For most people when they make the decision to go to the gym it’s usually because they want to lose weight and improve their health. However, for some it has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do about feeling better and gaining confidence from the strength they gain. Eileen has been attending Boot Camp almost from the day I opened my doors. While she’s never had a single pound to lose, boy has she improved her strength and put on some muscle. This is Eileen’s fitness story!
How long have you been exercising consistently?
Since joining Expect Results Fitness April of 2015.
What influenced your decision to get dedicated and be consistently active?
A co-worker in my office saw your open sign and told us about it, so we decided to check it out and try Boot Camp. Besides I was tired of being a slug & couch potato and not liking the way I looked or felt.
What all do you do to stay active?
Of course I do Boot Camp, I also walk and take extra steps when cleaning house. I park further away from the entry of a shopping mall or Walmart. Run up stairs instead of just walking up them. (Always amazes my kids & grandkids Lol!)
What are some of your biggest barriers to staying active and how do you overcome those barriers?
Being lazy and wanting to stay in my comfort zone (home). I make myself go. Reminding myself how good and confident I feel when I go exercise.
Since becoming consistent with your exercise, what’s the biggest change you see in yourself physically and mentally?
I’m feeling better than ever and more confident. I’ve always been blessed with good health and lots of energy, but now it’s even better. I feel good about myself. I can do push-ups, I could NEVER do before.
How would you classify your current eating habits?
My diet is bad. I still like my sweets.
Do you have a specific diet/eating strategy that you follow?
I don’t overeat I really focus on my serving sizes. At restaurants I eat half what I’m given and save the rest for dinner or lunch the next day. I cut back on caffeine and sugar in my tea or coffee.
Do you have a favorite go to healthy meal or food?
No not really. I try to eat more chicken than beef. I’m definitely not a fish person, but will eat it occasionally. I do love a good salad.
Do you have advice for someone contemplating starting a fitness/weight loss journey or advice for someone struggling to stay motivated.
Just get out there and do it! You’ll feel better about yourself and be happy that you did.
Believe it or not multiple studies indicate the number one thing a woman can do to improve confidence is to strength train. Physical strength not only improves confidence but improves health and independence. Eileen has become pound for pound one of the strongest ladies I know. A big thanks to Eileen for sharing her fitness story and as always I hope she inspires you to start or continue moving forward.
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