Sally finds a solution for a Anti Aging in your 40s and learns the hard way is the best way!
I started my journey in February 2012. It was a scary one because I had never worked out a day in my life and certainly never in a gym. I didn’t feel comfortable in gyms. I think they intimidated me more than anything else and I always felt like everyone knew what they were doing and I didn’t.
So with that in mind and my determination to get healthy, I thought it was time to overcome a few obstacles and to break down a few barriers. I was a few months short of turning 45 and realized that if I didn’t do something about my lifestyle (eating, smoking, drinking) that I would age so much quicker then I was prepared to. I knew I needed to make serious changes in my life.
After speaking to many people, I decided to join Bodies by Design. I felt it was the right fit for me and I knew I wanted to train hard, seriously and get results fast. I thought by changing my diet and working with a personal trainer, it would happen immediately for me. Unfortunately, or fortunately – depending on how you want to look at it – it was not that easy
Fortunately, for me, I realized quickly that my expectations were unrealistic because my goal was going to take me a lot longer, BUT, this was a great thing! This would make me realize and achieve a long, life pattern. Had the weight come off easy, I might not have the mind-set I do now – which is that I am more committed than ever to this new way of life. The fact that the weight didn’t come off in three months made me obtain new life-long HEALTHY habits, including working out on a regular basis and eating very clean. I’m now much more aware of what I put in my mouth.
In the last couple of months, as friends got to see my new transformation, they’re amazed at the results. They ask me what I’ve been doing to look the way I do. My story is always the same – it’s the one I’ve just told you. Achieving my weight loss goal and getting healthy, physically and mentally, has changed me in many ways — mostly the confidence I exude and the healthy, happy mind-set that is positive. I seem to attract more positive energy to myself, both personally and professionally. My positive attitude can completely be attributed to my healthy, happy way of life now and this is all due to losing the weight that had made me so unhappy and unhealthy. I feel rewarded every day of my life by the changes I have made for myself. I have so much more energy to do the things I love to do most.
My permanent trainer, Jason Jack, was a huge part of my success because he listened to my needs/wants/desires, and he knows I have what it takes to achieve my goals and he didn’t take “no” for an answer. He is encouraging and inspiring. I feel accountable to him, but more importantly to myself.
Now the challenge is keeping on this healthy path. It’s fighting not falling into my old, bad habits and making sure that working out is included in my everyday life. At times, it can be challenging to continue to make exercising one of my top priorities. I remind myself every day that working out has given me this new life that I don’t want to lose.
If I have any words of wisdom for anyone, it would be to start the journey. Do not think about the challenges and obstacles, but think in the present moment and to make the change. If you start and you commit yourself to making the changes you desire in your life, you will quickly begin to see results, both physically and mentally. This will inspire you to continue and to strive harder to achieve whatever goals you may have set for yourself. Anything you desire in life which is worth anything of any value takes hard work and commitment, but we all have it in us.
When I met Sally for the first time she was very nervous, being out of her element. Sally never worked out a day in her life and she didn’t know what to expect, but she wanted someone to push her to get to her goal as soon as possible. Sally had her mind made up about her weight loss and nothing was going to stop her. When we began, Sally was not able to do much – she had a weak core, poor cardio and a very weak body. I guess that was from all the smoking, drinking, partying and not being active.
During our months of training I saw Sally change before my eyes. She went from being weak and self-conscious to confident and strong. She now has pep in her step. During our training sessions you could always hear her grunting across the gym floor, but that’s her way of giving you her all every time. Sometimes other clients thought I was working her too hard, but that was the way she wanted to be pushed, and everyone started to notice her weight loss. As other clients complimented her progress, it just made her work that much harder. Sally and I came to the realization that she had to give up smoking, drinking and cut back on the partying to get to where she wants to be.
We sat down and discussed her eating habits and her calorie intake, and did her assessments once a week to monitor her results. If there was no progress, we discussed why she didn’t lose weight that week, and reviewed her calorie intake. Along the way there were a few bumps in the road, such as when her relatives stayed at her house for a few weeks. That made it difficult for her to stay within her calorie budget and eat healthy, but as soon as they left she was right back on track.
Today Sally is a very confident woman who knows she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to. Her fitness level is that of one who has been working out for at least three years consistently. The sky is the limit for Sally. She has been a pleasure to train because she doesn’t complain and always works hard and stays within her calorie budget.
Bodies By Design Personal Trainer