Out of Whack to Back on Track
‘Twas the night before my nutrition consultation, and the only thing stirring was my double-stuffed Oreo® in my milk (fat-free milk, thank you very much). Not the best way to prepare for a conversation about my pitiful diet and lack of exercise, especially for someone who promotes healthy living daily.
As the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for all things Cooper, it’s my job to learn and talk about healthy habits and how they change lives. They do. I’ve seen it in others, and I’ve experienced it first-hand. When I started at Cooper Aerobics five years ago May 7, I was at my heaviest weight of 170 lbs. and completely sedentary. It wasn’t long before I got inspired to Get Cooperized.
My journey to better health had its twists and turns, bumps and hurdles, but in 2011 I achieved my best numbers in a decade: 143 pounds and normal body fat; traditionally high cholesterol and triglycerides back in a healthy zone; and I was exercising regularly logging about 150 minutes a week. All of that translated into feeling fantastic, not getting winded going up stairs, almost no knee pain (I’ve has arthroscopic surgery on both knees years ago) and liking how I looked in my new pencil skirts.
Now one year later and recently celebrating my birthday (as my Grandmother says, “age is a number and mine’s unlisted!”), I can’t fit into a single pencil skirt or most of my clothes for that matter. I’m winded more often than I’d like to admit. My knees ache going up stairs, and I’m not feeling great overall. Oh, and did I mention that I’m up 15 lbs?
So it’s time to call in the Cooper troops. Meridan Zerner is the colorful and energetic Cooper Clinic registered dietitian that will coach me on nutrition. She’s the only person that can hand out mandarin orange cups from her trunk and seem perfectly normal. April Swales is my sassy Cooper Fitness Center professional fitness trainer whose sense of humor helps me forget the pain of pushing a weighted metal plow across the gym floor, at least temporarily.
I’ll be logging and blogging along the way, so join me on my journey from out of whack to back on track! At least now I’ve cleared the pantry of cookies and am stirring a straw in a tall glass of iced decaf green tea.
Full disclosure: One of the great perks for working at Cooper Aerobics is we receive discounts on nutrition consultations and personal training. I’m paying for my sessions with Meridan and April at our teammate discounted rate.
This was written by Amy George former VP of Marketing and Communications at Cooper Aerobics. Amy is no longer with Cooper Aerobics and we wish her all the best with her future endeavors.