Before I started working out with my trainer, Jaime, I had developed a series of unhealthy habits. I was eating poorly, not working out and just had a lazy attitude about health all around. I had a saying “I only have one life, so I should enjoy it however I want.” I felt disgusting and over weight on the outside, but that wasn’t the only part of me suffering. My inner being was crushed. I had lost me, I had lost Shannon. It was time for a change. Six years ago, on my 20th birthday I set a goal to lose 50 pounds.
I’m what they call a lifer. I’ve been up, I’ve been down, and somewhere in between. So when I say I’m a lifer, I mean that I’m a lifelong trainee. I’ve reached my goal, then gone back up, reached my goal again and gone back up. I finally came to a point in my life where I realized how vital Jaime is to me. Not just as my trainer, nut as a great friend as well. Over the past several years, Jaime has helped me stay at a consistent spot that I’m comfortable with, both physically and mentally.
I have kept my weight off for six years now and owe it to Jaime’s dedication. I’m the strongest I have ever been and I look forward to becoming even stronger and reaching my next goal. We all have choices in life. One of my choices is to stay strong, healthy, and committed to the gym. So now instead of having the mentality of “I only have one life, so I should enjoy it however I want, now I say “one body, one life.”
Aside from feeling confident in my own skin, Jaime helped me accomplish my largest goal yet. I completed my first half marathon in 2 hours 14 minutes at the San Diego Rock n’ Roll event on June 4, 2011. Jaime not only helped with the physical training and constant rehab, she also helped implement the nutritional guidelines I needed to follow in order to be successful. Both Jaime and Dom provided me with unconditional support to achieve this goal. Whether I was frustrated with injury and constant rehabilitation or just a question about what I should eat on days I had a long run, they were always there for me.
With the support of Fit Zone, I accomplished another goal. I was able to cross the finish line at the Women’s Half Marathon on November 6th in 2 hours 4 minutes, shaving 10 minutes off my last half marathon time.
Overall I’m just a better person. I make time six days a week to hit the gym, which is a natural stress reliever. In addition, training has helped me overcome injuries I’ve acquired through running.
I came to Fit Zone from another club and one of the greatest differences is that I’m not just a number here, I’m Shannon, or Hells, or Carbone, or Speed Kills depending on who you talk with. It doesn’t matter what time of day I train or work out, the staff at Fit Zone work hard to know their members as individuals.
Simply put, Fit Zone is my gym home, and it will always be that way.