Our featured LifeStory for November 2020
I found two hours (my commuting time from the suburbs) to my day, and I was determined NOT to waste it...I now work out about 5 times per week, including strength, cardio, pilates and yoga.
There is an old and overused saying that goes something like "when life throws you lemons, make lemonade." Many have suffered during these tough times and have had to make the best of less than perfect situations. There are millions of stories of overcoming tough times.
Here is mine:
I joined the LifeStart facility when it opened in my office. And, seriously had the best intentions of being a frequent user, working out at lunch, taking classes and reaping the benefits of having an affordable work out option 4 floors away. Well, I didn't.
That all changed last March. When COVID 19 hit, I, like many downtown office workers were told to work from home for the foreseeable future.
But, I found two hours (my commuting time from the suburbs) to my day, and I was determined NOT to waste it. I have always had weight related issues, and never had the determination or time to commit to regular exercise.
My journey started during my first day working from home. I responded to an offer from LifeStart for "virtual" personal training. How could that work, I wondered?
I had my first appointment with Elise P. a few days later. I was hesitant. However, with Elise's wonderfully positive attitude and her willingness to not only listen but hear, I knew this could work. I have developed a regular workout schedule with Elise and always look forward to my sessions. She has also provided me options to continue making progress at home. Since then, I have signed up for Pilates with Jenna W. and Strength Training classes with Hannah S. They both care very much about their clients and their classes.
I now work out about 5 times per week, including strength, cardio, pilates and yoga.
Thank you to my wife, children, Lifestart and Elise for all of your support. You make great lemonade.
Our featured LifeStory for October 2020
Living in times of uncertainty and chaos has greatly increased anxiety within me. The one thing that has helped me greatly has been the constant support of LifeStart and its staff.
Who would of thought that 2020 would of brought so many changes to the way we live our day-to-day lives. What I have learned from all this is never take anything for granted, because in a moment's notice everything can change.
Living in times of uncertainty and chaos has greatly increased anxiety within me. The one thing that has helped me greatly has been the constant support of LifeStart and its staff. A special shout out to Erin Kelly who has offered virtual classes from the beginning and has been a great coach, motivator and a pillar of strength!! It is also great to see the people you used to see and work out with every day join in. It tells me that we truly are in this together, and with the outstanding efforts of Erin and LifeStart, together we will prevail.