The whole goal of this blog was to find stories of success. Not just from the creators of the blog, but other trainers. This is the first of what One Fit City hopes is many. Kristine started working with Doug Drobot, a fantastic trainer with his Degree and background in sport. He coaches kids, so you know he can be kind, but crack a whip when it’s time to work. Keep in mind, this program was created for Kristine, and you may require something totally different. Talk with a professional, and get working on your fitness path.
Here is Kristine’s first blog – Thanks to Doug for convincing her it was a good idea.
My name is Kristine and I started at Snap Fitness on Taylor December of 2013, I first joined up years before hand at the Snap Fitness on Pembina but as the gym has never really been my thing I didn’t take to it and soon gave up on the idea of getting fit at a gym. For me I liked to be outdoors and swim and hike and go for bike rides outside, for me being in the gym for two hours a day just seemed to be a waste of a beautiful day and the drive to get to the gym did not thrill me either. I have tried in an attempt to get into shape at other gyms (pools,Shapes) but with little success, I didn’t feel motivated to join I felt uneasy and my confidence was very low not only in my ability but in myself.
For years I struggled to keep on top of my weight but for me food was a huge problem in my life, when I was stressed I would eat, sometimes I would eat out of boredom and sometimes I wouldn’t even know why I was eating I just felt I had a craving that only food could satisfy. I was never very comfortable showing off my body in bathing suits or even shorts or a dress, my legs have always been a huge issue for me and until now I felt that no matter what I did it was a lost cause I was never going to get fit and be at a good weight where I felt comfortable and happy with myself. I went through a lot of ups and downs before I decided that I wanted to try again.
So I spoke to my family letting them know that I wanted to start going to the gym and that Snap had a trial 1 month membership and from where I was living there was a snap fitness 10 minutes away. I got the card in the mail about a week or so later and part of the trial is you get a free nutrition consult and fit Score. I called without hesitation and set up my meetings a few days later. When I walked in the staff was incredibly friendly and it was a nice big open gym where I didn’t feel out of place I saw all sorts of people there whether they were young, older, bigger or those who just want to keep their figure, I felt relieved that is was such a relaxed place and I knew I would get the help I needed.
For my fitscore I met Doug one of the personal trainers at Snap Fitness on Taylor and first impression was he was the kind of guy that could help me get back into shape and feel good about myself without me feeling anxious or “not working hard enough” He ran a few tests to check my strength, endurance and flexibility needless to say I felt awkward because of how out of shape I was. Then he ran it through the computer and talked to me about my goals and how I was as far as fit wise, I never felt uncomfortable talking to him, he never asked me what my diet was like nor did he push to find out what type of exercise I was doing for me I felt all he cared about was that I was in the door and taking the first step to getting back into shape. Doug also had one last job before we could part for the day and I would start my nutrition consult… he had to take my measurements, needless to say I was uncomfortable because I knew I was big at least big for me.. and I didn’t want to know just how badly I had let myself down over the years. He was encouraging throughout the whole thing and we spoke about different training options and what types of exercises I could do to help strengthen my body and increase my endurance.
I told Doug that my main reason for doing this was so I could enjoy going out and taking my dog Diablo for
jogs and actually be able to keep pace with him for more that 5 minutes so we worked on trying to get me into the gym at least 3 times a week to work on it.
Next I was introduced to the Truestar program through my nutrition consult and all I have to say is when I first looked at the sight it was confusing but the different recipes that you could make and all of the different options you could choose from was amazing they truly outdid themselves for this website. With a little coaching I was able to pick up how to navigate the site and how to set up my nutrition guide so that the recipes that come up are specifically geared towards me nutrition goal. For example I am on a 1300 calorie a day high protein low calorie diet which based on your goals and expectations you set up in your nutrition consult, I have 3 meals plus a snack for the day and all of the recipes are only the amount of calories you are allotted per meal. For example my breakfast I am allotted 300 calories so when you are in your nutrition and daily meal plan when you select breakfast and substitute it will give you all breakfast meals that are 300 calories and that are specific to my high protein.
