Elevate member Annie Boissoneau hasn’t always been a gym-goer. In fact, exercise wasn’t really on her radar until she enrolled in Nutrition in Motion’s program, ‘The Right Weigh(TRW).’ Shortly thereafter, Boissoneau began working out one-on-one with Elevate instructor Kelly St. Cyr and more recently, she began attending regular group classes at the studio. Exercise is now her new normal, but she confesses it’s been a journey.
What motivated you to begin working out? This is my second time around with TRW. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change, and you have to be in the right mindset to succeed. I did the program once and did pretty well with weight loss, but then experienced a setback due to some family matters.
I put the weight back on and it began to be a problem. My knees were bothering me, it was hard for me to breathe, and I had lots of aches and pains. When I saw the word ‘obesity’ on my doctor’s report, it was a wake-up call. I realized I wanted to be around for my husband and kids and be able to enjoy life, so I signed up for TRW again, and this time I was on a new journey. I knew that I needed to support my change in eating habits and the resulting weight loss with something more, so I started working out with Kelly. I’m new to exercise and I wasn’t very active, although I thought I was.
What do you do?
I’m the operations manager for our family business, the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, so I spend a lot of time sitting in front of the computer or working the front desk.
What do you like about working out, and what changes have you seen in yourself since beginning a regular exercise program?
When I’m working out, it’s my time. Exercise clears my head, and after I’m done, I feel really good. I feel stronger and I look forward to the next class. A few weeks ago, it also hit me that many of the exercises I was doing were coming easier than they had when I started, and that was gratifying.
I’ve also changed physically—I’ve dropped from a size 20 to a size 14 and people are commenting on how I look, which is nice.
What change, be it physical or mental, has most surprised you?
I’m increasingly willing to try things outside my comfort zone, and Kelly has certainly been a big influence in that regard—she’s a big part of my success. For example, I’ve never been a person to wear workout clothes, and initially I felt uncomfortable, but I’m coming out of my safety zone and realizing ‘It’s OK.’
What would you say to those who might feel intimidated by the idea of walking into the gym and starting a workout program?
I’ve walked in your shoes and I understand how you feel, but it’s important to take that first step—talk to a trainer, try a class, just do it! I’d even offer to go with a person if it made him or her feel better, because I know it’s scary to walk through that door.
I would also tell people that Elevate is a different kind of gym—you’re not just a number, you’re part of a family. It’s a very supportive environment and there’s lots of camaraderie.
I’m so glad that I have Kelly as a trainer—she’s my accountability buddy and she is always pushing me to expand my horizons. I’m also really happy that I found Elevate—it’s a great place!