Within a few weeks I noticed a change. I enjoyed exercising, and lifting weights was actually fun! It was something that can take your mind off work and make you sweat. My lifestyle journey isn’t finished here. I’m still finding my way through this maze but now I feel like I have the resources that I need to not veer off the course…Individual Fitness genuinely wants you to find your journey towards a healthy lifestyle. They will give you all the coaching and encouragement you need, but, most importantly, they taught me the value of persistence.
My journey towards achieving a healthy lifestyle has been a rocky one. I had an unhealthy relationship with food; I was living to eat – enjoying sweets and breads too frequently. Exercise was unthinkable to me. I was focused on going to school, studying for exams, and I didn’t have time – or make time – for exercise. After living this lifestyle for many years, it was the status quo, and I honestly thought I was enjoying life to the fullest.
I finished my schooling, received a graduate degree, and post-graduate residency training and — at the end of all those endless hours of exams, projects, and presentations — I was a bona fide healthcare professional. And I was fat. Obesity is defined as a BMI greater or equal to 30. I definitely exceeded that definition. Even though I should have felt proud and elated that I had reached my purpose in life, I felt that I hadn’t embodied the spirit of being a healthcare professional — someone who promotes a healthy well balanced lifestyle. I was far from an example of that. I felt ashamed.
My turning point happened quite abruptly. One night, my significant other looked me in the eye and said “I’m worried about you.” He expressed his concern about observing me being breathless just climbing up stairs, and the risk of developing diabetes later in life and dying young. His words made a huge impact on me and I knew he was right. With these thoughts in my mind, I promised to him and to myself that I will change.
I started exercising on my own and with my significant other but it was a slow process. I was still making excuses for myself to get out of exercising and soon enough I realized this strategy wasn’t working. So the idea of a personal trainer crossed my mind, but I really worried too much of what other people thought of me when I’m exercising. I did my online research and came across Individual Fitness. The first call was the hardest to make. I called their number and I hung up before anyone could answer. So later that week, I called again, and then I hung up again. Finally after my third attempt, I talked to Jim and agreed to come in.
I wouldn’t say my life drastically changed. It was baby steps. I had three sessions each week and it was tough — but I paid for it, so I would show up for training. Within a few weeks I noticed a change. I enjoyed exercising, and lifting weights was actually fun! It was something that can take your mind off work and make you sweat. My eating habits were a much gradual change. I still felt like I was living to eat. I started tracking the foods that I ate through a phone app which generated nifty charts and graphs of how much protein, carbohydrates and fats I was taking in and also tracked my weight loss. I found this very encouraging.
My lifestyle journey isn’t finished here. I’m still finding my way through this maze but now I feel like I have the resources that I need to not veer off the course. All their trainers at Individual Fitness genuinely want you to find your journey towards a healthy lifestyle. They will give you all the coaching and encouragement you need, but, most importantly, they taught me the value of persistence. Your journey will certainly be different than mine, and it is on you to make your goals happen. For what it’s worth, if you’re reading this, you’re on the right path.
– Donna Oetama
“What I like most about my program here at IF is the personal approach and understanding of how my medical conditions limit me and require adjustments. The trainers are all professional and push me to achieve attainable results.”
“We feel stronger, more energetic, and proud of the changes we’ve made. Tony and I are so appreciative of the team at IF for motivating us to improve our health and for putting a program in place that we know we can keep up for a very long time.”
Tony & Catherine
“I fully recommend IF and their programs because it works! It challenges you and it makes you feel part of IF. It’s a wonderful team. They motivate you, they are a powerful example, and they have great recommendations for your nutrition.”
“Thanks to IF, I now have a whole new wardrobe without going shopping. I can wear anything in my closet and everything is actually loose or too big. To sum up my experience thus far: 21 pounds lost, 13 inches gone!! They listen to me and that’s how I have achieved the results I have.”
“The staff has made me feel comfortable and welcome...I have worked hard since the middle of January and have lost a lot of weight, and gained a lot of strength. At first I couldn’t do a single push-up. Now I can do three sets of ten. That is a huge step for me. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring.”
“With the combination of my weight and blood pressure where it is, I said ‘That’s it! I need a change in my life!’ [After working with IF]...I am down 26 lbs, nearly 2 inches in my waist, and 1.5 inches in my hips. I have grown physically as well as mentally towards a better me.”