I’d like to express my sincerest appreciation and thanks to all of the staff and trainers at Excel Body Fitness (XBF), and a special thanks to Carolee Auslander. I was introduced to XBF back in April 2010 by Steve Poythress, a member who significantly benefited from the 12-week program and underwent a life changing transformation by losing over 26 pounds and a body fat loss of 10 percent. I thought to myself, if he could do it — then so could I! At this point I was always tired, didn’t want to play any physical games with my kids — basically I was ready for a transformation.
I joined the 12-week session that began on January 3, 2011. I began the program weighing 240 pounds. In 12-weeks, I lost 34 pounds and went down from a waist size of 40 to a comfortable 34. I have an elevator at my work. While it is very convenient, I have chosen to take the staircase. I am also preparing myself for an upcoming 5k run! I could not have done this without Carolee’s challenging and rigorous exercise routines, motivating me to go beyond my potential, and most of all her advice and follow-ups on my nutritional efforts. I also have to give a special thanks to Steve, who turned me on to XBF. He kept me focused on my eating habits, made sure I attended every class, and most of all encouraging me to compete with him at every task! I will never forget being outside in the morning doing push ups in my driveway while Steve walked out to take his kids to daycare. That’s what I call true dedication! I am a true proponent of XBF and all that it has shown me. Today I am feeling 10 years younger …
Prior to Excel I have belonged to three different gyms and one fitness facility. I went to work out and that was it. It was just a gym; just a fitness center-walls, machines, and lots of people working out. The first gym I belonged to offered group classes. I used to take some of the classes, which were usually overly crowded. You either got the workout or you did not. The instructors had no time to correct you; so you were pretty much on your own. Sometimes when you reached the gym late, especially in spinning classes, there were no bikes; there was no sign up policy and it was pretty much first come first serve.
The kickboxing classes used to be so jam packed that there hardly used to be room to move around; after taking a few, I just gave up taking the group classes. The second gym I belonged to offered very few classes. The time the classes were offered did not work for me, so I never took their classes. I just used their gym facility. The third one I belonged to offer no group classes. I just went to work out on my own there. The Fitness center I belonged to did not allow us to use their machines/facilities any other days except for the days we had training sessions there. And I desperately needed someone, who somehow would make me workout hard, push me to my limits, test my limits and made me feel I wanted to Excel. There were many times I was very tempted to hire personal trainer to help me achieve my goals. But the few I saw and spoke to in the gyms made me want to fall asleep rather than make me workout.
A Series where we’ll be featuring an Excel Body Client who is living a fit life and sharing their fit tips, insights, how they stay inspired and what motivates them. We’re excited to learn more about all of you and this is a great way to learn something about the person next to you in X-Series!
Today we’re introducing you to….Meredith Heath.
Hi ya’ll…I’m Meredith! I’m a 35 year old married mother of 3 and full time kid taxi driver. The Excel Family has changed my life and I am so excited to share my story.
Prior to Excel Body Fitness
I was always active and athletic growing up, but NEVER one for “working out”. I didn’t go to the gym, didn’t do classes, or anything of that sort. I had an older and younger brother, so as the only daughter, my mom and I were naturally close. In 1992, my parents were involved in a serious car accident that left them both with severe chronic pain. As time passed, my mother became dependent on the pain pills and largely dysfunctional physically. Her weight ballooned as her health deteriorated. I tried all I could to “snap her out of it” but it was hopeless. The pain and the pills controlled her life. I thought that if she wouldn’t change for me or my brothers, surely she would change for her grandkids – her pride and joy. But still nothing.
On April 10, 2010, I made one of the most important decisions of my life. I drove 7 hours to her house, walked in and gave her an ultimatum. If she was going to have any future involvement with me or my kids, she had to enter rehab and get help. It was an intervention. Needless to say, it wasn’t a pretty situation, although she did agree to go. She was hurt and angry and kept saying she didn’t want anything to do with us as we drove to drop her off. That was the last time I ever spoke with my mom. Just three days later she died in that rehab center.
In the months that followed, I slipped into a very dark place. I can’t even begin to describe the guilt and the pain that I felt. In my mind this was all my doing, this was all my fault. Over the next couple of years I struggled desperately to find peace. My health began to suffer and my weight jumped from 140 to 160. I finally realized that if I didn’t get this under control, I could end up going down the same path as my mother. I had to choose to be healthy.
I was referred to Excel when it was still at the church. My first day wasn’t pretty. I remember we had to warm up by running a lap around the parking lot. I thought about just running to my car and driving home. I literally felt like I was going to pass out. But, Carolee and the team at Excel didn’t give up on me. She was so patient and encouraging which kept me moving forward. As time went by, I found myself able to do a little bit more and a little bit more. One day, out of the blue, it was like it all just came together. I felt like I was regaining control over my life and my body. If I just kept setting small goals a little further each time, I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
In the year that followed, I broke through physical limitations that I had once thought to be completely impossible. Seriously! When I first began, the idea of running a mile seemed crazy. But in less than a year, I ran a half marathon! I’ve dropped to 125 lbs and am physically stronger than I’ve ever been. But most importantly, my mental outlook has changed. Excel was the outlet I needed to get through the pain and know there was hope. I can’t do anything to change my past but I can do everything to change my future.