Keeping Up With My Teens

I am a 38 year old married mother of two. I have been average-over weight most of my life. I did not have a great understanding of food, and in fact food was my comfort throughout my teen years.  I was born with my lower vertebrate fused. Given various complications I was not supposed to walk. Once I had my children, now 12 and 17 (gaining 80 lbs with each of them) I found myself overweight and unhappy. I tried really hard to workout and lose weight. I was able to do so in 2003 and lost 60 lbs. but shortly after I burned myself out and went back to old habits. In 2007 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I was put on medications and was given every prescription diet pill under the sun. Some worked temporarily, but I always seemed to gain the weight back. I tried a variety of diets too, but with POS losing weight is very difficult.

Fit Soldiers

Before in 2011

In February 2012 I decided I was going to join Fit Soldiers.  I thrive on the structure it provides and love the group I workout with. I have made great friends and supporters. I have met people in other areas of Adams County I would have had no way of knowing if it weren’t for this program. The trainers know me and know what I can and cannot do. The trainers push me past where I would ever take myself on my own. They believe in me!

 

Fit Soldiers Fines Amber

After 2013

I now workout 4 days a week because it is fun and I enjoy it. After a year and a half it has become a habit so I do it even when I don’t want to. The trainers told me early on “you cannot out train a poor diet” As a personal challenge I tried to prove them wrong…and I failed. So I began to eat right and could not believe how much better I felt. I have learned moderation is everything. If I want to splurge I do, but I only have a little. I also began eating breakfast.

Since starting Fit Soldiers I have gone from a size 10/12 to a size 5/6. I have lost 35 lbs of fat and have also reduced my diabetic medication by half. I am very active now and can keep up with my teenagers and even beat them in many fitness areas. At this point in my life I have exceeded all the fitness goals I have had for myself. I did not ever believe I could be where I’m at or do what I can do now.

-Amber Morton