In late 2016 I celebrated a milestone birthday facing a career transition, a newly empty nest and moving an elderly parent out of his home and into a senior apartment. All of these changes conspired to turn my 15 pound "corporate stress" weight gain into 30. My milestone birthday trip to Hawaii was great, but I did not feel my best or my normal, high energy self. Then, in the spring of 2017, I saw a Facebook post for FGNW. I was nervous, but Jen immediately put me at ease. She helped me every step of the way both by encouraging me when I was "slacking" and celebrating every success. Her philosophy and outlook means that like-minded women sign up as well. So not only did I get a great trainer, but I have had the opportunity meet a wonderful, diverse group of women who bring out the best in each other. On top of that, those 30 pounds are gone, and I will happily be going sleeveless this holiday season to show off my toned arms!
You have nothing to lose (but those unwanted pounds and your internal "critic" that says you can't do it).
I have always been an "on again, off again" when it came to exercising. With this mentality I was never able to reach my fitness and weight loss goals, but now I am working toward them! I ran into a FGNW post on Facebook and I reached out to Jen. Since day 1 she has motivated me, pushed me, and guided me throughout this fitness journey. I love the environment that the gym brings, it is a positive space where all of the women push each other to do better each class. FGNW has brought body positivity into my life!
Stop making excuses and saying "I will start tomorrow" and jump in with both feet, Jen will be there to make sure you make the perfect landing (most likely in squat position, haha!).
I want to tell you, I feel f**king great. And that’s a big deal. I haven’t felt this great in a long time. And I definitely couldn’t have done it with out you. Thank you.
Shoutout to FitGirls NW and Jen Raymond! A little over a year ago, we met for coffee discussing life, goals, and getting it done. Today? She has a wonderful group of women training with her. I know this because about a month ago, I realized I was way too busy to focus on my conditioning, and put my trust in her. For the first time in my entire life, especially post-hip surgery and car accidents, despite having nagging injuries, I feel completely, truly, 100% structurally stable. I'm sitting here wondering if this is how "normal" people feel when they workout. Typically, my body will start feeling okay, and either something gets re-injured, or I become newly injured. I think for the first time ever, I'm at a true ground zero for my fitness baseline and I am so excited to see where this takes me. This is all because Jen has poured her heart and soul into her business, I'm so amazed with how far you've come, and am looking forward to being a part of the growth. Thank you!
I stumbled across the FitGirlsNW Facebook post about a 21 day challenge. Knowing I needed a total body and mind reset, I jumped on it and contacted Jen to hear about it. I charged through the challenge with her support in and out of the gym as I traveled for work during this time (proving that waiting until life was normal to take control of my health was not an option). I was challenged physically, emotionally and nutritionally. With each day there was a new personal challenge I experienced and persevered through each with success and failure which I turn was a new success. With each workout I felt more and more confident in my ability to take back my health. More than the best workout each time I entered in the gym, I was supported by a team of beautiful women who in turn challenged and encouraged me through each workout. I have learned so much and am trying to incorporate all the learnings into my life knowing that not everyday will have people as supportive and wonderful as these women. Thank you Jen and the whole team of FitGirls for being in my life and being you. I am a strong woman.