From Size 12 to Size 6

image of Stacey on treadmillA USA Fitness member since 2011, This 38-year-old mother of two finds the determination and drive to shed 30 pounds, and finds herself in the best shape of her life.

Stacey Elmes is a 5’2” petite brunette. The 38-year-old mother of two had always been physically active – first, as a ballet dancer, and later as an avid alpine skier.

I was seeing results. My clothes were fitting better, and I started to see muscle definition…

By May 2011 Stacey was appalled to find herself weighing in at 157 pounds – too much for her small build to carry. “I hit my ‘magic number’ and felt disgusted with myself. I knew I had to do something – I wanted to get back to feeling comfortable in my own body.”

After some prodding by friends, Stacey signed up for a 5K obstacle course. She had four months to prepare. “So, in June 2011 I joined USA Fitness with one goal: to prepare for the 5K competition and not embarrass myself.”

“I initially joined USA Fitness on a four-month trial membership basis – after all, I wasn’t going to become a gym rat.” Stacey signed up for 5 sessions with a personal trainer, Lori Donnelly.

“Everyone told me Lori was a hard core trainer who would get me ready for the 5K challenge…and she lived up to everything I had heard. I told her I wanted to increase cardio fitness, strengthen upper body, and lose my unwanted ‘muffin top.’ Hard core? My first session with her just about killed me!”

But Stacey kept coming back and she kept fighting. “It wasn’t long before I was at the gym every day – sometimes twice a day! And I was seeing results. My clothes were fitting better, and I started to see muscle definition in places I had never seen before.”

By October 2011 and in time for her 5K obstacle race, Stacey was 17 pounds lighter and stronger than ever. “I had never run a race before, so, taking into account the Marine designed obstacles, I set a goal of 60 minutes to complete the race. I beat my own goal and finished in 57:00!” By December 2011, Stacey ran a conventional 5K and finished in 31:00.

By the winter of 2011, Stacey was so inspired by physical fitness that she wanted to become certified as a personal trainer. In December 2011, Stacey received her certification as a Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

In June 2012, it will have been a year since Stacey joined USA Fitness as a trial member. She is currently a full-time member of USA Fitness, has lost a total of 30 pounds so far, and has gone from a size 12 to a size 6.

“I have many more goals to reach but I know I can achieve them. All in all, joining USA Fitness was the best thing I could have done. I improved my sense of well-being, achieved what I once thought were unattainable goals, and made many friends.”

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