Clearing Mental Hurdles: How Fit Mother Angie Transformed Her Lifestyle

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

clearing mental hurdles

Clearing mental hurdles isn't easy. More often than not, negative self-talk, doubts, and even anxieties can prevent you from taking the first step toward a better life.

But that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to overcome. Take, for example, Fit Mother Angie, who has dealt with worries and limiting beliefs since childhood and has now broken through these barriers to transform her lifestyle.

She’s 41 years old, a mother to two children, a proud wife, a woman of God, a professional fundraiser, and a successful lifestyle transformer. Ever since taking on the Fit Mother Project, she has lost 54 pounds and created powerful internal shifts — mentally, physically, and emotionally.

It might seem like she’s got it all together, but the opposite couldn’t be more true. To get to where she is now, she had to learn to unwind some of the negativity in her life, regain her confidence, and be a role model to her children.

It took a lot of effort, mental discipline, and courage to be where she is today, and right now, you’re about to hear an inspiring story about how she overcame these hurdles and transformed her life for the better.

Buckle up because her story is one for the books!

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Internalizing the Mentality of “I Can't”

When Angie was young, she was diagnosed with lung disease and severe asthma. It took the family years to figure out what the triggers of her medical condition were so she could live more comfortably.

As they went on this journey together, her parents — loving and protective as they were — tried to prevent her from harm. So often, instead of telling her, “You can,” they told her, “You can’t.”

Hearing these words so often, Angie internalized them.

“Then a few years later, I internalized those ‘you can’t’ moments to ‘I can’t.’ And so it became, ‘I can’t make healthy choices for myself because I need to be comfortable.’ ‘I can’t run, I can’t do a ton of exercise.’”

It reached a point where her “I can’t” mindset turned into physical manifestations. She thought she couldn’t be healthy, so she resorted to an unhealthy diet. She couldn’t be active, so she didn’t exercise.

This kind of lifestyle stuck with her through college and a few years after that. The “I can’t” mindset impacted many of her choices in life.

After years of living the way she did, Angie realized that she wasn’t happy with her life. She realized that she had more potential and that God was calling her to become more than she was at that point in her life. She felt in her heart that God was calling her to become a wife and a mother.

Fast forward to getting married and giving birth to a healthy little boy. On their first Christmas as a family, they took a family photo. Looking back at it, Angie realized that the person staring at her was not who she wanted to be — that became her turning point.

Right there and then, she concluded that she wanted to be the best wife and mom. To do that, she had to take a pivotal turn. Instead of saying “I can’t,” she tried to develop an “I can” mentality.

However, that transition wasn’t immediate. She started with a “Maybe I can do this,” which then turned to taking some action. After that, she got the ball rolling, and she continued the path of taking more action until her mentality became “Maybe I can do a little bit better.”

Angie has always been grounded in her faith: her faith in God, her faith in her husband, and her faith in herself. Granted, among these, having faith in herself was the hardest to attain, but her already strong faith in God and her husband paved the way for this lifestyle change.

The reason why she was able to pursue the Fit Mother Project was knowing in her heart that God wanted her to be the best version of herself. While she was still transitioning from “I can’t” to “I can,” her husband, Josh, took on the Fit Father Project. She saw how it changed his life and realized that she could make positive changes for herself too.

It was as if God’s plan was set in place. Shortly after that, Josh gifted her with a one-month subscription to the Fit Mother Project.

It helped that they were going through this journey together. With her husband by her side, she was able to embrace the program more easily. More than becoming better on her own, she was able to be better with her family.

Learn how to change your mind to change your body from Angie’s incredible transformation!

Clearing Mental Hurdles and Getting On Track

That first month, she made a goal for herself to lose 10 pounds. Although she didn’t achieve it, the program was such a positive experience that she decided to keep going. Eventually, she noticed the changes appear.

“My clothes became a little looser, and my face became a lot thinner. These were the external differences that, you know, you’re kind of happy to brag about. But then, internally, my husband and I were growing closer together, and I was reaffirming who God was in my life. Obviously, He never changed. It was me that went on a different path. And so being able to realign myself in that way with Him was a huge blessing in itself.”

While it’s true that some of her goals were physical, she wanted to change her life on a much deeper level. By doing this program, she not only lost weight but, more importantly, strengthened her relationships with God, her husband, and her family. It’s these deeper connections that make positive changes more sustainable.

When the body gets healthier, the mind gets healthier too. When the mind gets healthier, positivity will keep flowing until it will feel like living to one’s fullest potential.

For the longest time — way before the program started — Angie always put herself last. She put her needs, nutrition, exercise, mental health, and spiritual health after everyone else’s because she thought that that was the only way she could take care of her family.

Quickly after she started the program, she shifted her focus to herself and her well-being. It was then that she realized that in taking care of herself, she’s better able to take care of those around her. With this change in mindset in place, she started her journey to transform her life.

“‘Angie, you’re gonna be fine; you’re not gonna break.’ That was a literal, mental hurdle for me, like, I’m not going to break if I challenged myself. And you know, with my childhood, that was the fear. Being able to really break through some of those barriers was huge for me. So we started and saw some changes, and then that momentum built up, and it’s just been a lifestyle.”

Angie’s not the only one benefiting from this lifestyle change. When Angie started this program, she made it a point to involve the whole family. The last thing she wanted was to be separated from them. So, aside from her husband, she also influenced her children.

Of course, there was a transition period where they had to adjust to this new, healthier lifestyle, but they all overcame it. It started by gradually replacing the junk food in the pantry with healthy snacks. Then, Angie changed the meals they were eating throughout the day. Eventually, everyone got used to this change, and being part of the Fit Mother Project has impacted their family for the better!

As a result, Angie can empower her kids to be more proactive about their health and inspire them to make good choices with their nutrition.

This was only the beginning of Angie’s journey. Three years in, she is now able to maintain a positive momentum in her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

What’s great about her and her family’s journey is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They let life unfold the way it does. If there are days they’re craving a piece of cake, they will indulge themselves, but they won’t go overboard. Setting boundaries for what they can and won’t do is a great way to stay on track. So far, Angie doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

So what would Angie say to someone looking to join the Fit Mother Project?

I think you really have to believe in yourself. You really have to give yourself just a breath of confidence and a breath of effort and know that nothing happens overnight. Consistency is huge. Just being consistent and making small changes will change your life. You know, Fit Mother and Fit Father give such a great roadmap of how to do that. And even if you can’t embrace the entire program immediately, taking those baby steps is huge.” 

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3 Key Takeaways From Angie's Journey

Angie’s journey has not been easy. But if you want to learn how she succeeded in her transformation, here are the three key lessons you need to take with you.

Lesson 1: Don’t Put Yourself Last

Focusing on yourself is not being selfish. Rather, it’s a way for you to better yourself so you can serve others to your full potential.

Lesson 2: Enjoy Life

Following strict diets and intense workout routines is not the way to make a difference in your life. If you want to see lasting changes, you need to go with the flow, enjoy life, and know your boundaries. You can still be healthy while being happy.

Lesson 3: Involve Everyone in Your Journey

Try to involve other people in your journey. Not only will doing so make you more accountable for your actions, but it will also inspire others to be better themselves. Together, you can create a strong and supportive community that can battle all physical and mental hurdles that may come.

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder of The Fit Mother Project & Fit Father Project

Founder, The Fit Mother Project
Founder, The Fit Father Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Mother Project and Fit Father Project to help busy moms and dads get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

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