Meet Jennifer Tear
Name, occupation, where you live, and how long you have been in the Get You In Shape program.
My name is Jennifer Tear and I live in Irving, Texas. I am a middle school teacher at a private school in Dallas. I began Get You in Shape at the beginning of June 2012.
Where were you at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
My life before the Get You In Shape program was pretty boring and most definitely unhealthy. Being overweight is normal in my family so I just grew up that way. Once I started working after college, my life turned into work, home, work, home etc. It stayed that way for 4.5 years. Finally, during a regular doctor visit and years of me telling them something just didn’t feel right, I was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder. I was told weight loss wasn’t possible for me and I shouldn’t expect any results. Not a good answer as far as I am concerned. Guess that just really pushed my buttons to do this once and for all.
Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?
I was driving down the road when I told a friend I wanted to do a 5K. As soon as I said it, I saw a sign for a 5K in Coppell benefiting a local charity. I knew 3 miles was a long way but I could walk and run it. All I knew was that I was going to finish it. After the race, I saw a booth for Get You In Shape and decided to try it. Nothing else had worked so I thought maybe this will. There are so many plans I have for my life, and I knew I needed to find my step 1.
What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
My first session was a Friday morning at 8am. On that morning, Chaney was the personal trainer. There wasn’t a beginner class going on at that time so I just jumped right in with everyone else. Chaney walked up to me and introduced herself as well as some of the members around me. I can definitely say that first class was a major eye opener. Running around the pavilion was out of the question that morning because I was out of breath halfway around that thing. I had worked out at gyms with trainers before and never broke a sweat. After that first class, I was soaked and hooked! I decided after that first class I wanted to try it out for a month. That was also the same morning I met Cynthia (at the end of class). Chaney took my measurements and I can honestly I was mortified. I had never had them taken before and was clueless to the extent of my condition. I knew with those numbers, the risk of developing the diseases that my family had wouldn’t be too far away from me. I had to get those numbers way down to control this metabolic disorder.
What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that have helped you?
One of the best tools for me are the trainers. Being able to show up to a class or shot an email with a question and get an answer. However, the biggest thing to me are the measurements that are done bi-weekly. There have been several weeks where I didn’t lose any weight or I even gained weight, but I lost inches. I have only lost around 10 pounds but I have lost 25 inches to date. If that doesn’t scream “it can be done” then I don’t know what else does. I am still working on the eating side of things but that is improving daily.
What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program ?
The best part to me is getting to work out with some awesome people. Everyone is on different levels and abilities so nobody feels left out or behind. I was really scared that I was going to get behind or be embarrassed on my first day but I had the opposite feeling. I saw everyone was just doing what they could. Nobody was there to show off. People who are part of the Get You In Shape program are all there for the same reason, to improve their life.
How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
Everything in my life has changed. Before Get You In Shape, my life was a horrible cycle of work and home. I avoiding going out with friends because I was so self-conscious of my weight and my looks. I just didn’t like myself or who I was. But once I started believing in myself and the fact that results are possible, it gave me a new sense of pride in who I am. It has created a new outgoing person that I am still trying to figure out. It is definitely a new adventure and I am excited to see what other things in my life develop.
What is your proudest moment or results from the Get You in Shape program?
The two moments of which I am most proud is when I went shopping and had dropped two sizes. My work pants were getting so big I was tripping over them on a daily basis. The second moment was when I was named Client of the Month. That completely blew me away; I had only been participating for about 4 months. It definitely gave me the motivation to keep going.
How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
I was always athletic growing up so being active really wasn’t that foreign to me. However, during college I stopped playing sports and became inactive and I got used to it. I don’t think a lot of people took me seriously when I started the program but now they can see I am serious. I no longer live the work home, work home routine. I no longer stay at work until 5:30 every day. I now leave around 4:15 staying late only one day a week. My overall health finally became a priority. I have also become more outgoing by going out more with friends and family. I can honestly say that I am dedicated to this program because I have a part time job on the weekends just to pay for it.
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 can do 70 air squats in 90 seconds.
My one mile time started at 18:00 minutes and I am now around 13:30.
It took me two years to lose the first 10 pounds. Since starting Get You In Shape in June, I have lost 10 pounds and 25 inches. Due to my metabolic disorder, it takes me twice as long as the average person to see get results. But I will say, my achievements are much more than just numbers. My attitude and outlook on things has become incredibly more optimistic. I have several goals in mind and I am aware it will take a little while to achieve some of them. I make myself and my workouts a priority and if I miss a class it has never been because I chose not to attend.