My life changed in 2013 on the day I realized I was going to have to buy even bigger pants to be comfortable; I told myself, NO WAY. Being uncomfortable with your weight sounds simple but allow me a moment to explain. I am a 57 year childhood cancer and a 10 year breast cancer survivor. I never struggled with my weight as a youth, I was skinny. But like most women, after two kids and years of life I had gained weight. I cleaned up my diet, walked my 10,000 daily steps and lost 30 pounds over a year’s time. Over the course of the next 3 years I cared for my Mom; a true warrior who was struggling with Parkinson’s disease. Mom passed in 2016. Through the stress of her illness and passing, I had gained back 10 pounds. In 2017 I spent a year dealing with a series of illnesses that zapped the life out of me. The weakness I felt during this time combined with watching my mom in her end years, encouraged me to change my lifestyle AGAIN.


I had been watching Doug Gibson’s television shows with my husband. My husband talked about me going to train with Doug. Unsure of myself and what to expect, I scoffed at the idea. I was a walker, I had never worked with a personal trainer. My hesitation did not stop my husband; he gave me an early Christmas present, the best gift ever. I had my first training session with Doug in early December 2017. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew I needed to do something more than what I had been doing. I was so sore after the first session. I mean the “I didn’t know some of those muscles existed” kind of sore, but I instinctively knew I was coming back. Doug has taught me that I am strong and I am not going to break. I have learned to work my body toward change. I never imagined I was capable of the level of fitness I have been able to attain with Doug’s help. In a year, I have lost the ten pounds and gained a toned, strong healthy body. At 61, my goal is to stay healthy and be able to care for myself when I am 90. There’s no going back . . .

Susan Ernst, Sharonville