Scariest words ever: “Find Your Nine”!

October is the perfect month for Cycle Class… because it is SCARY! 

Sara is so cute and sweet looking you would never realize she is actually an evil little demon.  10 Minutes before class she found me hiding in a bathroom stall and told me how much fun the class was going to be,  but now her voice yelling at me to “FIND YOUR NINE” will haunt my dreams tonight – worse than last night’s episode of American Horror Story.

I started the class scared to death I was going to fall off my bike while on some imaginary hill and all the ladies in the class would laugh at me, but after awhile I realized they were all rooting for me, rooting for each other and rooting for themselves to get out of the class alive!  It’s like we had bonded together over trying to outrun vampires while Katy Perry sang upbeat dance tunes.  Also, to complete my total nightmare experience, every time I looked up I saw myself in a mirror sweating, bent over in unflattering Capri pants and a too-tight tank bra… scary scary stuff ya’ll!

But the class was so much fun!  Sonya, a guest instructor, took us through a few sprints and hill challenges for the first ten minutes of class after what she SAID would be a light warm up – apparently lying is the first lesson in Group Exercise 101 – then Sara took over with her chipper voice telling us how great we were doing and to “FIND YOUR SEVEN”

Did I mention that “finding your seven” is the easy part of the cycle class?  She takes us through all these sprints and hills and at points we are supposedly “finding our nine”.  But, by the end, “my nine” looks suspiciously what Amy or Jackie in front of me would considor a  “two”.

The other ladies in the class have obviously bonded over outrunning demons in the past and are comfortable with each other and have a lot of fun so it was easy to have fun with them.  At the end of class Sara played a song that had Anna, April and Ruth (well, everyone except yours truly) raising their hands in the air and squealing about how great cycle class was, and since I was not dead on the floor beside my bike, I was pretty excited about the class too!  It was a GREAT workout and I’m definitely going to make the Total Training Class tomorrow (cycle, weights and stretching).

BONUS:  The cool thing about getting up in the morning and working out that hard is that eating right for the rest of the day seems easier when you know how hard you just worked to melt every calorie.  



OHHH EMMMM GEE!!!  I’m so hungry I’m about to eat my leather laptop bag!  This working out business makes me hungry which is completely opposite of what I want.  I get up and try to eat something to get my metabolism going, but i’ve never been much of a morning eater, and my coffee makes me a bit nauseous, so it’s really hard for me to find something that appeals to me in the am and a person can only eat so much peanut butter toast. (I’m the queen of excuses, can’t you tell!)

So, now, after my 9am Power Pump Class this morning, I’m absolutely starving to death and I really really really want to run down to Hays County BBQ and get the perfect Texas lunch (Brisket and Big Red – duh). ooooooooh, or s Jason’s Deli Baked potato…

But, I’m trying my best to lose weight over here and I know if I leave and come back someone is going to ask me what I had for lunch so I’m now sitting here starving to death trying to figure out something I can grab to eat that is  yummy and warm and somewhat healthy, but my mind keeps wondering to Garcias’ Cheese Enchiladas, or a Lolitas Carne Guisada Taco, or a Subway Toasted Spicy Italian Footlong Sandwich….   uuuuughghgh!

And I’m cursing myself for not bringing something from home where I have the perfect ingredients in my fridge for something healthy, but I’m a total spaz and overslept and didn’t plan and so now, once again I am stuck here, starving to death, trying to think of something healthy and quick and close by to eat…

and I’m headed out right now…  sooooo…. to be continued.

UPDATE!  Sara just ran down to Subway and is getting me a turkey sandwich, no mayo, all the veggies on whole wheat bread!  So, today at least, my dilemma is over!

(hears cheering in the background and feels butt shrinking)

100 Pounds Down!

I’ve done it, I have hit my 100 pound milestone! Wow, I have never in my life felt more amazing than I do right now! I still have those days where I feel like I don’t look like I want to yet, but I’m saving my life and it’s going to take time. I’m not perfect, no one is but let’s face it, I’ve lost an Olsen twin and I am so beyond thrilled. I just want to shout from the mountain top! I have been on top of the world since hitting my major milestone of 100lbs lost and I have never felt more amazing!

