2013 was the year to make a change. I was struggling mainly, of course, with weight issues. I stepped on a scale and reality sunk in that I was the heaviest I have been my whole life. Along with the weight change, my goals were to gain confidence, feel better (more energized), get into shape, live healthier and find a sense of pride/accomplishment.
I knew a regular gym was not for me. Training on my own was always a struggle –it was easy to come up with excuses, not knowing how to change up the workouts or to come up with a program on my own to best suit me, and I needed someone to hold me accountable and push me to new heights. March 27th, 2013 I met Jason at his facility in St. Peter. Jason met me with a solid hand shake and smile then proceeded with asking the right questions to get to know me and my goals. His personality was high energy, caring, supportive and he truly listened to what I was looking for in a gym. The gym had kettle bells, dumbbells, barbells, monkey bars, strengthening bands, rollers, etc. No machines I asked? His stance is strictly about making sure someone can move correctly, learn the proper form to avoid injuries, improve range of motion, and enhance one’s confidence. He extended an offer to train the next morning at 5:30 AM. REALLY? I am the type of person that loves to sleep in, typically waking up around 7:00 AM. Jason said come in for a trial – see what you think – then decide from there. Also, Jason said with his program, he would recommend 3 days a week (versus 7) to allow my muscles/body time to recover. I was caught off guard because I was on a mission and ready to put all the time and effort into this that was necessary, figuring on 5-7 days a week in order to see results. However, decided to work with Jason and his program of 3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings).
My first day seemed nearly impossible. However, after a few more sessions with the support and encouragement from Jason and the rest of the class to stick with it, finally it all clicked and I was finishing workouts and increasing my weights. It felt GREAT – I had a sense of accomplishment —I never felt crushed and embarrassed. Five-thirty was becoming routine-- the class was counting on me to be there and a true sense of community between all of us was formed. They accepted me from day one even though I was struggling. They never gave up on me —they encouraged me to take baby steps to get to my goals.
During the first 3 weeks of class, after feeling a sense of accomplishment – I stepped on the scale and I was discouraged …Up 8 pounds. REALLY? Working hard in the gym and gaining weight? However, Jason never let me quit. Once I told him why I was stressing, – he recommended I see a nutritionist. I had always heard it is 80% eating healthy(ier) and 20% working out. After talking with the nutritionist and learning about what I was eating, the relevance behind certain foods and tweaking my meals/snacks, I was creating a new lifestyle.
By Memorial Day Weekend, I had reached my 1st goal: Losing 10 pounds. Not only did I lose 10 pounds, I also lost the 8 I gained from the first couple of weeks. June 26th – I was down another 7 pounds. July 20th – I hit my 2nd goal: Down 20 pounds! Never thought 20 would be possible. 3rd goal: Feeling great and having confidence by November 16th which was my sister’s wedding date. Guess what? By that time of year, I was down 30 pounds and feeling on top of the world. My bridesmaid’s dress had to be altered over 5 inches on the sides. My jeans went from size 14 or 33 to 9/10 or 29. The scale can be a major obstacle (especially for women) – measure your success by inches or simply on how much better you feel…
Unbelievable! All natural. No diet. No pills. Better lifestyle choices, a support team and a fun atmosphere at workouts all contributed to my success. Jason provided a major portion of my support team throughout this process. He was always a text, email or phone call away with tips, encouragement and his knowledge on how to continue towards achieving my goals. Jason gets to know each of his clients on a personal level to know what to focus his attention on. From watching the way you move, asking what is sore and telling you what could be causing the soreness, to figuring out your goals with you and checking in from time to time, to being a friend to go out and have a beer with and enjoy time outside of the gym together.
Believe in yourself – Results will follow.
Don’t make it a New Year’s Resolution – Make it a Lifestyle.
Thanks Jason for your words of encouragement, months of support, and dedication to helping others improve their lifestyles.
Randi McCabe (AKA “MORGAN”)