A VIDA Success Story: Mougeh Kowkabi
A lot can change in the course of one year. In 2013, I had finally quit smoking and decided I wanted to lose the weight I had gained throughout the years. I made changes to my diet and thought I was pretty active living in the city. The moment I got a Fitbit I realized how little I was actually moving throughout the day. I realized that my perception of what I was doing didn’t match up with reality. No wonder I wasn’t getting the results I wanted – I had set the goal of losing fifty pounds. I knew how to make time for things that were important at work, and with my family and friends. So I finally ditched the excuses when it came to prioritizing working out. I needed to join a gym and decided I also needed a trainer to keep me accountable to my short and long term goals. Vida Fitness was the perfect choice for me as I had two locations near my house and one near my office. I wanted to make sure I set myself up for success with all the right tools to achieve my goals and stop making excuses.
Hitting the gym the first few weeks was not easy. It actually made me feel more out of shape than I thought I was. This would have been very discouraging and probably would have led me to give up in the past. The support of my trainer, Rachel Morrison, enabled me to maintain discipline and stay consistent with my workouts. I trained with her two days a week and supplemented my training sessions with the variety of classes that Vida offered the other four days to ensure I was doing all I could do for myself. She guided me through the best workouts for my goals, educated me on what weight training really is, and more importantly became a trusted friend that got me through the days when I felt like I couldn’t go on. It also helped that she started working out along with me and we laughed infectiously at each other’s workout faces.
In the end Rachel was right. Consistency is the key to accomplishing your goals. I think losing weight is very similar to gaining weight. You don’t realize that it’s happening until one day you wake up and your pants are too tight. This time around, they were too loose. Within a year, I lost about forty pounds, 8% body fat and 8 inches off my waist. I can’t believe at first I could barely get through a class or a training session without feeling the need to give up and today I crave more after a 45 minute class. It’s a great feeling knowing that I have overcome an obstacle in my life that I thought I would struggle with indefinitely. While I am still looking to lose those last few pounds, my desire now is to fitter and stronger and not just thinner. I want to maintain this amazing new lifestyle so I am broadening my range of classes I take and extending my training sessions with Rachel who always keeps me on my toes. I know if I stick to it, I can succeed with the help and support I have received from Vida and my friends and family.