May 05, 2015
by Lauri Salani
My story will be very familiar to a lot of other moms. I joined the Buehler YMCA after I got married. I worked out when I could, and my diet was fair, but not great. There were never enough hours in the day, and it became increasingly difficult to find time to work out and eat well after having kids and still working outside the home.
Over the years my weight crept up, and last year so did my blood pressure. As a physical therapist, I knew I needed to get serious about my health and weight before things got worse. My own mother died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 43, so I am particularly sensitive to wanting to be around to see my kids grow up.
When I turned 44 last year, I wanted to get in better shape and lose weight. My husband gave me six initial personal training sessions to give me a jump start and get me motivated. When I came in to make my appointments, I decided it was time for me to invest money and time into my own health, and so I committed to a full year and made this a top priority. I made some changes to my work schedule, which allowed more flexible time to get to the Y while the kids are in school or at activities.
Dan is my current personal trainer and Rachel got me started. They happen to have the same names as my children, so I think it was destiny. I joke that my kids helped put the weight on, and the Y’s Dan and Rachel are helping take it off.
My fitness experience taught me to be patient but persistent. I eat healthy foods in proper portions most days of the week, and I work out 4-5 times per week. I learned through personal training how important it is to vary your routine for the best results.
So far, I’ve lost 29 pounds 13 inches and my blood pressure is back to normal! I have lots of new clothes in a smaller size.
YMax Training helped me achieve better results than I ever would have on my own. It was a good investment in my health. I had a patient whom I treated for a while, who is also a Y member. She signed up for the YMax Training program after hearing my story.
I hope I can be an inspiration to other moms who might not having enough time to focus on themselves.
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