During the summer of 2011 I was lucky enough to get to go on a dream vacation to Disney World with my family and my 11 year old nephew. We spent months planning where’d we go and what we’d see. Before we left we knew all the rides we wanted to go on, I thought the anticipation was going to kill us!
But things were very different then we had planned once I got there. At 350 pounds I was not suited for walking all day. Within hours of the first day I had multiple blisters and each foot and my back was in absolutely excruciating pain and I spent most of my time looking for a place to rest. And then to top it all off I did not fit into any of the thrill rides my nephew and I had planned on riding. I was devastated! I knew I was out of shape but was in denial as to the extent. So after we got back I did like any other overweight and depressed person would do, I continued to overeat and feel sorry for myself.
It wasn’t until it was six months from my fortieth birthday that I decided that something had to be done; I couldn’t spend the rest of my life watching other people live active happy lives, while I continued to make excuses. I had to make my health a priority, but what could I do? I had tried dieting and exercising but I always eventually became bored or overwhelmed and would give up. On television I would watch people lose over 100 pounds in a matter of months without any problems, was it that easy?
I knew from past experience that motivation was going to be my biggest obstacle, as well as my lack of knowledge in exercising and in general nutrition. I wanted to find some individualized training to start with so I started looking into gym memberships where they had a trainer and I could possibly take a few classes, but I hated the thought of having to walk into a gym full of in shape people while I struggled to touch my toes. Plus from what I had heard of the big gym trainers is that they were great for showing you how to use the equipment, but how much did they know about weight loss?
While searching the internet for local gyms and for different options I ran across Energy Personal Training in Mill Creek. Not only did they have a smaller, more personal gym with the individual training I was looking for, but all the trainers were nationally certified. It still took a lot of effort for me to write an email asking for help, I knew I’d never get up enough nerve to just walk in, but I’m sure glad I did!!!
After an initial evaluation meeting, I began training twice a week after work, and at their advice started tracking my food with an online program that they could also track and we would discuss every week. And then three days a week I was doing cardio on my own on my treadmill. It was perfect!! Not only was I getting the great workouts that I needed but I was learning how to work out correctly and also how to eat healthy. And once a week we check my weight which was giving me the accountability I also needed.
After a couple of weeks I started seeing some gradual changes to my body and weight started coming off, I was hooked. Six months after I first walked into Energy Personal Training I turned 40 years old and I’m happy to say I was 90 pounds lighter than I first walked in. It has been and incredible journey and one I look forward to continuing.