Anyone can do this.

Submitted by: Chris Giesking

Laura's Success Story

I told myself it didn’t bother me to be overweight. Most of my family is overweight, so it was ok that I was too. I told myself it was hereditary and I couldn’t do much about it. I was “big-boned”. I told myself over and over I was happy with myself, regardless of how much I weighed. Over the course of several years, I gained over 50 pounds. Instead of being honest with myself and admit I didn’t like who I was or how I felt, I used these excuses to avoid exercise, ultimately avoiding myself. I hid my insecurities pretty well. I didn’t want my friends and family to know how much it bothered me to always be the “big one” in the group. Like a lot of people, I hopped on the rollercoaster of exercise routines and tried making better food choices, but after a month or two, I was back to little or no exercise and making poor food choices. After watching a video on women and heart disease, a light bulb didn’t just light up in my head, it exploded. It was a hard pill to swallow, but I was a candidate for developing heart disease. All I could think of was how I let myself get to that point and I needed to make changes before my health was jeopardized. I had two choices. I could continue to allow myself to progressively lose control of my health and ultimately my life or I could make real changes. I began exercising on my own last spring. I began making conscious decisions on what type of food I was putting into my body. I was not getting the results I so badly wanted and needed. Then, I started an exercise program with Chris. Like many others, I had the misconception of what being healthy meant. He has taught me that being healthy is not by going on a “diet” and exercising once or twice a week. It is a lifestyle. There are no secrets. There are no quick fixes or magic pills. I had to do the work. For me, nutrition is the most challenging aspect of being healthy and losing weight. The most significant change I have noticed by eating healthier is my increased energy. Working out with Chris is always challenging, but is also always fun. His workouts are never the same. I am setting and reaching goals I never imagined I would be able to do. Of course, the weight loss is an amazing feeling, but ultimately, it is not about appearances or weight. To me, it’s about feeling good about myself again. It’s about gaining the confidence back I once lost. I have much more energy and my overall health has improved. Exercise and proper nutrition have become a part of my everyday life and I choose to stay on this path to maintain a healthy life. - Laura


Laura Before


Laura After