Success Stories

Jane Seward

My, I’ve got to do better moment, occurred in the summer of 2013. We were on a vacation out west-doing the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone.  In Yellowstone there’s this waterfall called Tom’s Thumb. To access the bottom you have to go down several switchbacks and then make your way back to the top to exit. I vividly remember walking down those switchbacks and worrying that I would not be able to crawl back up to get out. I made myself stop and turn around before reaching the bottom. Right then I said nope. I refuse to not be able to do the things I want to do. I have no problem being a bigger girl; I’ve never been thin. For me it was not being able to do the things I want to do.  I love the outdoors, sports, hunting, fishing, etc. The thought of not being able to enjoy these things scared me. I came home and started walking by myself with limited results. Alayna asked me to join up at Bonita’s house. I was reluctant as I knew I wasn’t in great shape and worried about not being able to do everything. I finally worked up enough courage to go and really enjoyed it. I kept going and made slow progress.  Let’s be honest, I still like to eat biscuits. When the gym opened up and we really started incorporating weights with cardio, I felt myself making even better progress. I am not saying I’m where I want to be but today I feel so much better. I have more energy and stamina. The gym has just become part of my routine. Sure I’d love to lose more weight but I know there’s not many hiking trails that would intimidate me. I can truly say that my life is better now in my 50’s than it was in my 40’s. My prayer is that I am able to continue exercising into my 60’s and beyond. I am grateful for B22 and the gym. I do not take it for granted. I would tell anyone contemplating it to try it. Make it a part of your weekly schedule. If you do this for yourself, it will benefit you in all aspects of your life.