After losing 20 pounds-the same 20 I’d lost and regained more than once before-I was finally ready to get serious about my health and fitness. I was closing in on 60 when I walked into Y.E.S. I had never belonged to a gym, had never worked with a trainer; I was more than a little uncomfortable to be there-but I was ready for it.
Chris and Michelle put me at ease, congratulated me on the weight I’d already lost, asked about my goals and outlined my options. I signed up for two training sessions a week with Chris. He let me get away with just that much for about two weeks-then he asked when I’d be coming in to do some cardio. So now I’m usually at Y.E.S. five times a week-twice for coaching from Chris, the rest of the time to do some work on my own.
Within six months of coming to Y.E.S., I’d lost another 55 pounds for a total of 75-so far. One of my goals was to weigh what I did when my daughter was born by the time her daughter was born; I got there with a few days to spare. The dieting continues. I’ve learned the importance of balancing fruits and vegetables with proteins. I avoid pasta, bread and sweets. There’s no sense of deprivation to it; it’s just how I eat now.
Despite the fact that I’ve been overweight since my 20s, it really wasn’t too late to do this. The pants I’m wearing right now are 12 inches smaller in the waist than those I was wearing 75 pounds ago. My blood pressure medication has been reduced. I sleep better, have more energy and weigh less now than I have in any year since 1978. I plan to take off another 30 pounds-and I have no doubt that I can-but now my focus has shifted from numbers to burning fat, building muscle and being the healthiest I’ve been in decades.”