Farrell’s Gave Me a Network of Support and Friendship
In January of 2015, I was assaulted at a concert and left with a shattered eye socket, broken nose, and an armful of medical bills. I was already in bad shape, and this drove my confidence and zest for life to a new low.
I weighed nearly 300 pounds, never exercised, and got winded walking across a parking lot or up a flight of stairs. I’d had back surgery and other health problems that required multiple surgeries in the previous year. I knew the way I was living wasn’t working, but I didn’t know how to fix it.
My wife had started Farrell’s around this same time and loved it. She insisted that it would be good for me, but I was unsure. I was afraid I’d get hurt. I was afraid I couldn’t do it. That I couldn’t commit to the time. My back hurt. My shoulders hurt. I didn’t want to spend the money. And a million other excuses. All because I was afraid I’d fail again. I’d been down this path and have worked out and lost weight in the past. But it never stuck. I’d inevitably put on more than I’d lost to begin with.
But I decided to do it and that I would go all in—give it 100 percent, follow the directions and recommendations without fail, do the work as best I could. If the program worked, I was going to find out.
I started my ten weeks with the notion that the program revolved around exercise and eating better. But I soon learned that the real key to the program is the support and camaraderie and friendship that kept me motivated and inspired. My coaches, instructors, and the owners, yes. But even more so, the other people in my class dealing with their own challenges and facing their own excuses head-on and coming to terms with them beside me.
The first week I didn’t think I’d even get through the warm-ups. The next week was the same. I learned to look at the clock and tell myself “It’s only 30 more minutes.” It’s just another 20 minutes.” “In 10 minutes you’ll be done.” Whatever it took to get through the class . . . And I got through them. One by one. Sometimes, minute-by-minute.
It never got easier, but I got stronger and I slowly became more confident. I learned that I wasn’t alone in this; that I could ask questions and advice of anyone, or share my aches and pains and challenges and victories with my team—and wanted to hear all of theirs as well.
After ten weeks I had dropped 34 pounds and several pant sizes*. My cholesterol levels dropped to the point where I had to drastically reduce my medication. My blood sugar, blood pressure and other lab results where at healthier levels than I’d ever seen.
But more important than what I lost was what I gained. Confidence. Inspiration. Friendship. And a new passion for living life to the fullest.
I started doing even more outside of class. I participated alongside other members in a 4.5-mile run with mud pits, electric fences, and log crossings. I joined the group in a challenge to climb more than 1,700 stairs for charity, and with burning lungs and aching quads I managed to finish in less than an hour. I started coaching new 10-weekers and found I took more from the experience than I could ever give. The newbies inspired me to work hard, be a good example, demonstrate all that could be done, and forget the excuses.
In my first year I’ve had many successes. I’ve dropped 90 pounds* (and counting), grown stronger, and built endurance. I’ve also had many setbacks and challenges. The difference is that I have a network of support and good friends who understand and whom I I can lean on, grow with, and be there for when they need it.
I’m a different person than I was a year ago. Physically, yes, but also mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. And that is the true transformation for which I am very grateful to Farrell’s, and all the sweaty, beautiful people I’ve met along the way.
Tim S. is a member at our Des Moines, IA Southside Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping location.
* Disclaimer: The above testimonial and photos were 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.
Posted on 07/21/2016, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged Farrell's Des Moines Southside, Farrells extreme bodyshaping Des Moines, fitness results, fitness transformations, FXB, FXB Southside, reduce medication, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.