At first I thought for sure that like any diet I was going to feel starved but I was assured that because I am giving my body the proper nutrition and the proper portions that I would not feel hungry in fact that it was a lot more food that I would expect. I was skeptical but I tried to follow the meals as much as I could during the holiday season, I found that just changing my diet to the meals through Truestar I lost 7 lbs in just over a week! I know a lot had to do with not eating heavy meats like hamburger and not eating nearly as much carbohydrates but I was incredibly surprised at how good I felt after just a short period of time, although I was not going to keep that weight off due to Christmas being right around the corner but I continued and was determined to get back to it after the holiday season. I truly believe in the
Truestar program I have never felt better about the food I am putting into my body nor about the quality, All of the recipes I have come across I have not found one that has some weird random food that I have never heard of, I have had no problem finding the foods that they require and they don’t take a lot so buying for two weeks worth of meals is the same as two weeks worth of terrible for you foods yet the benefits are far greater.
Just shortly before Christmas I heard about the HIIT classes (High Intensity Interval Training) that Doug was going to be training and I was intrigued as to what the class would entail so as a gift my family purchased some classes for me and I decided I wanted to go three times a week because the classes were convenient in the evening for me and it was a commitment that I had to keep. Well I have stuck with the classes for just over a month and I have seen along with my family amazing results. The classes are as they say intense especially for those who are not very active but I felt amazing after the class I felt tired and sore but not to the point where I couldnt move for days on end….. that was after my first two classes I have completed 14 classes and I dont plan on stopping I have never enjoyed something so much, it is not only great for your body but for your spirit the people at Snap are amazing they always make me feel welcome and always ask how I am doing as if they have known me for years, I can walk into that gym and feel like family they are great at what they do and always make an effort to let you know that
you are doing great. The people in the class are equally as amazing I always feel good going to class knowing its going to be fun talking about how sore we were the last class or how our week has been, its great to be able to have that communication with people who like you are looking to better themselves and get fit.
When I first started the classes I was almost 200 lbs.. you would never have guessed because I hid my weight well… all over the place so its evenly distributed. After two weeks of the classes I asked Doug if he could remeasure my hips and thighs and I was surprised to find that I had lost two inches on my hips and an inch in my thighs. I also have been able to drop a few pounds but as I workout I put on muscle and lose fat so the scale does not move too fast but it does not discourage me. I have had so much support over the last few months not only from my family but from the Snap fitness team that I can finally see my goal within reach I finally feel it is obtainable and I have finally found the environment in which I can keep motivated and in good spirits about myself. I will keep posting about the delicious recipes and
I will continue to work hard and help to motivate other people to try Truestar and Snap Fitness out as I am living proof that you can turn yourself around with the right environment and the right tools and motivation.
OH… I almost forgot I have been on the Truestar program everyday for about a month now and the things I used to love and crave and I used to get cravings alot… they have almost all completely disappeared.. I no longer eat double the portion amounts I no longer crave chips and chocolate and anything that was bad for me. In fact I only eat my three meals and my one snack a day and I feel so good after that I will never go back to eating the way I used to, even just going off for one or two meals I notice a huge difference I feel sluggish and tired and I can almost feel my digestion slow down to try and filter out the good nutrients out of it. Even just having hamburger I notice a difference right away. I feel anyone who is looking for a change should try Truestar out even if you dont want to go to the gym just changing the way you eat can make a HUGE difference in the way you think and feel about yourself.
One Fit City is always looking for stories to tell. We’d love for you too be one, like Chris. The great thing about this story is it’s the first Male, and it’s a father who works shift work. Follow along as Chris gets fitter, and starts really sharing his health journey.
