July 2016

Shout out for Success: Deb Fidrocki

Deb Fidrocki is a local teacher and has been working with Cheryl McDermott and has lost 40 pounds!! Here's her story...

"My weight had been creeping up for some time; my blood sugar level was higher than it should be. So I finally decided to do something - I would watch what I ate and exercise more. It worked; I lost 25 pounds. But I was also doing 45 minutes on the elliptical five days a week and I was afraid to eat anything as I didn't want to gain the weight back. 

Then, for my birthday, my daughter gave me 5 sessions with a personal trainer. What she was thinking, I'm not sure, as I really am not a "gym person" but it was a nice gesture. I decided I would really listen to the trainer but if I didn't like it, I would just quit. My first trainer was Laury Hale. She pointed out that, while I had the habit of going to the gym, I was really making minimal use of the gym as I was only using the cardio and circuit machines.  I agreed to try a class and go 3 times. I picked "Gentle Yoga" (nothing too strenuous here).  Amazingly enough, it was fine - I did not die. So, then I decided to try a Head to Toe class and again, nothing bad happened. Coincidentally, my niece joined at about this time, and she always liked the classes.  The next thing I knew, I was doing Tabata, Head to Toe, Pilates, TRX... Then Laury moved to the Dominican Republic and I needed a new trainer.  

I decided to try working with Cheryl McDermott. I had taken Kettlebell small group training with her and I had seen her working with other members and I thought that I could work well with her. One of the first things that Cheryl and I started working on was being more dynamic and functional in my workouts. She also taught me to be more efficient with my time. I've actually dropped another 15 pounds since working with Cheryl, without trying. I also met with Alison Doak and made a few changes to my diet, actually eating more food while minimizing added sugar."

What I've learned:

There is a difference between being "not hungry" and being "full".  I don't have to be full to be satisfied. And there is a lot of knowledge, support and encouragement to be found at the club-from the trainers, to the desk staff, to fellow members. You have to be open to it.

Biggest challenges & how you overcame them: 

Not everyone is supportive-and sometimes that was surprising. I had people tell me that I wasn't eating right, I looked tired, etc.  I try to avoid the negativity and seek out positive people. It wasn't always easy to make time to exercise, eat right, work, socialize, etc., etc.   I literally write down exercise classes, appointments with trainers, etc. on my calendar. 

Most helpful element of training:

Having someone (Cheryl) who knows my goals and won't make excuses for me. 

How I feel now: 

I feel good. I know that I am strong and I know that I look good. I am more confident than I used to be. 

Thanks for sharing Deb and keep up the good work!! If you want to have your own success story, email Ann Marie to set up personal training to help you get on track!

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Shout out for Success: Lauren Gendreau!

First of all, a BIG SHOUT OUT for Lauren Gendreau for working so hard over the last few years and becoming super healthy - you are a true inspiration! And a BIG THANK YOU for all of her hard work at Fitness Unlimited and for being an amazing person to work with and be around - Lauren we already miss you but we know that you're going to do great in Denver and wish you all the best, you deserve it!

Here's Lauren's Story:

My weight was something I used to just brush off by trying to avoid scales, mirrors, crowed places, etc. However you can't ignore how your body feels and at 20 years old and 250 pounds I had hit the point where I couldn't ignore it any longer.

I had a panic attack December 2012 which my doctor informed me was a result of being severely overweight and that I was on my way to a heart attack if I didn't do anything to change it. This event scared me enough to cause me to start changing my eating habits. I went from eating out constantly and drinking soda with almost every meal to cutting back on sugars, monitoring my food intake and light exercising.

The need to change my lifestyle really hit home the day I started classes at Suffolk University. Things as simple as waking the campus and looking at other young girls who seemed to fit in while I stood out drove me to make some serious changes. It can be tough to exercise a 250 pound body so I start with walking a mile a day. That led to longer more aggressive walks, and eventually running.

After losing 50 pounds I hit a wall and decided I needed help, that is where Fitness Unlimited came in. I joined in June 2013 and engaged one-on-one fitness training with Ann Marie. I can truly say that Ann Marie changed my life. She challenged me to believe in my body and to push myself beyond my limits. After working with her for 5 months that last 60 pounds was melting off and I realized by true physical capabilities. I have continued to train with her for the last 3 years and have seen my goals change from weight loss to getting faster running times and eventually increasing strength. 

It honestly amazes me how your body can change with persistence, diligence, and some motivation and guidance from people who truly care about your wellbeing.

I am stronger, more confident and happier than ever. I am so lucky to have been a member and employee at Fitness Unlimited, I am so grateful to have met you all!

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