A personal note from Coach Erica:
Linda was my very first personal training client and continues to work with my almost 17 years later! She is one of the true success stories - a woman who successfully changed habits, lost weight, got fit and has maintained her healthy weight and active lifestyle for the long-term. I'm so proud of everything she's accomplished. She's an inspiration to anyone who thinks she can't possibly make changes that will last for a lifetime.
What made you decide to begin a fitness program and why did you choose Driven Fitness?
I started to add weight as I got older and had to do SOMETHING. Started a diet program and to work with a trainer. She referred me to Erica and the rest is history.
What does a typical workout week look like for you?
2-3 Driven Fitness classes
2-3 walks or hikes, depending on weather
I live near a regional park and can hit the trails just a few minutes from my front door. I also volunteer at a local animal shelter and, weather permitting, put in 2-4 hours a week washing crates and litter boxes. I count the steady lifting, scrubbing, bending, twisting, stacking, etc as a workout.
How do you fit it all in?
I’m retired so I don’t have the time constraints I used to. Now it’s a matter of avoiding complacency, making and keeping to a schedule. I recently moved and adjusting to a wetter, colder climate has been a challenge. It’s still a work in progress.
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
I have to admit, I’ve been exploring the restaurants in my new community a bit too much. When I lost 35-40 pounds years ago, my eating was very regimented. I learned balanced diet rules and portion control. Those guidelines are still with me. Also, Erica is a great coach and accountability partner when I have questions or need some gentle encouragement. Post menopause metabolism is very different, and some of the old habits have to change.
How do you manage to eat healthy?
Home cooking… eat the rainbow(minimize ‘brown’ starches and carbs)… eat as close to the earth as possible (avoid highly processed foods)… make good choices. When I go to a new restaurant, I’ll often
check the menu at home and decide what I want. And, try not to be tempted to change.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Erica is not just a coach, but someone who cares about the whole person. We’ve been together for years and I’m still learning from her.
#1 tip for someone struggling to find a way to fit it in?
Start where you stand. Ask for help and advice. Take small, progressive steps. Set challenging but reasonable goals. Acknowledge and learn from your disappointments, celebrate your successes .
Fitness isn’t an end point, it’s a state of being.