Vanessa – from size 16 to size 8

van1I started to gain weight in 2004 after grad school. The pounds didn’t pile up all at once and I had to learn they wouldn’t leave that way either. I started going to the gym and would spend several hours there with minimal results (like losing 5 lbs in 3 months) then kinda gave up on the workout plan. The pounds continued to come and by 2006 I was a size 16.

I started my next weight loss journey in 2008 when I participated in a boot camp. It worked and I dropped two sizes but I didn’t stick to it, I’m not a morning person and 6 AM workouts only worked for so long. I was able to maintain for a while but slowly but surely the weight came back. The beauty of going to boot camp was I knew I could drop the weight and I was more aware of the process needed to do so-there wasn’t going to be a magic pill or workout that made me college size in a week.

I decided I wanted to try something new to help jump start my new weight loss journey and I thought I would try boxing. I searched the web for boxing gyms in Atlanta and came across Unit 2 Fitness and saw they had kickboxing classes so I figured why not give it a try. I called and spoke to Keith about the gym and he encouraged me to come try a class and see how I liked it. I convinced a coworker to go with me the next day after work and after finishing a kickboxing class with Keith I decided Unit 2 Fitness would be where I started my next chapter in my weight loss journey.

van2Immediately following class I signed up for membership and have not regretted it since; this was September 2010. At this point I was about 205 pounds and not fully committed to this journey again. January 2011 I decided it was time to fully commit and make a lifestyle change. I began to go faithfully to the gym, at least 4 times a week, for kickboxing and started eating less; I logged my food and workouts daily and my weight weekly. From this I lost about 40 pounds between January and September 2011. I have now incorporated training into my routine and find myself a little frustrated if I don’t make it to the gym for kickboxing or CrossFit class (working out has become such a great stress reliever).

I have been able to maintain and tone and have gone from a size 16 to a size 8 with the help of Unit 2 Fitness. I always talk about how great the gym is and try to get friends to check it out if they are really ready to workout, I tell them “this isn’t LA Fitness, people are there to really workout not play the role” then I point to myself as if I’m a walking billboard for the training results of Unit 2…

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