I had been losing weight for five years by changing my eating habits. I have been eating a low carb diet and had lost 65 pounds of my 70 pound goal. I got complacent and put 25 pounds back on.
In November of 2011, I was determined not to have another winter of gaining weight, so I decided it was time to join a gym. I had been at Body Fit when it was in the Testa building and really enjoyed the atmosphere. From the very first visit, the staff have been fantastic! Very helpful, friendly, and supportive. Their smiles are a huge help when you don’t feel like working out. I met people I knew but didn’t know went to the gym – which was even more support. I made new friends along the way that encouraged and helped me. Thank you Gary, Marcus, Heather, Rick, and all of you who don’t realize how encouraging you have been. Perfect strangers with a common goal. A helpful smile, or a “you look good”, was never far away and was very much appreciated.
My goal was to lose 30 pounds. I have now lost 50. I have had eight surgeries on various joints and have not re-injured any of them – thanks Dale! I can touch my toes. I can do a plank push up. I can do 45 sit ups with the incline board at the maximum angle. I have pecs and abs. I can manage my weight and my life style by adjusting my workouts.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of joining a health club?
The toughest part of joining the gym was making it through the front door. Find an exercise you like to do. Even just for five minutes come to the gym. Find a gym friend. There are plenty of friendly people in our gym willing to encourage and help you along. Get one of the trainers to get you started. If you hurt yourself you will not be having fun. Let them set up a program for you. Ask the staff if you are not sure about a machine. They are very helpful. Most of all, do it for yourself. It gets addictive and very rewarding.
Age: 53, Occupation: property manager at Windreach Farms
Length of time exercising: 15 months