After recovering from a heart transplant 17 years ago and battling severe scoliosis, Amy was diagnosed with diabetes in September 2011. The diagnosis came as a complete shock and turned into a life altering experience.
Working with a dietician, constant blood sugar testing, and smarter eating (low carb diet with portion control) all lead to the beginning of her weight loss experience. After a year of smarter eating, Amy lost 20-25 pounds, but this brought up a new issue with her scoliosis – chronic back pain. She tried injections but found little relief until she started physical therapy on a regular basis.
Without a consistent exercise program following therapy, Amy’s pain returned. At this point, she turned to STAR Fitness Center, where she met with a physical therapist who got her started on a fitness program that helped to strengthen her back while providing the workout she needed to feel great again. But Amy took this one step further and started working with Chris, a personal trainer, on a regular basis.
Chris continues to build on the exercise program Amy started. “In the beginning, I was pretty skeptical hiring a personal trainer and spending the extra money. After only 3 sessions, I was hooked! Chris is awesome and has worked with people experiencing numerous types of health problems in the past. He’s extremely knowledgeable and a great motivator. Since working with Chris, I’ve dropped my blood pressure medications and my diabetic medications, and I’ve continued to lose weight and inches. The pain from the scoliosis is minimal, and I take Tylenol only occasionally. I am now able to play and spend time with my nieces and nephews without it causing a month of pain!”