I started training with Dayna in my mid-30’s after I’d suffered a torn ACL while playing dodgeball. This injury made me realize that I was no longer 20 and I needed to take charge of my health and fitness before I developed health issues that would prevent me from being active.
When I first started working out, I wanted to improve my overall health and slim down a little. I wanted to expand my fitness regimen, and I would not do that on my own. I was stuck in a rut. I’ve always been an active person, but my biggest obstacle has been trying new things and pushing myself to do more. It’s easy to keep doing the same thing over and over again. Familiarity breeds complacency, and I was definitely guilty of that. I needed someone to push me to my limits and to remind me that my limit may be further than I realized.
When I started with Dayna, my weight really didn’t need to change, but I wanted to lose inches and gain lean body mass. Since training with Dayna, I’ve lost fat and gained muscle, which in turn, made me lose inches. An early assessment of my body fat put me somewhere around the 20-21% range. A few months ago, I had formal body fat testing and measured at 12.4%. I credit Dayna not only for the workouts, but also for supporting me and advising me on my diet. I think it was the change in diet that really helped bring the percentage down. Not only have I lost inches but I can lift more and go further in everything I do. I have more energy and feel so much healthier both when I am working out and when I am not.
Dayna has kept me accountable. Being a “rule follower,” I hate to disappoint people. I would never want to disappoint Dayna by sabotaging her work by eating poorly and not keeping up with a healthy lifestyle when I’m not with her. I see no point in working with a trainer twice a week and then neglecting my body the remaining 5 days of the week. It gives me the desire and ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle all the time. Like I said, it keeps me accountable.
My life has improved drastically. Now at 43 years old, I feel better than I ever have. I’m stronger and healthier. I have more endurance both in exercise and in everyday activities. My self confidence and mood have improved. It’s also has given me the opportunity to be a good role model for my children.