When I first saw the FitMetabolism sign, I would never have guessed that it would have led me to where I am now. Before I came to FM, I had tried several other diets and fads, some of which included the South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, Atkins, and finishing with Herbal Magic. I weighed 209 lbs at my heaviest, and at just over 5 feet tall, I was pretty round. I will give Herbal Magic Credit, I did lose 60 lbs on their plan, but like all the rest, I was just another person who was “not following the diet because the diet works if you follow it”. It got increasingly expensive trying to keep up with the “magic herbs” and I was ashamed and felt like a failure for not being able to overcome the plateau. I eventually quit and regained about 30 lbs.
One day while I was out walking at lunch, I saw the FM placard on the Stepper Center sign and got curious. When I got back to work, which is conveniently located in the building right next to the Stepper Center, I did a Google search to see what they were about. I called and booked an appointment, and the rest, as they say, is history!
What I found by joining FM is unconditional coaching and support with a plan that is built around me as an individual. If something isn’t working, it has never been how can we make you fit our plan, but rather how can we make our system fit you. Through the constant coaching and support I have found the power and courage to complete things that I never thought possible, and was convinced I could never do. All through school, university, and even as an adult, I knew I had the physical strength and power for lifting weight, but I had always convinced myself that I wasn’t built to run. In three years with FM I have since completed multiple 5-10 km runs, a sprint triathlon, and two half marathons. I have already got a full marathon in mind just because I know I can!
I have received amazing coaching from Craig during my weight loss journey. He is always there to celebrate the victories, no matter how small, and there to help lift me up when I stumble. There are never accusations or pointed fingers, it just how can WE do better going forward. That being said, he also knows when it is time to give me a good dose of accountability when it’s needed!
The weekly CBurn classes for members have been a great addition for me. Not only have I had the chance to meet and become friends with some truly inspirational people, I have had the chance to be coached by Zac. Zac is very quick to realize an individual’s potential and knows just how to challenge them so that they can achieve the best results possible. He is extremely charismatic and has provided the positive motivation for me to push harder and stronger in class, challenging myself to higher expectations.
Would I recommend FitMetabolism to anyone? In a heartbeat!! I tell anyone that will listen about my experience with FM. I will admit the first time I walked in, I was very intimidated. My first thought was gosh, how are these people going to understand what I am going through, and the struggles that I have? Karin was the first person I met. She has the warmest smile, and a very caring and friendly personality that immediately helps to put you at ease. Then I met Craig, and after a few minutes of talking to him I completely forgot that I was intimidated, and started to understand that not only do they see me as an individual, but they understand the struggle. They may not have had struggles with weight, but they have their own struggles trying to attain their own goals which allow them to understand the journey that their weight loss clients are travelling. For me, having the science based research as the basis for their methodology is great, and as the research changes and new things and thoughts are revealed their system evolves, grows, and changes to better suit the clients. All of this is what helps them do the amazing job they do. Even the other coaches that work there know me by name, and when they ask how I am doing, they really care; it’s not just a passing greeting that you say to be polite. FitMetabolism is no longer the weight loss clinic that I go to, it has become a family that I can’t live without. All of them have saved my life, and I am a better person for it.
I have spent 30 years being overweight. I was teased throughout my life because of it. I had no real sense of self image, confidence, or worth. Now at age 36, I am healthier, fitter, and stronger then I was then. Thanks to my Fit family, I no longer settle for being better, I only go for being best!