What inspired you to begin a fitness program?
I was inspired to start working out at Kirmayer when my co-worker invited me to try a free GT-45 (group metabilic training) session. I was hesitant at first because I was afraid I would completely crash and burn in a boot camp class. But, I needed to lose 20 pounds and knew I had to start somewhere. I was sore for an entire week after the first class, but it was fun and I went back the next week. Eventually, I was going twice a week and then three times a week. Each time, I was less sore and had more energy and felt stronger, and I was very proud of myself for sticking with it.
How do you stay motivated?
Lots of things motivate me to keep working out! I want to stay strong and healthy as I get older - I want to ward off any health problems as long as possible. My daughters motivate me because they are high school athletes, and I am very proud of their accomplishments and I want them to be proud of me, too. My co-workers also motivate me by working out together - sometimes, it's easy to just skip a workout, but we all encourage and push each other to head to the gym.
Group fitness classes are very motivational. If I work out by myself, it is much easier to quit when I start feeling like the workout is getting harder. But in the group fitness classes, the fact that everyone else is pushing through motivates me to keep pushing myself harder, too. Plus, the camaraderie in the group fitness classes makes working out more fun, and all of the instructors at Kirmayer are extremely encouraging and helpful.
What was the secret to your weight loss?
I signed up with Slim 4 Life, but after about a month, I didn't like all of the supplements they wanted me to take. I decided that all I really needed was to eat healthier and exercise, which helped me go from a size 10/12 to a size 4/6.
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