Here’s Chris’s first blog:
My first work out with Jordan just happens to be on the same weekend my son turns six. A time when every parent reflects on when their children were babies, and discusses how much they have grown. I’m no different, but this ultimately leads to a bit more reflection on my personal growth and development.
Like all parents, my wife Tashina and I want the best for our children. We look at the latest, and also the the tested and true, methods of parenting. Everything from healthy food to playing sports and having fun have been front and center over the past six years. We have done reasonably well with two healthy well adjusted kids.
One of the things I noticed a year and half ago was while we made healthy choices for our children, we ourselves were not. As parents we were not leading by example. I’m a student of leadership and I realized that it wasn’t enough to make the right choices for my kids. I needed to demonstrate the choices that I want my children to make. I need to be their guide to life.
So changes were made, and the first place to start on a journey to health is what you put in your body. As a Paramedic, I understand the science of how the body works and what is needed to achieve health. I understood the theory I just didn’t live it. Pepsi was my primary method of hydration, fast food had become half my diet. I was overweight, stressed, unhealthy. I was missing work, stopping into my doctors office on a regular basis with another ailment. I needed a change.
So by simply making a commitment to eating in a way to fuel my body with what it needed, I started losing weight. A year later I’m down 70 lbs and feel great. But I’m not healthy yet. While my energy and physical activity picked up I was still in a unhealthy state. I need to physically be able to meets the demands of work and life, and I wasn’t.
So now I begin the next phase of my journey to health by working with Jordan and One Fit City. I’ll be working to achieve a level of fitness that will allow me to meet the demands of life and still have some left over to share with the ones I love. By leading by example I will show my children a better path in life. If you are looking to take the first step or the next step. Feel free to join me as I discuss how my journey is going and why it is so important that you start your own path to health.
We will never talk about the last 2 months again. This post is to ensure the entire world it won’t happen again. We have hired a group of programmers to ensure One Fit City will grow, and grow massive. Here is the exciting things to come!
If you want to be the next success story, contact me directly by liking and messaging the One Fit City Facebook page - Last 10lbs, full make over, just want to get a little more healthy. I want success stories, and I’m willing to help create them.
The redesigned site is almost ready to go, which means, more advice, more videos and a lot more content to motivate you on the way to a healthy lifestyle. The past 2 months have reminded me why I do this, and I was heart broken when the site was taken over by someone else. In the meantime, I’ve been creating content and finding new resources for the people of the world who follow all the success the website shares.
First off – I want everyone to go get free recipes, and nutrition advice here. There is no better website for recipes, meal plans, and nutrition success. Share it with friends, and then ask any questions you want by connecting with me. The Truestar company offers all their knowledge for free. Truestar is going to be a significant part of my next project – Watch for their protein to make it’s way into a lot of the cooking I do.
First New Project in Winnipeg:
One Fit City Kitchen Take Over – I’m going to be heading into people’s homes, showing some cooking tips and getting everyone I can to realize how simple this nutrition thing is. ALSO! I’m cooking healthy so you all can see that it actually tastes good. As this takes off, we will be live streaming the kitchen parties. Anyone want to host a night of cooking? Let me know! Grab your friends, and let’s start getting you all eating right, exercising together and making this City healthy. This video was filmed at Tamarak Place – it’s one of the apartments managed by www.yournextplace.ca – a new sponsor of what is going on with One Fit City
The other new project is “The WOW Factor” – I’ll be putting up a Workout Of the Week coming soon. It’s design is to be simple, but total body. I want everyone that tries it to tweet me, or post on the One Fit City facebook page what you thought, and how you did. These are going to be tip based videos and in some cases, full demo workouts to try. The videos are sponsored by River City Ford, they have been fantastic to the One Fit City movement. We wouldn’t be this far ahead without their support.
The whole point of this site is to get people moving, eating right, and enjoying health.
