Success Story: Kathy ForrestKathy-Forrest
I’ve been working out at Personally Fit consistently for about three and a half years. Chris and Leslye Mondragon have been friends for about thirty years, and we’ve raised our children together. I began going to their gym sporadically to “work out”, but did not really get serious about my health and weight loss until I had my first bone density test, right before I turned 50. I had something called osteopenia – a precursor to osteoporosis. I also had been told by my general practitioner that my cholesterol was too high and that dropping 10 pounds or so would potentially help lower it enough to avoid cholesterol-lowering drugs. Genetically high cholesterol runs in my family. In addition, I was probably at my heaviest, non-pregnancy weight and was having trouble dropping pounds on my own. I’m sure my metabolism was awful because none of the methods I’d used in the past was working this time for weight loss. Chris and Leslye and Dawn Skelton (one of their stellar personal trainers), helped me work out a plan that worked for ME in MY situation to lose the weight I needed to lose, slowly at first, and then more consistently and, above all, in a healthy and sustainable way! I began going for a “women’s morning group” workout twice a week. It was companionable and fun and encouraging. It kept me going because I looked forward to being with the group. The trainers really do care about their clients as people, not just as nameless bodies in a gym. Chris, Leslye, Dawn, and other trainers listen and care about people and it shows in the atmosphere in the gym and the smiles on the people who are there. They helped me not only get stronger, actually REDUCING the osteopenia my next bone density test, they also helped me learn to eat better, cleaner, and smarter. I don’t starve myself and, as a result of this education and real encouragement and support, I’ve revved up my metabolism. Thanks, also, to a couple of enjoyable weight-loss challenges, I have now lost those ten pounds, plus a few extra! Not only that, but I’ve taken an inch and a half off each thigh, and inch and a quarter off my hips, and a full two inches off my waist in a year and a half. Best of all, I know how to keep it all off! Later this fall, I will go back to my doctor for a cholesterol check. I fully expect it to be lower. If not, at least I know that I am living a healthier lifestyle and have done and continue to do all I can to counter my genetic make-up.
I’m set to go through my fifties and sixties and face the challenges of middle age armed with the knowledge and habits that will make these years as fit, healthy, and enjoyable as possible! In many ways, I feel like I am in my prime and I owe so much of that to my friends and “gym family” at Personally Fit! Thanks, guys!