Since my freshmen year of college, I had been in denial about my steady weight gain. I didn’t acknowledge that I was more than just ‘a little’ overweight (‘a little’ being quite generous). I knew I didn’t look the way I wanted to, but I still ran and did interval workouts here and there so I thought I was doing alright. I owed a good portion of my denial to my supportive husband who always told me I was perfect and how he couldn’t believe he was lucky enough to be married to me. Heck, with all the praise pouring in I felt pretty good. I kept telling myself, ‘Hey everyone gains weight after their high school athlete days, right?’ So I was content.
But then I went to a summer block party. I remember not wanting to wear a tank top or shorts because I would feel ‘uncomfortable’. So in 90 plus degree weather with 100% humidity, I went to the SUMMER block party in a sweater and jeans. Much more comfortable than shorts and a tank top, right? The next day the pictures from that party were (of course) on Facebook. I hated them. They made me cry. I saw myself next to one of my best friends and she hadn’t gained the weight ‘everyone gains’ after high school, but I sure did.
After seeing those pictures, I felt so disappointed in myself. I was tired of trying to lose weight. I had tried a raw food diet, detox juicing, and trained for multiple half marathons-but I couldn’t lose or keep the weight off. I knew if I kept on doing what I had always done, I was headed towards a lifetime of steady weight gain. I didn’t know how to stop heading down that path with my own knowledge and willpower.
This ‘awakening’ happened in the summer. Being a teacher, I had plenty of time on my hands to waste, so I spent a lot of time obsessing over these pictures from the block party and feeling sorry for myself. I called my husband crying and he said, “Well I know you have wanted a personal trainer for a long time-why don’t you get one? I’ll help you pay for it” OMG-insult to injury, was he calling me fat?
When I got over myself and realized he was just trying to help his sobbing wife, I started looking online for personal trainers. Right away IFC came up. So I stalked out their page. I watched their videos. I read the coaches bios probably three times to see if I would like them. I looked at ALL the pictures on the IFC site. And then I looked at ALL the pictures a second time. I tried to visualize myself being a part of their program. IFC seemed like a good fit, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to commit.
Well just to be sure there wasn’t anything ‘better’ out there I looked around at other personal trainers in the area. Compared to IFC they all seemed so impersonal. I figured if I went with another company I would end up working out with some huge dude who creeped me out. So I gathered some courage and set up an appointment with Angela. I was really nervous. Thankfully Ang was nothing but supportive-I’m sure she has seen and heard it all. After a quick call to my husband I was signed up for classes and I haven’t looked back since. I don’t miss who I was or the path I was heading down or the bad decisions I was making at all.
My time so far with IFC has been great. IFC has taught me proper nutrition that I plan to make into lifelong habits. I have seen my strength increase-I can do exercises and lift weights that I NEVER thought I would be able to. I have lost weight the right way-with hard work and eating right and it feels really good.
One of the best parts of being a member of IFC is that they treat you like family. This isn’t a gym where you can come in, do a workout, and slip out the door unnoticed (believe me, I tried that).The staff here is truly something else. They invest in you, they get to know you, and they want to see you succeed. I look forward to coming to IFC every day, even on Saturday mornings. I have met really great people here-staff and members included; which has been an unanticipated perk.
If you are feeling like you are in need of a change, if you don’t like the pictures people post of you on Facebook, if you want workouts that will change your body and some awesome coaches who root for you as you change your life-then IFC is for you. I know I couldn’t have made these changes without them and I look forward to continuing my journey here.