I am an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with my Doctorate Degree and tri-certifications in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care. I work at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. When not at work, I spend time biking, gardening, and hanging out with my two cats, Sassy and Stash.
What led you to join MAC? In 2015 I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s (pronounced show-grins) and Celiac’s Disease. These are auto-immune conditions with many symptoms, most notably extreme fatigue, muscle pain, bone pain, and gastrointestinal upset. At 36 yrs. old, 5’10” tall, I weighted 260 lbs. and was told it was a matter of time before I would be officially diagnosed with diabetes. I knew I had to get serious about losing weight and I started researching gyms to join. Being embarrassed about my weight, shy, and worried wat others would think about me, I was very intimidated to walk through the door. As a matter of fact, I didn’t walk through ANY doors. I researched gym after gym on the internet looking for a place to go. That’s when I found MAC. I read everything I could find about MAC, including every review. I came up with excuse after excuse and didn’t call for several weeks. Finally, one day at work I was counseling a patient on the importance of losing weight. I was embarrassed telling the patient they needed to lose weight when I was obese myself. I picked up the phone, called MAC and made an appointment for a tour. When the day came for the tour, I sat in the parking lot trying to work up the courage to go in. I almost drove away. Thankfully, I did go in and I met Hannah. She gave me a tour and made me feel at ease. In that short time I was greeted with smiles and “hellos” from other gym members. The atmosphere seemed relaxed and everyone was friendly. I joined MAC that day and it changed my life.
Personal Success Story: After joining MAC, Hannah recommended Carol as my trainer. I started with Carol the first week and have been working with her ever since. We work together to identify long and short term goals and Carol crafts workout routines that, though challenging, are possible to accomplish. Carol both encourages and pushes me to work hard. I would not be where I am today without her. Thank you Carol!! Some weeks at the gym are a struggle due to the auto-immune disorders, but we adjust and keep working. I have found that these disorders make it challenging for me to lose weight and it can be frustrating when I don’t see big changes on the scale. In my first year at MAC, I have lost over 60 lbs. and now weight less than 200. I have gone down 3 dress sizes in my clothes and look and feel more fit.
Words of advice: (1) Don’t be intimidated by what others think! If you have a weight problem and you’re in the gym, you’re in the right place! Keep at it and don’t give up when it gets hard! (2) Diet is just as important as exercise. If you cheat at one or the other you won’t see results. Figure out your caloric need and stick with it. I have learned that not eating enough is just as bad as eating too much! (3) If you can, work with a trainer or someone who will hold you accountable. It’s a lot harder to give up when you know someone is counting on you being there.
Great work Sally! We are all so proud of you!