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Laura M has been working out at Big Sky Newington with her Trainer Samantha. She was kind enough to share her story.  Enjoy!

JOINING A GYM: I went back to Big Sky about a year and a half ago thinking, “Why am I doing this again? I never stick with anything.”  I sat down with Big Sky Trainer Mike Capiello (who remembered me from years before) and I immediately started with the excuses… I only have half an acl in my left knee… I have a bad back… I have bad feet… you name it.

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Laura M. – Before

Mike and I spent about 15 minutes talking about my “so called” goals, when he said he had the perfect Trainer for me; her name was Samantha. Mike introduced us very quickly, told her my background and all she said was, “fair enough. I’ll see you at 8:30am tomorrow.” 

The next morning Samantha and I sat and talked. She weighed me and asked a million questions about my eating habits, my exercise habits and even my sleeping habits.  I told her that I was probably the most and the least motivated person in the world and that I had been down this weight loss road many times before. She listened to me and said, “OK, let’s get started”, and off we went. 

I HATE THE SCALE: Although she did make me get on the scale, I faced away. I told her I never wanted to see the number, it was just too painful. She understood this, and agreed to tell me at my weigh-in that I was simply “headed in the right direction”.

There were some days when all I did was make excuses. Sometimes I even cried. Samantha pushed me and reminded me that I was there for a reason and that she was there to help me reach my goal (even though we never actually discussed my specific end goal). There were a few times when I would text her and tell her I wasn’t coming in, and yet somehow, I was always there anyway (I still haven’t figured that out!).

Sam checked on me via text when I hadn’t been to the gym for a while. She would tell me “The gym is sad that a friendly face is missing”.

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Laura M. – After

In May I had major foot surgery. In the two weeks leading up to my surgery I worked with Sam to strengthen my left side. She knew that my left leg was significantly weaker than my right, and that I was worried about being on crutches. After the surgery she even came to visit me at my mom’s house where I was recovering.  I’ve been struggling with horrible pain in my foot and legs, but she always finds a way to modify what we’re doing and keep me going, engaged and laughing. 

REACHING MY GOAL: This fall I was told by Sam that I’d officially reached my goal weight, that I shouldn’t focus on losing weight any longer and that it’s now time to tone and build some muscle. I’d never been told that in my life! I find it hard to believe that I’ve reached the goal weight that we never even discussed…  but of course, she knew what the goal was all along. 

My weight is way down, although I still have no idea what it is, I only know where I started. My bloodwork has improved significantly, and I have energy I’ve never had before!

Samantha has not only been my trainer and my therapist at times, but I’m also proud to call her my friend. She’s truly an asset to me and to anyone else she comes into contact with. She knows when to push and when to back off, but she will NEVER give up on you if she knows you are all in!

Thanks so much for sharing your story Laura.  Keep up the great work!

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