Aine Folan-Reine | The Fitness Asylum

Aine Folan-Reine

My name is Aine Folan-Reine and I have a bit of a “problem.” Many of my clothes are too big. In fact, my pants are so big that they are falling off of me. It is true that I could use a belt, but wouldn’t you know, my belt is too big too. I need to punch another hole in my belt so they will keep my pants up. I need new pants.
I joined the Winter 2019 Body Challenge after stalking the Fitness Asylum FaceBook pages for…gosh, I don’t know…maybe 6 months. I had gained 14 pounds between January 2018 and January 2019. I hadn’t been all that happy with my weight and overall health prior to that 14-pound weight gain. And my cardiologist had told me in November of 2018 that if I did not modify my diet, he would have to put me on cholesterol medication. Well, it was time to take the plunge.

I joined the Fitness Asylum for the Winter 2019 challenge. I lost 26.7 pounds in that challenge—a loss of 15.83 percent. I lost 8 pounds in my first week…hello…WHAT? I could not believe the scale that first week. I kept getting off the scale and getting back on to double check. I have a dirty little secret to tell ya’ll. I did not work out. I couldn’t do the bootcamps. I live too far away, Jan-April is tax season and was working 50 to 60 hours a week(I work for accountants), my kids still need to be driven far and wide. But I was planning on working out in my local gym. But I didn’t. I ended up having three eye surgeries and one broken toe over the 12-week period. Did you know that you can only do moderate walking after eye surgery? Any physical exertion might make your eye explode in your head or some such thing.

I stuck to that food plan. Despite not working out, weight came off week after week. After that 8-pound loss that first week, I was losing 1 to 3 pounds a week. I ended up winning the percentage loss for the challenge. I was sooo surprised. And, just so you all know that it is not just weight loss. I decided to have my blood tested towards the end of the challenge. I had a bit of problem convincing my cardiologist’s office to order the tests. “It hasn’t been a year, yada, yada, yada.” But after hearing of my weight loss, they ordered the tests. Here are the results of my blood tests: my overall cholesterol is down 69 points; my bad cholesterol is down 50 points. That is a change that happened over the 12-week challenge time period! When the nurse asked me how I did it, I responded, “Let me tell you about this place called The Fitness Asylum.”

I signed up for the 2019 Spring Challenge, I have not been losing weight, but I have been maintaining. And that is fine. I am working out this time around. I am planning on doing a Summer challenge, and a Fall Challenge. Heck, I am planning on doing any challenge the Fitness Asylum is having. The Fitness Asylum changed my life. Not to be melodramatic…the Fitness Asylum might have saved my life. I know that cholesterol meds are not in my future.

But do you know what IS in my future?…New pants!!

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.