POWER SYSTEMS: What is your inspiring success story?
ALLISON: I have lost 70 lbs in the past year and kept it off.
POWER SYSTEMS: What motivated you to achieve your goal?
ALLISON: Several things did – but mainly my son who’s almost 3 now. Last year he wanted to play outside all the time because he had a training bicycle and several other outside riding toys and I would be exhausted after just a few minutes of chasing him around our huge yard. I knew it wasn’t fair to him that I wanted to cut his outside playtime short because I was out of shape and couldn’t keep up.
POWER SYSTEMS: Has working for Power Systems helped you achieve this goal? If so, how?
ALLISON: Definitely! Since we have a gym here, I work out with several of the guys (Ben, Shannon, and Mike) during our lunch break so they help keep me accountable for missing workouts. They also have been some of my biggest encouragement over the past year because they won’t let me slack or say I can’t do something without at least attempting it first. I know if I wasn’t working out here, I’d still be using the “I don’t have time” excuse.
POWER SYSTEMS: Which Power Systems products helped you achieve your goal?
ALLISON: The tubing, the dumbbells, med balls.
POWER SYSTEMS: How has an increase in fitness or living a healthy lifestyle changed your life?
ALLISON: After I started working out, I realized if I ate poorly it was negating all the hard work I was putting in at the gym, so I don’t eat outnearly as much as I used to. For a while, I was getting fast food 1 or 2 times a day, depending on the day. Now, I might get it once or twice a week, but when I do, I usually look for the things on the menu that are lower in calories. It’s also helped me save money since I’m not eating out as much. I look at the calorie content on just about everything now that lists it so I know exactly how many I’m eating.
POWER SYSTEMS: If this is a weight loss story, how much weight did you lose and what positive gains resulted?
ALLISON: Approx. 70 lbs. I’ve given all of my old clothes away because I have no plans to need them again and I’ve never physically felt better. I make much better choices with food now too and I’m finally getting back the confidence that I used to have.
POWER SYSTEMS: What tips would you offer someone trying to reach their goal?
ALLISON: If you can find a friend or family member to work out with you definitely do it because they’ll help keep you accountable. I know if it wasn’t for working out on my lunch break, I wouldn’t have started and stuck with it like I have. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you decide you do want to have an “off” day from either working out and/or your diet. I take them every now and then because I’ll either have errands to run or just feel like having an hour to relax on my lunch break. And if I want to eat a cookie or a piece of candy, I’ll eat it to satisfy the craving. I just won’t eat the whole box or bag like I used to.