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Alta Schlemmer

June 29, 2008 by  

 ” I Felt Like The Average Woman”

“I felt like the average woman, I have a wonderful husband, two exceptional kids and two misbehaved dogs.  I volunteer at the kid’s school; they both play sports and are active within their school and our church.  So what went terribly wrong?  It was June of last year our 12 year anniversary and we were going out for a romantic dinner.  Get dressed up, leave the kids with my brother (Thanks Uncle Carmine).  Wait, before we go, let’s take a picture.  I think, Yeah, great!  I have on make-up, my hair has actually been blow dried and there is a little sun on my cheeks.  Please take my picture!”

“I was looking forward to getting the pictures back.  It had been a while (exactly a year) since my husband and I had a picture taken of just the two of us.  My anticipation turned to consternation.  Who was that chunky person with the sun kissed cheeks?  I flip through a few others and am stunned.  I don’t know if everyone has a “moment” when they know that something must change.  That picture was my moment.  I wasn’t obese; I was average, size 12/14.  I knew where to shop to squeeze into a size 10, with some Spandex.  I had to come to terms with the fact that the person who I saw in my mind was not the person in those pictures.”
“I started thinking, well, I’ll just start running, I have never seen a chubby runner. I’ll play tennis, that’s great exercise.  I could ride my bike around the trail that would be fun.  Instead, it was my knees might start hurting, it is way too hot and I still need a new tube for my bike.  Next.  Now it’s 8:50pm on a Tuesday in July and once again, I have forgotten to start my “diet” on Monday.  I realize that I need someone else helping.  I called Rob at RobZFitness and left a message.  The next day Rob calls me back, sets up an initial consultation. I couldn’t do a push up, a sit up or even get through the first 1/3 of the cardio test. I’m thinking, wait! I’ve played sports since I was in 4th grade all the way thru college, what in the world has happened. I weigh 162 lbs and had 33.8% body fat. 92% of women my age (36) were in better shape than I am.  I’ve got to try this for 3 months.”
“Enter my auspicious trainer.  I don’t think he knew what he was getting into.  There are scheduling issues, sick kids and a traveling husband.  Did I mention I’m a complainer when it comes to working out?  Who knew?  My first month, I lost 10 lbs and 3.4% of body fat.  Needless to say, I was elated.  I stuck with their supportive eating plan, tried to get in cardio 3 days a week.  For me, I required the constant motivation. I needed them to ask me “What did you eat yesterday?” After my first 3 months, my results were awesome. I had even been on vacation, but stuck with the plan. I wanted to continue to see my body change and signed up for another 3 months. While I trained with different trainers  Taylor was my new leader and he jumped right in seamlessly to take over the charge of getting me back to where I wanted to be. I made it through the holidays and still lost weight.   Nowhere in my New Years Resolution did I need weight loss as an objective.  I am now 139 lbs, 24.9% body fat and firmly (without Spanx) wearing a size 6/8.”
“During my personal training sessions at RobZFitness, I have been given the tools that have changed my life. For the rest of my life, my family and I will eat better, exercise more and be healthy. I no longer fear pictures and have actually had our first professional family picture taken in 7 years.  I don’t want to be average, I want to be extraordinary!”

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