Rebecca Yazel of Lynnfield MA is Home Bodies Client of the Month for March 2011

Rebecca Yazel is so excited that she can perform side planks up on her arm. She couldn’t imagine having the strength to do this exercise a couple of years ago!

“For the last 20 years I had an on-again, off-again relationship with exercise. Before I had my kids I used to meet with a trainer at the gym after work. However, upon becoming a mom this routine stopped and I did not get back to exercise again for six years! Between growing my family and all the stresses that come with it I didn’t make the time.

I realized the weight just had to come off and Dr. Oz inspired me to begin walking. I kept his recommendation of 10,000 steps a day as a goal in my mind. I bought the pedometer and the whole bit. The exercise felt good, but I wasn’t losing weight as quickly as I wanted. My husband thought to buy me some sessions with an at-home personal trainer for my birthday. This was the perfect gift because I am not a big fan of having the entire town watch me while I exercise if I were to go down to the Y!

I’ve never had an in-home trainer or even hear they were available around here, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I guess I thought that the trainer would find some exercises for me to do at home and tell me to do them. I was pleasantly surprised to receive so much more than that. Working with Home Bodies has been the best workout experience I have ever had. Gina looks at the whole picture of what you are doing.I’ve loved the feeling of getting stronger. I’ve never been in this good of shape in my life.As you get older you might feel that you are more fragile and be concerned about hurting yourself or that you can’t handle hard exercise. I had back surgery a few years ago and I lost all my strength. You have to find the trainer to help you deal with issues you have concern with. There is a lot I cannot do. If I can do this, broken back and al, anyone can!

When I started working with Gina, I’ll be honest—my only goal was to lose weight. Losing weight is great, but gaining the endurance and the muscle and strength overall has changed my life. It has improved my ability to climb stairs, my balance, how well I can get groceries in and out of the car—just everything. I didn’t even know I needed to get stronger, but now I can see that I did. I have more stamina to get through the day and I sleep better at night. I brought my cholesterol down from 230 to 169 in a very short time, and I am less than 15 lb. from my goal weight.

Gina provides me with weekly assignments and I go downstairs each morning to discover what the day’s workout is. It is so much easier to not have to make this decision on your own. I have a lot in my life I have to make decisions regarding. If I simply follow Gina’s plan I know I will be successful.

My routine consists of five days a week of exercise. Most days I am done with the whole thing in half an hour. In thirty minutes you can achieve a lot, which I find really cool. I would hate for exercise to suck a huge chunk out of my day.

Using a trainer keeps you motivated and keeps you honest. I like having the routines written out for me and I like knowing what to do every day. It makes you accountable and it helps when I can have my questions answered that tend to pop up during the week. If my back is hurting I can get something else to do instead. I like that my limitations don’t slow down my progress. I could not have made this progress without Gina’s help.

I grew up in Brooklyn and currently live in Lynnfield MA with my husband Dave (also a client!) and my daughters Maddie (12) and Lauren (8). I spend my free time volunteering at school. I am on the enrichment committee at the elementary school and on the board of directors at our temple. I love to cook, and I love watching Dr. Oz who is the one who inspired me to get back on the fitness bandwagon! He has a great quote, ‘I am a heart surgeon and I would love for this show to put me out of business.’ The shape you are in now and the shape you can get into is all up to you. I am living proof!

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