"I will have been with Genesis/Ozark for 1 year in August. I came to Springfield in Feb of 2012 to start a new job and a new chapter. The first 2 photos were me right after the move. I saw a picture and said this is not who I am or who I want to be. I joined a karate school here in town, I have been active in different styles for almost 7 years. When I came to Genesis after leaving that school I had hit a plateau in the changes in my body and health; along with a knee injury that removed karate as an option anymore. I signed up to learn new things and how to make a lifestyle change."
"Melissa Teer, my trainer, along with gym gave me incite on how to eat not just healthy but smarter, how to weight train with cardio, and to find my voice and what I wanted out of life. I appreciate that Melissa and the atmosphere of the gym provides you the opportunity to mold the “real” you not just what you see in a magazines and think is popular. We are all built different, our bodies adjust different even if we are all taking the same steps and that is ok. It is about being healthy, loving who you are, and taking care of what the good Lord gave you. I am proud to say when I moved here I weighed in at 240, and am now holding at 200 pounds. While I tend to not worry about the numbers, I have seen inches come off, muscle come in place, and seen a decrease in my body fat and that has been most exciting for me.
Thank you for the first year of really taking back my life – looking forward to all the next challenges, including my first ½ marathon in NOVEMBER!"
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