Client Spotlight Shelley W.
A close friend of ours had a massive heart attack and passed away at the age of 49. We had all spent time together the night before and the news was not only a terrible shock, but also a wakeup call. I came to the realization that I needed to start taking care of myself. I had belonged to a gym and exercised regularly, however being a single working mother, fast food was more convenient for me at times. It was apparent that I needed to lose weight to enjoy other activities that I had an interest in doing.
I was referred to GreenLite by a dear family-friend. He had lost more than 60 pounds on the program. I was amazed by his transformation, he had more energy and he was more active. Just watching his progress and how happier he was because of it, I told myself I had to give it a try. I first started the program in 2010. I restarted and took a few breaks in 2011, but I knew this time restarting the program had to be different. Before coming back in I had no idea that I put on the 30 pounds that I lost a year ago. The weight gain was due to being lethargic, lazy, and unmotivated in addition to dealing with my own medical issues, which caused me to give up entirely. During my weekly visits the maintenance program was brought to my attention, and I decided that I needed to follow this program once I reached my goal weight to help keep the weight off for good.
This is a lifestyle change and with the different stress factors in my life, I find that I need the accountability and the structure to keep me focused on a healthier me! The counselors are fabulous. They have all followed the program, and have gone through some struggles themselves; after all we are all human! They understand life’s challenges and are there to assist you in reaching your goals. The arrival of 2012 meant a new beginning for me. I have a list of goals to accomplish this year: kickboxing classes, strength training classes and 10k walk/run. My counselors helped prepare me for my first ever 10k! I had only two weeks to prepare for this event and with their guidance I was able to complete one of my 2012 goals!
Exercise is something that I really enjoy with no interruptions, no phone, etc. and I find that I constantly push myself to the next level. There are wonderful people that work at my gym and they assist me in any way they can. Whether it’s modifying my circuit training or introducing me to new classes that I should try for maximum calorie burn, the trainers and instructors help to motivate me in every possible way. I truly have the best support system! I commute, so I try to attend 3 classes per week in addition to walking 2 miles per day (Monday – Thursday). I find that I am getting stronger and improve each week.
It’s noticeable that my body is toning and slimming down. The scale may not always move, but I can tell by the way my clothes fit. I don’t let myself get discouraged when my weight fluctuates and my counselors are very sensitive when this happens. They don’t want me to get disappointed, because that may cause negative actions. Instead, they suggest doing an Inbody analysis the following week, which encourages me to stay on track. In one month I had lost 10 pounds of body fat and gained 1 pound of muscle. So even if the scale hadn’t moved the week before, I could tell my body was changing because I felt and looked better!
Commuting makes it difficult to plan meals, but the best lunch meal I found is thin sliced lean deli meat with a thin slice of lite Jarlsberg Swiss cheese, wrapped in lettuce with a little Dijon mustard.
I will continue on my healthy lifestyle journey, feeling stronger and healthier than ever. The results are amazing, and I hope that I can influence others to jump on board because it really is life changing! I have another 10k this spring, and I can’t wait for more adventures in the near future!