Eight years ago, Jen started working at Globe University. As an employee, she always took advantage of the campus weight room staffed by the Health Fitness Specialist students. Unfortunately, over the years, she kept gaining weight. When she reached 264 pounds, Jen went to see her doctor. She was concerned about health issues, such as diabetes, yet she did not want to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Her doctor recommended changing her diet and joining Weight Watchers. Jen took it a step further. She signed up for Weight Watchers and she also started working out with Casey; a student studying to be a personal trainer in the health fitness specialist degree program at Globe.
Working 10-hour shifts makes for a long day, but that did not deter Jen or Casey. They met in the early mornings to accommodate Jen’s schedule.
“Even though I’m not a morning person, working out early in the day really worked for me. It started me off on the right track and it was a good way to start the day.”
Casey confirmed what the doctor told Jen about her nutrition and gave Jen tips, strategies and ideas to keep her motivated with her new eating and workout plan.
Jen set a lofty goal of losing 100 pounds in one year. She challenged herself to be accountable to both her personal trainer Casey and her colleagues at Weight Watchers. She realized that her new diet made her feel better and motivated her to accomplish more. She ran her first 5K. She took a spin class. She tried Body Pump. She ran the stairs at the IDS for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is training for another 5K and possibly a 10K this summer. Next she wants to try the Shed Boot Camp.
She did not achieve her goal of 100 pounds in 1 year. She lost 100 pounds in 1 year and 1 week. I still call that success.
Jen was impressed with Casey’s knowledge and felt like she wouldn’t have been able achieve this without her.
“Casey was incredibly knowledgeable, professional and very easy to talk to. I know why she was hired at one of the most prestigious clubs in the city.”
Casey inspired Jen so much, that now Jen is taking classes in the Health Fitness Specialist degree program at Globe University. (Click Here to see a virtual tour of the Plymouth campus and the Health Exercise Lab where Jen and Casey trained.)
When asked if there was one piece of advice she could give others, Jen offered: “You cannot out train a bad diet.” Way to go, Jen.