When new students come to our studio and workout with Sherri, there’s always one thing they talk about…wow she’s strong. And she is! It’s impressive. Sherri is one of the strongest ladies in the gym both mentally and physically, and people are drawn to her because of it.
But if you ask Sherri how she felt when she started with us, she’ll tell you a different story. Sherri has high expectations for herself and others, but she was struggling with her weight and really beating herself up about it. It was affecting everything else in her life.
“The day I walked in for the initial meeting I guess I would say I was nervous but excited. I think what got me was that I said I’d gained more weight than I even wanted to talk about, after being on Jenny Craig and nothing was working, and they didn’t judge me for my habits, they wanted to help and were so positive.”
Sherri jumped into her new fitness routine and found it very different than what she’d experienced at gyms in the past. Not sure of what to do to get the results she wanted, she would do random things and often jump on the treadmill, even though she hated it! To add to her gym misery Sherri said she felt self-conscious working out in front of 20yr. olds who looked like they were in shape already. The gym wasn’t a positive experience for her and as a result she didn’t go after a while.
“You have to put on workout clothes and get up in front of people and do things…and I just didn’t like it, I didn’t feel like I fit in.”
That’s one of the things Sherri says she really appreciates about Organic Fitness, “The clientele here is very different. They are my age or older, there are a few people who are younger but the majority of people are my age.”
Having coached Sherri for a while I’ve seen her become more confident and now she’s a great gym buddy for new students who really relate to her. So I asked her how she’d feel going into a big box gym in front of that same crowd now, “I don’t think I would care anymore. Today now my mindset is that physically I can do more than them! I can hang with the 20-yr olds.”
As a result of her new found confidence and strength, Sherri’s taken control over the habits that use to upset her. She’ll tell you that she use to be so hard on herself that it was hard to feel good. When I asked her about the biggest changes she sees in her life as a result of making time for herself to train, this is what she said.
“I’m able to handle situations better, I don’t freak out like I used to. The negative self-talk has been significantly reduced..if it starts popping up its like shut up! But when I tell you I use to only say bad things about myself. That has almost gone away, and not having that has taken a load off big time. “
Sherri talked about the way her physical training helped her achieve a major professional goal as well, “ I don’t know if I would have been able to become a principal if I wasn’t here. I think the things that I’ve learned have carried over into other parts of my life. I can see what I do here physically and how that impacts me being a principal or a teacher or a parent and they are interrelated.”
Not only is Sherri more successful in her professional life and more loving in her relationship to herself (which lets face it is really hard to do) she’s also much healthier and stronger. After years of dealing with a thyroid issue she’s off her medication and learning how to provide a healthy environment for herself and her family.
“If you told me a year ago that I would be able to dead lift 205lbs I never would have believed it. My legs would get tired after climbing stairs. My youngest son loves for me to make a muscle so he can feel it.”
I asked her what advice she’d give to someone who’s afraid of coming to the gym because of their past failures, this is what she said:
“Here you will feel supported, it’s mind, body and soul. It’s not just coming in and doing a workout and leaving, you guys text, you call, you push but you encourage, it’s a gentle nudge. Carrie and Meghan had the ability to see something in me before I could recognize it myself.
It’s different than what you know so you have to put aside everything you know about gyms, nutrition and working out and be willing to walk through that door. There’s no reason why you can’t. You can feel good and you can move without pain and you can get off the floor.
The day you can get off the floor is a huge accomplishment. You you’ll be able to do jumping jacks and you’ll be able to lift weight that you never thought possible. But you have to be willing to do it for yourself.”