Throughout my life, I’ve been fighting a constant battle with my weight and body image. I did not diet and exercise on a regular basis. As the years passed, my weight continued to climb and my frame got bigger and bigger. I had decided to just give up and accept myself for who I was. I was 22 years old, weighing at 240 lbs with a 38-40 size pants. This is who I was, and I had no power to change that.
When I moved back to the bay area from Southern California in November 2006, I noticed that a new 24 Hour Fitness had been placed near my home. One day I woke up, looked myself in the mirror and said, “I don’t want to be FAT anymore.” So, I went to the gym. I made it a habit to go at least four times a week. My diet was not the best, but at least I was working out. In December 2006 I met Andre. After sharing brief conversations with him from time to time, I decided to sign him up as my personal trainer. Best decision I made in a long time.
Andre gave me a workout routine and helped me create a diet that was right for me. I stuck with it, and I began to see results. He helped me push and motivate myself to achieve my goals. At first I wanted to weigh 220 lbs even, but as the pounds fell, I decided not to stop.
With the support and guidance of Andre, I am now 180 lbs and wear a size 31 pants. He gave me a new outlook on life and helped me realize that I can lose weight and feel great. I have a new goal for myself now: I want to weigh 175 lbs, keep my measurements the same but tone my muscles. I would love to one day have a six-pack and have that as my trophy for my hard work. Andre helped me set my mind to losing weight and stick to it. I don’t know how much I would weigh, or where I would be, without his support and motivation. He proved to me that being overweight is not something I have to live with if I don’t want. I am no longer trapped in the skin that was holding me back, and I am glad to have found the real ME that was hiding deep with in.
Thank you Andre for your support, wisdom, dedication, and hard work. I couldn’t have done it without you.