Member Spotlight Featuring John Whitted!
I am a pretty busy sales executive. A few years ago, I realized that I felt really sluggish and out of breath quite often. I think I must have purchased four or five different wardrobes over the years. Well, I knew I had gained weight. I also knew that I had to be careful as my dad, grandfather and great grandfather all had strokes.
I decided to do something about my health and weight gain
and try Weight Watchers. When I got on the scale at the meeting, the leader said, ” you weigh 289 pounds.” I immediately looked at her with a scowl and said, “Uh there must be something wrong with your scale. I don’t weigh that much.” She politely said, “no, the scale is correct.” Right after that, I didn’t hear another word that she said at that meeting. How could I have possibly let myself gain almost 100 pounds? I knew this was going to be a long journey. I also I knew that diet alone wasn’t going to give me the results I needed. I tried treadmills, ellipticals and stair steppers. I found them to be extremely boring. Luckily, I was introduced to Step and Zumba.
I lost 90 pounds with diet and exercise. However, I have since realized that the even harder part is keeping the weight off. Knowing my struggle, my friend Nick introduced me to PulsePdx. He said I would love it. Guess what? He was right. I love the group interaction, the instructors, routines and the fun. I am not bored like I was on machines. I love to dance. Thus, PulsePDX is a perfect cure for my dancing bug. In addition, I got the extra benefit of meeting some great people that I now call my friends.
PulsePDx has become such a part of my weekly routine. I actually get sad ( sometimes mad at myself) when I miss my normal Zumba days. PulsePDX has helped me keep off a majority of the weight. I even go to the 6am class because I love it so much. It is my goal to at least make four classes a week when I am not traveling for work or otherwise. I feel like there is some class for everyone at PulsePDX. They just need to try it!