I became a member of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center close to two years ago. I was desperately trying to find a solution to my weight problem – I was having trouble sleeping and generally just not feeling good and was at my highest weight. I was hoping for some diet pills from my doctor but received a referral to the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center instead.
At that point I was willing to try anything. Things most people take for granted were hard for me. I couldn’t cross my legs. I became a contortionist to tie my shoes. Any kind of activity or (heaven forbid) exercise was torturous. Just sitting up in a chair was extremely uncomfortable. My knees hurt going up and down stairs. I thought, this is no way to live! Losing weight was no longer about vanity – my overall health was at stake. I decided to go all in – join a diet program and hire a personal trainer at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
At first, I had pretty narrow expectations – I assumed I would be with a trainer for a month or two to find out how to lift weights and work the machines. It had been awhile since I had set foot in a gym – who knew you didn’t work out in baggy sweat pants anymore! There were so many things I didn’t know, like what I didn’t know! I was a little terrified. Then I met Lauren Heap, my new personal trainer.
Lauren held my hand and supported me through this journey as I lost 85 pounds and rediscovered what it felt like to feel good again. Lauren worked with me on goal setting, nutrition, stretching, warming up, weight training, recovery, balance, dexterity, when to mix aerobic activity with weight training, among many other things. I also started attending a fit group once a week where I met people from all age groups and reasons for joining. What was encouraging was how many others I met that had lost weight and been members for awhile. The best thing I learned from Lauren and the rest of the staff at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is that working out can be fun. Consistency is one reason I’ve been so successful and I’ve been able to be consistent because I love coming there – the positive vibes are contagious.
I’m still working with Lauren and probably will be for the foreseeable future. It turns out the being thin isn’t the only thing to think about. By the way, now I can cross my legs, easily tie my shoes, painlessly go up and down the stairs and sit up with good posture. In fact, I recently went on my first 14’er, ran my first 10K, did the Manitou Incline and went on many hikes. And now I can’t wait for my next training session – it’s going to be so much fun!