It needs support now that it’s back! So please, share, talk, tweet, and tell everyone you know about it. Also, watch closely for up coming events and seminars. You are welcome to connect with me, or join in on any event you see. This is simple, just share and support. This is the start of the creation of a healthy community.
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I’m still alive!!!
As you know I haven’t posted a blog in quite some time. These last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. I just recently had my 30th birthday (EEEK!!!) which had me thinking a lot about my life in general. Such passing thoughts had to do with who I was, who I am and exactly who I wanted to be. Yes. I get into it with myself pretty deep sometimes. I’m pretty complicated. Haha!
Before beginning my journey in January I was a very shy person. I stayed away from situations (academics, activities, relationships etc.) that would draw more attention as it would make me feel even more self-conscious and uncomfortable. I began to believe that this was my life was going to be.
Just recently I’ve started to come out of my “shell” so to speak. My self-confidence is starting to break through. It’s amazing as to how good I really do feel. Healthy eating and fitness has become something special to me. I feel as though I’m on a road where my paths will never come to an end if I continue to walk the path. Even though I had taken some “me” time these last couple of weeks I was still walking the path. It may have been a circle but I was still walking it.
My goal is still to become an exceptional role model for my children. To show them that they are loved and that there is so much that they can do with their lives when they feel confident and believe in themselves.
I recently purchased a few articles of clothing and not just my regular plain ole Jane clothes but something completely new. I’m trying to show my personality. I have no sense of style so I’m still trying to figure this all out! LOL Oh, and for the record I got my butt comfortably into a pair of size 16 jeans. WHAT?!?!!?! Yeah, I did that. I went from a size 28 (mandatory elastic waist) in January to a size 16 jeans this past weekend. I can’t remember being smaller than a size 18. NEVER!
I’ve also opened up my arms and home to one of my good friends. We’ve made a pact to get together once a week in the evening to do a workout at my home. She came over last week for the first time and I’m exceptionally proud of her! She’s coming back this week for another round and I know we’ll have a great time! I find it’s always best to workout with people who support and encourage you.
My daughter has recently started an activity group with one of her friends. They will get together twice a week and focus on being healthy. They have set themselves up with four goals to accomplish at every meet and will focus on being active, something emotional, something spiritual and a healthy snack.
As of last Fridays weigh in I’m down a total of 83.8lbs!
Thanks to Manuel Sousa I have a few pictures to show the world. If you have been to my workout classes, read a blog or two, or heard one of my seminars you’ll know this kind of stuff isn’t my scene.
They are a lot of fun, and yes, I enjoy the compliments. The problem is that it is a slippery slope. My only concern is my health and fitness. Every thing that I do in the gym is to ensure I can stay active, and get outdoors. That truck in the back ground from River City Ford gets me to the middle of no where. From there, I like to hike around and make memories. There is so much in this world to see and do, a six pack is not the goal. What you feed your body, your strength and endurance need to be the focus. Every workout I put someone through at Snap Fitness, every meal I suggest preparing, and goal setting at seminars involve making life better. Use the gym to build up muscles to hike, and go on adventures. Use your kitchen to cook local foods and fuel your body for anything the day may bring your way. Use your friends to stay motivated and working hard.
Try this, for a new thought. It’s never about looks, it’s not about losing 10lbs, it’s not about the program that worked for your friend or neighbor. What this City is going to do, is start being healthy. Eat proper portions, if you don’t know what that means, buy a scale and start measuring out your meals for a while. Purchase foods for taste and for nutrient value. I’m still a kid at heart, I won’t eat food if it doesn’t taste good. Try a smoothie with spinach and kale, cook with quinoa, and make sure you eat raw vegetables as often as possible. Your body will look great, but more importantly, it will function great.
This process doesn’t work over night. You can’t see health gains. It also goes against the grain of society. That means it’s tough to stick to at the start.
