I've been talking about getting serious about my weight and health for years. It never seemed to rise to the top of the priority list, however (and if it did I just pushed it back down). There was no secret that I had picked up a few pounds over the years, but somehow I continually found a way to justify it to myself. I was happy and healthy - what did I need to lose weight for?
It wasn't until I started my Cville Plugged In TV gig that I realized how bad it had really gotten. Watching my first appearance I couldn't even hear myself speak - I was so focused on what I looked like. Who was that fat woman on the screen? OMG - it was me!
So I attempted to get back into my routine at ACAC but soon realized that I was about as excited about that as I was about the salad I had for dinner. We'd been members at the gym since we moved here and the only thing I had to prove for it was a several thousand dollar debt and 5 more pounds than I started with. It was clear I needed something different. What that was, however, I didn't know. So I went home to mull it over (along with a box of Thin Mints).
Several weeks and a few boxes of cookies later fate brought me to Clay Fitness + Nutrition. Ok, maybe it wasn't as much fate as it was work, but that sounds kind of boring...My intention was to interview Hyam Hosny, the owner of Clay, a new studio that opened in Belmont this spring for an article for SuzySaid. Two hours later, however, I found that I had not only told her my entire diet history, but was ready to sign on the dotted line.
"What's different about your program?" I asked her. She blushed and stammered a little, "I'm not good at self-promoting," she responded at first. But then continued to tell me how she invests herself completely in her clients. She truly involves herself in their success - sending text messages - assigning homework - and, in a sense, riding their asses (in a loving way). This, I knew, was the "something different" I was looking for.