Fun at Fitness Together!
I can't thank enough the team at Fitness Together! My heroes are Lead Trainer Aaron and Nutrition Consultant and Trainer Derek for their generosity and help that they have provided to transform my life! For someone who had not done any type of physical activity for years, I thought I would just give this a try...
I was unhappy with my weight gain over the years after being on many failed diets! So I took the plunge not really knowing what to expect only that I knew my sister worked with a trainer and she had good results and talked health all of the time. I had also been to the DR's prior to starting FT and my DR wanted to put me on an ACE inhibitor for hypertension. I said NO... thinking this was the route my mother took and I didn't want any part of that. Per my DR I was Obese at 223lbs, I managed to lose 10lbs then I got stuck. Trying to figure out what I should do. That’s when I found FT conveniently located in the Cummings Center/Beverly.
After my assessment with Derek I made it very clear that I wanted to really take my time with this new venture and that I didn't want to get so intense or have such workouts that I would be left sore and not able to walk the next day. After all that is how I would sabotage myself into stopping an exercise regime! That wouldn't work for me now as I was trying to figure out and enjoy the process of my new lifestyle and body to be. That wish was respected throughout each session. In the sessions I found that there were things I was good at and things that I was not so good at. Balance for me was an issue among other weaknesses and I wasn't even aware of that before I started- I thought I had perfect balance! Aaron helped me tremendously by tailoring many of the sessions to work on all the issues, keeping the routine fresh and keeping me motivated. At times, I really felt compassion for Aaron as sometimes I felt like I dragged every ounce of knowledge I could get from him! He was always professional and honest.
What was my initial goal? Honestly, when I was asked by Derek I didn't have a clue what I wanted or for that matter what he was asking. So I decided on my own that my vague goal was to number one show up for sessions and number two learn what it meant to live a healthy lifestyle.
As I attended more session, I started to learn more about nutrition, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. The weight started coming off by not eating less but by eating more nutritious meals and by being consistent. This was scary at first because I always acquated losing weight with not eating (fasting) and skipping meals. Now I was being asked not to do that and now I understand why that is so important. Things really began to click and my sister began to notice changes in my appearance even before I did, my skin was clearer, my energy overall was better. I was a size 20/22 when I started at FT and now a size 14*. Many bags and sizes of clothing were happily given to charity. And still are.
In the meantime, there was illness in my family/friends and life became very stressful. To deflect some of the stress, I got up one day sent out an email to my athlete sister and said; Forrest Gump returns I'm running! I didn't get very far that day but I took it easy and worked my way up to 3 miles in about 3 mos. I ran the Boston Jolly Jaunt 3K in 2012 shortly after with my sister and niece. I enjoyed it and ran it without any concerns. Will I do more? I'm not sure but I do know that I am not really competitive so if I do run a race again it will be because I enjoy it. I have a thought that I am more of a biker than a runner so I recently bought a new bike!
Next thing, I made another DR's appt. completed the blood work and sat and waited for my DR. She looked up and said, hmmm haven't seen you in a year, hmmm you lost 30 pounds since the last time I saw you*! She listened to how I did it then she said, don't gain it back. Oh and your BP is stellar, cholesterol is way down from 160 to 115*....she continued
Then I laughed...I can almost with 99.9% certainty say that I will not gain it back.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth I have increased my cardio activity and I am learning more about nutrition and cooking. I am having fun, walking the beach in the cold of winter, go to the gym and just have more energy to do just about anything with family and friends! I have gone back to school and feel like at 51 I have a bright future ahead of me!
I could not have accomplished so much in such a short period of time without the encouragement, support, knowledge, and motivation of both Aaron and Derek. To me they are doing the most important work anyone could think of doing-Giving people there life back!
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