How much have you lost?
39 pounds since February 27.2009
When did you start the weight-loss program?
Feb 27th, 2009. I started the weight loss program at the same time that I joined Healthy Fit. My goal in joining a health club was solely to lose weight at that point but since that time I have found the additional added benefits of more energy, greater strength and an overall since of pride at my accomplishments.
What motivated you to inquire about the program?
There were two major occurrences that took place around the time I joined Healthy Fit. In November of 2008, I went to my doctor for my annual physical and she said that given my height of 5′ and my small frame that I was medically considered obese! I knew that I was overweight and that it would be healthier if I “lost a few pounds” but that was a real shocker to me.
The other piece was that I have always prided myself on my appearance and love to dress up. I was starting to get to the point where the size 14′s and extra larges’ in the “regular sizes” were not fitting me when I went shopping. I did not want to go into the Plus Sizes. By February of 2009 I was at my highest ever weight of 164.
What is your history – what programs have you tried in the past?
I have never belonged to a health club before. In college my weight was around 120 consistently and stayed below 130 through my late 30′s. When I was 39 I decided to quit smoking (successfully) and gave my self permission to put on a few pounds. I had been somewhat athletic in high school but had been pretty much sedentary since then, and age and nature took it’s course until I finally realized that quitting smoking could no longer be my excuse for my ever increasing weight.
How do you work the program? (daily journaling, carefully measuring/weighing out food, planning for every possible situation etc)
I have participated in the Nutrition Program at Healthy Fit since the week I started at the gym. I have kept a very accurate journal since Day 1 and I write down everything I eat. I also try to plan my food for the entire day in the morning and then take most of it with me. (Dinner I have at home but I plan for what that will be in the morning as well.) This means I have to get up a little earlier but it is worth it since it helps me keep my calories for the day on track. Of course, rule #10 does come into play (Break the Rules!) but at least if I do it this way I know I won’t be too far off the calories I have budgeted for the day. I also started to limit processed foods at night to a few days a week instead of every day, which is what I had always done before and switched from white rice, pasta and potatoes to brown rice, wheat pasta and sweet potatoes.
Susan, my Weight Loss Coach, helped me make all of these changes slowly over the course of the last 11 months. Having Susan give me suggestions based on what I had chosen to eat the previous week made all the difference in the world. If it wasn’t for her help and guidance I don’t think I would enjoyed the process so much. It does take dedication and a mindfulness about what I eat but making the changes slowly and getting comfortable with one before embarking on the next change made it very managable. (That and watching the scale keep going down every week!)
What do you do for exercise – group exercise, cardio, personal training?
I exercise at the gym about 4-5 days per week. I rely on the group classes and personal training to keep me motivated. In addition to classes, I run about 2-3 miles 2-3 days per week. I also go about 1-2 miles on the elliptical on the alternate days. It has been a wonderful and tremendous journey for me over the last year. I have gone from a size 14/16 to a size 4/6. I have met some wonderful people on the staff and among the members and have found that I have more strength and endurance than I ever imagined.
I credit Healthy Fit and its programs and classes and supportive atmosphere with making it happen. I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to join this gym. Because it is a small women’s gym I did not feel intimidated and overwhelmed – 2 things I know would have made me quit before I even started if I had joined one of the massive chain gyms I also looked into.