Before Joining, I Was a Wallflower

A Wellness Success Story: Julie Smith

I’m not sure where to start. The list of reasons I decided to come to Anschutz could go on and on! Yes, I wanted to be healthier and enjoy all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. But more importantly, I wanted to live life to the fullest. I wanted to be proud and more confident in myself.

When I first began my routine at the center, I started struggling with my breathing and keeping up in group exercise classes. I went to my doctor and found that I have a massive blood clot in my right lung. This was a huge obstacle, and I’m still trying to overcome it. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

I’ve been learning how to set goals, and I’m believing in myself. Being a member has helped me see that goals are important for growth, self-fulfillment and confidence. I’m stronger in mind, body and spirit. Before joining, I was a wallflower just sitting back observing life. Now I’m living life, dancing center stage!

Julie Smith

The center has provided me everything I needed to jump-start my journey to wellness. They support me and encourage me when things seem too hard. And I hold myself accountable, knowing that people notice when I’m not there.

The center is a place for people of all shapes and sizes; people who share the common goal of living a healthy, more active lifestyle. My best friend has been by my side during this whole process, and I’d recommend the same to anyone joining. Don’t do this alone! Change is always hard, but be patient with yourself and take someone along for the journey, so you can hold each other accountable and keep moving!



Individual results may vary.

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