Our Interview with Jeanna
What was life like before becoming a client?: Before I joined HVF (now Zoned), I had been devoting a lot of time to my work teaching third graders and attending graduate school. I was unhappy with my weight, and did not like the way I felt about my body. I have always needed to watch my weight, and it was starting to slip. I was frustrated when I wasn’t able to fit into clothes I used to wear. It’s a really crummy feeling to start your day with the stress of trying to find clothes that fit before even leaving the house for work.
At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?: I have never been much of an athlete. I was the kid in phys. ed. class who would get a cramp while running, or need to stop to “tie my shoe” or some other fake reason to take a break. When I enrolled I didn’t have a regular exercise routine. I had tried walking around the neighborhood/city but that was not providing any results.
What originally prompted you to seek out HVF/ZONED?: Living in Beacon, I’d passed the studio many times, and was intrigued by the classes that were taking place inside.
What was your goal when you originally signed up?: My goal was a general one, hoping to lose some weight and “get in shape” although I didn’t have a specific idea of what that would look like.
Why was this goal important?: This was very important because as I was getting older it was becoming harder to manage my overall heath without any exercise. With a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure I knew it was up to me to make changes to make sure I stayed healthy.
How long had you had this goal?: Finding a healthy lifestyle rooted in fitness was something I had wanted for a long time.
What were the top 1-2 things that held you back from achieving your goal?: Making excuses. I spent a lot of time wishing by body was different but not doing anything about it.
What had you tried to get to your goal before?: Prior to joining HVF/Zoned, I wasted lots of money on gym/health club memberships that collected dust. Those excuses I was SO good at making made it easy to skip the gym again and again.
How were you feeling about your goal at that time you enrolled?: When I enrolled I was very nervous, knowing that I was so out of shape. I was afraid I would be embarrassed, or made to feel like I didn’t belong in the studio. Instead, I was welcomed by the trainers and members who all made me feel relaxed and at ease.
What have you liked best about working with HVF/ZONED?: It is hard to choose just one thing I like best about Zoned. The class schedule has always made it feel like I “had an appointment” at the studio, which made it less likely I’d make an excuse not to go.
I appreciate that everything is prepared for the clients, so all I have to do is show up and do the work. Keith takes the time to create dynamic, well structured classes that are always challenging.
The climate of the studio is so positive and supportive. I enjoy working out in a non-competitive setting where we are given the opportunity to push our own limits, set and exceed goals, and offer encouragement to each other, all under the careful eye of the knowledgeable trainers.
What challenges have you overcome and struggled with that kept you from progressing faster with your goals?: For a long time, even after I was training, I was not approaching my nutrition in an effective way. I didn’t have a thorough understanding of the role proper nutrition plays in overall fitness. The quote “you can’t outwork a poor diet” was one that took a while to click for me. Keith shared the idea that results are 80% nutrition and 20% working out, but I still had the misguided notion that “I can eat/drink lots of unhealthy things because I worked out today.” Now I realize that nutrition is a key component in the quality of my workouts and my physical results.
How did you overcome them?: After taking part in the Advocare 28 Day Challenge I saw the difference nutrition made in my performance, and my physical appearance. I now have an approach to wellness that balances diet and exercise. I no longer drink alcohol, and I avoid processed foods in favor of whole foods prepared at home as much as I can.
What are you most proud of achieving since you started training?: I am proud of my strength, increased stamina and cardiovascular health. I often find myself thinking, “I can’t believe all that my body can do!” Before I started at Zoned, I couldn’t jog 1,000 feet without stopping. Now, I have run multiple 5K races, including mud runs, local races in Beacon, and to support my current/former students on the Girls on the Run team. I never used to think going hiking would be something I could ever enjoy, and frankly questioned how it was enjoyable for anyone! It was actually a humorous moment when this “anti-hiker” bought her first pair of hiking boots because her sneakers weren’t cutting it anymore.
Now that you achieved, or are well on your way to achieving, your goal has your view of yourself changed?: It is such a satisfying feeling to be comfortable in my clothes, strong and confident in my skin, and feel good about my body.
How do you feel about your future?: I never thought I would be healthier and in better shape at 40 years old than at 30. I am stronger and feeling better now than I ever have. My future will surely include more training and improvement!
What else is different about your life since beginning your program?: Taking on challenges in the studio, on the running tracks and hiking trails has boosted my confidence in other areas of my personal and professional life. One highlight was last summer while I was at the Omega Institute, I felt strong enough to try the flying trapeze. It was a once in a lifetime experience I would never have had the confidence to try before training at Zoned. Other changes include the expansion of my overall wellness including yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.
What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with similar problems you faced before working with HVF/ZONED?: Once you decide you want to make a change, get started, make a commitment, and be patient. The results you’re looking for take time, so be kind to yourself as you begin the process of a stronger and healthier you!
Keith has given me some very good advice over the years that has helped me greatly. The advice I have found most helpful went something like this: This journey isn’t a perfectly straight line. There will be setbacks, frustrating workouts, and difficult days along the way. What is most important is to keep moving forward, continue working hard, and never EVER give up.