I weighed 200 lbs. I was in my mid twenties, extremely overweight and depressed. I did not understand how I had allowed myself to get to a point where I no longer recognized myself. I stopped caring about myself, I stopped looking in the mirror. Before I knew it I was 200 lbs, I had gained an average of 15 lbs a year for the last 4 years and these were my results. I did not want to go shopping, I did not want to socialize, I certainly did not have a boyfriend. At that time, I didn’t love myself, so how could I expect anyone to love me. I had shut down completely.
“My weight was keeping me from enjoying life, it was keeping me from smelling the roses, and truly being present to every moment in my life.”
While taking a leadership course in 2006, something sparked inside me, something made me realize that my weight had been holding me back from happiness. My weight was keeping me from enjoying life, it was keeping me from smelling the roses, and truly being present to every moment in my life. In that moment I decided to make a life long change. I began a weight loss program and started to exercise. In six months I lost the 60 lbs I had gained over the last 4 years. I peeled the layers of my sad existence and emerged into a happy, loving, vulnerable butterfly. When I reached my goal I could not believe how easy it was. I thought to myself, why did I wait so long to do this. When I was in the zone the weight loss was easy. However, the challenge came in trying to maintain the weight. After a few years my weight began to slowly creep back up.
That is when I stopped and said, “never again.” Never again will I allow myself to go back to that unhealthy, unhappy person. Never again will I allow myself to shut down from the world because of my weight.
There are people in my life currently who have no idea that I was ever that girl, never knew I was ever that heavy. For some people in my life, this will be the first time they see a picture of the Ana I use to be.
Before joining No Limit I did not have a regular work out routine. I went to the gym once in a while, but was not consistent. I joined many gyms, crossfits, boot camps, but none were what I was looking for. This led to unwanted weight gain and this did not work for me. See 10 years ago I weighed 200lbs. I was considered obese for my 5’3 frame. After losing the weight I made a commitment to myself that I would never go back to that weight again, I will never be that girl again. I tell my journey below.
I was referred to No Limit by a friend, who is a current member of No Limit. I had mentioned to her that I was looking for a facility, not a gym with trainers who cared and members who make you feel like part of a team, and held you accountable for working out. She told me about No Limit and guaranteed that I would love it. She was right, this is my second year as a member with No Limit, and I will continue to renew my membership every year.
For me working out is my sanity, it keeps me healthy and happy. It allows me to maintain my weight when I want to eat what I want, and to focus on my weight when its weight loss I am looking to achieve. I don’t need to check in to social media every time I am here. That is not important to me and the truth is no one really cares how often you “check in” to the gym. The only person it matters to is me.
My experience of No Limit was exactly what I had been searching for. The owner Sako, knows my name and comes to greet me everyday. The trainers are knowledgeable and friendly and will tell me when I am slacking off, but are also open to modifying their routine for me when I am injured and can’t do certain exercises.
What I overcame at no limit was my limitations. My limiting belief that I am not an athlete, I can’t do burpees, or I can’t lift that much weight, I can’t do squats with 15 lb kettle bells in each hand. Like the writing on the wall says, “When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”
The best thing I can say to those of you on the fence about getting started, or having money conversations about the cost is, think of the expense on your physical and emotional well being. Is it worth feeling the way you currently do for the rest of your life? Personally for me, when ever I have the money conversations, or time conversations; I always go back to the way I felt at my heaviest weight, I go back to sadness I felt when I was that heavy and I think my investment in No Limit is a lot less expensive than the cost of not loving my self, not feeling comfortable in my own skin. That emotional cost for me, is far more expensive than any money I spend at No Limit.
For me this has become a lifestyle change. Working out is part of my daily routine, it keeps me happy, and energized. There is no magic pill for weight loss, you have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired and put in the work. I promise you the end result is unlike anything you have felt before.