I first started going to Fitness Together in June of 2008. I had just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary, which had made me reflect on all the changes of the prior 20 years. Most of those changes were good and represented happy memories. However, I definitely wasn’t happy with myself for getting so out of shape and not paying enough attention to my health and well being.
I had received one of the Fitness Together mailers several months earlier and had held on to it, fully intending to call and see what Fitness Together was all about. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it a priority until my anniversary. In hindsight, I wish I had made that phone call months before!
I viewed working with a trainer at Fitness Together as an investment in myself and long overdue. I signed a long term contract, not because anyone pressured me, but rather because I was realistic enough to know that change wasn’t going to happen overnight. In the past, if I didn’t see the change I wanted to happen quickly, I tended to get discouraged and go back to old habits; including both poor food choices and lack of exercise.
I also knew that for the program to be effective, I would need to be committed enough to go regularly, and not sporadically. Unfortunately, with my schedule working full time in a job that requires frequent travel as well as being a Mom to three very active kids, I knew the opportunity for frequent schedule conflicts existed most days. So, I signed up for the time that would have the least conflicts and work with my schedule-that happened to be 5:15 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have been in the program for over 7 months now, and rarely miss a session. While I can’t honestly say that I am excited about getting up at 4:30 am three days a week, I am excited about the results I have seen so far! In addition, the continuous support that the Fitness Together team has provided, especially Randy, has been great! I have also discovered that finishing my workouts early in the morning gives me a sense of accomplishment and motivates me to eat healthy the rest of the day!
From the beginning, Randy made sure that the workouts were geared toward my abilities and fitness level, but was always encouraging me (OK-sometimes pushing me) and motivating me just enough to get to the next level. Even though getting up at 4:30 is not fun, meeting with the trainers and the early morning “regulars” is. Everyone at Fitness Together is supportive and friendly. The trainers are always focused on helping you meet your goals. Together, we have a good time while we work hard!
As of today, I have lost almost 30 pounds*, and my body fat percentage has dropped over 6 percentage points!* My friends and co-workers have all commented on the noticeable change, and I am proud of the progress I have made thus far. In fact, over the recent Christmas holidays, I have to admit that I was frequently bragging about leg pressing almost 500 pounds and display my newly “sculpted biceps” for anyone willing to look! Lets hope I don’t get too carried away with boasts and demonstrations when I hit my ultimate goal weight and shape!
I know that I will hit my goals, and I also know that I will renew my contract with Fitness Together and continue to workout at 5:15 am three days a week. The Fitness Together trainers have provided me with the knowledge about both fitness and nutrition that I could do this on my own at the end of this contract. However, I know myself, and I now that just because I could continue to do this on my own, doesn’t mean I would. Training with Fitness Together provides the accountability that I need to stay on track. Finally, I don’t mind spending money on a good investment, particularly when it’s fun and healthy!