This is where I’m hoping to help and the purpose for One Fit City. I’m working on a massive site revamp. It’s coming for the New Year, and it’s going to involve more recipes, more workout videos and a directory for Winnipegers to connect with dieticians, physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, massage therapists, dentists, sports facilities, personal trainers, psychologists, and all kinds of fitness enthusiasts who believe in moving the City to health. This will become the website that has motivational support, and the connection for your first steps. In the mean time, try doing this.
Wake up and get 25-30minutes of cardio – I like to run 3 miles before the world knows I’m even awake.
Have a smoothie right after – If you are a breakfast person get oatmeal sweetened with honey. Add some cinnamon and berries.
Move on with your day, drop the kids off, head to the office, study for school. Mid morning snack Quinoa, light syrup, cinnamon, berries for a mid morning snack.
Get a few more activities done, send some e mails, set up your afternoon meetings. Lunch should be a spinach salad with peppers, snap peas, and all kinds of veggies. Add 3-4 oz of protein(chicken, turkey, fish).
Get back to work, studying or child care with energy to finish strong. Before 3pm eat a handful of almonds, broccoli, and some apple/orange slices
Dinner needs to be sensible and measured out. Serving size is key. Raw vegetables, wild rice(or quinoa, couscous, ancient grains of any kind), protein source(chicken, turkey, fish)
The other important part is to be active in the evening or afternoon. Get some circuit work done – again 30 minutes is all it’s going to take. I’ve been addicted to kickboxing and weights lately. It changes from week to week. The only thing that never changes is the daily commitment to being active instead of sitting down and killing my metabolism. If you have a family, start getting out to parks and places where the family can run around. My number one complaint is parents who drop kids off at sports and don’t get activity in the evening themselves. You’re tired because you don’t get your body moving. Start finding ways to get your blood flowing and you will be surprised how healthy and full of energy you will be. I’m not saying be an athlete, I’m saying leave the couch until late night. Here’s an idea, I use a treadmill, skipping, or 3 minutes of kickboxing.
Last tips – Get to sleep, nothing is as good for you as at least seven and a half hours of sleep. 10:30pm till 6am is ideal for most people. What’s keeping you up at night? Why are you going to bed at midnight or 1am? Is it that important? After you get your sleep in order, drink more water. If you eat 5 times a day, drink 500ml of water with each meal. Then have a few glasses in the day, and all of a sudden your are drinking 3-4 liters without thinking.
Now that you have all of the trade secrets from One Fit City, tell a friend, or tell your HR person. My lunch and learn seminars are designed to get your whole office on board. The more people around you being healthy, the easier this is. So get on it, and start getting results. Keep coming back, and feel free to ask questions. I’m here to make Winnipeg – One Fit City.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will mention mine this coming weekend in the video, but this past weekend went well!
Since then I have been pushing the workouts the last two days. I managed to do 3 yesterday (yay, may try it again next Wednesday). Just something to do and challenge myself with .
Other than that just plugging away!
Hope you are doing well, stay healthy and have fun!
Another week is gone, and we are now officially on week # 3 of our challenge. I have a lot of exciting things happening and coming up, can’t wait for it! Apx 2 1/2 months until surgery and busy planning my social. Things are great!
Hope you are all doing well also!!! Remember keep it up and just keep going. It is fun if you let it be!!!
Enjoy your week, and Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t go overboard, but enjoy the holiday!
