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Success Stories


Shelly B. – Colleyville, TX

I had surgery on my back in 2012. After a couple of months in a back brace, followed by several months of physical therapy and many more months of trying to overcome the mental fear of hurting my back again…skip ahead 2 years, and I had put on about 15 pounds. I was very unhappy with my body shape, lack of energy and tired of not feeling well in general. 

I was an active person before my surgery, and I wanted to be an active person again. I wanted to BE healthy. I wanted to FEEL healthy. I had a renewed determination to not just live, but to live “right.” I needed to make a change, and I knew I couldn’t do it on my own because I had tried in the past and failed. 

I went to Life Time Fitness and changed my membership from “medical hold” to “active.” I also signed up with a trainer and paid in advance, knowing if I paid ahead of time I would be more likely to follow through. Next step was signing up for the 90-Day Challenge. I also somehow managed to talk my 16-year-old daughter into signing up for the 90-Day Challenge with me as well. Having a partner and motivator would help keep me on track. AIso, I was really thinking, “I only have 2 years with her before she heads off to college. I need to educate her on a healthier lifestyle so hopefully she will make better choices once on her own." What better way to do that then to show her, not just preach to her.

Next I took full advantage of every tool Life Time Fitness had to offer: D.TOX, food sensitivity test, resting metabolism test, stress test, hormone test and active metabolic assessment. I met with the nutritionist on staff. She helped line me up with the proper vitamins and supplements. I utilized the sauna (made friends there) ate yummy, healthy food from the LifeCafé, and “attempted” yoga in the beginners workshop that was offered. I went to a co-ed cardio tennis class. I wore a pedometer. I even signed up for a fall tennis team. 

At home I was eating clean, non-processed foods and avoiding alcohol and soda. My grocery shopping habits changed. I was making better decisions not only for me but for my family as well. I was seeing what I call the “trickle down effect.” Soon the family was craving home cooked meals. Pizza went from being every Friday night to once a month. We were all thinking about what we were putting in our mouths instead of just mindlessly eating. We talked about portion sizes, fueling our bodies, how active we were being. It was amazing to see how my decisions were having a positive effect on my family.

Now that I am at the end of my 90-Day Challenge I have learned many things about myself. I learned I have self-control after all. I learned what delayed gratification is. I learned that I could make a plan and stick to it. I learned that we need discipline to become the people we want to be. I learned that the sense of accomplishment when you work hard for something is a wonderful, fulfilling feeling. And hearing your family tell you how proud they are of you…is priceless.

I am very thankful and grateful for the Life Time “team.” They have encouraged, educated and kept me motivated on this journey. I am happy to say that I did accomplish my goal of FEELING healthy again. I will continue being active through my workouts at Life Time Fitness. Today I even signed up for a winter recreation tennis league. I plan on continuing and maintaining my healthy lifestyle not only for myself but for my family as well.  We truly reap what we sow… and so do others in our lives - especially our children.



Theresa C. – Westminster, CO

For most of my life, I have considered myself an athlete. My fitness level has varied from very good (when I competed in a few triathlons) to not-so-good (when my only exercise was walking my dogs…occasionally). My weight and nutrition level followed suit. When I was working out consistently, I tended to eat pretty well; when I wasn’t, well, a lot of processed and fast food passed my lips.

Last year, 2013, was a challenging year and was reflected in my weight and fitness level. I had a heavier workload at my job than I could remember ever having. That translated to only working out two or three days a week for 20-30 minutes at a time with a total focus on cardio. Food choices were what was quick and what required the least amount of work - in other words, lots of fast food.

In August, my partner contracted West Nile and was completely knocked down for four weeks, which meant I had to step up to the plate for all our family and household duties. It also meant my workouts stopped. In September, just when she was going back to work for an hour or two a day, her business was completely destroyed by the horrible floods that hit the Front Range of Colorado. As the stress in my life ballooned, so, too, did my weight. By November I was forced to buy “fat” pants because none of mine fit me. I completely stopped weighing myself because I didn’t want to face the reality of the scale. It turns out, I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life.

When I heard about the 90-Day Challenge at Life Time, I was intrigued. I was tired of feeling heavy and unhealthy and constantly worrying every time I got dressed whether or not my clothes would fit. I told a trusted friend about it, and her advice was that if I was going to do it, I needed to commit 100%. So that’s what I did!

Because of Melissa, my trainer at Life Time, I realized that how I had approached fitness and weight loss was very, very narrow. Information is power, so that’s what I sought. I found out my health score, did the metabolic tests to find out how efficiently I was burning fat and calorie minimums for my body and to discover what my heart rate zones were. I had been having digestive issues for years that my primary care physician and a gastroenterologist couldn’t figure out, so I took the food sensitivity tests, too. I also attended almost every Try-It Tuesday.

My, how my life has changed! I have dropped 25.6 pounds and 27.15% body fat overall, but more importantly, I have changed how I think about fitness and health! I have transformed how I eat, how much I move during a day, and what types of workouts I do.

Thanks to Megan, the dietician at our club, I have eliminated or greatly limited the foods my body is sensitive to, and I shop almost exclusively on the exterior of the grocery store. I record everything I eat in My Fitness Pal, and because my goal is to eat 30% carbohydrate, 30% fat, and 40% protein, I think about every single thing I put in my mouth instead of mindlessly stuffing my face. Besides the occasional frozen organic pizza, I almost never eat processed foods. I eat real food. I’m also taking supplements Megan suggested to support my digestive health, and I can gleefully say the nausea and diarrhea I experienced on a daily basis are now a thing of the past!

