Michele Lewis – Member of the Month March 2019
Michele has been a member here at Driven since September of 2018 and she is a great example of somebody who is doing everything right! She came in, listened to the advice, applied it – and the results followed. Michele shows up to class with a strong work ethic and her food journaling & meal planning have been pretty much perfect. That kind of consistency and commitment resulted in steady, healthy weight loss. Michele had been a member at a couple other gyms before joining Driven, but was never able to achieve the level of fitness that she has here, and in a fairly short amount of time. In fact, both her husband and a coworker decided to join Driven after seeing Michele’s impressive transformation.
Michele has done other exercise programs previously but due to a back injury she suffered during her job as a RN, it took her a while to find the right fit. She tried working out at a typical gym, but knew right away it wasn’t the environment she needed. During the consultation process we get to know the client’s limitations and are able to offer modifications or individualized exercise programs for those who need them, ensuring that people are exercising in a way and at a pace that is safe for them. We also work with clients to help them meet their nutrition goals – wether they be fat loss, muscle gain, or both. Understanding macronutrients can be overwhelming for some, but Michele committed herself to learning about macros & why she needed to eat a certain way to get the best results – and it was not necessarily easy. She comes from an Italian family and loves to cook elaborate meals, however once she started food journaling with MyFitnessPal, she realized very quickly that she needed to change her approach to nutrition. She was making the mistakes we all generally make. Her portion size was too big, she was eating too many carbs and fats, and was not getting enough protein. Michele did a complete overhaul in her approach to food and cooking. She tracked and measured, and learned that she could still enjoy some of her favorite foods if she ate them in reasonable portions. If she wanted to splurge she accounted for it. When asked for her thoughts on tracking food & macros, she answered, “It holds you more accountable. It makes it more of a lifestyle and less of a diet – which is what I like about it. I think the exercise is a large part of it (success), but I also think the nutrition aspect is huge.” Michele understands that hitting her macros is not just about weight loss – it’s about providing your body the ideal ratio of fuels in order to be able to perform at your peak during workouts and in everyday life. The habits she has created now support her as she works towards her goals. Sundays are now her meal prep day! Meal prepping has saved her on super busy days when she gets home and just can’t fathom the thought of cooking. “I eat more now to fuel myself – it’s not emotional eating. The workouts are an outlet for me so I’m not going to go home and eat a cheeseburger and french fries because I had a rough day.” She has found the workouts to be a great way to relieve the stress of a busy job & life.
Michele has also seen success with her workouts. Previously, her busy work schedule made it hard to find time to workout, but Driven’s wide range of available class times work for her. If she can’t make it after work, she gets here before work – which she loves because it gives her so much more energy to get through a long shift at work. During the first few months of her membership Michele attended only cardio sessions, due to her work schedule. Never a fan of cardio previously, she found that cardio could actually be fun (but arm day is still her favorite!). In fact, with her increased confidence she is thinking about trying to start running – something she never thought she would be able to do well. She would also like to get back to horseback riding – a passion she was forced to put on hold because of her back injury and busy schedule. Michele is anxious to see what kind of progress she can make as an equestrian, now that she is lean and fit. Six months into her membership, Michele has lost 16 pounds (she has lowered her initial goal weight by 5lbs) and her back feels better than it has in years. She would love to be able to do an unassisted chin up, gain muscle definition, and see what kind of progress she can make with weight lifting. Michele’s goals are now less about weight loss and more about living a healthy, active life!