AUDIO:  Patti Stroup, Accounting Clerk

AUDIO: Patti Stroup, Accounting Clerk

"For me, my Genesis Personal Fitness program has been a big success."

"I had tried other weight loss methods before and would sometimes actually lose weight but it would never last long. I literally have been on a 'diet' or planning to start a diet 'next week' for most of my adult life. I always knew it wasn't healthy to be overweight and I was unhappy with the way I looked, but I had trouble staying motivated.

Last year I started to notice some health problems that were directly related to my extra weight. And, whenever I had to do a big home improvement project, such as painting a room or even just an all day cleaning project, it would be hard to get out of bed the next day because I would be hurting so much. I also had the concern that my mother and my aunt both had diabetes and last winter my aunt had a mini-stroke. I didn't want to have to be facing those issues in the future because I didn't do anything about my weight now while I am younger.

I knew it was time for me to get serious about losing weight and being healthier. That's when I found out about Genesis Personal Fitness. I was attracted by the idea of Metabolic Body Typing and having someone tell me exactly what I should be eating to get healthier. So, I decided to take "the first step."

When I first met with Rita, she said "In the beginning of the nutrition program, you make a commitment to do it for three weeks -- you can do anything for three weeks if you make up your mind to it. Then after the first three weeks, it gets easier."

Working with a nutrition coach also helped me to understand the "why" of what I was eating and what I was not to be eating. It helped to talk over problems with someone and try to determine solutions for things I had to overcome. I always got good advice to help stay focused. Changing my eating habits was a big step, but with the positive affirmations that I was taught I gradually began to change my thinking about what I really wanted to eat to make myself feel good. I knew that Genesis was not giving me a "diet", but teaching me how to eat to be healthier for the rest of my life.

My exercise program was just great... it feels so personalized and the Genesis Instructors are always there to encourage and push you to strive for your best. It made working out fun because the staff is always so pleasant and caring. They made me feel that they really care about me as an individual and really want to do everything they can to help me succeed.

In my first 26 weeks, I have lost 41 pounds and 54 inches! My nutrition coach called me the "Incredible Shrinking Woman". Now I feel so much better about myself, both physically and emotionally. Joining Genesis Personal Fitness changed my life and I am so glad that I decided to take that First Step!"