Lynette was able to tell her own AMAZING transformation story in her own words, we are so excited to be sharing this with you today!
“When Amanda asked me to do my poster and story, I panicked. All I could think was “I’m not done, I’m not ready.” But in all reality, I will never be done. I will always have to work on my health and fitness.
Before MPower Fitness I was unfit and unhealthy. I have been overweight most of my life, morbidly obese according to the chart in the doctor’s office. I hated the gym, exercise, and all sports. I didn’t walk very far. I couldn’t get down on the ground, and getting up was even worse. I had terrible pain in my whole body. My blood pressure and cholesterol were high, and I had exercise induced asthma. My doctor kept increasing my meds each time I would see her but, things just kept getting worse. I would work for months and only lose a few pounds, then turn around and gain back twice as much in no time.
In October 2015 I had my worst doctor visit ever. I was morbidly obese and she wanted to increase all my meds again. Knowing this wasn’t the answer to my problems , I asked my naturalist and chiropractor for help. I bought a Fitbit and slowly started walking every day and watching what I was eating. I lost 20 pounds but my body wasn’t shrinking anywhere . It was getting harder to walk because of winter, working out by myself was boring, and it was getting harder to keep motivated. I knew if I stopped I would gain it all back again.
In January 2016 I started getting the MPower Fitness ads on Facebook but, I just ignored them because I hated any gym I had ever been to before and was not motivated to work out. I figured it wouldn’t last. If I started, I’d probably quit in a couple weeks, if I even made it a couple days. But something kept nagging at me. My daughter was engaged and I was to be the mother-of-the bride some day. The thought of buying a dress or shoes for the wedding made me sick. Being the fattest mother-of-the-bride really bothered me.
I very hesitantly joined MPower Fitness. In my mind I thought “no one knows me, no one will know if I quit”. That thought didn’t last very long. By the end of the first week, I had made a few friends, the coaches knew my name, and I became very comfortable with the people around me at boot camp.
I did not tell any of my friends or family I was joining MPower Fitness so, no one would know if I quit. It was 3 to 4 weeks before I started telling people about what I was doing for myself and how I loved boot camp, the coaches, and the friends I was making.
The thing that was holding me back the most was the humiliation. I didn’t want people seeing how unfit I really was. I was embarrassed to go to a gym where everyone else would be able to do everything and I couldn’t do anything. At MPower Fitness I realized that no one was judging me, they were just encouraging me daily to do what I could, to work on progress, not perfection.
I am so inspired by all the friends I’ve met and the wonderful coaches at MPower Fitness. They helped me so much. They helped me on my first day figure out how to get down to the ground and up again. They never give up on me or let me give up on myself. They encourage me to push myself more each day. They motivate me to keep going and to try new things.
There were months when I worked really hard and was discouraged by the scale. It’s a great feeling when someone approaches me and says “I noticed your arms from across the gym!” or “I haven’t seen you for a while, you really look great!”, or “I remember when you couldn’t do that…!” The best thing people say to me is “you have inspired me!” I never dreamed I would be the one inspiring others. I didn’t get here by myself, I have all the wonderful coaches and friends around me at boot camp to thank for being there with me every day. You all inspire me.
My original goal was to lose 80 pounds at MPower Fitness. I am currently down 70 pounds, 37 inches, 7.8% body fat, and about 8 dress sizes. My blood pressure , cholesterol, and asthma are under control. I stopped taking all medications more than a year ago. I can lift the 176 pound kettle bell, do 100 pushups, and hang from the pull up bar.
The best thing that happened to me at MPower Fitness is that I became a new person. I now love working out at boot camp, going for long walks, mowing the lawn, and shoveling snow. I am healthy and have lots more energy. I am excited to be a new grandma soon, knowing that I am going to be able to play with my grandson, not just sit on the side and watch.
Lynette Scherber 2018″
We are so impressed with your dedication and perseverance toward your health goals, Lynette! Thank you for being part of our Fit Fam.
Megan K and Team