Misty first discovered The New Beginnings Center on a friend’s Instagram story in 2017. She watched her friend’s progress and decided to apply. Her friend told her, “It’s going to be hard, but don’t quit.” It was hard, but Misty didn’t quit.
For Misty, the nutrition guidance and exercise were very impactful. “The first nutrition habit – water, walk, sleep – made me more mindful of doing just those important basics. I started doing things like park further away in parking lots,” says Misty about the nutrition portion. “The punching bag was my favorite. I pounded it so hard it moved across the floor every time I hit it. I guess I had a lot to release!” In addition to the physical strength, Misty found that the soul-searching and self-care components of the program enhanced her self-esteem and inner strength. “I still have my vision board hanging in my dining room. It has made such a difference in my life. It’s a road map to my future and gives me the motivation to stay on track.”
In the fall of 2019, Misty found herself struggling with her diabetes symptoms, so 2 years after initially participating in the program Misty repeated the program. “New Beginnings was on my mind the whole time. I decided to dedicate 2020 to getting better.” The most exciting outcome -her A1c number came down. “In the last 9 years, I have not seen an A1c of 7.4!”
During the pandemic, when she’s felt down, she goes back to her daily affirmation journal to help her process, accept what she can control, and let go of what she can’t. “The coaches always said, ‘we’re going to give you the tools, but you won’t get the benefits if you don’t use them,’ and that’s what I did.” Even though the programs aren’t meeting in person due to COVID-19, the encouraging posts on New Beginnings’ Instagram and Facebook pages keep her positive.
When asked what she would advise someone who is considering becoming a New Beginnings client Misty says, “You’ve already taken the first step by thinking about. Take the second step and join! New Beginnings meets you where you are. It’s a no judgement zone. You gain friends, strength, and family. It’s a whole body experience and it’s a forever program. Your 12-week program may end, but you can go to Rewards classes for free, forever. You can also repeat the program anytime you like. It’s like a lifetime membership card.” The benefits are really endless.