My health and wellness journey started a long time ago- when I, at 13 went to a sports sleep-away camp and gained 30 pounds. I know, who gains weight at a sports camp? That’s when I realized I wasn’t like everyone else who could eat whatever they wanted and not gain weight. I learned then that I was always going to have to work for my body. Exercise and eating healthy became an important part of my lifestyle (which is what led me to become a Registered Dietitian). My weight had fluctuated for years and plateaued about 5 years ago. While I’ve always been proud of my body and what it’s capable of, I couldn’t help but get down on myself for not seeing any changes in so long despite a consistent workout routine and healthy eating regimen. I had been working out at least five days a week, using classpass and fitreserve. Some days I’d take two or even three classes, telling myself that I just had to work a little harder than other people. I rotated between high intensity classes such as Barry’s Bootcamp and Switch Playground and lower intensity classes such as Physique 57 and yoga. Even though I hadn’t seen any physical changes in so long my motivation to workout remained high. I thought, at least I’m not gaining weight. My routine was helping me maintain my weight loss (nearly 50 pounds over the years) and I was starting to wonder if I could even get any smaller. I sometimes wished I was still very overweight because I thought maybe it’d be easier to lose weight that way. I thought my body was just so used to working out and eating healthy, maybe it just wasn’t going to change anymore. Then I got engaged and I figured if there’s ever a time to get into the best shape of your life- this is it. Since I felt like my exercise routine was so solid- versatile and consistent, I decided to clean up my already healthy diet. We had a long engagement so I figured I had plenty of time to find something that works. I did Whole30 and paleo, and saw a minimal 5 pound weight loss- visible on the scale but not to me in the mirror or in my clothes. I felt good but I wanted to feel better.
I was willing to put in the work, I just didn’t know what that was. I started following Gina on instagram and was immediately impressed by her. I was jealous of her clients and the very clear changes they were seeing in their bodies. When she went full time with Equinox in March (and 3 months until my wedding) I decided to reach out and ask about personal training. We started with 2x per week and quickly moved up to 3x per week. Her class times didn’t really work with my schedule but I was able to commit to Jabs tone Monday night, Thursday night and Saturday afternoon (it’s crazy what you’re capable of when you put your mind to something). After just 6 weeks I couldn’t believe the changes I felt and saw in my body. My clothes fit much better and I could see I was physically smaller. I also knew I was getting stronger- using heavier weights and doing more reps of exercises I once couldn’t do. When my wedding day came I couldn’t believe how little I was. I can honestly say I was in the best shape of my life on my wedding day and I couldn’t have felt that way without Gina. I’ve always been able to push myself physically, but she’s pushed me further than I ever could’ve imagined. She also created this community which has welcomed me with open arms. The support and love I’ve received from her jabbers is unbelievable. I feel so fortunate to have found her and this community and will forever be grateful to her for helping me get to this place. Don’t ever give up because you can achieve whatever you believe.