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8/6/2008 10:05:30 AM - Jim Hoskinson
A Positive Attitude & Determination Are Contagious!!

I wanted to write about one of my morning members. She has a glowing personality and has a great spirit. She’s always so positive at 5AM and her success with me has spilled over to her family. She’s never afraid of working hard. Laura and her mom inspire many people as they pull the sled at 5AM. I asked her to write her own story. I am so proud to call her a member and a friend and am honored to work with her and her family. They are as real as it gets and deserve the recognition.

Here is her story:

Everyone in my family has always struggled with being overweight. In May 2007, I finally reached my lowest point. I was 38 years old, 245 pounds and a size 24. I was feeling tired all the time, in pain, taking high blood pressure medicine and unable to keep up with my kids when at play.

I was very aware I had not gotten myself to this point in 2 weeks, a month or even a year. I did this to myself by years of bad eating habits and a sedentary life.

I gave myself until my 40th birthday. My original goal was just to get under 200 pounds. At this age I figured I would be lucky to even get to 200. I decided to apply my work management skills to my own personal life. Since then each weekday begins at 5am, knowing God will give me the strength. I have learned how to eat by teaching myself proper nutrition. The word diet is not in my vocabulary anymore. I understand the proper amount of carbs, protein and fat that my body needs to be able to function.

Yes, many days I felt like I was not getting anywhere. I felt like not getting up in the morning, but incredibly my body regretted when I stayed in bed. I am sure my family thought this was just another phase and that like before it would soon pass.

Fourteen months later I am at 170 pounds, a bit lower than my original goal. I am a size 14 and on zero medication.

As for some of my family, I now have the best fitness partner in the world, my mom. She is 59 years old and finally decided to join me 3 months ago. She was convinced to be too old for all this fitness and strength training madness. Well, she is now a mad woman at pulling the sled, has lost 30 lbs and is back to a size 14.

My husband joined the insanity 4 months ago and he has lost 40 pounds and going strong.

My next goal before reaching my 40th birthday is for my mom and I to build strength and muscle. I am not afraid of setting high goals like before since I am now under the care of the best trainer, Jim.

Laura Vidal-Roman

Stand Strong,
Jim Hoskinson

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