Maria’s Success Story

I had always been fairly active, but gyms bored me. I?d make it a few months and decide that I wasn?t having fun, so I?d quit going. I got my workouts in scuba diving, skydiving, and running around at work, or around the house. However, life and a desk job got in the way of my well being. By Christmas of 2015 I had had enough of not feeling well. One day around that time I happened to drive by Advantage Personal Training. I made the decision to stop in and ended up signing up for the 21 day trial that started in January of 2016. I finished the trial and haven?t looked back. Two and a half years later I?m still here.

Looking back I see how far I?ve come. Because I hadn?t been feeling well I scheduled myself to see my doctor in the summer of 2016. My blood work came back and he said ?I believe you?re pre-diabetic and we should start you on medication. You need to start testing your sugar?. I told him I wouldn?t do that. I would make lifestyle changes before I would even start to think about taking medication and accept a pre-diabetic diagnosis. He said, ?I disagree, but let?s see how it goes?.

With the direction and support from the staff at Advantage, my workouts changed to better meet my needs. I started talking to the Nutritionist, and my eating habits changed. I found myself tracking my food, and my macros, and I started feeling so much better!

Fast forward to June of 2018 when I was nagged into going in for a follow-up doctors appointment. When I told him I was there under protest and reiterated my refusal to take medication and track my sugar, he laughed and said, ?Let?s see what your blood work says?. After a few raised eyebrows and a lot of scrolling on his screen, he laughed and said ?Whatever you?re doing, it?s working. All of your blood work levels are where they need to be. I don?t see any reason for the diagnosis at this time or any need for medication. If you don?t mind my asking, did you turn into a gym rat or become obsessive about your food??. I laughed and answered, ?kind of both..?.

And I guess that is kind of true. I?m at APT an average of 5 days per week. I?m in better overall shape now than I was in high school. And In the last two and a half years I have completed 3 marathons, 1 half marathon, 3 Tough Mudders, 1 Spartan Trifecta, (with 2 more Trifectas pending this year), and a bunch of 5K runs.

So, THANK YOU APT! I haven?t gotten bored, I?ve revamped the way I approach fitness AND food, and I have made some fantastic friends along the way with whom I?ve shared so much fun and laughter. You really are the best part of my day.

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