As a second year vet student, I had fallen into the lifestyle of living off of pizza and coke. Because of my student schedule, I had also really slowed down on my physical activities which had previously meant taking care of a large number of horses including things such as constantly moving hay bales, feed bags, etc. Needless to say, I was quickly gaining weight and losing muscle.
Several years ago I had a spinal fusion, and I knew that gaining extra weight couldn't be good on my back. I had to do something, but joining a gym for me would be pointless. I was afraid of working out incorrectly and injuring myself, and I also knew that I would get bored and would quickly make up excuses not to go. I had thought about trying a personal trainer, so when I saw a Fitness Together ad, I decided to go for a consultation and give them a try. I started working out with FT in September of 2012 just after school had started.
When I started, I couldn't run a mile, couldn't do 5 push-ups, and had very little stamina. My initial goal was simply to lose a little weight and maybe tone up a little. I wanted to see if I could make enough of an improvement that my husband would notice when he came home from Afghanistan in December. By the time December came....I had lost 20 lbs.*, toned up, increased my stamina, was entering 5K races (and running the entire distance), and was lifting some weight that I thought was impressive for me. How could my hubby not notice!!
When I started with FT six months ago, I was wearing a size 14. I just bought a pair of size 6 jeans*! My stamina and strength continue to improve and I just feel better overall! Unfortunately FT hasn't been able to make vet school any easier, but they have made surviving it easier. With my improved health and diet, I can handle stress better, sleep better (when I get the chance), and have better study habits due to an increased energy level. I have also gained the confidence in myself to try new things such as entering more 5K benefit road races, and repelling off of a 20 story building for charity! A year ago...this wasn't happening! All of these are benefits that I wasn't expecting.
My advice to those struggling with weight, eating or health issues is that you shouldn't go it alone. You need help, support, and encouragement. You will get all of that at Fitness Together! They have a great team and support system. They are going to work you hard, but they do it safely with a lot of encouragement along the way. If you put in the effort, you will see results! Remember, I was the girl with the 'bad back' who probably needs to slow down and take it easy. Yeah....whatever!!