Susan Ernst reached size 12 and drew a line in the sand. She was determined to lose weight and came to Sensible Fitness Personal Training in Blue Ash. Here is her story…
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