Training with Sheila Stender

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My motivation for becoming a Personal Trainer stems from my personal journey. I didn’t start exercising regularly until after children when I was in my 30’s. I started running because it scared me. At age 40 I ran my first half marathon. Next, I took inventory of my upper body. I have always had a weak upper body and I wanted to be strong. So, I started incorporating weights and working with a personal trainer. I set the goal of doing a single pull up. At age 50, I am doing pull ups!

My weight was another issue, it had been slowly increasing over the years. Every time I would try to lose weight I would have to ramp up my daily workouts and go on a diet. I was exhausted and hungry all the time. To make matters worse, my body was changing and I wasn’t able to lose the weight the same way I had in the past. I thought I was eating healthy, but I was making so many mistakes. I knew I had to find a way to eat smarter and not starve myself to lose weight.

Thankfully a friend told me about the trainers and the nutrition package at Integrity. I purchased both. That was the best money I have ever spent, because it changed my life. I was educated about nutrition and given the tools I need to eat to live and to enjoy what I eat. I also changed my exercise regime so that I now work smarter not harder. I lost 30 pounds and today I am at my goal weight. The good news is that I didn’t have to be hungry to do it. I eat more now than I ever have. However, it is really more about how I feel. I feel healthier than ever!

It takes dedication, determination and discipline to reach these goals. I love the way I feel when I require myself to rise to a challenge and finally reach a goal. I want to be part of this journey for others and help them accomplish what they dream of, no matter how big or how small. If I can do it anybody can! I hope to make an impact by helping others tap into their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. I have had an amazing circle of support on my journey and I want to be part of that circle of support for others. I want to share my experiences with others and help them accomplish their health and fitness goals.

I am excited to be training at the gym where I have received so much of the support that has helped me to reach my personal goals. I enjoy learning about people so that I can better understand how to train and motivate them. I know how I reached my goals, but that won’t work for everyone. There are many different paths to help people reach their goals and their full fitness potential.  I want to help others find theirs. There is no better way to spend my day, than helping others live their healthiest lives. We all feel better when we do!