PROOF Fitness Center
Why did you start using the Fitness Center at Rochelle Community Hospital?
I grew up in Rochelle and had used the RCH Fitness Center while I was in high school. After being away from the area for a few years, my husband and I moved back in October 2008. I had two kids - including a 9 month old - and was the heaviest I'd ever been at 250 pounds. I was unhealthy and unhappy. With the RCH Fitness Center only a half block away and their flexible hours, I didn't have an excuse not to go.
What were your eating and exercise habits like before you became a member?
I wasn't exercising... and my eating habits weren't on point. It wasn't what I was eating that was the problem. It was how much I was eating.
How has your health changed since becoming a member?
After I started going, it took me a couple months to get on track. I started working out on the bike for 20 minutes, then challenged myself to do more. The more I did, the better my endurance became and the pounds started to drop. Since then I've lost 90 pounds and make it a game to see if I can push myself further. Now that my endurance has increased, I'm able to work out for longer sessions - ranging from 40 minutes to 1-1/2 hours. I've also gone from saying "I have to go to the gym" to "I want to go to the gym." My husband has also joined!
What would you tell someone who was considering becoming a member of the RCH Fitness Center?
It's only $20 a month... other places charge a lot more... and they really have everything you need. It's also in town, so it is close enough to walk to. And the smaller, more intimate setting allows you to focus on your goals. I don't feel like I'm on display or that I have to compete with the macho guys lifting 500 pounds. I know the people I'm working out with. I see and talk with them every day, and they've become like a fitness family to me. Rochelle Community Hospital definitely offers our community the tools we need to get healthy and stay healthy. So if anyone is looking for someone to work out with and start the journey toward a healthier you... look me up and we'll work out together!
We want to hear your story too!
Tell us how RCH has impacted your life and receive a FREE PROOF T-SHIRT! We'll also enter you in a drawing to win a six-month membership at the HealthWorks Fitness Center... just for sharing your experience. Submit your story here!