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Entries in Palm Valley, AZ (3)

Saturday
Nov212015

Jay H. – Palm Valley, AZ 

It's crazy what a difference losing weight can make in your life. I am a 45-year-old husband, father of 2 girls, and I really couldn't do much with my family before this challenge. But now...it's on!

Whatever my girls want to do, we can do it! Swimming, hiking, wrestling, playing at the park, I've got energy for it all!

I've struggled with my weight off and on for most of my life. I had done the 90-Day Challenge before, but I just saw it as a contest. Once it was over, I went back to old habits.

After the last challenge I thought I had learned and was ready to make that life change, but then my wife lost her job, and I had to put my Life Time membership on a freeze. We could not afford the full monthly fee. With me having to put in overtime at work to keep up with the bills, I had no time to work out. As the weight came back, my energy went away and my family could tell.

As this 90-Day Challenge came closer, Angie the Nutritionist asked me if I was going to enter the challenge. Up until that point, I was not sure if I would or not. However, hearing her say those words I felt as if she could see that I had gained all my weight back. I felt like a failure and had to enter now.

It wasn't until this time, this challenge, when I decided to fully commit to this with my wife (who also entered) and kids on board that it finally worked, and I think it will stick! We cut out the junk and are supporting each other towards success in every way! The sky's the limit, and we're so excited to be doing this thing together. (Sort of reignited the spark!)

We're going to keep going, working with Angie the Nutritionist and putting in work so we can just be healthy and live as long as we can for each other and our kids! We are a true success story, regardless of the outcome of the contest. Thanks Life Time Fitness! We'll see you in August for the next challenge....

 

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Sunday
Mar312013

Courtney S. – Palm Valley, AZ

Before third grade, I never thought I had any weight issues. Once I switched schools from private to public school, there was a girl who started teasing me about my weight. I believe this is where my questions about what I looked like compared to others began. I always had very pretty friends--thin, attractive, no weight problems. I would always see people looking at me in a strange way but didn’t understand why. I took P.E. over the summer before my freshman year and lost about 10 pounds, but I kept my horrible eating habits and gained it all back.

In high school I tried to be in student council. Like the other candidates, I put posters up around the school with my name and picture on it asking for people to vote for me. One day, I had looked at one of my posters while at lunch, and someone had written "Fat A**" on my forehead. I was completely humiliated and didn't know how to react. After that, I spent a lot of time complaining to my dad about how people saw me and how horrible I felt about myself. I think it was really difficult for my household (me, my dad and my mom) to have these problems arise because as much as I wanted to change, there was no change in the house. My parents wouldn't buy or cook healthy food, and they didn’t exercise.

I had to shop at Torrid or Lane Bryant as a 15-year-old. I wanted to be a fun high school girl--normal, interesting, popular. I wanted to feel free on the beaches when I was on vacation. I wanted to be able to wear cute clothes. I wanted to date guys. None of these things were happening. I had such horrible body issues with myself that all throughout my room there were pictures, posters, and magazine clippings of skinny, attractive women.

By my junior year of high school (2008), I was 210 lbs. I started at a weight loss clinic that used HCG to aid overweight people with their weight loss. It required a low caloric intake, 2-4 oz. of protein every 2-4 hours, limited fruits, limited veggies, pretty much no other carbohydrates or fats. I did this for 3 months and lost 50 pounds. I was so excited to be smaller for once in my life, and I felt a bit better about myself. My lowest weight was 155 pounds. After senior prom, the weight started coming back on. I hadn't actually learned how to sustain my weight loss, simply because I did not learn how to properly nourish myself. HCG taught me that if I didn't eat a lot, I would lose the weight. I realized as I went into my freshman year of college that HCG wasn't a practical weight loss mechanism because there was no way I could stick with that drastic of a diet.

In January of 2010, I joined Lifetime Fitness in Palm Valley. I was set up with LT bucks and used them for two personal training sessions and two nutrition counseling sessions. This is when I first met my trainer, Meghan Blume. This blonde woman with extreme energy comes up and introduces herself to me and told me she was excited to work with me. A few days later, I came in and had my first appointment with her. She gave me her cell phone number, told me to text her if I had any questions or needed encouragement. My last session was bittersweet because I could not afford personal training and wouldn't be able to work with Meghan. I still saw Meghan at the gym very often. She would talk to me, make me feel comforted, and tried so hard to get me to join her T.E.A.M. Weight Loss or T.E.A.M. Fitness classes. Of course, I still couldn't afford these either. I mean, a broke 18-year-old working at a movie theater (transitioned to working as a hostess at a restaurant) and paying $50/month for a gym membership seemed like a lot to me!

