Natalie E – Age is just a number





I just turned 61 years old, and my fitness journey began at a relatively late age. It started about 16 years ago when I was 45, and I haven’t stopped since. I had always been a “big” girl growing up and I accepted it. In elementary school the other kids teased me and called me the;”happy hippo.”

As a teenager I went on a multitude of diets, and as everyone knows, all diets work while you’re on them, but once you stop, everything goes back to what it was before, if not, worse.

My life changed after my children were all in school for full days. I realized yhat it was time to take care of me. I was tipping the scales at 185 pounds and feeling pretty down. Then the transformation happened almost by accident. I started to cook healthier and cleaner for myself and my family.I was walking but wasn’t doing any other exercise.


This lifestyle change was a slow process and as a result I started feeling better and losing weight.



Then my sister-in- law won a gift certificate for a one-on- one personal training session. She was going to throw it away, but I said, give it to me, I’d like to try this. In my youth, I had joined other gyms, but after a few visits, I just quit. I found most gyms were intimidating, I didn’t know what to do, and everyone always looked so much better than me! I also tried many of the fad exercise programs that came out but could never keep it up.

The transformation began once I stepped into the gym. I went to my first personal training session at Bodies by Design, and I was hooked! The gym was welcoming, and everyone — staff, trainers, and clients — all made me feel at home from day one. The instructors have been great. They teach you about your body and how to train safely. They encourage you and push you to be better and stronger. There also give you tips on a diet while they inspire you to be the best you can be.

It didn’t take me long to get into the fitness routine, and in my first year, I lost about 50 pounds!

That was back in 1999. Today I am at a stable weight, which is something I know I can keep up and I am enjoying my active life. I still train at BBD at least 3 to 4 times a week and my energy and stamina are high.


I feel confident and strong, and I also feel brave, as during a recent vacation I even went skydiving!

It was not on my bucket list, but I thought,What the heck. why not? The experience was exhilarating! My family thought I was crazy, and I probably was, but the feeling of jumping out of the plane and free-falling was incredible and unforgettable.

At the end of the day, you’re never too old to try or start anything new. Taking care of yourself is so important in this crazy, busy life that we all live. Remember, we are able to cope with what life throws at us a lot easier when we are healthy and happy


Natalie Eramo