Nancy Ries, Member Since 2007
“I’VE BECOME A BETTER PERSON WHO TAKES BETTER CARE OF MYSELF NOW THAT I’M HERE AND I’M PHYSICALLY FIT.”
Q: What was your motivation for working with a Personal Trainer here at Waverley Oaks?
A: 12 years ago, I had a total knee replacement, and I am also an 8-year breast cancer survivor, so I know how important being healthy is, and staying here at the gym is a huge part of being healthy. And actually, at my highest weight, I weighed about 240lbs. I currently weigh 160lbs, so I’ve lost 80lbs through years of hard work here at the gym, watching what I eat, and taking care of myself.
Q: What is/are the most powerful change(s) you’ve seen in your life since working with Jon?
A: It’s the desire to be here and to be the best me that I can be. I find it so strengthening, and personally strengthening. And I have grandchildren that I watch, and it helps me to keep up with them!
Q: What is the most valuable information you have learned since working with Jon?
A: To sometimes put my own needs first. A couple years ago, my husband was very ill, and I knew that I needed to be here at times because it is my safe-space. But I also have learned to put my own needs first sometimes. It’s hard, the mom-guilt is really heavy sometimes, but I now know that I can’t take care of other people if I don’t take care of myself.