Jennifer: I have been a Body Renew member since they opened and have always enjoyed the gym but for as long as I can remember I have had a negative relationship with food and myself. Engaging in “quick fixes” and disordered eating to solve the problems never lasted long. Aware of the practices that constitute a healthy lifestyle, I struggled with committing to the practices of portion control, consistent food logs and calorie counting. When my sister was finally diagnosed with severe PCOS and insulin resistance, I realized that I had to do something to hopefully prevent myself from the weight related health problems that run in my family and I needed to find a way to make going to the gym more motivating and fun again.
With the help of Body Renew I was able to lose 30 pounds and keep it off as well as commit to those healthy changes. Six days a week in Leah’s boot camp classes helped me remember how much I love the class environment, got me back into weight training, and encouraged me to keep returning and training. Training with Chris has not only kept me accountable for being at the gym, which becomes easy to avoid when school starts, but has shown me just how much more my body and I am capable of. Their encouragement, refusal to let me quit and do less than my best, and their ability to push me past what I ever thought myself capable of or willing to do alone are the reasons I keep coming back. I have learned to love myself and be proud of my body and what it can do. I feel more empowered and in control, knowing that a bad day is not the end of the world. I am excited to have finally taken control of my life and even more excited to see where these changes will continue to take me.