Debbie Days: My Journey from Weight Loss to a Healthy Lifestyle
Hi, my name is Debbie. I am 53 years old, 5’ 1” and weighed 153 when I joined Lexington Fitness.
For years I had been standing on the sideline watching various friends make changes in an attempt to get healthy. I watched as many succeed and even more failed.
I have said to myself many many times, “I need to lose weight”, “I need to exercise”.. There was always some excuse not to take care of myself; I guess I was busy taking care of everyone else.
One very cold morning, I went online and looked up the closest gym. Lexington Fitness in Spring Green came up on my screen, I reached for the phone and within 48 hours was meeting with Cassy for a walk-through of her facility. All I asked was, “do you think I can lose 5 pounds a month and reduce my body size?” She did not even blink and simply said with total confidence: “Yes.” Then I knew: this was the place for me.
The very next day I began working out. I had been on enough cardio equipment to feel comfortable starting there, watching TV, listening to music, and walking away the pounds. As I warmed up to my new routine I began reading the boards and an evening class caught my eye. I felt I was too far out of shape to be able to handle this type of class. I talked with Cassy and she said it’s customized to each individual’s level which put me at ease. I signed up right away. I got so excited I began working even harder to prepare, after all, I did not want to embarrass myself! When the class began, I almost backed out. How would an overweight 53-year woman be able to handle this type of class?
Going to that first class was the best decision I could have made. Sure, I felt old, my muscle were sore, I was tired, there were work emails to answer, it was cold outside, I had laundry to do—I thought of a million excuses not to go to class some days, but I kept going anyway! I wasn’t the fastest, the most coordinated, or anywhere close to the strongest, but I gave it everything I had and received nothing but kind words of encouragement from my classmates. With an extreme amount of patience from Cassy, I even learned how to do “The Monkey Bars”! Can you believe someone my age had never done them? The first time I made it one bar and fell, then two, then three – now I go downstairs and do them for fun because it reminds me how far I have come. I was getting stronger with each class, Cassy seemed to know how to take me right up to my limit and the weight was starting to come off!— even better, my body was changing!
After about a month, I was getting braver so I decided to join another class offered by Andrea. Andrea’s classes complimented Cassy’s so that I still felt comfortable from the first class, plus she is hilarious. Now, even though I still felt old, my muscles were still sore, it was still cold outside, always more emails, and that darn laundry was piling–I wanted to do every class I could, every night possible! I am so thankful that Cassy was there once again to help me understand the need for muscles to rest. I probably would have, burned out had she not helped put me on a schedule that was the healthiest for my body.
Next I hear Andrea and Cassy talking about a Natural Body Building Competition they were preparing for. There was all this focus on food, so once again I start asking questions. Both Cassy and Andrea were very willing to share information about proper nutrition, something that I hadn’t truly factored into my new routine. This was my “WOW” moment. With the help of those two lovely ladies, I created my new meal plans and an exercise program that is tailored to me and my body-type. I learned to focus not only on exercise but hydration, sleep, and nutrition. Finally, I had learned how to take care of me!
Today I have taken my “weight loss” goal and turned it into a “lifestyle change”. With the information and training I have received from Cassy and Andrea at Lexington Fitness, I continue to learn how to be healthy. Yes, I have lost 28 pounds but ,most importantly, I have learned that it’s not about the scale. I am stronger, have more energy, and am healthier than I have been in 25 years. My family and friends tell me so everyday. Bonus!
Thank you Cassy, Andrea, and everyone I have meet at Lexington Fitness for the encouragement and support you have given me. What a journey this has been!
Debbie-Happy Member of Lexington Fitness