"I have always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be in shape and healthy, but not until Gina came around did I become completely serious."

Meet Heidi Nicholson of Boxford, MA,
Home Bodies client of the month for June 2008

It’s obvious that Heidi Nicholson feels better than she ever has in her entire life—and she is so happy to spread the word about healthy lifestyle to everyone!

"I became interested in Home Bodies after a recommendation from a friend who had done well with the program. I’ve never had a trainer before—I’ve worked out in the past, but never any weight training. I wasn’t sure what type of routine I wanted, although I knew the convenience of working out at home sounded great. My goals were to lose weight and feel better about myself in general.

I have always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be in shape and healthy, but not until Gina came around did I become completely serious. I know I had never reached my potential with fitness. My struggle when working out in the past was that I just wasn’t very consistent or dedicated to it, and I didn’t have any knowledge of weight training. Once Gina explained the benefits and why she was setting up the routine the way she did, I realized that I wanted to do exactly what she said, because it all made sense. I was finally motivated to stick to an exercise routine knowing Gina was coming every week to check up on me. I never want to disappoint her or let her down by not following my program. I know she can tell if I have been slacking!

To be honest, I was a little intimidated to meet and start with a trainer! I was nervous for the first day. I was intimidated by the thought of weight training, and also was worried because no one ever has made me accountable to diet and exercise, and I wasn’t so sure I could handle it!

Really, the changes I have made in my fitness, health, physique and the way I feel have been nothing short of amazing. I can’t even count the number of people who have complimented me. I also have been really getting into running, which is so funny because the last time I ran seriously was in high school. I joined the track team mostly just to get involved in something, and I was really, really slow. Now that I am stronger and more fit running has come more easily. I started out with Gina just running for 1 minute at a time, alternating with walking, and I recently finished my first 10K and won Most Improved in Gina’s 5K Body Challenge!

I’m making huge strides with weight training too. I had almost forgotten how far I’d come until I went to a ‘body toning’ class which used light weights. I didn’t even break a sweat, and when I looked around at the other people struggling I realized how fit I had become. I’m wearing clothes three sizes smaller than I did when I started. I’m wearing clothes I never thought I’d get into in a million years! I have tons of energy, and my friends all say I motivate them because I am the most dedicated of us all. That’s so funny, because it was the opposite before Gina. It’s strange to be the role model for others, but I love it!

The nutrition help has been tremendous. Whenever I have a question about something Gina is right there to help. I log my nutrition for Gina and it really makes you think twice before eating something you shouldn’t. I can’t help but hear her voice when I go to eat something bad. It doesn’t always stop me, but I am 100 times better than I was. I always knew the general rules of a good diet, but I am so much more educated on the specifics.

I think it’s normal to need a kick in the butt to get motivated. If you have a hard time with exercise, being accountable to someone is a good thing. Find someone like Gina who is not judgmental and is there to help--it’s a win-win situation.

Heidi resides in Boxford, but grew up in Grafton MA. She is co-owner of Bella Sera Bridal which is located at A and Z plaza in Middleton. She loves the beach, being with her nieces and nephews, rollerblading, and cooking healthy but tasty meals. Heidi knows she will never go back to her on-again, off-again exercise habits. She is addicted to exercise now, and it’s a wonderful feeling!




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