My weight loss journey started before I entered ECA. To start off, my heaviest weight was 299 pounds. I was 30 years old, and I only checked my weight because my knees were hurting when I walked. My weight was increasing dramatically since my parents passed away.
In 18 months, I had gained 137 pounds. I decided this truly would be my heaviest weight. So, on my own, I cut my calories in half. Literally everything I wanted to eat, I would cut in half. This got me down to 36% body fat and 241 pounds in six months. My knees didn't hurt anymore! I wanted to do more for myself and my health.
So as a birthday present to myself, I went “gym shopping.” I toured several gyms, but finally felt at home at ECA. I toured with Austin, and was assigned an amazing trainer named Ryan. When asked what my goals were, I didn't have any besides not feeling good, and not dying in my 50's, like my parents. With that in mind, we started talking about food and fitness routines. I took it seriously, and did everything I could, as awkward and uncoordinated as I was. Ryan showed more patience than I thought possible, pushed me, and kept me accountable. I started seeing my body change slowly. I even competed in the ECA games! I hurt myself several times, but I kept going.
The gym became my one non-negotiable in life. The turmoil of daily life, the losses, hardships, and dramas all fell away. My decision to join the Body Composition Challenge was made as a personal goal. I knew there was no way I could win, I just wanted to beat myself each week. My trainer changed to the absolutely amazing Danny, who continues to push me, and help me along today. At this moment, I am 153 pounds, and my body fat is 16%. Everyone I have met here at ECA has helped me, supported me, inspired me, and kept me coming back. Thank you for a truly special place, full of the greatest people I could ever meet.