Jackie Brainerd is a CPA working as a manager of a large pediatric group. She has lived in Coppell for the past 12 years and joined GYIS a little over a year ago.
Q: Where you were at in your life before the Get You In Shape? What did your life look like? I’ve always been active playing softball, golf, tennis and walking. I have done the SGK 3 Day 60 mile walk the past 10 years. 5 years ago I decided to sign up for an interval running class and have just kept running 3 times a week. I had the cardio covered but not the weight training, core work-out and the stretching techniques that are so important as we age.
Q: Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape? I had known about the program for a while from neighbors and friends that have been active in the program. When I saw the advertisement in Sept. 2014 the timing was right. Plus I love exercising outside!
Q: What was your first experience with or first impression of Get You In Shape? After meeting with Brad I thought “What have a got myself into?” What was I thinking? And then I attended my first session with Chaney. I was welcomed and introduced to other members. I feel like I have a “personal trainer” yet the comradery of a group setting. I was hooked and have been for over a year.
Q: What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you? I was introduced to My Fitness Pal, tracking your calories and fitness could not be easier. The recipes, exercises & words of encouragement shared on the private FB page are wonderful. Being able to post accomplishments and getting words of encouragement back is awesome.
However, the individual and team contests have been my favorite tools offered by the program. All ages, all sizes and genders make these challenges open to all. I have just enough of a competitive spirit to want to be successful.
Q: What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program? I love the trainers, the flexible schedule, the inclusiveness of all levels –how the program can be customized to your needs.
Q: How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life? So much for the better. I can’t imagine not doing boot camp and especially not with GYIS. I am such a social creature. I am not motivated to work-out on my own at all!
Q: What is your proudest moment or result from the Get You in Shape program? In Jan & Feb of this year I participated in the Biggest Winner Contest. Wow! I saw this small transformation over the course of the contest in my physical, mental and emotional well-being. It turned out to be a big change for me especially not knowing what was just around the corner for me.
Q: How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life? I have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day 60 Mile Walk for the past 10 years. This year’s walk which was this past week was the best one from a physical standpoint for me. The Darks and I stopped at every pit stop and stretched. Others began doing what we were doing to help stay injury free. This is the very first year I had no blisters! Through GYIS I have learned the importance of hydrating and stretching.
Q: What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results? I have lost 18 lbs since May 2014. GYIS helped me lose another 7 lbs and 5 more inches. However, I broke my fibula in March 2015 which interrupted my fitness program. After surgery placing a plate and 8 screws in my left ankle area I came back with a boot in just 30 days. My surgeon said he knows being active in the GYIS program helped my healing tremendously. He released me in 60 days (norm is at least 90 days) and no outside physical therapy. At 90 days out I was back in the program 100%. I have started my weight loss journey again by using My Fitness Pal and a commitment to attend all available sessions. All my health numbers have gradually become better since last year. I am taking less medication to maintain those numbers and have a lot more energy. I needed it this past summer since my 9 yr old granddaughter spent the summer with me.
I feel better about myself. Staying active with the help of GYIS keeps me mentally fit as well. I am truly blessed.