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(Week 1) March 16, 2018

I wish I could say I have the trim and healthy body I had when I got married to my beautiful wife some 12 years ago. Unfortunately, that is not the case.  Over the last years, although I have a physical job (contracting and construction), I have always liked to eat, and marriage has made me a better taste-tester than ever. Several months ago, I quit smoking and have decided that yes, I do want to dance at my daughter’s wedding. The time has come to make some changes.

I met Angie Gordon a few years ago. She is a personal trainer who is co-owner of an exercise studio called Benefit. She has a complete set up of equipment for circuit training. The best part is that she “gets” it. Not everyone is a successful “dieter” and I can vouch for that. Yes, I have tried and been successful on several diets in the past. Yet here I am today wanting to lose 50 pounds. The question becomes, how can I accomplish this goal?

With Angie’s help, we have created a realistic workout schedule and a modified eating plan which is based on high protein and low carbs and sugar. The way we are supposed to be eating.  She works with each of her clients to create the plan to benefit them the most. Now I admit that cutting down on any of my favorite foods is not even on my “Want To Do” list, but my desire to get healthy and in shape is on the top.

My expectations of this life-style change are that over the next 8 months (by Christmas 2018), I will have reached my goal, created a new pattern of eating and working out, and I will have traded in my bad eating habits for some better ones.  Does this mean I can never have a piece of cake or an ice cream cone with my wife and daughter? Absolutely not! What it means is that I need to make better choices of when and the amount of each. Is giving up those foods worth living an extra 20 years and not having achy knees at night? You bet.

As I start on this exercise and life-style journey, I hope you will join me. I’ll be blogging my results each week (good or bad) and reporting back in with photos of my results. I would love to hear from you, cheering me on and perhaps even joining me.

Come in for a work out! Let’s make this happen.    -Eric S.

Angie has been a personal trainer for over 10 years. She was not an athlete in HS or college. Angie met a guy and started working out with him and soon realized she loved lifting weights.  Consequently, she got stronger, looked and felt better and finally ended up at Benefit. She and Emily Thomas are co-owners in Benefit Studio. “We just really want to pass on the good feeling people have when they eat healthy, work out and feel better. We strive for people to get moving- a body in motion stays in motion.”  

Benefit is located at 3913 Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati.


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