Member Spotlight: Janice's Story of Commitment
I have been overweight all of my life, basically since I was seven years old. I was always very active but was not a regular eater. As I got older, my eating habits got worse and I skipped meals daily. I struggled with weight loss no matter how active I was. When I would begin to lose weight I would usually lose an average of 20 pounds and then would plateau for several months.
Of course I would become frustrated easily and toss in the "dieting." In 2007, I had my youngest daughter and although she was almost nine pounds I came home from the hospital weighing 20 pounds more than I had when I went in to deliver her. I also came out with high blood pressure which was also very discouraging as I had always had low blood pressure. They put me on blood pressure medicine and I had to remain on them to keep it under control.
I began dealing with a lot of physical pain and stopped exercising because of it. In 2013, the doctors finally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and began treating me with medicine that fortunately I had great success with.
By this time, I had reached my highest weight of 312 pounds. I was very unhappy and knew I had to do something. I began working out at the fitness center where I worked and did manage to lose 15 pounds. Unfortunately, they did away with my position and I was no longer able to work out at the facility. We lost my brother of a sudden massive heart attack that year and I knew my own risks were high as it was not only genetic but my weight could be a huge contributor.
With a lot of careful consideration and talking with my primary doctor, I decided to talk with a doctor about stomach surgery. I walked into the office in October 2014 weighing 297 pounds. In January 2015, I had the stomach sleeve surgery. I had to commit to eating five small meals a day consisting of high protein options, vegetables, and very little carbohydrates along with beginning a workout program. In late February, I signed up at Snap Fitness for the trial membership.
I quickly began to familiarize myself with all the equipment and became a frequent flyer. I attend the gym usually four-to-five times a week working hard at cardio and also doing some muscle building and strength training.
My goal someday is to be able to work with a personal trainer. Since January 2015, I am down 123 pounds and since my highest weight, I am down 138 pounds. My goal weight is 150 pounds: at this time, I am 24 pounds away from.
I am confident that with my new eating schedule along with with my efforts at Snap Fitness I will definitely meet my goal! I enjoy working out at Snap Fitness because there is a variety of equipment and the staff and people at the gym are always courteous and friendly.
I am so thankful for my health and a new beginning to my life. Since I have lost the weight, I have gone off my blood pressure medication and had excellent blood work results. I am also only three percent away from having a normal BMI, originally I started out as morbidly obese. Once I reach my goal weight, I will have lost more than half of my body weight.
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