Occupation: Baker / Business Owner
Weight Loss: 103 lbs.
I can’t say for sure how the pounds crept up on me, partially the “baby” weight from my two children that never really “fell” off the way people say it does, partially the overindulging in food because I worked hard and “deserved” it, mostly from a hectic schedule with emphasis on everyone else besides myself, I had a LOT of excuses!
In any case, it had gotten to the point where at 44 – I no longer recognized myself. I felt like a stranger in my own body, I was exhausted and more a little disgusted with myself. Although my weight had fluctuated throughout my life, this was different – I had gotten to the point where I felt like I was giving up. I had truly gotten to that moment – now or never.
My initial goal was to lose 50 lbs. and I began working with Marietta training 40 minutes 3 times a week. In addition, I drastically changed my diet, no fad diet plan but the permanent elimination of many things. I wish I could say that diet wasn’t important but for me it absolutely is – and no – I don’t “cheat”. I eat mainly of lean protein and vegetables, reducing my caloric intake and limiting the hours of the day when I eat. I do still enjoy an evening glass of red wine and a handful of gummy bears from time to time.
Working with Marietta literally saved my life, she kept me accountable and kept motivating and challenging me with a combination of cardio and strength training, keeping the workouts interesting and the exercises diverse. With her constant encouragement and belief in me – I surpassed by initial goal and lost over 100 lbs. in the first year. And after 4 years training my life is forever changed, thank you Marietta (you are my trainer, and my dear friend).
Today I feel strong, I feel committed, and I feel like myself again. I even ran my first 10K, I never thought I would see that in my life! I am proud of my accomplishments and I am still striving to be my best. I feel happiest now when I get to the gym – I workout to look good, to feel good, to stay focused and to make sure that I am a priority in my own life. I still have a very difficult schedule, I work long hours that start early and often run late, but I no longer use that as an excuse not to make time to workout but as the reason I have to.
They say that ever journey starts with one step and that is true, but if you keep going and have a great guide to lead the way you can really get somewhere great.