Each month I try and choose a client in the studio that is going above and beyond. For October, I chose Lori. Lori has been with me for a few months now and her dedication and positive attitude amaze me. She is consistent in making it to the studio and truly making a full lifestyle change. You can read Lori's story below.
I started at iamwell in August and I came because a friend asked if I wanted to try a kickboxing class. I remember being really excited to go but I never knew it was going to be the reset button on what I'd been doing on my own for the past 8 months.
I've always been the big girl as long as I can remember and honestly it's been something that hasn't bothered me too much. I've been with my husband since I was 17 and a senior in high school and he has loved me no matter what size so I never felt a real desire to change. I've always had a positive attitude towards myself so that wasn't really a turning point either. I just remember it was the end of November last year and I got sick and just couldn't get well. Someone I work with said make sure you're getting lots of good stuff in your body. Something clicked. Why would my body help me get better when I'm giving it nothing to help it?
At that point I ate whatever I wanted, when I wanted. I didn't move much and I maybe drank two glasses of water a day. I started slowly by increasing my water. After that I started making better food choices and finally started moving my body. Some days were so hard but I'm lucky to have so much support at home and work. I hit a wall during summer. I couldn't push myself hard enough when I exercised anymore. When Kim called me about kickboxing it was everything I needed at that exact moment. So I jumped in.
I have a couple things I'm pretty excited about since joining. My collar bone!! I wasn't really sure I had one lol, but I see it. My shoulders and arms. Wow. They look so strong now when I look at them. My endurance. I was barely able to finish a class and get into my car but now even though the workouts are still tough I feel strong and I can get my breathing under control. The one thing I want to be able to do are push ups. I know now I'll get there. I'm close. Two months ago I would of laughed at the idea. Also, my balance. I can tell that's better too but it's a great goal to not tip over!
My biggest struggle is food!! It has been an issue with my family since I was a little girl and it still continues to be as an adult. It's better but not great. I need to plan better, maybe write things out or meet with this cool nutritionist I know :)
One move I did that had my insides so excited was just last night. Laying flat and rising up and touching my toes. I remember trying to roll up the first week I came and nope, nothing happened lol.
My awesome husband is my biggest cheerleader. He always has something nice to say to me even if I'm not believing it at the moment. My two boys and a few women at work keep me going too. But honestly walking in those doors two months ago I knew something was different. The women are so nice and supportive. Non-judgmental and welcoming. Hanna you've been so honest with your story. It's so moving and shows such courage. You've made a place that I hope never goes away. I feel like a powerhouse every time I walk away from class.
My advice for anyone is to just keep going. It sounds so simple but it's true. You are worth it, you deserve it. I stay motivated from all sorts of things. Buying a smaller piece of clothing, the advice Hanna puts on Facebook for us and even when my husband grabs my bottom and his hand covers most of it! Thank you again for this safe and positive place to grow.
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more