I am stronger, more flexible, have more energy, eat better, am more confident, have become a fighter, and feel better about myself inside and out!!!!
I joined Breakthrough on March 4, 2016. After working out at the YMCA, doing Zumba, and Kickboxing and losing 35 pounds on my own, I hit a plateau and wasn’t losing the additional 50 pounds the doctor advised me I had to lose.
I was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol and was considered level two obesity. I was on a downhill spiral and going back to the way I used to eat due to a life changing event causing depression.
I needed to make a change and invest in myself!
Hiring a personal coach was my best choice – I needed the support both mentally and physically.
After researching available options, I found Breakthrough Personal Coaching & Wellness in Dover.
After speaking to Chris at Breakthrough and learning about the types of “Workouts” they offered – and understanding that there would be no exercise equipment involved such as bikes, treadmills, or ellipticals, (all of which I was bored with), I knew this was the way to go for me to get “Fit” – I was sold!
Thinking about my first visit/workout had me scared I wouldn’t be able to do it or keep up with the others.
I had always worked out with close friends, but lost that means of support when I moved back to Smyrna several years ago.
I knew I wouldn’t know anyone at Breakthrough and this was out of my comfort zone – I was completely taken off guard by how friendly and supportive everyone was.
I was impressed with all the screenings Chris did to determine how my workout should be structured so I would achieve the best results.
I have never heard of a color band system before, (having to clear one band to advance up into the program) but it made sense – and the system gave me something to work towards at a healthy pace.
I knew this was a new beginning that I needed. I LOVED IT!!
I took the first nutrition class available to help me get back on track and I got into a weekly routine of food prep every Saturday for the entire week.
My life is a grab and go environment, so this works perfectly. Most importantly – I started caring about me again!!!
After being in the program 7 months another life changing event happened.
I was laid off after 29 years and was diagnosed as being a full diabetic.
When the nurse called me with the blood test results and said I needed to start working out and go on a low-fat diet, I almost screamed! I was working out 2 hours a day and already on a low-fat diet. Why wasn’t my body accepting what I was doing?
Having extra time on my hands I started working out at the gym even more.
I met with Chris and asked him for help with the diabetes – I refused to go on medication.
I only had 3 months to get my diabetes under control before the doctors were going to put me on medication, Chris suggested the Little Black Dress diet – and it WORKED!
I beat the diabetes and lost 9 pounds!
The doctor was ecstatic and said I was on a better diet than what they had given me.
I have been able to beat the diabetes for 7 months now and lost 16 pounds.
I know, and the doctor agreed, that by continuing this routine the rest of my life – will allow me to continue beating the diabetes going forward.
The support and guidance you receive at Breakthrough, no matter what your situation is – will help any person that wants or needs the help.
I love my 5 A.M. workout family and my yoga sessions.
I have had more success at this gym than all the other efforts and activities I have ever tried.
I would recommend this gym to anyone, no matter what health or physical restrictions you have.
You must remember it’s not about the number on the scale, its how you feel, and the fat loss. As Chris says, throw the scale out!!
In May I will be with my daughter as she gets married on the beach in Florida. My intention is to lose the additional weight requested by the doctors and wear a beautiful dress three to four sizes smaller than when I started my journey.
I will continue to challenge myself to beat the diabetes, keep gaining extra confidence, and strive to be the strongest, healthiest, and happiest person I deserve to be.