From Fat to Fit: Why I Hired a Personal Trainer

Many of my clients seek out personal training because they’re overweight. Christine is one of those clients, and over the next few months she’ll be sharing her progress with us.

 Cory and I around the same time I gained weight.

 Cory and I around the same time I gained weight.

“I’m just so…so…so…so…FAT!” I sobbed as I collapsed on the couch. Cory, caring man that he is, gently stroked my hair and whispered that he loved me no matter what the scale said. My sobs slowed to sniffs, but even my husband’s kind words didn’t change the fact that I was overweight for the first time in my life.

How I Went from 150 to 180 in Two Short Months

Back in January, I started taking prednisone, a corticosteroid known for causing massive, rapid weight gain. I expected to add a few pounds to my five-foot-eight, 150-pound frame, but as I finished tapering off the medication, my weight climbed to 160…and then 170…and then 180.

Up until this point, I gave little thought to my figure, and unless I was on a gluten-free kick, I ate pretty much whatever I wanted. I ran sporadically, but it was more for the endorphin kick.

My Lousy Snacking Habits and Encounter with a Scale

As you can imagine, it was quite a shock when my husband ordered a scale from Amazon a few weeks ago. He said it was for both of us—and I believe him—but I knew my day of reckoning had come.

While on prednisone, I’d been snacking (more honestly, binging) on everything from homemade cookies to potato chips. I figured I’d gained a little weight—my clothes were getting quite snug—but I was in denial until I stepped on that scale for the first time and realized I’d put on 20 pounds.

In Which I Attempt to Lose Weight on My Own and Hit Rock Bottom

Me a few days after I started personal training with Andrea.

Me a few days after I started personal training with Andrea.

I tried to curb the weight gain by myself with a little exercise and calorie counting. However, somehow I managed to gain another 10 pounds. Also, because I was so discouraged, I exchanged calorie counting for eating like crazy again.

I finally hit rock bottom when I complained to my mom about how fat I felt. My mom has always affirmed me when I felt bad about my appearance (mostly in high school when I had no boobs!), but in this case she didn’t say a thing. That’s when I knew things were out of control.

I’m Starting Personal Fitness Training with Andrea

In desperation, I decided to turn to a professional for help and hired Andrea as my personal trainer. At our first meeting at the DFC studio in Vista, I couldn’t have been more impressed. The studio has a very low-key, no-pressure vibe, and Andrea is as warm and caring as she is professional.

I should still feel pretty lousy—I haven’t lost any weight yet—but instead I’ve found that my attitude has taken a complete 180-degree turn. I may not know anything about weight loss or toning or how to use any of the machines at the gym, but now I have a knowledgeable personal trainer by my side, and that’s made all the difference.

Check Back Each Week for New Posts

Over the next few months, I’m going to share my personal journey as I work with Andrea. I feel confident that with her guidance, I can lose all the weight I gained. In fact, I’m hoping that by summer, I’ll be in the best shape of my life. Will it happen? Keep reading to find out!