I’ve been a former-Weight Watchers member about 7 or 8 times now. I gave NOOM a shot – it’s supposed to be the WW of the 21st century, so maybe that would work?
No, it did not work, it frustrated me. I’ve tried the Beach Body at-home work outs and drank their shakes. So expensive, and who can work out when the kids are underfoot, and there’s dishes in the sink and laundry piled high?
I needed a get-it-done atmosphere, like a gym. I’ve belonged to Gold’s, Planet Fitness, Fitness for Women, but there wasn’t anyone keeping me honest or watching my form (was I hurting myself by doing it wrong?). I’ve taken Zumba classes at a dance studio, strength training classes at Keefe Tech After Dark, and yes, there was a person to tell me how to do stuff, but it met once or twice a week for only 6-8 weeks. It ends before it gets going. I’ve tried all sorts of different diets but having no weigh-ins or community for accountability or a place to ask questions and get good answers led to failure after failure.
In August of 2019, after stalking their web site (like so many other members have done before they joined) for a year and a half, I took my first Boot Camp with a friend. The coach demonstrated each of the exercises before we began the class and offered variations for those who needed one for a bum knee, a hernia, a surgery, whatever. There are modifications for everything, and nobody points and stares if you’re doing a modified version, move slow or just can’t. The demos are done at the beginning of every class, which is so helpful when it comes to knowing the correct form of something you’ve never done before (hello, kettlebells!). It only took five minutes into the first work out to conclude I was grossly out of shape. I couldn’t do a regular push up, and of the modified version, I could barely do 3 or 4. I was so weak and uncoordinated, I lacked any sort of stamina and had poor balance. I couldn’t do a lot of the exercises and according to my history, this is where I would throw in the towel and quit.
But, I didn’t quit. There was something very different about this place. The other members were laughing and swearing their way through their work outs. I saw lots of high-fives, heard tons of encouraging words – “Don’t’ give up!” “Push through to the buzzer!” “You can do this!” “YEAH BURPEES!!” It occurred to me that the thing that was missing from all my past attempts of getting healthy was the community at The Fitness Asylum. At FA, I was being led by an expert who had me, and wouldn’t let me get hurt or fail, and would help me modify whatever I couldn’t do so I could continue to be successful and get stronger so I could someday do it without the modification. And, I had a gym full of like-minded strangers (who are becoming friends!) that gave me a ‘we’re in this together’ feeling. Nobody is in a competition here with anyone other than their own past self, and that takes a lot of pressure off. I guess I just felt like I belonged and so, when the Fall 12 Week Body Challenge came up, it was an easy choice to sign up and keep going.
At the Kick-Off of the Fall 12 Week Body Challenge in September of 2019, I was given the “Strong AF” tank in a size Large that I swear was really a size Small! LOL! I had been wearing a 1X/2X for too many years to count, so this was laughable. I was told to think of it as a “goal shirt”. Well, goal met! I lost an astonishing 28.5lbs during the 12 weeks and decided to wear the tank for my After pic! It’s hard to wrap my head around my Before and After pics, but I am proud of the work I put into myself – wish I stalked less and got started sooner. I’m so excited to start the Winter Body Challenge, and I can’t wait to see my next After pic!