Fitness West
The Total Experience



Julie Elliot




Day 1 - Finally had the courage to actually set foot in the gym.  Not quite as scary as I thought it might be, however, daunting, and more than a bit overwhelming as I contemplated the "task" that lie ahead of me. Due to many factors (the least of which was I had been consuming too much food), I had reached a whopping 244 pounds.  To get myself started, I decided to sign up for some personal training sessions with Troy.  When I completed the application for the training sessions, I answered the "why are you here?" question with a simple "it's time".  I could have gone on and on about the reasons I needed to lose weight, but more importantly, I had finally reached the point where I wanted to lose weight. I so missed the healthy, strong, confident, kinda' sexy body that I used to have when I exercised regularly.  Also, based on my family history, there is every indication that I will live well into my nineties.  I would much prefer to do that on my own two feet instead of in a double wide wheelchair.  Signing up for those training sessions was more than a little frightening  - I had to admit to someone else how much I weighed, but more importantly, I had to work out in front of this person, further admitting how horribly out of shape I had become.  Fortunately, I found a professional, knowledgeable and compassionate trainer in Troy.

Fast forward - When I held up the size 24W pants that I used to wear to take the attached picture, I was completely, emotionally overwhelmed.  In my mind, I knew that I had lost over 75 pounds and was now more than six clothing sizes smaller (and my body measurements were about 3 ½ feet smaller), but I had almost completely forgotten how big I used to be and how much less of me there is now.  As I travel quite a bit, having my rear end fit easily into a coach airline seat has been sort of a nice bonus too. :-) 


 How did I do it??? - Most weeks I put in 2 - 3 hours of strength training and 4 - 5 cardio sessions.  Troy suggested targets that I shoot for each day regarding the grams of protein, carbs and fat that I consume and also suggested that I eat 5 to 6 times a day.  In addition to eating more protein than I used to, I started making healthier decisions (and more satisfying) about the carbs I chose to eat.  Eating several times a day, upping my protein intake and cutting way down on the "crap" carbs really helped me to feel full all day because my blood sugar levels weren’t spiking and crashing.  All of the changes that I made to my eating habits were changes that I knew I could live with for the rest of my life.  Just making temporary fixes (fad diets, etc…) was not going to help me keep the weight off for the rest of my life.


Nothing, and I mean nothing, that I have "sacrificed" (food-wise or time-wise) over the last couple of years would have been more satisfying than the feeling I have every morning when I look in the mirror or the knowledge of how much stronger, healthier and fitter I am now than I was two years ago.