When the 90-Day Challenge began, Life Time was also starting the 10K-a-Day challenge, which I took on and completed! I still wear my Vivofit and track my steps every day, knowing when I get the red line that I have been inactive for too long and it’s time to get up and move!

My workouts are now a combination of cardio, strength training and yoga. Between the cardio training Melissa gave me and the various classes and other cardio activities I do, my VO2 went from 37.2, optimal for my age (52) to 44.3, optimal for a 13-19 year old! I can now do a No Limits Circuit or TCX class and not feel like a wet noodle afterwards, and chaturanga in yoga is a breeze.

Although I have not hit my goal weight yet, I know I will. I also know that feeling fit, strong and healthy is much more important than a number on a scale. I am currently training to be a yoga instructor and hope one day to teach other fitness classes.



Jessica A. - Westminster, CO

My success story isn’t exactly complete, nor will it be for some time. I tell myself constantly that I’m not running a race. Measuring success in my book means the little things like trying on my shorts for a second year in a row and actually fitting into them! It’s also making time for myself at the gym aside from having 3 special needs children. This indicates to me that I have made actual life changes that will stick with me forever, and my children benefit from me being healthy of mind, body, and spirit. I couldn’t have made these changes without the undivided attention I get from my personal trainer, Mike. He has helped me shed over 25 pounds. While that is a feat in itself, the muscle I have gained has been the most satisfying. It is still too easy for me to get on a scale and define my self-worth by that number, however. Mike has helped me focus on the big picture. Before I met Mike, I had no idea what I was doing and was intimidated by everything in the gym that wasn’t a cardio machine. Thanks to Mike, I now have confidence and purpose when I am there. He truly is an asset to the Life Time team, and I cannot thank him enough for his support!



John H. – Berkeley Heights, NJ

This was my goal:

My goal was to reduce weight/body fat to a level that was commensurate with me returning to a level of fitness required to regain prior performance levels in various sporting activities (e.g. skiing, running, racquetball and swimming).

This was my plan:

Exercise: 1:1 PT 2x / week, Cardio workout 2-3x/week (3-5 mile runs on 3-20 degree gradients), racquetball 1/week.

Nutrition: Significantly lower carb intake, lower fat intake. Increased protein intake including Whey Isolate after exercise.

This was who got me there:

Personal Trainer Desiree Quirk. She has continuously changed things up, kept it interesting and made it fun. She is also relentless, so even if I feel like slowing it down she keeps after me but is always encouraging. I could not have made it this far in my journey without her influence.

This is my story:

I was a high school scholar-athlete involved in multiple sports: rugby, skiing, squash and golf - the latter three being a team captain. I went on to represent college at skiing and golf and played rugby at an even higher (national) level.

About 15 years ago, increasing family and work commitments saw a progressive decline in these activities to either zero or close to zero. Consequently, my weight and body fat started to climb, and I ballooned to 278-280lb and had a waistline of 44ins.

Carrying such a weight then began to affect my overall health as well as specific physical aspects (e.g. my knees). I needed to do something about it. Then came my family to the rescue. They bought me a 1-year membership to Life Time and 2 sessions with a personal trainer.

My high school senior son was already a Life Time member and a huge fan of the gym. This was all the motivation I needed, and I soon set about trying to regain my fitness and shape. I started with Desiree in mid-late April, and here I am today 60 pounds lighter with an approximately 10% reduction in body fat and 6 inches off the waist (not quite back to 36 inches that I was 15 years ago but 38 feels very good!).

This was my success:

60lb reduction in weight to approximately 215 pounds and approximately 10% reduction in body fat %. Waistline reduced from 44 inches to 38 inches.




Petra R. – Vernon Hills, IL

I’ve been a member of Life Time Fitness since 2008. During 2008 and the beginning of 2014, I have always struggled with my weight.  I worked out like crazy, but the weight wasn’t coming off.  n January of 2014, my personal trainer said that she talked to the nutritionist and asked if she would be willing to have an education session for her clients. I thought about it and after a good debate with myself I decided to go. So, at the end of January I went to the education session and met the person that has changed my life (Jessica Janik). 

After filling out a questionnaire and having Jessica review and very sympathetically understand my issues, I signed up for the Longevity & Vitality and Food Sensitivity lab assessments. After receiving the results, I was shocked by the results. High cholesterol (good cholesterol almost nonexistent), very low vitamin D levels, hemoglobin A1C high (increased risk of diabetes level), and my estrogen and progesterone levels weren’t in sync. 

From the Food Sensitivity test I learned that I had a list of foods that my body does not like. My first meeting with Jessica after receiving the results was awesome. I went in there all stressed and she said, “Don’t worry about it. It can all be fixed. “ 

She had me do the D.TOX, taught me how to eat the right food and the right amounts, and advised appropriate supplementation. I used to think in order to lose weight you had to eat very little. Boy, was I wrong on that one! To date, I have lost 22 pounds and 9% body fat. I’ve reached my first goal in weight loss, and I’m working on my ultimate goal of an additional 5 pounds. My cholesterol, vitamin D, sex hormones, and hemoglobin A1C levels have all improved.  

When people ask me if I’m still on my diet I say no. I’ve made a lifestyle change, and I feel GREAT!!!!

There are no words to express how thankful I am that Jessica has come into my life.