Carlene Pfeifer

Throughout my early years and into my early teens I always considered myself an athlete. I even had the privilege of attending FINA master worlds in Italy in 2001 for synchronized swimming. Not too long after that I hung up my goggles and found my husband. Falling in love was a wonderful experience but it also helped me pack on the pounds. Between the bliss of marriage, living with a man that had a high metabolism, and welcoming our first daughter to the world, I went from my competitive weight of 5'8" 145 lbs to a whopping 203 lbs at my highest. I had gotten to the point that I could no longer enjoy the things that I onced loved, like hiking. As shown in my first picture I was constantly winded and even quit halfway up a hill cause I physically and mentally couldnt make it. The day that picture was taken was such a low moment for me, I felt so beaten and discouraged. A few months after my daughter was born I decided it was time to get back into something physical. Like many others I had tried other classes, gym memberships or videos. These were all fine but I found my workouts were unfocused and I eventually got bored and gave up on them. When I first started going to Fitcamp I wasn't shocked to discover that I was majorly out of shape and that the classes made me either want to puke or made me hurt for several days. But I was surprised with the supportive class atmosphere and motivation from the trainers,and that as time went on I began to push myself more and more. With time the classes haven't gotten any easier but I appreciate this as it means that I am being continually challenged and I see myself reaching my fitness goals. And I am pleasantly surprised that I now look forward to my weekly classes as they have become my "me" time. Even better I started to notice a big difference on the scale and my reflection in the mirror and am proud to say that I am now back at a healthy weight of 148lbs. But what I have enjoyed the most is the feeling that I am strong and that I can physically accomplish things once again. I have once again become that athlete that I know and love :-) I am proud of what I have and what I continue to accomplish. And I am thrilled that this last summer I not only got back into hiking but I was doing it was my daughter strapped to my back and I loved every moment!
 
Carlene Pfeifer