If you want to get inspired, then this is for you…
Laura, has been with us for just over 2 years and has made a lot of improvements in that time. She’s inspiring others and has been kicking some serious booty at Workout Quest.
We asked here a few questions to find out what keeps her going.
Take 3 minutes, read her story and get inspired!
Q: You’ve been training with us for over 2 years, what was it that brought you to Workout Quest in the first place?
I was taking an exercise class a couple of days a week at another facility and I felt I was not making any progress with my fitness. The workout became stagnant.
Q: Why was it so important for you to make a change when you did?
I needed to find a workout that was challenging and fun that I could work into my daily routine.
Q: What changes did you make in your diet / exercise routine since you began training with us?
The first change that I made was a commitment to come to class everyday. I only miss if I am out of town or ill. The second change took me a bit longer. I discovered that I could not continue to workout and feed my body the way that I had been. I needed to fuel my body with food options that enhance my workout and well being. I don’t “diet” but I have eliminated some unhealthy options and incorporated many healthy foods.
Q: How are your strength and energy levels now compared to before you began training with us here?
My strength has improved and I definitely have more energy.
Q: Your strength is going through the roof. You can now do a few chin-ups and you’re using the big dumbbells and barbells. What’s your secret?
I try to increase the weights that I am using for each set of weight lifting exercises. I may increase the weight by only 5 or 10 pounds each time, but that is progress. I keep track of what I am lifting in Warrior Tracker so I know what weight I want to start with and what weight I want to end with during a session.
Q: Many people struggle to stay consistent with eating healthy and exercising month after month. What keeps you so going?
It is difficult to stay consistent with eating healthy and exercising, but once you have identified your goal it becomes much easier. I truly enjoy the workouts – they are fun and challenging. Another aspect that comes about at Workout Quest is the friends that I have made and the accountability piece that they instill. If you miss a workout, they want to know where you have been. Tony and all the members here want everyone to be successful and all successes are celebrated.
Q: To achieve any type of success, you have to sacrifice something. What sacrifices have you made to find success in your health and fitness journey?
I don’t think that sacrifice is the right word. I think that it is more of a mind shift. You have to change your thinking, define your goal or purpose. What do you want as an outcome or end result and how are you going to get there. As I stated earlier, I made the commitment to make working out a priority. I am cognizant of my work schedule and sometimes I have to change the time I can workout. It is also important to plan and prep your meals ahead of time. Sunday tends to work for me. By planning and prepping my meals ahead of time leaves nothing to chance. I will not be making an unhealthy food choice since everything is already prepared.
Q: What advice would you give someone who says they want to increase their energy, feel better and get leaner?
Well of course I would say come to Training for Warriors and workout and change your eating habits! However, that is the big picture. You cannot change everything at once – that is too overwhelming and then you won’t achieve your goal. You have to make changes incrementally. Make a plan to change a couple of things at a time. Keep with it! If you backslide, don’t beat yourself up – start again (right away)! Once you changed a couple of things and feel successful with that pick another couple of things to work on. Remember that change doesn’t happen overnight, you have to stick with it! You can do anything you set your mind to!
Thanks for sharing your story Laura!
… and next time you see her at TFW Vegas NW give her a big high five!