I was 20 years old and in my last semester of nursing school when I found out I was diabetic. I was studying for my last final and I didn’t feel well. I was tired and felt like I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I knew something was wrong. My blood sugar was over 300. I felt like my life was over. Sure, having diabetes isn’t the end of the world, but to me there are times off and on, where having a chronic illness seems daunting. I’ll be honest, I was a terrible patient at that time and I just didn’t put my health first.
I was a bit terrified to join Farrell’s in the beginning. I wasn’t scared of the hard work that I knew I was going to face. I was scared of meeting new people, being around healthier people than myself, and worried I was going to be made fun of or judged. I am shy, I am introverted, but I am strong. These worries were immediately put to rest. My experience at Farrell’s has been nothing short of amazing. The friends I have made are the type of people you always want in your corner. There are never any excuses and I cannot is not part of the vocabulary. I look forward to working out every night, or going to “recess” as my husband refers to it. I have never felt judged; I have never felt out of place. The environment is always so welcoming.
During my initial 10 weeks I had amazing coaches. They were always smiling, always positive, always working hard and doing their best. I immediately felt comfortable and felt like I had made some great new friends. My results were amazing! During my ten-week session, I lost nearly a total of 27 inches of my body, 20 lbs. and 3% body fat. However, what really changed for me during this time was my overall happiness, confidence and my mental toughness.
I believe that realizing that I was important was my first step towards changing. I knew something needed to change. I needed to worry about being healthy now rather than deal with all the potential health problems I could face in my future. In July of this year I had my routine blood work done at my physician’s office. This was the first time in a long time that I was excited to have my levels drawn. I am happy to report my hemoglobin A1C was 6.8. Between 4-6 is normal for non-diabetics and for diabetics the goal is to be below 7!
I can’t imagine my life without Farrell’s. On most days going to Farrell’s is the best part of my day. I am so happy I decided to join and I can see the positive changes in myself. I love pushing myself and seeing everyone else around me challenging themselves. For anyone who ever questions if they should join the program or not, I would say YES!!!
I also want to thank Chris Nims, the business manager of the Edgewood Location, for all of his continued inspiration and support.
Angela is a FIT member at our Edgewood Location.
*Disclaimer: The above testimonial and photos were contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.