Maria’s Success Story

I had always been fairly active, but gyms bored me. I’d make it a few months and decide that I wasn’t having fun, so I’d quit going. I got my workouts in scuba diving, skydiving, and running around at work, or around the house. However, life and a desk job got in the way of my well being. By Christmas of 2015 I had had enough of not feeling well. One day around that time I happened to drive by Advantage Personal Training. I made the decision to stop in and ended up signing up for the 21 day trial that started in January of 2016. I finished the trial and haven’t looked back. Two and a half years later I’m still here.

Looking back I see how far I’ve come. Because I hadn’t been feeling well I scheduled myself to see my doctor in the summer of 2016. My blood work came back and he said “I believe you’re pre-diabetic and we should start you on medication. You need to start testing your sugar”. I told him I wouldn’t do that. I would make lifestyle changes before I would even start to think about taking medication and accept a pre-diabetic diagnosis. He said, “I disagree, but let’s see how it goes”.

With the direction and support from the staff at Advantage, my workouts changed to better meet my needs. I started talking to the Nutritionist, and my eating habits changed. I found myself tracking my food, and my macros, and I started feeling so much better!

Fast forward to June of 2018 when I was nagged into going in for a follow-up doctors appointment. When I told him I was there under protest and reiterated my refusal to take medication and track my sugar, he laughed and said, “Let’s see what your blood work says”. After a few raised eyebrows and a lot of scrolling on his screen, he laughed and said “Whatever you’re doing, it’s working. All of your blood work levels are where they need to be. I don’t see any reason for the diagnosis at this time or any need for medication. If you don’t mind my asking, did you turn into a gym rat or become obsessive about your food?”. I laughed and answered, “kind of both..”.

And I guess that is kind of true. I’m at APT an average of 5 days per week. I’m in better overall shape now than I was in high school. And In the last two and a half years I have completed 3 marathons, 1 half marathon, 3 Tough Mudders, 1 Spartan Trifecta, (with 2 more Trifectas pending this year), and a bunch of 5K runs.

So, THANK YOU APT! I haven’t gotten bored, I’ve revamped the way I approach fitness AND food, and I have made some fantastic friends along the way with whom I’ve shared so much fun and laughter. You really are the best part of my day.

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