Since January I have learned so much, I have experienced so much and I have changed forever. I’ve learned one must get their calories in, and that eating right is the key! I now know that exercise can be fun, and I actually enjoy it! I’ve learned that when you think people in the gym are judging you, there’s a chance they feel the same way you do. I am no longer embarrassed to run on the treadmill, and work out in front of others, because who can judge you for changing your life?! Besides, only God can judge us anyway. I’ve learned that you should prepare your butt for cycling, or bring a cushion, and that Zumba is amazing and must be experienced by all. I see a family when I walk into the gym, and they support me throughout everything in my life. I’ve built everlasting friendships with people here and it’s like I’ve known them my whole life. I didn’t know what to expect when I started but this has surpassed anything I could have ever dreamed of.

Of course I realize that not everyone can afford a gym, and that an amazing opportunity like this is rare, but there are so many other activities you can do without a gym. Whether it be a walk for 30 minutes around your neighborhood, or just doing squats and lunges while you clean your house, it helps! And eating right doesn’t mean boring, you can make it fun, there are so many new and delicious recipes on Pintrest nowadays!

The one thing that always gets to me is that my grandma is not here to share this experience with me. For years she told me she was worried I may lose my life if I didn’t lose the weight. She always said I was beautiful no matter what, but she wanted me to be healthy and happy. She has always been in the back of my mind through this journey, and I know that if she were alive today she would be waiting at the finish line of my 5k with a huge smile on her face. I know she’ll be watching over me that day. I’m doing it for her, for all the women who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and for those that continue to struggle with this tragic disease. I’ll look up at the Sky and say this is for you Grandma, and when I finish I’ll say “We did it Grams!”

I’m so excited for the Susan G. Komen 5k on November 10th! I hope that everyone will make it out to support these amazing women. If you can’t make it to the run, you can always donate to the cause!

One hundred pounds feels so surreal right now! I’m definitely not used to attention or compliments, but I must say, I really don’t mind it I’ve had a lot of wonderful people come up to me and congratulate me on such an amazing accomplishment, and most I don’t even know. It all just goes to show you that there are still caring souls in this world. I look forward to the day when I can say “I DID IT!” I struggled and I pushed back! I persevered, I kicked butt, I cried my eyes out, and I complained, but I got stronger and I saved my life! This journey has meant the world to me, and I can’t wait to continue down this beautiful path of mine!

~ Meg

Looking forward…

As I close in on a 100 pound weight loss, I am reminded of all the struggles I’ve endured throughout this experience, and throughout life in general. There were days when I didn’t want to work out at all, and there were days when I just felt like giving up. Eating was a tough challenge for me, trying to make sure you have the right calories is tougher than one would think. I’ve had days when I look in the mirror and wish I was thinner, and I felt like I didn’t see a change. But I have changed.

I feel as if I’ve always been a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon, but now, I’m becoming a butterfly and I’m ready to fly free!

I know a part of me will always see the girl I once was, but now I have blossomed into a woman that I can be proud of. I move forward each day with who I’ve become, the person I’ve evolved into, and it feels so good. Nothing happens over night though, and things worth having in life, and goals you set for yourself, rarely come easy. I didn’t become overweight overnight, so of course slimming down was not going to be any piece of cake. As I continue to lose weight, I realize with every passing day this journey to my goal weight comes closer to an end, but with that end will come a new beginning.

I am so thankful for everyone I have met and continue to meet throughout this experience, each with their own inspiring stories that have all touched my heart. THRC has become my second family, and I never thought I would be blessed with this opportunity and all of the love and support I’ve received from this awesome team that’s been built here. I am quite excited to begin the next chapter in my life story, and I am looking forward to continuing to share my journey with all of you.

One small goal at a time – DO IT!

Changing your life, changing your habits, changing your health

It seems so hard and time consuming-planning and cooking healthy meals, making time to work out, running in the Texas sun, giving up flour tortillas, Whataburger and birthday cake…UGH!   Stop looking at health as a chore and look at it as one or two changes at a time.  Set a goal of one new change each week, or two changes a month.

