For as long as I can remember I’ve struggle with my weight. I’ve often said I was born a size 14 and went up from there. In the early ‘70’s, I became a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, only to add on more pounds over the years. I also felt that I would not live past 50 years of age because I didn’t take care of myself – didn’t watch what I ate, didn’t exercise, was not living a healthy lifestyle.
In April 2011, a co-worker (with similar weight issues) encouraged me to check out the Fitness Together studio across the street from our office. The idea of working with a personal trainer was terrifying! What would they think of a fat woman trying to walk on the treadmill, or lift weights, or even do step-ups, without huffing and puffing and needing to take a break every few minutes or so? However, my co-worker let me observe her session, and I spoke at length with Dave Johnston about my concerns and fears. Dave presented me with a plan to approach my fitness and nutrition goals while assuring me that I had nothing to fear; that I would be treated with respect and concern for any physical limitations I might have, and that I could be successful if I agreed to work with him and his staff. So, at age 58, I took the plunge!
A little over a year and half later, I have lost more than 60 pounds, and I have maintained that loss for several months*. I am also more fit in that I am able to walk longer distances than I had before, thus allowing me to enjoy my vacations a lot more than I have in the past. As I approach my 60th birthday, I am happy that I was able to reduce my weight on my driver’s license, and I actually like my new picture! With the help of Dave and the other trainers at Fitness Together, I have increased my strength and muscle mass and reduced my body fat as I dropped the pounds. My journey, however, is not over. The periodic assessments help me to make new commitments and get my efforts back on track when I sometimes lose my way. I enjoy the personal touch of an individual trainer, rather than working out in a gym with a bunch of skinny butts in spandex. My trainers make me feel like I’m a person worthy of respect, and they constantly encourage me to do my best in all that I do. I am truly thankful for the day I walked into the Fitness Together studio.