As my trainer pointed out early in our training, every person has a reason
for walking into a gym. I would like to share the reasons that motivated
me to walk into the Lifestyle Center (TLC) and embark on my current health
and fitness journey.
Even though I knew that a healthy lifestyle includes exercise and nutritious
meals, my style of living was directly opposite. Despite numerous attempts
to change, I allowed everything else in my life to become an excuse and
failed to take care of my health. My weight climbed, my energy dropped,
my blood pressure went up, and my joints hurt. I ignored my health and
decided that my job, family and outside obligations were more important.
I was upset when my parents gave me my first membership to TLC as a Christmas
gift. I was offended, went twice and cancelled it.
my grown children and my grandchildren, I found that I lacked the physical
and mental energy to engage in my family’s active lifestyle. They
made accommodations for me because I physically could not participate.
I felt ancient. I was facing Bythe r Kristi Mesult oefff yoredars of inactivity,
poor eating habits, excessive weight and lack of exercise. I felt overwhelmed
at the magnitude of changes that I was facing and I feared that I would
fail to make them. I joined TLC again.
Since I chose to join this time, I was invested. I went to water aerobic
classes occasionally and had some success. Nevertheless, I allowed other
activities to once again become more important than taking care of myself.
I changed careers, went back to college and got a degree, but my health
suffered. I knew that I needed to change, but did not have a plan.
TLC gave me the map I needed to straighten my path. In 2017, I more regularly
attended water aerobics and, as I went more consistently with a “I
will show my family” attitude, I made progress and felt better.
The water aerobics instructors were positive and answered questions to
help me succeed. They encouraged me to incorporate workouts outside of
the pool, but I did not have the self-confidence for that yet.
I struggled to keep up with my grandchildren and decided that I was not
going to spend my life with regrets. I returned to the gym and asked about
personal training. I had the conviction to make major changes. When I
began discussions with my prospective trainer, I was impressed with her
professionalism, knowledge and compassionate understanding for my impending
journey. It was easy to see that she loved what she did and her enthusiasm
was infectious. She made me believe that what I felt was impossible was
possible. She set ground rules: work hard or she would not train me. This
was just what my competitive streak needed. I thought, “I will show
If it were not for her positivity, I think that I would have quit after
our first session – I could barely get up from the floor. However,
she just held out her hand, pulled me up and said, “We will get
there.” How could I not work hard for someone who believed in me?
I trusted her knowledge in presenting me with challenges that I could
achieve and she continues to push me. Although I do not have a formal
athletic background, I was willing to try new things
and wanted this process to lead to an active lifestyle outside the gym.
I love that she uses
a non-traditional work style to achieve fitness goals – boxing,
weight lifting, soccer, biking, core work, and balance with circuit and
high-intensity interval training. She even still lets me play in the water
– only at faster speeds!
Other TLC staff members have supported my journey by testing and measuring
my progress, helping me with weights and machines, and offering encouragement.
My water aerobics instructors continue to inspire and challenge. I love
the smile I receive from the front desk staff when I arrive after a stressful
workday knowing that I have two hours of hard work ahead. Seeing a friendly
face and hearing
a happy greeting with encouraging words reinforces – “I am
in the right place!”
Since starting in September 2017, I am overjoyed with my achievements even
in the short time that my trainer and I have worked together. I have reduced
my weight by more than 70 pounds and greatly reduced by Body Mass Index.
I have improved my balance, I have more strength, and I have increased
stamina. I also have less joint pain, lower blood pressure and have decreased
my bad cholesterol, while increasing my good cholesterol. I am participating
in activities that I have not done in years – and it feels wonderful.
I am happy!