Here I am again, on the elliptical doing my cardio. As my legs and arms warm up and I get into the rhythm of the machine, my mind starts to wander …….
Just over a year and a half ago I was 51 and worried about my weight which had ballooned to just shy of 300 pounds. My knees hurt, my ankles hurt, I was short of breath, I snored, my cholesterol was sky high, my blood pressure was critically high, and my confidence in myself stunk. I was even worried that I would not be around in 5 years. I knew I needed to do something and had tried, but I lacked the drive and the knowledge to know what to do.
A very good friend had found Fitness Together. She had only been going about 6 weeks, but you could already see great results. As I listened to her talk I eventually started thinking that maybe I’ll check this place out.
So, with a lot of doubt I went in and was warmly welcomed by Joe Reed. We talked about nutrition and exercise and what I wanted to accomplish. He showed me around the brightly lit workout rooms with all their equipment. We did a trial session.
Still not convinced, I came back for two more sessions before I finally was sure that this would be good for me. So, I set a personal goal of losing 20 pounds and started to work.
The sweat was starting to run down my arms as I continued doing my cardio …..
As I continued day dreaming, I remember some of the trainers. Alex, always pushing me to do “good stuff”, Jenny, who taught me to “love my Bosu”. Eric, who is a lot of fun to box with, and Liz, who has quietly challenged me to do more, helped me with proper form, knowledge and confidence. Besides these trainers, there is also, Joe and Mike. They all have their individual talents and help you to realize what you can really do. I found out quickly, that if you are committed and give an honest effort, they will give you 110% back.
Wiping my face with my towel, my mind wanders again …..
I have gone from 3 push ups to 75, I struggled with a 30 seconds plank and now have done one over 9 minutes. My pants waist size went from 48 to 34 and my shirts went from XX-Large to Large.* My cholesterol is in the normal low range, my blood pressure is in the low normal range and I have energy to spare! Oh, and now I don’t snore!*
Best of all, my goal of losing 20 pounds changed to 40, then 50, then 75 …… and now my goal is 115 pounds, and I only have a few more to go.*
I stop the elliptical and look around …..
There is my personal trainer, Liz, patiently waiting to begin another challenging and fun workout at Fitness Together!