January 26th, 2017 was my 1 year anniversary at APT in Niantic. Joining Advantage was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am not the same Arionna that walked through that door for the first time a year ago. I had no self-esteem, no confidence, no motivation, and I didn’t believe in myself. But I needed to do something because I was gaining weight quickly, and I was living a sedentary lifestyle. Plopping my butt on the couch after work with a glass of red wine and watching TV became a routine for me.
One day I came across the APT 21 Day Challenge on Facebook. It looked like something that I could do to get me moving and lose weight. After the challenge was over my results were incredible, I lost inches all over my body and just felt 100 times better. I actually started to enjoy working out and looked forward to going to the gym after work. Every day I felt myself getting stronger, and simple everyday tasks were getting easier. I could now carry groceries up a flight of stairs without getting winded, and I could pick up something without having to hold onto to something.
Working out daily has helped me physically and emotionally. Since I started at Advantage I’ve lost 20 pounds and gained quite a bit of muscle. My body has changed dramatically. I’ve become a lot stronger and my endurance has improved. I don’t have any of the aches and pains I used to have. My attitude has changed. Instead of saying I can’t or this is too hard for me I now challenge myself and give it all I have every team training I attend. I now believe in myself and believe that anything is possible through discipline and perseverance. In a year I have managed to reach my goals which were to complete a 5k race, lose weight, and do an unassisted pull-up.
My new goal is to compete in a bikini competition. I know I will reach this goal because the Trainers and the other members at Advantage are so supportive and motivating. I couldn’t do it without them!