How do you set a goal?  Where do you start?  Think about the goals you have already set and achieved in your life.  It takes four years to get through college, one class at a time, one test at a time.  You set goals for this to happen.  Did you get a promotion at work—same thing.  Raise a kiddo to start kindergarten or high school?  These are all things that are second nature, you have to do it, so you did.  It was important to you and it became your daily motivation.

That’s how health and fitness become not an obstacle in your way of a good time, but a daily habit that makes you feel more and more accomplished with results that pay off in the end.  And with fitness there is no end.  You can always set new goals. You will always get better results.  You will become a person who can’t live without a workout or a run.

At THRC I see some of the fittest people I have ever known in my life but they continually challenge themselves.  The 300 Workout some of our staff and clients participated in was a great example.  They worked toward a goal, then they worked toward achieving their goal faster and better.

Many people set huge goals for themselves but don’t think about the smallest steps it takes to get there.

I started training last November with the goal to gain strength.  After years of no exercise and a lot of enchiladas I had become weak and tired.  I was overweight, but my immediate goals were not to lose the weight, they were building muscle and endurance.  My trainer Sara helped me set realistic monthly goals and she inspired me during my work outs and during days when I was off to keep them.

One of my first goals was running a mile on the treadmill.  With plantar fasciitis, sciatic nerve issues and painful joints (excuses that my doctor told me could only be helped by exercise)  I started slowly, but within a couple of months all of my conditions were improved and I was working out three-four days a week.  My first mile time was 16 minutes.  A month later I did it in 14. This was HUGE for me! Now I’m working toward two miles in 25 minutes.   At the same time, we set a push-up goal.  On my birthday (Dec 9th) last year I could do only 5 modified push-ups.   During spring break I could do 3 regular pushups and now I can do 10.  My new pushup goal is 20.  I KNOW it will happen.

With my strength and endurance goals came weight loss.  Slowly and surely I have lost 18 pounds.  Sara pushed me to start eating a healthy breakfast and track my foods in a fitness app and it became easier.  I still eat enchiladas and maybe a few Dos Equis to wash them down, but when I do  I focus on eating healthier the next day – but sometimes that goes out the window and I decide cookies and milk would be a great breakfast option (UGH). But knowing I have been successful at my other goals gives me the inspiration to keep on keeping on!

So back to how you CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE:  Set a goal to run or even walk 2 miles, to do 5, 10, 25 pushups or to only eat one desert each week.  If you need some help to get started talk to one of our personal trainers who can assess where you are and make realistic goals for you. They want to see you succeed!

If you want more inspiration check out this post about our 90-year-old Silver Sneaker or keep up with Meg’s posts about how she is changing her life.

Let me know in the comments a small goal you can work toward this month and I will set up to three of you up with a FREE Personal Training Session with one of our trainers!

~ jodi

90 pounds and counting!!

So far this year has been the biggest struggle of my life, yet, it has also been the most rewarding. When I began my journey I was weak, or at least that is how I saw myself, with just a hint, a tiny glimpse of the strength I’ve now come to know. I am now more than half way to my goal weight, with nothing but strength, and my weakness stayed behind.

I have now lost 90 LBS and I’m better than I’ve ever been! Some days have been better than others, of course. There are weeks when I really struggle, but I always bounce back. There have been a few setbacks, illness, emergency surgery on my appendix, and recent tendonitis, but all of this has only made me stronger.

There will always be something.. work, family, or any kind of circumstance that can fall in the way of your path, but it’s just an obstacle, a brief roadblock. You need to push forward, find your way around, and know that you are stronger than whatever gets in your way. I have certainly found my courage and my way around these roadblocks. With each pound I lose I get that much stronger, with each exercise I gain more knowledge.

By telling my story, and by having this new courage to change my life, I have been able to help others. That means more to me than all the weight I have lost or could ever lose. I found my passion and what I want to do with my life, and for that I am truly blessed. It’s hard to believe that I’ve lost 90 LBS, and that I run at least 10 miles a week. I can’t believe I have truly changed my life like this. Sometimes it all seems so surreal! I am so looking forward to hitting my 100 pound milestone. This is going to be a major moment for me, and I can’t wait to share that with you all.

Now I look forward to each day of my life, rather than dreading it as I did in my past. I no longer wake up sad, and instead I wake up with the biggest smile on my face, wondering, what will I accomplish today?

~ Meg

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