Congratulations to Our Client of the Week, Glynis!
I was very fortunate to find my soulmate on the back half of life. We had met online, went out for a date, and then I stuck him in the friendzone for a year! But, we really were the best friends anyone could ever imagine. Vince was kind, funny, handsome, and fun to be with! And that’s when I realized we were meant to be. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. I was my husband’s full time caregiver for the entire 13 months that he lived with ALS. As I made him high calorie, high fat foods to keep his weight up, I began to over do it. Then, when he passed away, I turned to food for any sort of comfort. I stopped being active… I just stopped. But, then one day in January, something occurred to me. Many of my current friends that are battling this disease have lost the ability to move their muscles or to eat foods, or even breathe. And I thought how unfair it was to them that wanted to be healthy and I was throwing my own health away. I did my research online and found Live In Fitness. What made me choose LIFE was the emphasis on the after care and home plan. Most people can lose weight under strict supervision, but the challenge is the after care at home. So, on my 48th birthday, I booked my 2 week stay!
Where are you from?
I live 20 mins south of San Francisco on the coast, steps away from the ocean
What is your career?
I own my own dog walking and pet sitting business. But due to the loss of Vince, I had to expand my business plan to include doggie daycare to make ends meet, ending my daily hikes and walks with my packs. And even though we still run around in daycare, the pups get the exercise and not me. So the pounds kept coming. And the long hours of a pet sitter kept me going to fast foods. And the pounds kept coming!
What did you expect when coming here to LIF?
I expected the food to be terrible, the classes to be painful and to feel a bit alone. NOT THE CASE! Food has been really yummy and filling. The classes have been hard but doable! Never in a million years did I think I could basically do 2 hours of Abs and Core work, but I did! I find it amazing what the body can do in just one week after being beaten up for the past 3 years!
How do you feel about your progress so far?
I am so glad that my hard work has paid off! I know we all want the instant gratification, but it doesn’t work that way, but, the small victories like losing 6 and a half pounds and 10 inches in the first week is a great victory!!!
What so far about the program has worked for you?
They make it very simple! Show up to class to work, sweat a ton, eat what they give you and keep hydrated! It’s simple! BUT BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD AND PUSH YOUR SELF! Your coaches will be there for you, but only YOU can truly push yourself!
How has this changed your outlook on Life?
I’ve had a few a-ha moments this week. First being if the body can change this quickly to be able to do all that we do here, imagine how long it must have fought to try and keep up with all the junk that I fed it and lack of motion. And the other came to me during a cardio class. I had looked down at my watch and thought to myself, wow, I have been working out for 48 mins!!! And then I realized that I had been doing that for the past 4 days but for 5-7 hours a day!!! I just burst into laughter!! I really don’t have anymore excuses as to why I can’t go to the gym or workout at home! Just 48 mins and then some!
What advice would you give others contemplating attending the program?
Give yourself the gift of life and love for your self! You have probably tended to others for a long time, this time is for you! And we all deserve it!!
What advise would you give to others?
My slogan has been: I’m here, I showed up and I’m ALIVE! My Motivation when I really need it in class, I think of all my ALS friends that would love to move their muscles and so that pushes me. So, I do this for them as well! I repeat to mysef, I will not waste my muscles!!