I remember that day vividly...It all started with a phone call from my brother-in-law Harvey. He started the convo by saying:
"I want you to meet someone."
Now, of course I was hesitant. Who did he want to introduce me to? Then he said: Holly and Ben from Alive Personal Training. I won't lie...I froze. I did NOT want ANYTHING to do with a gym, nevermind some crazy trainer jock barking and yelling orders at me to anything they wanted me to do! Simply put, I was NOT INTERESTED IN THE LEAST. I had been watching Brian's reactions after his visits (he had started two days before this with Damir) at Alive and saw how sore he had been the next day...but he was loving it. Harvey just kept on me, telling me that all they wanted to do was to talk to me. I agreed to come, but only on the grounds that we would just "talk" - nothing else! As far as I was concerned, I was only there for Brian (at the time) and I was going to do Curves on my own. LOL
I arrived at Alive after work - it was a Friday and simply put, I felt like CRAP. I was sad...I had lost my mom five months ago and was still in the anger stage. I had also just started a weight-loss program at the Lefebvre Clinic. Now, those of you that don't know about this clinic - they put you on extremely low levels of calories. They had Brian on 1,500 and me on 1,000. They like your body to go into ketosis - which burns fat, but not at a safe rate, and can be VERY hard on your kidneys...not a healthy way to lose weight at all. I had been following the diet all week and felt so weak that I could hardly put a sentence together! Ben took one look at me and asked Holly to get me a protein shake!
Ben took me to the back room and we talked. I wont' go into details about what we talked about, but all I will say is that it changed my life. He somehow got me to think about myself (for a change) and what I wanted to do with my life. I decided I didn't want to be "Fat Kristy" anymore.
I didn't want to be "Sad Kristy" anymore.
I signed up after that, and haven't looked back since.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind since we (Brian and I) joined Alive and it's been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I am down almost 50 lbs and Brian is down almost 55 lbs. I am so proud of our accomplishments so far, and I know with more hard work and the support we get from our trainers, Ben, Damir and Holly, we WILL succeed!