Jaime has been a Fitness Together client for more than a year and, as you can see, she looks great! What follows are Jaime's own words.
How much weight have you lost to date?
I started out at 328 pounds. The last time I weighed myself, I was 189 pounds. So, in less than a year (April to February) I've lost at least 139 pounds.*
What motivated you to improve your level of fitness?
I decided to make a change when I finally realized that I woke up every day miserable - without anything to look forward to. I realized that I kept waiting for my fabulous life to begin. At that minute, I concluded that I should stop waiting and start living. I had to do something.
To be honest, I didn't know what to do to get started. I followed a "points system" diet plan and was relatively successful, but then I hit a plateau. So I bought some 5-pound weights and ordered an exercise video from an infomercial, but I was frustrated because I lacked the knowledge and support to be successful. Then I found out about Fitness Together. The rest is history!
How did you hear about Fitness Together?
A friend told me about Fitness Together. I was feeling frustrated with my feeble attempts to work out on my own and she mentioned that she had just started working out with personal trainers at a local studio. The more she told me about it, the more interested I became. She encouraged me to schedule a free fitness assessment.
My trainers are almost like family now. Whether I'm laughing, crying, frustrated, happy, nervous, or excited, they are willing to share my stories and emotions. When I need to be motivated, they push me. When I need some hope, they inspire me. When I need confidence, they support me. On days when I feel too overwhelmed or exhausted to go work out, I still show up to my sessions.
At Fitness Together, I've learned to push myself in ways I never expected and to accomplish things I never thought possible. It's empowering to have someone know what you are capable of even when you don't yet realize your full potential for yourself. One of my trainers always says "whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." It turns out that he's right.
Are you able to participate in activities you previously were not? Do you have any newfound interests?
Yes! One year after starting my new lifestyle, I rollerblade and ice skate frequently. And now that I feel OK wearing a bathing suit, I plan to spend my summer in the water. I love to swim!
I've also learned to enjoy cooking, thanks to working with Fitness Together's dietitian. She taught me that cooking, like working out, is all about learning the basics and then experimenting to find out what works for me.