Name, occupation, where you live, and how long you have been in the Get You In Shape program? Candy York. I’m a Food Scientist and Director of Product Development for a small prepared food company. I’ve lived in Coppell since April of 2013. October’s session marked my first anniversary with Get You In Shape
Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like? Before moving to the Dallas area, I was averaging 10-14 hours a day at work and working on weekends. I didn’t have much time for anything other than work, so exercise and even eating right were not a priority. I was exhausted. With my health issue and complete imbalance on work/ life, something had to give.
Why did you decide to join the Get You In Shape program? After struggling for 3 years to get a chronic health problem under control, I finally had the energy to consider exercising again. It coincided with the Get You In Shape 6th anniversary promotion I saw in the margins of my web browser. I enjoy team sports and group exercise. And while I had heard of Fitness Boot Camps, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The biggest change came from my fellow fitness boot campers. I’m a social animal and the warm and welcoming people at boot camp have become my friends. In a new city, being able to establish a community can be difficult. Regular activities we’ve done together (like paddle boarding), additional challenges outside of fitness boot camp and healthy dinners have helped me to make friends outside of work. Physically, I noticed immediate changes in circulation as the edema in my ankles was resolved. I definitely enjoy an increased energy level that I’ve begun to take for granted as my new normal!!
What is your proudest moment or moment or results from the Get You in Shape program? My proudest moment is realization of my “So That” goal I established in my introductory meeting had been met. My “So That” was to become physical able to participate in the active life of my grandson.) This October, not only was I able to easily navigate a 5 mile Trick or Treat route with my grandson, the following day I was able to jog by his side while he was on his bicycle. My amazement came at the time I realized the dog was just not walking but actually loping and I was maintaining my pace with the dog and with the bicycling boy. I still get emotional when I realized I had fulfilled my promise to myself. Now it’s time to revise my “So That”. I doubt it will ever be to run a marathon…that is not my dream, but someone else’s….but I’ll find something meaningful to achieve.
How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life? I’ve gotten involved in the community activities sponsored by Get You In Shape. Giving back is easier when the date and time are already established. I’ve also worked harder at cooking for one. Previously, it was easier to grab something “prepared”. The choices aren’t always as good as putting together something myself. When I’m successful, I enjoy sharing with the GYIS’ers.
What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape
program? My performance and my progress peaked at the end of June. I had lost 55 lbs and an overall total of 34.5”. It’s interesting to compare results of testing when compared to the measurements. The fastest times and greatest reps came at the time when I was at my peak. Shortly after July 4, I had some chronic health issues that have just recently been resolved. I’ve backslid a little, but continue to find that peak performance level. No matter how I feel, I always feel better after the Get You In Shape Boot Camp.