Catalyst 4 Fitness

Kristi S.

Kristi S.

I am 49 years old and the mother of three teenagers: 19, 17, and 14.  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.

I enjoy being healthy – 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.

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.

Before working with Sharon, I had 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.

Even so, with Sharon I truly didn’t think I would have this much success. The first few weeks were hard and I did not want to return.  The reality of how weak and overweight I had become was a difficult thing to accept.

But knowing what I know now, 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?

If I could give advice to others who are hesitant to start, I would tell them to just DO IT!  Do not compare yourself to others.  Celebrate your accomplishments and keep pushing yourself.

I like that 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.

I’m so thankful to Sharon for providing direction and making me sweat more than I ever thought was possible!