All of my friends, family and blog readers know I have done a lot of whining as I’ve ventured down the road to physical fitness. While I would like to bear all the difficulties with gentile grace, the stresses and struggles have at times been more than I can endure alone. It’s all I can do to keep from screaming with frustration. (Seriously, if you only knew how much I want to complain and don’t, you’d find me restrained). Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience with my struggles.
It is with this history in mind that I share a perk of my weight loss I experienced today.
First some background. As I have mentioned on this blog I am a member of the Tree house Athletic Club in Draper. This is a nationally award winning gym- the best in the state with amazing personnel, incredible facilities and a serene spa environment. I could not have experienced half of my success at any other facility.
In fact, the gym is so great a special program called Real Life Fitness trains there. This is basically a fitness boot camp (or a fitness retreat as it is called on their website) where people from around the country come for stays ranging from 2 weeks to 4 months. From what I’ve seen of the program it looks pretty good. It’s a bit too military for me (sometimes their trainers are out on the floor yelling and it makes me crazy! I hate that kind of trainer.) I have never watched the show but I guess its designed to mimic The Biggest Loser.
Anyway, the process appears grueling and difficult. As I have not been a participant, it is tough for me to comment on its effectiveness, but I have noticed improvement in some patients as I work out with them each day. My only worry is whether they can keep up such a difficult routine when they get home? Some of them are doing 7 hours or more of exercise a day! I am glad I decided to go with the steady-as-she comes approach instead of something like Real Life. I don’t think I will be as fearful of gaining once I achieve my goals.
Now getting to today- I did a quick workout this afternoon (had voice lesson so I had to hustle). As I put away my gym clothes and water bottle in my locker I noticed a woman who looked depressed sitting in the lounge area. I could tell she was a new Real Life’r and I said:
“Yeah, I felt like I was going to pass out.” she said
“How long have you been here?” I said
“Just 2 days. You been here a while ?” she said (I must have looked in pretty good shape for her to say that!)
“I’m not in Real Life. I live here in Draper but I’ve been working on losing weight for the last year.”
“Really? They just told me I need to lose 67 lbs” she said her face filled with despair.
“Well, don’t over do it. You can only do so much. Your body will fight back big time- especially at the beginning” I continued “People have no idea when they say ‘get off your butt and work out how hard it is going to be. You are talking about 3 years of your life 2 hours a day with other major lifestyle changes. It isn’t just get off your butt. ”
“Seriously” she said. “I’m so sick of hearing that.”
“I’ve been working hard for a year and lost 40-some pounds and still have a long way to go. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Don’t get discouraged. ” I said.
“I appreciate that.” she said as tears welled up in her eyes. Of course, this made me cry! Unless you’ve been where me and this nameless woman have, you don’t understand.
“Really. It feels impossible right now but you can do it!”
I had to rush off to make my lesson but as I exited the gym I shed another tear or two to marvel at where I’d come in 10 months time. Back then I’d never have been able to give that woman advice. I wasn’t going to Tree house until August! It was a sweet moment of victory- one which I hope to repeat many times in future years. I also hope a few people are similarly inspired by this blog- despite the complaining. It would make it all worth it!
Some people when they change their life they look at the discarded versions of themselves with disdain and maybe a bit of anger. I promise to all of you that I will not do it. Talking to that lady today made me realize I can inspire people and lift them up. Believe me, those struggling with weight-loss get enough negative feedback- they don’t need to hear any from me. I hope I am the first one with a hug and a word of encouragement. I hope I always see people’s potential and accept them for who they are now, while never doubting their ability to change. This is my goal and mission statement. You guys better help me keep it! If I get out of line remind me of my commitment and give me a bit of a wake-up slap!
Today was a tender mercy I will never forget. Too many more…