GHUTV Success Story: Julie

We’re so inspired by our Get Healthy U TV members, and love when we hear from them with stories about their fitness journeys. If you have a story you’d like to share about how GHUTV has helped you stay fit, healthy, and motivated to work out, be sure to reach out and let us know!


Name: Julie
State: Minnesota
Age: 50
Height: 5’7”
Success: 40 lbs lost
(Your results may vary.)

My story started here:

My story is pretty simple. Until my late 30s, I was never overweight. I’ve never eaten well or exercised unless trying to lose weight after pregnancies. Eleven years ago I started gaining a lot and ended up at 174 pounds. I changed my diet, my husband bought me a treadmill and I walked off 38 pounds in four months. Pretty easy. Three years ago, I was 47 years old, 5’7″, 143 pounds, and happy with the way I looked in a two-piece swimsuit. But slowly and blindly, to me, I started gaining weight. Almost five months ago, I turned 50 years old. I was so overweight that I wouldn’t even let my husband see me unless I was fully clothed. I was depressed and suffering middle of the night anxiety attacks because I was so upset about my appearance. On the morning of February 17th, I finally decided that the only way I was going to get better and feel better was if I finally weighed myself and decided to change. After all, the first weight loss was fairly easy, and I couldn’t possibly weigh more than that.

So, I weighed myself. The devastation I felt when reading 193.5 on the scale still makes me emotional. I cried (a lot), got dressed, and got on my treadmill. While walking, it occurred to me that this was going to be much harder than I expected. I had much more weight to lose than the first time around, I was part way through menopause, and I was in desperate need of something to motivate me.

I continued on my treadmill for about two weeks until one morning on my local news channel, Motivation Monday came on and this time I didn’t just watch it, I really listened. Chris Freytag was talking about GHUTV. I combed through the site, previewed some of the videos, and was excited to see some walking and step videos, my favorites when I was younger. I knew this was what I needed to get me started. I bought a cute workout outfit, broke out my old hand weights, immediately adjusted my nutrition, promised myself to weigh in only once a month, and was on my way.

My results were amazing:

I’ve been doing the videos for almost four months now and I love them! They are fun, encouraging, and give great tips on how to make the workouts most beneficial. Then I learned about Chris’s Live Q&As and the Facebook “Lunch and Learns.” I’m learning so much and it’s making all the difference. One month after my emotional melt down, I weighed twelve pounds less. The next month was another ten pounds less, and so on. I am currently down forty pounds, four and a half months after my start date, and am planning on losing at least another ten. My workouts and good nutrition are now a daily part of my life. My husband says I look great and I definitely feel great. I’m no longer depressed and am becoming more confident.

My favorite workouts on GHUTV:

My favorite workouts on GHUTV are still the Move to Lose and Walk & Tone videos, and Cardio Kickboxing. They are working for me, so I’ve been sticking with them. I’ve tried many others (and love them), and once I get to my desired weight or hit that plateau, I’ll use them to vary my routine.

My favorite thing about GHUTV:

My favorite thing about GHUTV besides all the awesome videos, is Chris Freytag and her awesome staff. When I have questions—and I’ve had plenty—I email them or ask them during the Live Q&A, and they get answered. And with every knowledgeable answer is a “congratulations,” some words of encouragement, and requests to keep letting them know how I’m doing. I feel so supported knowing that they truly care about my progress and want me to succeed. I am confident that without GHUTV my progress would be much slower and not nearly as enjoyable. I am so appreciative to have them all there for me!

A big thank you to Julie for sharing her story with us. Keep up the wonderful work! YES U CAN!

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4 Responses to “GHUTV Success Story: Julie”

  1. Tina

    Do you have an app to download for this program?

  2. Dana

    Wonderful and just what I needed to read today! I am ending menopause and weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life. I really want to lose 30 lbs but would be happy with 25. I feel at times it's hopeless. I read your story today and feel inspired. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. Shelly

    Good job, Julie!! I have about 10 pounds to lose, but it's been a struggle. thanks for some inspiration!

  4. Patti Ashley

    Fantastic story! I turn 60 in 3 weeks and I need to lose 20 pounds that have piled up on me. You inspire me Julie! Thank you for sharing your healthy success.!