Two years ago, at age 56, I was headed on a downward spiral health-wise. I weighed 190 pounds, led a very sedentary life, my cholesterol was high (even on medication), and my blood pressure was borderline. The crowning blow came when my husband and I were on vacation with my son and his family. I was mortified that it took too two adults to help me get back into our boat from the water! I had virtually no upper body strength and flexibility. Inspired by my daughter-in-law who had tremendous success working with a trainer at the gym I made an appointment to see about joining a gym and signing up for personal training. I had belonged to a gym before but found every excuse in the book not to go, eventually giving up the membership. This time, I figured that if someone was waiting on me at the gym – like an appointment – I’d be more likely to show up. When I was speaking with the person in charge of assigning a trainer to me I mentioned that my favorite exercise was dancing. He immediately paired me with Teresa. Looking back I realize that was one of the defining moments in my life.
Teresa and I just celebrated two years of working together on both diet and exercise. This is the longest period of time in my life since high school that I have kept up an exercise routine. Teresa is constantly mixing it up and challenging me so I never get bored. I have lost twenty pounds – two clothing sizes, my cholesterol is within a healthy range and my blood pressure is 120/70! Other benefits include having fewer aches and pains, more flexibility and improved balance. I also discovered how good exercise is for stress. I now look forward to getting off work and going to the gym.
This past January, because I felt I could handle it physically and because of the increased confidence I have in myself, I signed up for a dance class. At 58 I would have told you those years had passed, but I’ve discovered I still have a lot of living to do!
I still have goals I need to achieve. I would like to lose another twenty pounds. With Teresa’s help and encouragement I have no doubt it can be done. She has taught me the goal is not the dress size but healthy living through diet and exercise.
By the way – I can get up into the boat by myself now!