For many years, I was on a bit of a roller coaster with diet and fitness. I would start going to the gym and appreciate the results, but then life would happen and before I knew it, the gym became one more thing to fit in with everything else I had going on.
When the Lose It for the Holidays program was introduced, I talked it over with a couple of friends who were interested in joining. I thought this would be a great way to stay motivated over the winter months, learn some new workouts and possibly establish some other strategies.
Those were high expectations.
What I got out of the program was so much more!
I and several other members of the group training sessions enjoyed the program workouts so much that we made plans to get to the gym for classes throughout the week as well.
By the midway point of the program, I wasn't seeing the results I had hoped for. I consulted with Personal Trainer Lauren Gedemer, who gave me some great suggestions to stay on track with eating. We focused on making a sustainable plan.
Between the improved eating and challenging myself to try some different classes, I started to make progress. Each week, we reviewed a new topic and continued to push ourselves and each other. I believe a huge part of my success has been the accountability to my group, as well as to myself.
The group I starting working out with in October are the people I still meet at the gym to work out with each week. We cheer each other on as we make progress towards our fitness goals. I find that rooting for them is as important to me as having their support.
Along this journey, I have gotten to try new things (I can't wait to try Group ACTIVE!). And I have learned to spend time at the beginning of each week planning when I will attend class, meet up with friends to exercise or train with Lauren. I am loving it!
While I have an idea of what number I'd prefer to see on the scale, pursuing a lifestyle of working out with friends and eating well is what I believe will get me there. I can’t wait to keep working towards my goals!