Being in the business of health and fitness, we get to witness many transformations, and we NEVER fail to be inspired. Pam's is especially cool because her transformation has been so apparent both inside and out. This gal is on FIRE!
When Pam first walked into our gym, she was a bit hesitant, but she willingly showed up and committed herself to the process, which at the time was a 2X/week WomanStrong Level one class. Now she attends classes very regularly and has become an integral part of our community.
Here are the six key pieces of Pam's transformation in her own words:
Our thoughts are in italics.
I am turning 50 this December.
About 3 years ago my Doctor said I had a high fasting glucose level and was on my way to type 2 diabetes . I thought that only happened to fat, old people. Was I a fat, old person?? I knew I had to do something. The decision to make a change happened gradually. It was like once I walked through one door another would open.
1. I got myself to the gym.
Going to the gym the first time scared the **** out of me but I badly wanted whatever I hoped it could provide, so I went anyway. At first I started sporadically and eventually I made it a priority. I tried not to let anything get in the way of me getting there 3-4 times a week. I don't let anything get in my way, not my family, not social invites and not my own laziness.
We love that Pam started with the gym. We know there are many places to start, but working out helps you feel so good - that it can motivate you to make other changes.
2. I began to recognize that food could be used to fuel me and was not the enemy
Eating well helped me have the energy to get through the workouts. I started to notice that eating well made me feel better in general. I noticed how nutrition helped the depression I sometimes felt in the morning -- it literally lifted once I ate a proper balanced breakfast. Having said that, I do still have to be conscious in this area. Regarding food, I eat lots of vegetables, good protein and healthy fat combined with the occasional junk food feast ;)
This is a big part of what we teach at FXF. Food is our friend, and we don't have to be perfect to see results.
3. Eventually I started feeling more comfortable in my skin.
Change doesn't overnight, keep it at.
4. I got a new Bra.
5. I started accepting more social invitiations and made more friends.
The connections at the gym are partly what keep me going back. If I have missed a block of time the coaches are there to coach and be supportive. I have never been made to feel ashamed or bad about times when I am less committed by the coaches or the other women.
We've got a pretty amazing WomanStrong community - thanks for being part of it Pam.
6. I got some help.
Coach Lisa once told me “the desire to change must exceed the desire to stay the same”- that quote has literally gotten me out of bed in some mornings and encouraged me on my way to the gym. I found a great physiotherapist through the gym and she helped with my bad posture which translates into a taller and more fit-looking me. I also started working with a nutritionist I met at a workshop at the gym.
One of the greatest thing about Pam is that she is open to help. She doesn't try to go it alone.
"Alone we go faster - together we get further."
We are so thrilled to see the changes in you Pam, inside and out. We are so proud of you and your hard work. It's been such a pleasure having you train with us. Keep it up.
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