A facebook post leads Sarah to Success
How did you hear about AFS?
A friend of mine was always posting about it on Facebook, and it looked interesting.
What/Who inspired you to take the first step toward getting in shape?
My kids are my main motivation. When I started here I had a 3 month old daughter and an extremely active 2 year old son. I lacked the energy at times to keep up with them, and it was unsettling. I knew I had to get into better shape, if I wanted to be active with my kids, and feel better about myself.
What initially intrigued you about our program/why did you sign up?
Everything. I liked the idea of having a trainer/ practitioner that would hold me accountable, and be part of my support system. I liked the idea of having group classes, because the energy of others, helps motivate me and keep me going. I liked that there would be variety in the workouts, and that there were different levels of progression, so I could keep pushing myself to be better. I also liked that I wouldn’t have to think about what my workouts would consist of, I would just have to show up.
When I first got there for my initial consult, I immediately felt at ease, and comfortable; all my initial anxiety disappeared. Starting at a new gym can be intimidating, but seeing that there isn’t one specific demographic there, and everyone is so encouraging and supportive, made everything easier.
How did you achieve the success you’ve seen thus far?
I think willpower played a huge factor for me- there are so many temptations out there, and being able to say no to certain foods, or to having a second helping, has been key. Also, having a good routine and understanding husband. I work full time and have 2 small kids, so things can get hectic. My husband has been supportive and helpful when it comes to me finding a balance between work, home, and gym/ working out (probably because he knows I’ll be in a better mood if I get to work out).
Lastly, my awesome practitioner, Chris, and all the instructors. Without Chris checking up on me, offering his knowledge, advice and support, it wouldn’t have been as easy. As for the instructors, they’re always quick to correct my form, or to hand me a heavier weight, or to help me push through, when they can tell I’m struggling. Everyone there is great.
What changes have you noticed in your life since starting with AFS?
The biggest change, other than the obvious loss of weight and inches, has been my energy level. When I started in January I was always feeling sluggish, and struggling to keep up with my son’s energy. Now, I can run around with him and not tire. My endurance has improved significantly too. I could barely make it through the warm-up here initially, without feeling winded, now I’m able to run a 10K, which I did a few weeks ago. My confidence has also sky-rocketed. I didn’t like how I looked, at all. I was always fit, and athletic, up until I had kids a few years ago. At that point, I basically let myself go, and put everything and everyone else first. I realized that in order to be the best me I could be, I had to take care of myself also. Now that I’ve started doing that, I feel amazing.
Advice you can offer others looking to make changes you’ve made?
Don’t be intimidated by others… everyone at AFS has been extremely supportive, encouraging, and the positive energy I need, to continue. I’ve never felt discouraged, or encountered anyone negative, while going there. You also have to be patient, and mentally committed to make certain changes in your life, or it’s not going to happen. It took time to gain weight, and it’s going to take time to lose it. Don’t be discouraged by an off day, you’ll get back on track the next day. Lastly, having a support system is helpful, but make yourself your biggest fan. Be kind to yourself while you make this positive change in your life. Push yourself beyond your limits. Your mental and physical health will improve considerably.