A little over a year ago I decided I wanted to change my life for the better. I was tired of my weight yo-yoing up and down, tired of the aches and pains I was feeling at too young of an age and especially tired of feeling low-energy all the time. I knew that I couldn’t make such a big change alone. I had tried and failed too many times before. I had tried big gyms. I had tried to figure out diet plans on my own. I had tried eating as little as possible. I had tried group fitness classes. I tried it all…and nothing worked that well and certainly nothing worked long-term. When I came to the Matlacha Wellness Center that all began to change. Tim made me feel completely at ease from the very first visit. I felt no judgement whatsoever for the stage my body was at. I only felt encouragement and motivation. Tim believed in me before I even believed in myself. His positive attitude and uplifting spirit gave me just the amount of push I needed to start to change my life.
Tim customized a plan specifically tailored for me and my goals. He taught me to view food in a totally new way. I learned that food is not the enemy, as I had thought my whole adult life…but rather I just needed to learn to use the right foods to properly fuel my body. He took the guess work out of it for me. I didn’t have to count calories and be confused by everything I read on the internet about all the trends and fads regarding diet and exercise anymore. He laid it out in a simple and straight-forward way that even I could understand. The workouts were also tailored to me and my capabilities and were designed to help me reach my specific goals. I had absolutely no concern of experiencing injury or pain because Tim is extremely knowledgeable and focused on each client individually.
One thing that I find to be very inspiring when I visit the Matlacha Wellness Center is that the people that come there are at all different fitness levels, and all different ages. It’s not a one-size-fits-all gym. There is no intimidation, no judgment. Just acceptance and positivity in a peaceful and tranquil setting. It has become a place that I not only workout but that feeds my soul. It’s the place where my life began to change.
Over the course of a year, on the scale I have lost over forty pounds. And while I am very proud of what I have lost, I’m more proud of what I have gained. I have gained self confidence. I have gained focus. I have gained energy and drive. I have gained muscles I honestly didn’t think my body was capable of having! And most importantly, I have gained belief in myself and what I am capable of. I view my life as a whole very differently now because if I achieved this…what can’t I achieve?
I used to be ashamed and embarrassed of my body. I felt that I had “ruined” it by gaining too much weight during three pregnancies. I felt that it was a lost cause… so I thought I would just try to cover it up for the rest of my life. I brought in pictures to show Tim of women’s bodies that I knew I could never come close to looking like, only dream of. But now, not only am I not comparing myself to those pictures anymore, and not covering up my body out of shame anymore… but people actually ask ME what I do to be in good shape. They ask ME for tips and tricks. That feels amazing. It is a place I never, ever thought I would get to, even though Tim assured me that I could… and would.
I am in the best shape of my life by far now, and I am all too happy to tell everyone that I could never have done it without Tim’s help. He truly has a gift for helping others reach their potential and puts his whole heart into what he does. He inspires, challenges, encourages and transforms people’s lives in a kind and compassionate manner that puts everyone at ease. I recommend the Matlacha Wellness Center to everyone who is ready to make a healthy change, no matter what their current situation is.
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