In March of 2005 I finally had enough of feeling out of shape. I was playing soccer regularly but my weight had crept up with nights of beer drinking and nachos after games.
I wanted to change things and was well versed in good diet habits and exercise including weight training but had no motivation to get back on track.
That's where Adriana came in. She got me on a 3 day week strength training program that really challenged me. We met at her gym twice a week and I was on my own the third day. I also signed up for a 1/2 marathon in the summer to keep me motivated to do cardio on my off days. She also helped me identify a good food program to get my calories under control.
As the weeks went by I saw steady weight loss but more significantly I saw my body changing. I was approaching my wedding in August 2005 and I eventually had to get my wedding dress taken in to fit my smaller figure.
In the end I went from a size 8 to a size 2/4! I began at 148 lbs and ended on my wedding day at 132 lbs. My weight actually stayed the same for the last two months and I kept shrinking as my body fat decreased. This was about a 5 month journey and it was really empowering. I never felt better, slept better or felt more beautiful.
I’ve been working with Adriana for just over two years. I know staying healthy is a lifelong goal of mine and exercise will always be a part of that.
She helped me stay fit & strong during my pregnancy and helped get me back to my pre-pregnancy weight “post baby” Adriana helps me come up with goals that work for me- depending on what’s going on in my life. She also helps me with an eating plan because I know that exercise will only take me so far.
During my pregnancy, I wanted to keep tone and have stamina for my delivery. Adriana developed a program for me to do as my pregnancy progressed– my thighs actually shrunk during pregnancy!
After my baby girl, was born, it took me awhile to get focused on me. Adriana checked in with me, but let me come back to working out when I was ready. To help me get back to the gym, Adriana even held Drew during our workouts while I did crunches and push-ups.
It was December 2004 and I was watching the new reality show. The Biggest Loser and wondering how can one lose that much weight and how does one find a personal trainer if you don't want to subject yourself to the public humiliation of being on network television.
Within the next week I met Adriana. She was very kind and didn't overwhelm me. As we began working out together we pulled together some goals. All I could say was yes, I want to drop this weight, but when you're staring at 100+lbs in the mirror big overall goals are HUGE and seem unattainable.
Initially I just had to get a workout routine into my daily life, then we attacked the diet, and finally I was able to make some personal goals. Six months into training I decided to train for my first endurance event of any kind ever, an Olympic distance triathlon. I was scared to say it out loud because then I'd have to do it!
To back up a little I'll give you some history. I wasn't always fat. The teen years I was trim, played soccer, ran a little track, dabbled in swim team, and loved fashion. In college I did a little modeling and even modeled swimwear on a runway!
Later I got married, a few years later had 2 children, moved around the country (and gained a lot of weight.) Then in February 2003 our youngest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. At the time while learning about cancer and chemotherapy a thought was haunting me. Am I going to gain more weight? We got through the hardest part of her treatments and she responded well, but by the time I met Adriana I had gained 100 lbs!!
Well I had almost a year to train for my event. I had to find a swimming suit, start running, start swimming, get on a bike. The whole package. Adriana was there to cheer me on and help me believe I could do it To help me reach my goal I joined the Team in Training program and received triathlon coaching and training. In exchange for the training and coaching the team raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help find a cure of cancer, as mission dear to my heart.
With a lot of sweat, training, coaching, and fund raising on April 2, 2006 I completed my first triathlon, a .9 mile swim, 26 mile bike, & a 10K run! Then if that wasn't enough I roped Adriana in and she & I signed up for the Pacific Crest Olympic triathlon on June 25th. It has been such a journey completing the triathlons.
I'm amazed as I write this as I think about everything I did this last year. I have renewed motivation to continue toward my ultimate goal - reaching my goal weight/size.
I couldn't have done it without the help of Adriana.
Congratulations to Alison on her beautiful wedding this past summer! Alison went through the Fuerte Fitness Bridal Bootcamp program prior to the big day and saw some great results! She made a stunning bride! Read what she had to say about her experience working with Adriana. [add link when blog moved over]