A year ago I was obese, borderline high blood pressure and in danger of a diabetes diagnosis. I couldn’t cross my legs and had a difficult time tying my shoes. I hated having my picture taken. I recall one day seeing a reflection in a store window and thinking, wow, that person is really huge… then I realized it was me. I hadn’t recognized myself. The pounds creep on a little at a time and before you know it you can’t clothes shop in any store… you’re relegated to the ‘big’ department with elastic waist pants and overpriced ugly t-shirts.
I’d been a single parent for 20+ years and a crazy work-a-holic to support my family. My physical and mental health were pretty low on the priority list. I told myself I just had to keep my head down and plow through... I didn't matter... what only mattered was that I could provide for my family. With my kids ready to graduate college I felt need to take a memorable trip with them. I had worked my way through them growing up and we never took vacations. I was scared, no, I was petrified, I'd be missing from their favorite memories. So, I booked a bucket list trip to California, complete with a 10-mile hike and a bungee jump. Reading the disclaimer for the jump I realized I was on the cusp for needing ‘special accommodations’… i.e., they would have to add more cable to be able to hold me. That was a slap in the face.
I’d seen a for Precision Kettlebells . I was horribly nervous about looking into it. Yes, I admit driving past a few times, but finally I poked my head in the door. They were in the middle of a class and the instructor asked if I could hang out for come back in about 20 minutes when the class was over. I could have driven away and never gone back, but I figured, if I had made it that far I owed it to myself to at least talk to the guy. So, I came back. Mike and I sat on the couch and we talked about where I was, what I was hoping to achieve, what my fears were. And I decided to give it my all for 3 weeks… as soon as we got back.
I did that bungee jump and as I stood on the ledge, stuffed into a harness, scared out of my skin, I told myself, this was the start… I’d take a leap of faith and give it my all. When I got back I did just that… I gave it my all like never before. Committed to not only attending class, but to really push hard and at the end of three weeks I had noticeable results. The program wasn’t hard and the nutrition guidelines were very easy to follow. Maybe it was the right time in my life and the right program, but I saw results and I knew I wanted more.
Life before PK was all work and bad eating. I’d work anywhere from 10 – 14 hours a day, five to seven days a week, eat on-the-go food, stress eat chocolate at my desk throughout the day and crash on the couch with Ben N Jerry at night. Didn’t exercise much at all. Maybe go for a walk here or there, but that’s about it.
I’d joined a number of gyms over the years and even had a personal trainer at one point, but I never saw significant results. I felt pretty lost at the gym, not really knowing what I should be doing and never pushing myself to the point of results.
In the past year I’ve lost 65lbs, gotten my blood pressure and cholesterol very much under control, and I was able to stop taking a medication for a stomach issue. I’ve gone from a tight size 18 to being able to put on my first pair of size 10 pants since I was in my 20’s. I can see and feel muscles my body forgot about.
Last year I was a work-a-holic. Today I have balance. I have PK in my life and that means I get my work done and I’m out of the office on time because I have somewhere to go… and that place has helped me get my life back, it's a non-negotiable. I look forward to leaving work behind and doing something for ME. I’ve put myself back up at the top of my own priorities and it feels good. I’ve made great friends who are on the same journey. I'm a member of the PK FitFamily. Even though I’ve always been an outgoing person, I have so much more confidence in myself and it has attracted many good things into my all areas of my life.
I recommend PK to everyone because of the results I’ve experience. PK members come in every shape, size and age. We are at all different fitness levels, but have very similar goals… to become healthier. It is comforting and encouraging to be around people who share similar goals. I truly desire everyone to have a similar experience because it feels so damn good! Every week someone comments about how I’m the Incredible Shrinking Woman, or how great I look, or the new sparkle I have, or how proud they are of me. Do you know how it feels when your kids say how proud they are of YOU? There’s nothing like it…it feels terrific! Wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I can truly say I’m happy, healthy and in a really good place in my life.
Jen- West Chester, PA