Before joining the Women’s Only Weight Loss Program (WOW) and P90X at Club Apple, I thought weight loss was a guessing game. You could cut a few of your favorite foods and add some extra exercise into your diet and if you were lucky that would result in a pound or two of weight loss. It’s a nice lie, hiding the amount of work and calculation needed to maintain or shed those extra pounds.
What really works is science.
When you join the WOW program, you are assigned a personal trainer who will act as your guide throughout the process of getting healthy. That trainer will guide you through both the nutritional and exercise related components of weight loss, as well as provide all of the necessary encouragement. Once you’ve done the hard work of getting started, the WOW program ensures you continue to have all of the resources needed to be successful.
At the center of WOW, P90X and all other programs at the club is the Beyond Diets Program. Participants in this program read through a booklet with scientific facts proven to increase your overall health. This book covers lessons from drinking more water to paying attention to the types of fats you consume daily.
We all learn the basics of eating healthy in elementary school, but this program takes learning to the next level by guiding you into implementing effective changes. This might all sound rather obvious, if you want to lose weight, eat healthier, but it isn’t so simple. Creating a sustainable lifestyle means examining everything, such as the nutrients of different vegetables and how they help strengthen your body. For me, that has meant learning to correct portion sizes and include more lean meats in my diet—a game changer for anyone looking to feel fuller without having to consume everything in the refrigerator.
Applying all of those concepts can be overwhelming without guidance or information from trusted resources. Luckily, I had personal trainers Kandyce Powell and Rustelle Ashbocker and a group of strong women to guide me through the ins and outs of weight loss. As someone who struggles with vulnerability, I was relieved to find myself surrounded by a group of women with similar experiences surrounding food and exercise.
“It’s one thing to know it and another thing to do it,” said Kandyce Powell, Club Apple personal trainer. “Our program provides accountability every week. We weigh in and we keep each other accountable. And it’s fun, I’ve really enjoyed working with a group of ladies, because it’s not just me supporting the whole group. We work out our problems together on the group text or on the Facebook page or just in class.”
As a perfectionist, I tend to get frustrated if I don’t get something done perfectly the first time. My frustration continues to grow when I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong, a feeling I frequently felt before participating in both Club Apple’s Women Only Weight Loss and P90X programs. With the help of education and action, my thoughts surrounding fitness have changed and I’ve found myself looking forward to my favorite aerobics classes and days of weightlifting. Though I’m still at the beginning of my fitness journey, I feel as if I’ve healed the once broken relationship between myself and wellness.
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