The Sawyers Earned a Spotlight
I love hearing ‘ah ha’ moments. You know, those special points in time that transformed a life for the better? There are so many different and amazing moments that change a person for a lifetime. I think I like to hear them so much because I don’t have one. I grew into healthier eating. I slowly gravitated towards being more fit. It was a process for me. Now I am being encouraged by others with similar stories to my own. Hearing that our 2016 Sizzlin’ Summer Slimdown winners had a similar story thrilled me. Kellen and Carolyn Sawyer motivated each other through the six weeks of S3, but they are tackling S3 2.0 with that same determination. I’ll let Kellen tell you how it all got started.
“We first came to Get Fit NH (GFNH) a few years ago, with Carolyn starting almost 5 years ago and Kellen starting 3 years ago. Carolyn first started when she was invited by another member, and she finally got Kellen there a little over a year later, after lots of asking.
Our initial experiences were similar, we were both a little intimidated by all the new things to learn and by the pace of the trainings. Carolyn did quite a bit better, as she has been athletic her whole life and active, and was able to adapt to the changes rapidly. That’s not to say she didn’t have her sore days, and the days when her legs were so tired it was an effort to walk up the stairs, but she stuck with it. Kellen saw all of this and wondered why on Earth she was going through all of this as he watched from the comfort of the couch. That made it a harder sell to get him to go the first few times. He had it rough as well, as he had not been regularly active for too long. The first few weeks were really difficult and tough, but he stayed with the encouragement of Carolyn, and especially Coach Nancy. The biggest things we learned after the initial 2 weeks was it was important to try, no matter your limitations; we actually felt really good after training; and to beware of Fun Fridays.
Now, all these years into it, we are both feeling better than we have in some time. We’ve both lost weight and kept it off and increased our strength and flexibility. We have a better understanding of what to expect, and are more willing to push ourselves a little harder every time we go. The challenges in training are always evolving, so we don’t tend to get bored with repetitious exercises. We both push each other and encourage each other on the harder days, and keep each other accountable to go. At this stage, we really look forward to going and occasionally have to compromise on how many times a week we each get to go.
Overall, our combined experience has been wonderful. Everyone at all of the training times have been really awesome, especially the 6:00 PM Epsom session. We were welcomed into the Get Fit family by all of the people who train there and by all of the coaches. Getting to be a part of GFNH has changed our lives for the better, and we look forward to being part of the family well into the future.”
Taking steps, moving forward, one change at a time, has proven to reap abundant results over the long haul. To the Sawyers and to everyone that is progressing slowly or having those ‘ah ha’ moments- Keep Making It Happen.