Weight Loss – What is it that you are afraid of?
CONQUER YOUR FEARS
Intimidation may be the number one reason holding you back from starting a weight loss program. It is OK to acknowledge your fear. Acknowledging this fear allows opportunity for you to open doors to better understand the importance of comfortable movement and gain knowledge to establish a safe and effective plan. Ultimately, empowering you to move toward your health and fitness goals.
Sally R. shares her story on overcoming the fear that was holding her back from success.
I had a weight problem for 66 years and I knew I need to exercise on a regular basis but I knew nothing about weight machines. So I just kept to the treadmill each time I came in, as I was most comfortable on the treadmill. I was experiencing stiffness in my arms and legs. Putting on my socks and shoes were getting to be a chore. If I sat too long I would be stiff. It was a chore to groom my toenails. I was just so stiff.
One day I saw a “Weight Loss Flyer” in the gym. I asked about the program and what it entailed. I discovered the program would include nutrition, age appropriate exercises, stretching techniques and proper resistance training. All this would be monitored and recorded to track improvement.
It took me a while to commit to taking this weight loss program. I was afraid I would fail or hate it and perhaps not finish the program. I knew working out could be strenuous and I was scared to sign up. I was able to ask questions several times and expressed being afraid to sign up. I was promised a coach would be with me every step of way for the exercise sessions two times per week.
Finally, I signed up and after assessing where I was as far as mobility, a stretching program was designed for me. I would do the stretches but they were so easy. I thought to myself, ‘This isn’t going to help me because it was too easy and I did not feel pushed’. I should have held my thoughts. The next day I was so sore. Muscles I didn’t even know I had were woken up for the first time in a very long time. It was also a revelation to me I knew I was in the right place and the training skills were ‘Spot On’.
I have continued to program for four months. During this time, my mobility and flexibility both increased by 80%. I lost weight and I have been able to keep the weight off. I feel much better. I look much better. My clothes fit much better. I learned how to use weights and weight training no longer scares me.
I know my journey on this weight loss program was only a start to becoming healthy. I must continue but I have the training and the gym to continue. The program I was so afraid of in the beginning has become a distant memory. I like working out. I know how to do it properly without hurting myself and I really enjoy coming to the gym.
My successes were celebrated and I have gained the confidence I needed. I will forever be grateful.