How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I’ve been a member for about 9 months. I was looking for boot camp classes and found FCE online. I fell in love with the different classes and more importantly the supportive environment. It was a life changing decision.
What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? My greatest accomplishment so far is weight loss and the sense of accountability and accomplishment I have re-discovered in myself.
What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I have a long term goal to lose 40 lbs before I travel to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity in November. I’m half-way there! Seeing the numbers on the scale fall helps but I also have made friends with women in my classes who have encouraged me. And getting called out by the wonderful trainers when they haven’t seen me in a while reminds me to get my butt back in gear and get back into the gym. It’s been a huge motivator. My biggest obstacles have been losing focus and not paying attention to what I’m eating or making time for the gym. Fortunately I haven’t had a lapse in a few months and I feel great every time I leave the gym. Also, early morning classes are a challenge for me to get to (I love sleep!!!) But I’m working to make them a priority. Finally, I had an unexpected gallbladder surgery which has knocked me out of exercising for the next 4 weeks. I’m already having gym withdrawl!
What is your favorite part of FCE? The laughter and camaraderie I experience with the women in our classes. Even if I don’t know someone, by the end of class we’re encouraging, joking around and supporting each other on our individual journeys.
What advice would you offer to newbies? Try out all the different classes – I never thought I’d like Zumba and it’s become my favorite class. Don’t be afraid to speak up and introduce yourself to someone new. We’re all here to support each other and it’s fun to recognize folks and be able to call them by name.
In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. An inspiring community full of zany, compassionate women who are passionate about their health and fitness.