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Lessons From My 80 lb Weight-loss Journey

Chris Smith | May 18, 2017

What I’ve Learned As An Impulse Client In 4 Years

It’s hard to believe that on June 10th, I’ll be finished with my fourth year as an Impulse client. In so many ways, the woman who walked in those doors in 2013 is not the same person who walks in today. I’m not as anxious to do a workout with others, and I value my health way more than I did before. I look a bit different, too.

Here are some other things I’ve learned or experienced on this journey…

  • I’m an athlete.
  • I like being competitive with myself.
  • I LOVE strength training and the higher intensity style workouts.
  • I strongly dislike cardio (but I still do it anyway).
  • I understand setbacks and how incredibly frustrating they can be.
  • I’ve experienced the joy and feeling of accomplishment by achieving a goal through hard work.
  • I’m stocked with stronger and healthier coping skills for adversities that I struggle with.
  • I appreciate what my body is capable of doing.
  • I found a new desire to serve those who have gone through the same battles as myself.

    However, the greatest thing I’ve learned over the last four years is a concept that sometimes knocks me off my feet. To think that it took me 30 years to begin understanding this about myself bewilders me, but I know that every step I’ve taken has led me to this realization: I am the only one capable of limiting myself. The things I used to tell myself I couldn’t do came from within. They were lies I believed so strongly that I didn’t dare try to prove myself wrong. But coming to Impulse and having a trainer who had confidence in me has made quite the difference.

    This process of releasing my self-made limits didn’t take long to begin happening once I started Impulse. However, I still try to hide the look of shock on my face from my trainer when a) he tells me what I’m going to do next in my program [“You want me to bench press HOW much weight?!”], and b) when I ACTUALLY do it.

    The “I can’t” in my vocabulary inevitably became an “I’ll give it a try!” since coming to Impulse. I’ve found this is how I approach most opportunities in my life now. While the fear still sneaks in, I no longer limit myself to the lies I put in my head. Thanks to my four years at Impulse, I’ve learned that anything is possible, and the things I can do are quite a blessing.

    What have you learned about yourself in your time at Impulse?

    Chris Smith

    Chris graduated from Walsh University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Education. She joined Impulse as a client in 2013 as an overweight, out-of-shape and depressed person looking to get healthy. With consistent workouts and cleaner eating, better health poured into her life along with an 80 pound weight loss. She was asked to join the Impulse team in 2014 as a Guest Relations Coordinator. Her most important role at Impulse is making people feel at home by being able to relate to the struggles of getting your health under control. Chris's compassion and empathy for each client helps them see their potential through her own story. She has experienced all the different service options offered at Impulse, and she is able to give honest insight as to what programs would be in the best interest of each client. Her role at Impulse is continually evolving and now involves everything from finances, to marketing, to most importantly...taking care of our clients!


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