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.