What a crazy few weeks First I got sick and missed work a day and the gym with Jordan on the Wednesday and Friday on the first week, then I had this master class on that Saturday that I was going to. So because I was not well for the week before and had not been working out I decided to go to my usual Zumba class at Shapes that Saturday Morning, then I was going to the Master class in Stonewall in the evening with my friend whom I had met at my first Zumba training (the master class is 90 mins). We had a blast and the next day first thing for 8-9 hours we had Zumba Toning training in Stonewall. So when we got back to the city I ran home, tossed on laundry had a bite to eat as I didn’t have supper, then hung my clothes and went to bed, got up and did the toning class, which was awesome! But was I every tired! So did not look forward to walking up my huge flight of stairs at the back of my apartment :-/
So it was two weeks since last weigh in, this week was 214 lbs according to Snap gym scale, my scale was at 211.8 lbs (I am including my scale now as we will be going off my scale at home after October). So I have lost 2.2 lbs in two weeks according to the gyms scale. In total I have lost 59 lbs according to the gyms scale and according to my scale I have lost 61.2 lbs. I feel awesome! I hate the bye-bye arms I have but will work on them more once I can do more with my wrist. My wrist is healing just not as fast as what I would like. I have been lifting heavier weights than two weeks ago which is great! but I still have to watch my twisting motion and cannot lift as much as I was or put whole body pressure on it yet but its all progress
My lil mini goal is to get a few more Zumba songs in my memory. I have been slacking in the getting songs down for Zumba but have been scared of going up in front of people and doing it. I don’t know why, I use to do clogging when I was younger and had no problems (well I was a bit shy but not how I am not) I need to get over it, haha! I was told by one of the Ladies that teach at Shapes that I need to stop thinking about it all so hard and just do it because if you think too much about everything it will just make yah stressed. Once your doing it, its not as bad as all the thought you had put into it. I was like yah eh, but at the same time I am still me and I still want to be sure I know what I am doing myself before getting up in front of people. I have been doing one song at Shapes with a different instructor but I am still a bit off on doing it so I want to get that one down good so I can move on to the next few I want to do.
I made a small turkey dinner today and it was great. I work and get busy during most holidays so I usually do it before, after or at random times. The one holiday that is a must go do “family time” is Christmas as my niece is the one we more so focus on and of course spending time with everyone around the table is always nice.
I hope everyone is doing well, I am going to try to do a video in the next week or two, possibly pictures.
Cya all next time
Hope you are all doing well!! I’m doing really good. Glad to be getting back on track after a couple busy weekends (including b’day celebrations and a wedding which I used my “cheats” on, haha).
I am extremely proud of my challengers, and anyone who is working on their own healthy goals. Kudos to you, and keep up the good work!!!
Wish you all have a wonderful week, stay healthy and have fun!
Wow did it get cold fast, I have realized I went down a clothing size and had been looking sloppy so I had to get some new stuff so I won’t freeze.
Two weeks ago I weighed in at 217.6 lbs and am now at 216.2 as of Fridays weigh in. That is down 1.4 lbs in two weeks.
I have been working, going to the gym and physio. Seems I have been a little busy but I am hopefully going to be able to concentrate on learning Zumba songs so I can possibly start subbing or looking to teach my own class eventually. I am going to a master class in Stonewall with Jamie a ZES (Zumba Education Specialist), I am so excited to be attending.
Jordan likes to rub it in when I am running late. He definitely keeps me accountable and motivated. You always have to wonder if anyone would even notice if you didn’t show up, especially those days where you feel like you just wanna sleep hour more. But you push yourself and get your buns up and out the door to the gym. I never regret going to the gym, I have always felt great after going.
I have been painting at work and needed to take a break for a few days because my wrist was being bothered with pain. So physio put this machine on my arm and it made it so much better pain wise. I have been lifting more weights at the gym, doing stuff that physio has allowed me to do, which is great because I was so limited on what I was able to do and its not as boring now.
I am tanning twice a week to keep up my tan. Its nice to always have a little something that makes you feel better about yourself.
I hope everyone is doing great, keep up the good work
Ok I want to be real and this is an add on from when I wrote the first part here… Part of what’s stopping me from trying hard, learning songs and giving it at the Instructing Zumba thing is that I do not feel confident at all. I know if I set my mind to it I could do it but I still feel like I will fail. For some reason, I feel like I am still that person with all that weight still and that I will not do well at doing what I love. I am positive it is all in my head but it is so hard to shake that feeling. But once I do, watch out! Have a good night everyone