Journey of the Month
I've spent the large majority of my life overweight, with poor eating habits and avoidance of exercise. A lot of it had to do with feeling disempowered; feeling like it was too late to make a difference. Some of it had to do with anxiety, depression and comfort eating. But I also felt a lot of shame and embarrassment going to gyms and dieticians before. Part of that is because most programs (that I've found) have been geared towards people with 20 lbs or less to lose, people who want that quick summer six pack, and people with some experience already.
When I began the Journey to Wellness program at the Summit, I was skeptical. I was thinking that surely I would be surrounded by even more unsympathetic and, perhaps, even unqualified professionals that would end up deterring me from finishing. And I'm happy to say that I was wrong.
These last few months, my support team has done a wonderful job helping to educate me in a way that's relevant, empower me to try new things, and reassured me that everything is okay--that when my heart is pounding 140 beats per minute, that I'm safer there than I was if I was working out at home. So now when I walk through the doors of the Summit, I feel a sense of relief. I'm not just there to go work out and leave, but I am there with an entire team in my corner.
Jude has been an amazing and sympathetic coach throughout my journey, and helped me find motivation to keep coming back when I wanted to quit. Barbi is probably the most friendly and understanding person I've ever met in my life, and she put emphasis on my own personal growth. Trina has also helped me to not pay so much attention to other people, assure me that she wouldn't have me do anything I can't handle, and coached me through setbacks. And Angela and Lindsay always make S.E.L.F. a time where I laugh just about as much as I sweat.
All in all, I am very thankful for this experience. Even if I do not feel that I've hit my goals as fast as I wanted, I've learned to make more realistic and permanent changes. Now, I feel that wherever I go, I will be confident in my ability to continue to grow (or shrink, really) with everything I'll take away from this program.