I’ve never been very fit, but I was able to keep my body more or less in balance most of my life – maintained a steady weight, ate a fairly healthy diet and was rarely limited by my size or fitness. At some point in the last few years, though, that changed. Life got busy and I got to a point where I just wasn’t taking care of myself and I felt horrible – physically and mentally. I knew it was time for a big change, but I didn’t know where to start.
Then, I overheard a colleague talking about AFS and I checked out the website. It seemed pretty great, but I was still afraid to start. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do the workouts or commit to changes in my diet. I was afraid I would be judged and embarrassed of how far I had let my health go. I honestly thought about it for months, going back to the website, reading success stories, trying to work up the courage to actually go in and get started. Eventually, something clicked and I made an appointment to check it out.
It was the best decision I’ve ever made. Everyone at AFS is welcoming and supportive and truly wants to help you succeed. I look forward going to class and my practitioner, Jen, helped me put into action small changes that have made a huge impact in all areas of my life. The structure and accountability make it easy to maintain those changes even when life gets hectic. I still have work to do, but I feel great and am so glad I found AFS.
Success for me has really been about the way I feel, both mentally and physically. My stress level has been drastically reduced since I started thanks to regular exercise and better nutrition – it makes me a much nicer person to be around! Plus, I have more energy and am able to do so much more now than I was six months ago. It’s amazing how small changes add up to make a big difference.
Sometimes I get in my own way a lot. I decide that I need to eat perfectly every day or that my fitness should be progressing at a certain rate and then if I don’t meet these arbitrary standards I set, I stress about it. I’ve had to work to be a little more forgiving of myself and recognize that one day doesn’t make or break you. You have to let yourself live and have fun sometimes. Jen’s not afraid to call me out on this, either, which has helped!
Set aside your fears and go for it. It will be a struggle sometimes, but everyone at AFS is there to support you and the results are so worth it.