Thank You For Believing in Me!
In August 2013, Con Krull opened Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping in Arapahoe Boulder and I wanted to join the first session. I was overweight and wanted to get more active and Farrell’s sounded like a program I would really like. Unfortunately, I felt like I didn’t have the support from my family that it would take for such a commitment and I let the opportunity pass.
It turned out to be a good thing that I didn’t start Farrell’s then because on September 8, 2013 my life fell completely apart and I don’t think I would have been able to finish a session at that time. I won’t go into detail, but a traumatic event turned my world upside down. In one night I became estranged from half my family, lost my home, my sense of security, and any self-confidence or self-respect that I had ever had for myself. I felt like a failure in so many different ways and I fell into a deep depression. I struggled through the next year just trying to make it one day at a time, trying to live with the consequences of a decision that I never knew I made and not getting much of anywhere. I was at the lowest point of my life and didn’t know how to move on.
Then, in the early summer of 2014, I sat at a table during a company picnic with a gentleman by the name of Kevin McGrath. He started telling me about the workout program he was doing and how much he liked it. As he was talking, I thought the format sounded familiar and sure enough, he was talking about Farrell’s. He was getting great results and it reminded me of the interest I once had in joining. I was still overweight and I was fighting depression every day and needed a new focus. So when my company offered to help pay for a 10-week session, I thought it was an opportunity I could not pass up again.
Even though I had made the decision to join in my head, it was still very difficult for me to actually do it. I dialed the number at least a dozen times and sat in my car in the parking lot probably half a dozen times more before I worked up enough courage to go in and talk to Con. That was how little confidence I had in myself at the time. I was scared to death to walk through that door on Day One and by the end of testing, I was sure I was going to die. But I didn’t die, and I kept coming back every day for the next 10 weeks. I sucked at kickboxing, but every day I got a little better with the punches and kicks, and every day it got a little easier to make it in that door. I started to feel just a little bit better about myself. Then I got to the point where I was excited to come to class, and near the end of my 10 weeks, I started to panic about it being over. I was finally starting to feel good about myself and about the things I was accomplishing and I wasn’t ready to stop. Thank goodness for FIT and for Con and Kelly Krull who made it possible for me to continue with Farrell’s!
I still fight with depression, but much less often than I once did, and I have built enough confidence to become more involved both in and out of the gym. I started coaching in January 2015, introduced my son to Farrell’s in April 2015 and began instructing strength training in October 2015. At work, I applied for, and was accepted into, my company’s pilot apprenticeship program. It is no easy feat for me to get up in front of people, but I know it is helping me to become a stronger person in many ways and showing me that I can overcome difficulties in life with hard work and determination.
I know that most people talk about how the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program helped them with health issues. It has certainly helped me with my weight and learning better nutrition with some great body shaping results, too, but most importantly for me, it has helped me take back control of my life. It helped me to climb out of the deep hole of depression, helped me to no longer be a victim of circumstances I can’t control, and showed me how to be an inspiration to others, which is a totally humbling experience.
So, thank you Farrell’s Arapahoe Boulder. Thank you Con and Kelly Krull. Thank you Kevin McGrath, and thank you to all of my friends at Farrell’s. Thank you for being my lifesaver, for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to learn to believe in myself again. You can never know just how much of a difference all of you have made in my life.
Michele is a member at our Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping Arapahoe Boulder, CO location.
Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.
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