I had been trying to lower my cholesterol levels for quite some time. I also had continued to gain some extra weight over the years which I was not happy with. My doctor wanted me to lower both through diet and exercise rather than with medication. I agreed with him, but didn’t know how to accomplish it. I always tried to watch my diet, walked, and lead a very busy and active life. However, my blood tests at each checkup showed my cholesterol levels climbing a few points. At my last doctor’s appointment at the end of July, 2009, the levels came down finally, but only a few points. I knew then that it was time for a new plan, or start taking medication. My weight was up to 146 pounds. I am 5 feet 4 inches tall.
With encouragement from my family, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and started working out 3 times a week at Fitness Together with personal trainer, Chris, and sometimes Ashley. The studio was very nicely decorated, neat, and clean. There was always a bottle of water waiting for me. I liked being able to catch a little television while warming up on the treadmill. Tony and his trainers were so friendly and encouraging which gave me the confidence I needed. They knew what workout program was just right for me. I knew I needed “one on one” sessions, and a structural program to keep me on the “straight and narrow”. They knew just how far to push me to help accomplish my goals. That’s what I was interested in…good results! Since I was going to work this hard exercising, I decided I was going to try and change some of my eating habits too. I ate mostly healthy foods, but ate too large of portions sometimes. I also loved sweets (still do). So I started keeping a food journal which helped me a lot. I didn’t care for the 45 minute drive each way to the studio, but it was worth it.
Just before we left in the middle of October for our winter home in AZ, I had another blood test taken (2 ½ months since I had started at FT). I received good news! My cholesterol level was in the normal range, 44 pts less, and my “bad” cholesterol decreased 33 pts! I also lost 16 pounds. I now weighed 130 pounds!
I currently workout in our AZ home with weights, exercise ball, jump rope, etc with a workout program designed for me from FT. I also walk over 2 miles several times a week. I lost 5 more pounds before the holidays with a total of 21 pounds lost. I have maintained my current weight of 125 pounds. I am stronger now and much more flexible. I also now have very little lower back pain since I started my fitness program. Even better, I dropped from a size 10 to size 6 pants! I now wear a medium and occasionally a small in tops instead of a large. I recently bought a short suede leather jacket in a size small! Shopping has been fun!
When I return to Oregon this summer, I plan to take training sessions at FT again. I would recommend FT to everyone who would like to be healthy and feel good about themselves.