Project Description

The Best Investment

I was going through a stressful time in my life; struggling with a mild case of depression, and not sleeping well. Over a four month period, I gained 30 pounds! I was shocked at how much weight I had gained in such a short time. After a trip to the doctor, I learned that there was no medical cause for my weight gain, and that it was likely due to my stress and sleep problems. It was then that I decided to get ahold of my health, start losing weight, and manage my stress.

I decided not to diet, but rather to change my lifestyle and eating habits.

From trying diets before, I knew what changes my body would respond to. I cut out pasta, reduced my bread take, and started eating more vegetables. I have always had a gym membership, but didn’t use it very often – that needed to change, too. I started doing cardio five days a week at my gym, but I still needed more. I wanted to use weights, but didn’t know how to get started. My sister had been working with a trainer at Body by Bennett, and she invited me to join her for a couple of sessions. I loved it so much, I signed up right away and started working with Derek three times a week.

Three things helped me stick with it. First, I was determined to become healthy, and mentally ready for the challenge. Second, I was motivated to get my body back to normal. I knew that this had to be a priority – my health was at stake! Thirdly, it helped to have a personal trainer to encourage me, and make me accountable for my choices. He said that my training sessions were only part of the equation, and my diet and activity level outside the sessions were equally important.

That kind of advice and encouragement were exactly what I needed.

My greatest success is not just losing 40 pounds in eighteen months, but is also how I feel. I feel strong physically and mentally, and seeing myself improve over time is exciting. My favourite type of workout is strength training. I love to see how strong I can get. It makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.

Everyone that works at B3 is friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable.  I like having the constant encouragement from my trainer, the variety of exercises, and the personalized program. Having a personal trainer is the best investment I have made.