It started as a 30 day “cleanse”
When I was asked to do this life change story, I wasn’t sure I wanted to. I really have never written this all down before; I never posted pictures or put it on Facebook. I have talked to people about it but never really put it on paper, for some reason that was harder. Then, I thought about how God changed so many things in my life and I wanted to share part of that, so you can see how good He is. This is only a glimpse of the things God has worked out in my life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Everything that I have accomplished in the past 4 years is only because of Him.
I used to be very overweight and unhealthy, and I lived in constant pain. Everything I ate basically made me sick, it got to the point where even a glass of water was upsetting my stomach. No one, except my immediate family, knew the amount of pain I dealt with on a daily basis. I was going to bed earlier and earlier every night because the pain and restless leg syndrome was unbearable. I saw doctors who diagnosed plantar facetious and torn ligaments, etc. I had trouble getting up and down and it was painful to walk because of the swelling and pain in my joints. To others, I laughed and smiled a lot, but inside I was fighting a battle on my own no one knew about. I decided, with the encouragement of my brother, to make a change. Losing weight was never why I did what I did, I was just tired of hurting and feeling crummy all the time. “Just cut out sugar for 30 days”, he said; at this point I was up to trying anything. So, on November 30th, 2013, I cut out sugar. This was just the obvious sugars at first, desserts, drinks, etc. After 30 days I decided to go another 30. This was never intended to be a life change, just a trial to see if it would make a difference. Now, 4 years later, and having removed all processed sugar and dairy (this also caused me problems) from my diet, I have seen such an improvement in my health that I have never looked back. I have continued learning and fine tuning my healthy eating habits and I enjoy how amazing real food tastes!
Two years ago, after losing quite a bit of weight as a pleasant side effect of this life change, I decided I needed to take the next step and start exercising. My friend Jill, had recently become a trainer at Trinity Fitness. I had heard all about it from other friends who were involved but I didn’t think it was for me. Jill persuaded me to come on a Saturday morning. It had to be God because I got up…on a Saturday….to go to the gym….at 8:30…when my husband and kids were gone and I could have slept in as long as I wanted!! It was a tough workout, a crush week workout, but no one there made me feel less than or intimidated by being new and out of shape. The workouts were scaled to my abilities and everyone was working at different levels but still working out together. I came back again, and now two years later, couldn’t imagine not going to the gym.
Trinity Fitness has given me a confidence in myself and my abilities that I didn’t have before. I feel better, have more endurance to do everyday activities, I have made so many friends who are family, and I have people to not only encourage me in the gym, but in my spiritual walk as well through prayer and true concern for myself and family. We sweat together, laugh together, and most importantly pray together. During my ongoing life change journey, God has walked me through some pretty tough things, with the key words being, “He walked me”. God has never left me alone and He walks with me every day. He led me, my husband and my kids to Trinity Fitness, and that has been a huge blessing. The changes I have seen in myself, do not bring me nearly as much joy, as the changes I have seen in my family. My kids have seen firsthand the benefits of healthy eating and exercising and have jumped on board. I love working out as a family and watching them make healthy life choices. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Trinity Fitness ministry.
Suzanne Rehner – Trinity Fitness Mentor