May 24, 2019
I am very long winded, so I though I should send this as a document instead of trying to post it on the group Facebook page.
I have had memberships at many different gyms, spent a lot of money on many different “diet” programs and always lost weight or gotten in better shape for an event or specific reason. That being said, as soon as that particular event, vacation, etc. was over, I almost immediately fell back into my bad habits and negated all the good I had done. I also had a hard time getting myself to the gym without a “sweat” buddy.
The last time I belonged to a gym was probably in the winter of 2017. I found that I wasn’t using it, and felt that I was wasting a lot of money, so I cancelled my membership and had not been working out for a while. It was time to get back into it, so after looking into several different options, I decided to try The Fitness Shack in October of 2018. I started working out there with a friend, but quickly became comfortable enough that I could work out even without my “sweat buddy”. I am someone who enjoys fitness classes and not just going to a gym and working out. I love the variety of classes at the Fitness Shack in both the morning and evening. I am a morning exerciser (not sure if that’s a word!) and some facilities don’t offer a lot of a.m. classes. I like that the classes start on the hour and last for 45 minutes. The instructors are great and they vary the workouts so that it doesn’t get boring. I’m always a sweaty mess when I leave, which is my goal!
Our youngest son got married almost 5 years ago and I have gained 30 lbs. since his wedding. I kept researching different “diet” plans, but was stubbornly thinking that I should be “smart” enough to lose weight on my own. It’s simple right? Calories in, calories out. Then I would get stuck in the mindset that my body “just wanted to be this weight” and that I couldn’t lose the extra pounds no matter what I did.
I was depressed and disgusted with my lack of self control.
After about 6 months of working out at the Fitness Shack, I decided to take advantage of their “Spring Break” special and eat their Paleo food plan for a week. First of all, the food is delicious, and 3 meals a day plus snack are provided, so it was very easy to follow. After a week I had dropped 5 lbs., felt much better and was hopeful that this might be the ticket for me. For 2 more weeks I continued to eat in much the same way and kept the 5 lbs. off.
When the Fitness Shack posted that they were looking for a group of 12 people to participate in their 21 Day Paleo Detox (at a discounted price!) I realized that this was a great opportunity for me to continue to learn a healthier lifestyle. Diets don’t work for me, so obviously I need to learn a different way of eating, in addition to living a more active life. My husband agreed to eat the same foods as I did which made it that much easier to follow the plan.
The first week I lost 4 lbs. and then my body rebelled a bit. My energy level was all over the place and for a day or two I felt like I was dragging myself around. I solicited the advice of Renee, Dave and the group, and Dave sent me a great article that helped a lot. I increased my water intake, which sounds so simple, but it made a big difference. After a few days my body settled in, my energy level became more consistent and I started seeing some progress on the scale again.
I really made an effort over the 21 days to “listen” to my body. It will tell me what it does and doesn’t like, if I pay attention. I have realized that grains, dairy and sugar make me feel bad. I am not bloated and feel “clean” on the inside. I am not experiencing the intense cravings that I was before. The best part is that I am hopeful that I can continue this lifestyle and be a happier and healthier person, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
The Fitness Shack is a very unique place. It’s not just a “gym”, although gyms are fine. I think of it as a “Wellness Facility”. Renee and Dave, and the incredible crew of instructors, chefs and advisors that they have assembled, are concerned not only with your physical health, but with your overall health. There is always a familiar face when you walk in, and eventhough you are only accountable to yourself, someone else is paying attention to how you look and feel. I work out with young incredibly fit, people, older incredibly fit people, and people like me who are in between. I have never felt judged or critiqued or criticized by the instructors or the other class members. I feel like everyone encourages each other to do their best. I always walk out with a smile on my face ready to take on the day.
I am armed with new recipes and ingredients in my pantry and feel like I can keep this journey going. I plan to continue to pick up dinner once or twice a week (no cooking-ulterior motive!) to help keep the train on the tracks and will continue working out 3-4 times per week – with or without my sweat buddy!
I can’t express how grateful I am that I decided to give the Fitness Shack a try. It’s one of the best decisions that I have made in a long time ☺
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