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Weight Loss Success – Kristi S

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Tell us about yourself. I am 49 years old and the mother of three teenagers: 19, 17, and 14.  I have been married for 25 years.  I teach third grade and am currently taking classes to receive my Gifted Education Certification.  When I’m not studying, working, or caring for my family, I like to read, hunt for antiques, and spend time with friends. 

What are your greatest fitness/health accomplishments so far? Four years ago I was at my highest weight ever.  Life had dealt a few blows and I reacted by eating.  I would get winded just walking from the parking lot into my school building. Eventually, I was able to lose some of the weight but couldn’t lose the rest.  That’s when I met Sharon.  The first day of Boot Camp I could barely do the short run “warm-up” out on the grass.  I couldn’t do a push-up and had no core strength.  After working with Sharon for almost two years, I can run a mile without stopping, complete different kinds of push ups, and have dropped several more pounds.  Most of all, for the first time, I truly understand this is a commitment to a new lifestyle, not a quick fix.

What do you enjoy most about fitness/being healthy? I enjoy having my clothes fit and not having to worry about what I can squeeze into every morning.  I am happy knowing that I am healthy and getting stronger.

What are your goals? I want to continue working with Sharon, building stamina and strength.  I would like to maintain my goal weight.  I would also like to run in a 5K.

What motivates you to maintain a healthy lifestyle? My family has a history of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.  I know that I have to make good decisions in order to stay healthy. 

Did you think you’d have this much success? I truly didn’t.  Over the years I have tried many different programs but never fully committed to any of them.  As time passes, I have been encouraged by little steps of progress in my workout.  I try to focus on those because I know they will eventually lead to bigger accomplishments.

On a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being easy and 10 being hard, how hard has this been for you? The first few weeks I did not want to return.  The reality of how weak and overweight I had become was a difficult thing to accept.  I’d say most of those first few classes were 10 plus. 

Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? I would have started this years ago.  When I first started with Sharon, my son asked me, “Why now?”  He thought I was too old to make a life change.  He made me even more determined to do this.  Why not now?

Are you still able to go out with friends and be social? I do and try my best to make healthy choices. 

If you have tried fitness and nutrition plans in the past, what did you try? Why didn’t they work? How is this plan different? I’ve worked with personal trainers at two different gyms, taken aerobics, tried kick-boxing, running, walking, home workouts, and spinning, I never stayed with one thing long enough to see real results. I’m really not sure why.  This time I was ready and knew I had to make changes in my diet and my level of activity.

What advice would you give to others who are hesitant to start? Just DO IT!  Do not compare yourself to others.  Celebrate your accomplishments and keep pushing yourself. 

What is the best part about working with Sharon? Sharon addresses our diet as well as our work out.  She educates us about the food we eat and heavily encourages us to make better choices.

What is the worst part about working with Sharon? There’s no hiding!

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