…fitter and HAPPIER than I’ve been in a very long time!*

About six months ago I decided I needed to get in shape. Over the last 5 years my weight had been creeping up and bad habits had become the norm. I had not worked out in ages, but I knew that once I made the commitment to meet with Alex twice a week, I would honor it. I also knew that if that’s all I did, results would not come quickly enough to keep me motivated. So I promised that in addition to our 2 45-minute sessions a week, I would do cardio on my own 2-3 times a week and try to improve my eating (and drinking!). When we first started our workouts, I could not stand to look in the mirror in the gym. I had been in denial for a long time about how big I was getting, but confronting that body in exercise clothes revealed the truth. I had to turn away from the mirror to complete my reps without losing focus. I am a middle-aged woman with a very “fun” lifestyle – lots of traveling and entertaining – and I LOVE a good meal. So progress was slow and steady after the initial 5 pounds or so. It took 4 months to lose 20, but I was happy with that because I did not totally give up my lifestyle to achieve it – I just gradually changed my habits from bad ones to better ones, along with the exercise. Just after the 4-month mark, I took a class at a gym – and was shocked to discover that I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror! I was amazed, as I did the squats, at how muscular my legs looked, and so pleased with how toned my arms and shoulders were! The irony of that transformation, both mentally and physically, was not lost on me! Now, going on 7 months since I started, I have lost 28 pounds and am stronger, fitter and HAPPIER than I’ve been in a very long time! Thank you, Alex, for starting me down this road to a healthier life!

Melinda B.