Heidi Horton

This afternoon I spent two hours digging up an 18 foot x 12-foot flowerbed, planting bulbs, and carrying 35 lb. bags of mulch to finish it off. As I worked, I watched various flocks of geese fly over my head. They fly in a V pattern with the geese in the back of the V honking encouragement to the front members of the V. That started me thinking about working with Karen – she continuously encourages me to go a little longer and farther than I did the last time. I started training with Karen in March of 2011 at the age of 57, when I had reached a weight of 161. I hadn’t exercised regularly in years, and had little to no stamina. Karen worked with me, slowly increasing the weight of the dumb bells, and the time of cardio and core exercises. The weight loss was frustratingly slow, but Karen encouraged me to keep exercising and to “clean up” my diet. In November of 2012, I joined Weight Watchers. The weight started to come off, as I gained muscle and lost fat. Karen started her own business in 2013, and I still had a contract to fulfill with another gym, so I started training with another person. But I didn’t work as well with my new trainer as I worked with Karen, and I suffered a couple of injuries during that training. So when I was able to come back to Karen this summer, I jumped at the chance. I am still working to gain strength, and overcome a hamstring injury, but this morning I weighed 139 pounds. The stamina and strength I have gained has translated to several areas of my life: the breath support necessary for choral singing has improved, I am able to carry heavier items (like furniture) and do more yard work. Which brings me back to those encouraging geese…

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