Cassie Lapointe

I have been going to Howe Fit now for 3 years and I love it! The classes are great and so are the trainers, I notably enjoy Amy and Ray’s classes for their difficulty level and high expectations of everyone in the class. Within the last year though I was second guessing what I was doing. I was going to Howe Fit regularly and really wasn’t seeing the results I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong I was feeling energized and noticeably getting stronger but I still had areas of my body that I wanted to change. I eat a vegetarian diet so I thought what I was eating was healthy and didn’t need to change anything. But I just kept seeing all these before and after photos on Howe Fit’s Facebook page of all the successful people doing the challenges, meaning they were on one of Amy’s meal plans. So I thought a lot about it, I was on a tight budget and couldn’t really afford to do one of the challenges. Luckily for me during Christmas time Howe Fit had an 8 week meal plan on sale and I went for it. I was nervous because I didn’t know if I could even get a meal plan because I was a vegetarian and I wasn’t going to do one on one training but after talking to Amy she convinced me this was going to work and that I could keep my workout routine the same. She made up my plan and the first time I read it over I was thrilled. I get to eat french toast, pancakes and oatmeal!!!! These are my favourite foods and she was telling me that I can still eat them, slightly modified, and lose the unwanted fat on my back. I was skeptical but dedicated, I stayed very strict to the meal plan for the first 6 weeks until I lost my first 6 pounds. Yes it took me 6 weeks to lose 6 pounds but I wasn’t discouraged at all because I was being measured weekly and my body fat percentage was going down. To ensure I kept seeing results after those first 6 pounds were gone, Amy updated my meal plan and told me to have one refeed meal a week. I was shocked again, I get to cheat and still keep seeing results! It wasn’t until the end of the 8 weeks though that I realised how well I actually did. I knew I felt great and I knew I was looking in the mirror and smiling, but when I got my before and after pictures I was even more excited. To see such a dramatic difference, I was thrilled. Friends and family kept asking me when my 8 weeks were done and when I can start eating “normal” food again and I just said “that’s the thing, this is normal food for me now. This isn’t a “diet” it’s a lifestyle.” Yes, I would get the weird looks like I’m crazy but don’t knock it till you try it. I’m going on my 16th week of this lifestyle now and I am happier with my body than I have ever been. Thank you Amy, Ray and all the Howe Fit team!