When was the exact moment you decided to transform?
I tell people that the moment I decided to to do this is when I became diabetic. I had been pre-diabetic for years, and my bloodwork finally ticked over to diabetic. But that was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’d been unhappy for a while about my weight and lack of fitness: trouble getting out of bed and out of my car; gasping for breath after a flight of stairs; not recognizing myself in photographs.
I used to walk by bodhi on my way home from picking up takeout. Two entrees and an appetizer. I’d always see “body transformation specialists” in the window. So I checked out the Website.
So not really one moment. More like a series of many moments and a straw.
What did you see when you looked in the mirror before you started your journey, and what do you see now?
I used to see a big fat guy who needed a shave when I looked in the mirror. Now I see a guy who is in shape who needs a shave.
How much weight have you lost?
I lost 90 pounds. I’ve put on some muscle since then, so the total is less. I’m not gonna complain about gaining muscle.
What was your biggest challenge or obstacle?
After the obvious challenge of walking through the door for the first time, my biggest challenge was going from one-on-one training to small group training. I was SO self-conscious! I trained one-on-one for a few months. Coach Christine accepted me without judgment, but what about all those fit people in small group training? Christine persisted and encouraged and signed me up for small group training with Alex. What a class! And what a group of people!!
Christine is my hero.
When you are overweight, you either feel really conspicuous or invisible. When you first arrive somewhere, you’re conspicuous because you’re so big. But you quickly become invisible–also because you’re so big. Kinda ironic, right? The bigger you are, the more people don’t see you because we’re all taught as kids not to stare. Or pretend not to notice.
But these people are different. They SAW me and welcomed me and embraced me. When I finally completed the finisher at the end of that first group class–and I was the last one by a mile–everyone stood around me as I lay on the floor in a puddle of my own sweat gasping for air–and applauded.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
My first box jump. I know I should say losing weight or getting fit or beating diabetes, but my first box jump is what I immediately thought of.
It was months before I could do one. Months of doing step-ups (which is okay!). But the box jump eluded me. It taunted me. It became my Holy Grail. It wasn’t just a physical thing; the box jump was a psychological challenge.
Alex showed me how. He knew I was ready, so he had me angle in to gain momentum and then launch up and onto the box. And I did it! I don’t remember the date or the day of the week or even the month, but I remember my first box jump in vibrant HD.
What’s the one word that comes to mind when you want to describe yourself?
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being a part of this community. Just as everyone stood around me and applauded as I gasped for air at the end of my first class, I now count myself as one of the applauders. Many of the people who are new to the bodhi community are where I used to be. And they’re on a journey to where I am and probably beyond. I am most proud to be a small part of their journeys.
What would you say to someone who is contemplating making a healthy lifestyle change?
You are contemplating becoming awesome.
One word of advice for someone who has just begun their transformation journey?