How Fit Fun Bootcamps Changed Patty’s Life!

Today I am very excited and proud to share with you a story about another great transformation I have been able to witness.  Her name is Patty, and she has been coming to Madison Fit Fun Bootcamps since I created it in May, 2008.  When I first met Patty she was in pretty poor shape and struggled to complete the workouts.  Fast forward a little over a year later and 40 lbs lighter, Patty can be seen as one of the strongest bootcampers and one of the first up the massive hill!  Patty is pretty quiet, but she possesses a very strong work ethic (must be from her years of swimming), and a strong internal drive to be the best, which I am really impressed with!  I can’t get over how much younger she now looks compared to when she started, the pictures tell it all!  Here is Patty’s story in her own words.

pattyafter“I was a competitive swimmer for 15 years, and when I got to college and avoided the “Freshman 15” I thought I had a handle on my eating habits. What I’ve come to realize is that in college our swim coach would make sure that we were eating healthy whenever we traveled for meets, and because of the intense workouts we did I was able to eat a lot all day long and not gain weight. It took awhile after I graduated college and stopped training, to realize I really didn’t have a handle on my eating habits and I would have to be more conscious about what I ate.

Patty before starting bootcamp

Patty before starting bootcamp

I didn’t work out much after college since I lacked a constant routineI wanted to sleep in. Instead of joining a Masters Swim program, because they’re workouts were at 6am, I tried running and lifting weights after work, but once winter came I lost my motivation. All I wanted to do after work was sit at home and watch TV in the warmth of my apartment. Since I worked out alone I didn’t have anyone counting on me or pushing me to get off the couch, and eventually I stopped working out altogether.

Last May when Madison Fit Fun Bootcamps was getting ready to start, my sister-in-law asked me if I would join with her so we could provide moral support for one another. I said sure before I realized what time the workouts were at. When she finally told me the workouts would start at 6:30am I almost changed my mind. I’m really glad that I didn’t though. After the first 6 weeks I had lost 6 lbs and started to eat healthier.

After completely changing my eating habits and committing to a regular workout routine, I have lost almost 40 lbs since May of 2008. I am in better shape than I remember being in even while I was at the peak of my swim career. While I feel great having lost all the weight I gained after college and the fact that I am able to wear clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in over 5 years, I am most excited about the increase in energy that I have each day and how good I feel after a workout.

I can’t think of a better way to start my day or a better group of people to start it with. I want to thank everyone I work out with for their support; I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make all the progress I have without you.”

-Patty Heinz

If you would like more information about how you can achieve results like Patty for less than $10/session visit

We will be outside through the end of Sept and then head to indoor locations that are getting finalized as we speak!


  1. Woohoo, way to go Patty, you sexy lady!!!!!

  2. Congrats on your tremendous accomplishment Patty. You look terrific and keep up the great work. Dawn

  3. You look great!

  4. Great Job!! You look great!

    Your “I can do it attitude” is VERY refreshing to be around. Keep it up. Also, great job on the hill time today.

  6. Way to go Patty! You’re an inspiration…

  7. Very impressive Patty. You look great!

  8. Great story Patty! Great to see the transformation!

  9. Thanks for sharing your story Patty, congratulations on sticking with it for over a year! This blog is a great source of continual inspiration.

  10. Wow! What an inspiration you are! You not only dropped pounds, but you really do look a lot younger. Thanks for sharing this story!

  11. Patty-
    Congratulations on beating your demons! You can still be warm this winter/watch a little TV, difference being it will be guilt free as you will know you already did your work out earlier that morning. The smile on your face says so much.

  12. Yea, Patty!
    I’m driving home from vacation in CO (wow, does that altitude get cha!) and have missed my boot camp buds.

    I’m very proud of you. What do you eat in a typical day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks?

  13. Wow Patty! Congratulations! You work so hard at Bootcamp. and you are so strong. I love watching you run the hill. You keep going like the Enegizer Bunny:-)

    What are your eating tips?

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. You look great. Keep up the good work.

  14. Congratulations, Patty!! What an inspiring story, starting out with you just wanting to keep your sister-in-law company-look what happened with that one decision! I love this blog-you bootcampers are so tight and encourage each other! Loved the Energizer Bunny reference-gives me a mental image of you on that daunting Elver Park hill!! Each of your success stories are doubly effective-your own benefit and then all those who are inspired to keep going, or even to get started! ‘Course, you Mamatoners are the same way!!
    Can’t wait to meet all you celebrities 🙂 this month when we come down to get Angela settled back in and Eric moved in on campus (Dustin’s kid sister and brother)! Dustin is so proud of all of you-he still loves to call home and brag on one of you and what you have accomplished!

  15. Alicia and Emilie,

    I recommend eating more fruits and vegetables and eating many times throughout the day. I personally eat about 5-6 times each day. I also try to eat whole wheat products where I can, such as whole wheat pasta.

    Here’s an example of what I eat on the day of a workout.

    5:00 am –
    Meal Replacement Shake (140 cal, 3 g fat, 15 g protein)

    8:00 am –
    Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bar (180 cal, 6 g fat, 14 g protein)

    10:00 am –
    1 cup grapes (60 cal, 1 g fat, 1 g protein)
    1 cup raspberries (60 cal, 1 g fat, 1 g protein)

    12:30pm –
    2 slices whole wheat bread (140 cal, 2 g fat)
    Tuna fish with light mayo (118 cal, 2 g fat, 21 g protein)
    1 serving multi-grain crackers (100 cal, 4.5 g fat, 2 g protein)
    1 Iced Green Tea Lemonade (0 cal, 0 g fat, 0 g protein)

    3:00 pm –
    Organic Vanilla yogurt tart (130 cal, 3 g fat, 2 g protein)

    6:00 pm –
    Atlantic Salmon (155 cal, 7 g fat, 22 g protein)
    1/2 cup Medium grain white rice (121 cal, 0 g fat, 2 g protein)
    Green beans (40 cal, 0 g fat, 2 g protein)
    1 cup non-fat milk (86 cal, 0 g fat, 8 g protein)

    Throughout the day I also drink about 32 oz of water to help rehydrate. I also found that drinking water helps to reduce my food cravings.

  16. Way to go, Patty! You look awesome, plus it is great that you have the increased energy and better life, too!


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