Like many people, I “used to work out” regularly. I belonged to an athletic club and went to aerobics classes and worked out with weights and machines 4-5 times a week. I led a more active life in terms of recreational activity as well. I never thought much about my eating habits, but I was active enough (and I guess I was young enough) that it didn’t seem to matter. Eventually though, life intervened, my work schedule changed and it became more difficult to get to the club. I decided to buy a NordicTrack and some weights and work out at home. This worked for a few years, but over time, the frequency of my work outs began to fall off and I gradually began to put on weight. In recent years, I found myself weighing more than I ever in a million years would have thought I would. I had a lot of excuses---everything from not enough time to exercise to getting older. I was horrified at my appearance every time I passed my reflection in a mirror or a window, but seeing a photograph was the worst. There it is forever; you can’t suck it in or turn halfway to make yourself look thinner.
Finally, I had to admit that whatever I was doing just wasn’t working and I needed help. After receiving several of Tony’s postcards in the mail, I decided to give him a call and come in to see what the FT program was all about. After my initial evaluation, I decided to sign up and I have not regretted it for a second. I wanted to lose around 30lbs and I am within a few pounds of that goal in less than 6 months. I doubt I have weighed this little for at least 25 years or more. I have dropped from a size 12 to a 4 or 6 and had to throw out all my pants and a lot of my tops and buy new clothes. (Boo Hoo). I can’t believe how quickly the weight has fallen off. I am currently walking 45 minutes every morning, rain or shine. I come in to FT to do 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and train, usually with Chris, 3 days a week. Not only do I feel 1000% better about myself, I feel much better physically. I had been bothered by low back pain for years, but once I began working out regularly and strengthening my core muscles that pretty much vanished.
While I am consistent about keeping a food diary, I confess I don’t worry too much about what I eat as I know that I would do poorly with deprivation. I try to watch quantities and not overdo it, but I’m not compulsive. The mere fact that I have to write everything down makes me think twice about eating certain things and/or makes me decrease the quantity consumed.
The atmosphere at FT is so friendly and supportive while making sure that we get a good work out. Having a knowledgeable trainer creating a different work out each time and gradually increasing the difficulty is what makes it all work. The trainers always seem to know how hard to push, often beyond the point where I think I can do it, but somehow, I always survive! I am so happy I found FT as I know I would not be at this point without them.