Member Success Stories

Jana, FITWORKS Stow-Kent


“I thought everyone would stare at this overweight person, but I was so wrong. The people at FITWORKS were so friendly, and I felt welcomed from day one!”

Hi, my name is Jana and this is my success story. In 2010, I lost close to 80 lbs. in a period of just eight months!  I went from a size 24 to a size 12.  Standing at 5'10" tall, a size 12 is pretty thin for me. I credit much of my success to FITWORKS! 

In January 2010, I was on medication for high blood pressure, couldn't climb a short flight of stairs without panting, and had a difficult time caring for the children in my in-home daycare because I was tired all of the time. I knew I had to make a change.
 
I immediately changed my eating habits and once I lost 15-20 lbs. I joined FITWORKS. It took every bit of courage I had to walk into a gym and sign up. I thought everyone would stare at this overweight person, but I was so wrong. The people at FITWORKS were so friendly, and I felt welcomed from day one! 
 
The first time I stepped on the elliptical at FITWORKS I could barely go five minutes. I persisted, began taking some classes, and quickly fell in love with Spinning and Zumba. By September 2010, I had lost almost 80 lbs. and dropped to a size 12, hitting my goal weight.  But, it hasn't always been easy. 
 
I found it hard to maintain my weight loss. In the spring and summer of 2011, I unexpectedly had to undergo three surgeries over a period of five months. One of these surgeries was a very major foot surgery. It was approximately six months until I could return to FITWORKS. I've struggled with my weight and with foot pain ever since. Zumba became difficult, and I had to give up running and go in another direction. Because of my love of Spinning classes, I decided to purchase a road bike and begin cycling.

“I’m more into how my clothes fit and how I feel than the scale.”

That brings me to today, nearly 5 years after I began my journey. I'm currently at a size 14 and looking to lose five to 10 more pounds; however, I'm more into how my clothes fit and how I feel than the scale. I'm spending my off season from cycling at FITWORKS, concentrating mainly on weights through Group Power classes and Spinning classes.  All of the group fitness instructors at FITWORKS are awesome and make working out fun. FITWORKS is truly a home away from home for me. I hope my story inspires and motivates others. I feel like a success. Thank you FITWORKS!

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