"Four years ago I was walking with a friend up to an observation deck. I quickly became tired, winded and unable to continue. As I walked back down, frustrated, my friend asked me if I was ok. I abruptly replied "I'm a little out of shape in case you haven't noticed". I hadn't seen a doctor in years, but decided to have a physical, and learned that I was overweight with high cholesterol. I tried to lose weight, get in shape, and get healthy but had no idea how. I thought going for a walk once in a while and eating less was enough. It wasn't. And so the frustration led to an apathetic, defeated attitude and even more weight gain over the course of another 2 and a half years. Then I learned that my neighbor is a personal trainer, Mindy Garrett of Mind & Body Elite. I put off seeking her help because I was convinced I could do it alone. I couldn't.
Finally, I broke down and went with my wife, Ashley, for a consultation. Mindy's Jumpstart program was just what we needed. We started with nutrition counseling and fitness training, and quickly learned how easy it is to maintain a healthy diet, which soon became routine and normal. After a month we no longer needed nutrition counseling. The fitness training was challenging, and that's the point. I learned that a leisurely stroll doesn't challenge the body to improve. We learned how to exercise. In the beginning it was frustrating because I was focused only on losing weight. The most important thing I learned from Mindy is that fitness is a total package. There isn't one metric to measure it. It took 3 months to see weight loss, but in those 3 months I was replacing fat with lean muscle, my clothes were fitting better, I had more energy and I stopped having heartburn several times a week. My strength, agility, balance and endurance improved. Then I finally saw the scale move, and once the weight loss started, it continued very quickly. It has been 18 months and 30 pounds since that pivotal first meeting with Mindy. I am now at a healthy weight and cholesterol levels, and in the best shape of my life. It hasn't always been easy, but it has been a lot of fun and by far the most rewarding experience. Thank you Mindy!"