I started at about 190 pounds when I met Meghan. I wore a size 16-18 pants. Nothing had changed for that entire year in terms of my weight, but every once in a while I would talk with Meghan, catch up, and she would encourage me to join T.E.A.M.

In December 2011, I got a new job and was able to start T.E.A.M. training. From January to April, I was happy that I was exercising 3 times a week with the team, but I still didn't have a grasp on my nutrition. Meghan encouraged me to continue showing up to T.E.A.M. because consistency is a goal in and of itself. I didn't lose much of anything in those first 3 months, but she taught me to see consistency as a measure of success.

By April, I was doing great!  I did TEAM Fitness Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and had my cardio point workouts on the days I wasn't working with the team. I was also taking the supplements that Meghan had told me to take (Women's AM/PM Multi-vitamins, Fish Oil, Ascorbic Acid, and Calcium/Magnesium) and was getting better with my nutrition. As time went on, Meghan was able to teach me what I should be eating and how I should be thinking in terms of my diet. I slowly kept getting healthier, stronger, and more athletic.

By my 21st birthday (July 27, 2012), I had gotten down to 156 pounds! I was ecstatic! I wore between a 8-10 pant size. I felt as though I could actually live the life I had been wanting to for so many years and would no longer be constrained by my weight. I was able to shop in normal stores, I was able to be in a bikini, and my vacation to Las Vegas was the best I've ever had. I had never been able to accomplish something like this before. Meghan and Lifetime helped me get there.

 It is now November and I am still maintaining my weight and learning every day about nutrition, fitness and other forms of exercise. I am stronger. I am healthier than I have ever been in my entire life. I can lift heavy weight with good form.  I had my cardio point assessment re-done, and I am getting back into hot yoga at Lifetime, which makes me feel amazing. I am no longer in T.E.A.M., but I am working with Meghan in a small group with some other members I met while in TEAM. I have made so many friends at Palm Valley that I could never have imagined I would have had years before. These friends are those I've been with in T.E.A.M. and my small group, several trainers, activity desk employees, and Life Cafe employees. I enjoy being so close to the team members because it inspires me to continue on this path of my life and never look back. I am not where I want to be yet, but now that I understand my body and understand my health, I can see a clear path to the results I want.

Thank you so much Lifetime. Thank you so much, Meghan Blume. You have changed it all for me.

Sunday
Jan132013

Jill E. - Palm Valley, AZ

“I pledge to never see my highest weight on a scale EVER again” was the first 90-Day Challenge comment I posted on my Facebook page. Every morning, I would wake up and find an inspirational/working out quote. As I thought of this quote throughout the day, it really encouraged me to continue this challenge. There were hectic days and I thought “Hey, I can’t do this anymore.” And then I would look back at my quotes and realize yes I can! “One pound at a time.” Also ALL my family, friends and even co-workers knew about my challenge. I told everyone about it. Everyone was so supportive and helpful, plus I wanted to be held responsible.

Last year, I was up north zip lining and got hurt. I broke my ankle and tore all my ligaments in my ankle. It has been a tough year with recovering. This was a wakeup call in my weight which helped me to realize I needed to do something about my weight today, not tomorrow. So when I saw the 90-Day Challenge advertisement at my gym, my boyfriend and I decided to join.

We were both very excited about it and have struggled with our weight our entire lives. I can tell you having a partner to workout with every day and make healthy choices is very helpful.

I still struggle everyday with my ankle, but that didn’t stop me from going to the gym. There were days I had to wear my ankle brace and sometimes even my boot to the gym. The nice thing about the challenge was the “Try it Tuesdays”. For example, I never would have thought water aerobics could be such a great work out, but I tried it and LOVED it, great with a hurt ankle too. I love going to the gym and walking or running on the treadmill. If I am not there you can find me on a walk, hike or even a bike ride. I did some kind of cardio every day. It was a nightly routine with my boyfriend and his 8 year old daughter. It’s funny how much she is now learning about eating healthy too with the changes we have made in our lives.

I know the last 90 days have been the best days and I am excited to see where the next 90 days takes me. I have learned so much about eating right and exercising.

Remember “A one hour workout is 4% of your day, NO excuses!”