What I would consider my “adult” fitness journey began after having my 2nd son in 2016. I have been somewhat athletic my whole life but after gaining (and luckily losing) 60 lbs. with each of my pregnancies my body was definitely not where I wanted it to be. I began occasionally working out when I realized that I have 2 young sons, and I probably should be able to run a mile at any given moment just to keep up with them! I also knew that as my boys primary female influence in life I wanted them to see me as a strong and committed woman that works hard for her goals. I wanted them to see exercise and physical activity as being a normal part of our lives, something that we just always do, no matter what kind of sport or activity they decide they enjoy. At that point I couldn’t run a mile without stopping numerous times. A friend convinced me to sign up for a 5k that spring, which I did. I quickly went to working out 5 days a week, and in 2018 I ran my first half marathon. I was consistently working out and running, but I still didn’t feel my best.
Over the past 3 years I have run lots of races, and last summer I even ran across the state of NY (virtually) for a total of 641 miles over the course of 12 weeks. Given everything that 2020 threw at us, running became my therapy. But I still didn’t feel 100%.
My husband had gone to Pedram a few years ago and had amazing results, and in October I knew I was ready for a change and joined Valpo FiTrain. Then in December I decided I was finally tired of trying to lose that “last 10 pounds” and decided to try the 6 week challenge. Over the challenge I lost 16 pounds, and finally gained control of my eating habits. My amazingly supportive husband did the challenge with me, and together we lost a total of 40 pounds in 6 weeks, but more importantly we gained an entirely new mindset about our health in the long-term. We tried a bunch of new foods and recipes, and were shocked at how much we love them! Pedram made it so simple and I can honestly say I believe that our family’s health is forever changed. He has celebrated every success right along with me, no matter how small. My goals have become his goals. Since October I have lost over 20 pounds and 12 inches. I am so thankful for Pedram and everyone at FiTrain that truly are a family-they see the best in each of us, and push us to exceed even our own expectations.