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My New Fitness Progam -- This girl is in LOVE!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I wanted to stop by and let you all know the news in my fitness life.

Nicole found this amazing Groupon

She bought it for herself and fell in love. She encouraged me to try it too!

The Groupon is for a fitness place really close to my home. Body By Design is a small gym that works solely on weight loss. Joey, the owner, is incredible. I took my first class with him last week and I was addicted!

Last night, we met and talked about nutrition, goals and what has kept me from being successful in the past. He weighed me and took my body fat percentage. The whole time, he was so encouraging and amazing!

After our meeting, I attended another boot camp class. These classes are usually 8-12 people and every single person is super encouraging and wants to see you succeed. I have never experienced a gym or fitness atmosphere filled with so many kind words and smiles!

We did something last night in class called "Indian Runs". Basically, we all line up in a single-file line and start a light jog. The person in the back of the line has to then sprint up to the front of the line and then set the pace for the team. We did these for 5-minute intervals (and when we couldn't go any longer, we would do high knees with dumbbells until the group finished).

Well, every time it seemed like it was my turn to sprint, we were going uphill (just my luck!) What I didn't expect is that EVERY SINGLE PERSON that I jogged past (yes, jog -- the fastest I could!) encouraged me and motivated me. Not one person laughed or was even quite as I passed.

Picture it. A 320+ pound lady is jogging past you, struggling the whole way. What would you do?

If you were that big girl running past 10-12 other people... what would you expect as you passed?

Let me tell you... I NEVER expected to hear the encouragement. I have conditioned myself to look inside to find my inner fire and never to expect it from anyone else. I have actually learned to shut out other people while I work out so that I don't feel so ashamed of my lack of fitness.

This group is LIFE.CHANGING.

If you remember my trainer issues from the past (if you don't - here's a link to the blog: www.sparkpeople.c

We tried going back to the trainer -- but he would consistently make fun of us, call us slackers, or just sit and text while we worked out (with improper form).

Joey (the owner) told me that trainers like that are NOT allowed in his center. His team is so encouraging. Just walking up to the building if someone sees you they will be encouraging and seem excited that you came that day!

He also told me that if I can continue my healthy eating and come to a boot camp class 3-4x/week I can expect to lose 100 pounds over the next year. He showed me examples of his clients that are dropping 3 pounds per week.

Basically, this place is like the Biggest Loser without the TV crews and the crazy unrealistic amount of working out. It's Biggest Loser in real life!

Honestly, I don't care if I make it to 100 pounds a year. I want to be at the gym. THAT gym. It is amazing to be there. Both times that I have gone to a boot camp, I have sweat more than I have ever sweat before in a workout. Who would think 45 minutes of no machines, no screaming trainers and do-what-you-can-but-push-yours
elf-to-be-your-best attitude.

I am SO happy and feeling sore but great!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JJ625JONES 11/6/2013 11:46AM

    I can relate to shut other people out while I work out at the gym, I think I do that too! I am so serious at the gym, I barely smile at anyone. I just feel like I'm there for "one reason and one reason only" and I probably look mad or something all the time.

I think it's because I'm not happy with myself? I don't know.

It's great you found a place like that! Great job!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 8/24/2013 3:44PM

    Thanks all for the comments. I am still in love with my gym and go 3-5 times a week! It is super fun and we are like one big family of sweaty people!

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EG8383 6/20/2013 1:57PM

  that gym sounds freaking amazing!!! It's exactly what we need genuine motivation and love to help others so they can reach their goals! I can't wait to see how this gym helps you on your journey .. best of luck and keep us posted!!

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    It can be a very powerful motivator to find somewhere you enjoy being to work out, glad you found that place by the sounds of it! emoticon

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_BABE_ 6/13/2013 1:22PM

    I think more than anything it will be your "can do" attitude that will be the catalyst to your success.


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CINDYTW 6/12/2013 10:40PM

  emoticon That's amazing!! I am so glad you found the place for you!

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CHALLENGEME4 6/12/2013 9:14PM

    WOW!!!! that ia awesome..they need one of those kinds of gym everywhere for people overweight and fed up with the general population!!!

keep up the good work and keep us posted!!!

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SNOOPY6180 6/12/2013 7:32PM

    Finding a place where you are comfortable and motivated is key! Keep up the great work!

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    I am so happy to hear about your new gym experience!
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MSLEO88 6/12/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon Glad to hear you are doing well!!

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NGCHILD 6/12/2013 2:08PM

    I have tears in my eyes reading this! I am so happy that you found a place to feel comfortable and work out! Big changes are in store for you!!



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