weight, I was always tired, and I felt disgusted and embarrassed when I would see a picture of myself or catch a glimpse of my reflection in a mirror.

Tye's Birthday!

Unconsciously, I gave up on myself. I stopped taking care of my needs. What or who did I need to look good for anyway? I was home with my baby all day in my pajamas with no makeup on, covered in drool and spit-up! None of my pre-baby clothes fit me and I didn’t feel like I had the energy, time or motivation to do anything about it. And even if I’d had the desire to make a change, I felt guilty to even consider taking time away from my baby to do something for me (even though I was with him 24/7). I had come to terms with the fact that this was the size I was going to be for the rest of my life.

august 2013The bottom line was, I didn’t feel like ME anymore. My life was all about Tye… and that was ok because I was absolutely LOVING motherhood and being a stay-at-home mom. But after hearing Dawn Bryant’s incredible 130-pound weight loss story, I began to closely follow the Bodies by Burgoon Facebook page. I thought that if these trainers and this gym could have such a profound impact on this woman’s health and life, then maybe they could help me, too. I knew I couldn’t lose the weight by myself. And although the gym was a 35-minute drive from my house, I knew in my heart that I needed to come here and surround myself with these people.october 2012

My first meeting with Jason was January 9, 2014. We talked about my goals, how many calories per day I should be consuming, clean foods to incorporate into my daily diet, and foods to eliminate. Jason told me that he could help me lose those 30 pounds in 12-15 weeks on this plan. I remember thinking, “WHAT?! This man is clearly insane. That is not even possible.” But I just smiled and nodded my head. And although I barely knew him, I trusted him. So I started training at the gym three days per week.

Mother's Day 2014, five months of training with Bodies by Burgoon.

I carefully tracked my meals and snacks in the MyFitness Pal app, cut out all processed foods, dairy and grains from my diet, and started drinking 100+ ounces of water each day. And 11 weeks later, I had lost 30 pounds. The workouts were intense, but I loved it! I started noticing a difference in not only how I looked, but also in how I felt. And those three hours away for myself each week were helping me rejuvenate and be a better mom for Tye.

The workouts did not get any easier; but I got stronger. Six short months after my first workout at Bodies by Burgoon, I was down 50 pounds. My jeans went from a size 16 to a size 6, and my weight went from 195 to 145 pounds (which is 90 pounds less than I was the day Tye was born!).

October 2014, 10 months of training with Bodies by Burgoon

Becoming a part of the Bodies by Burgoon family is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Initially I was just trying to lose the baby weight, be skinny, and hit a certain number on the scale… but this

Brianna during one of her Bodies by Burgoon workouts

journey has come to mean so much more to me than that. Each day and each workout, I strive to be stronger, lift heavier, hit harder and move faster. I am physically and mentally stronger than I have ever been. I have a renewed sense of self-confidence that I haven’t had in a really long time. And I am so proud of how far I’ve come. I had NO IDEA that it was possible to feel this strong. I am unstoppable, and I truly believe there is nothing that I cannot do. I am forever changed and forever grateful.

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