My name is Dawn Bradshaw.
I am 43 years old and I am a mother of two, wife and full time Testing Specialist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. At my highest weight I topped the scales at 223 pounds. When I started my journey at Onelife, I weighed 203 pounds.
There were many reasons I decided to inquire about programs at Onelife, but the most pivotal reason was to provide a positive example for my children. Little did I know at that point that my life would change in so many incredible ways for me as well as my children.
I joined the FIT360 class in August of 2014. I truly believe that my success was built on the foundation of remarkable trainers who took the initiative in learning about my goals and providing a structured, safe, friendly, positive, engaging, encouraging and high expectation environment to learn in.
I use the word “learn” because that is what I did. Through their guidance, I learned how to properly exercise, run, lift, and use a variety of equipment with specific focus on function and form.
In the beginning, I worked out three days a week and gradually worked myself up to six days a week. I no longer have high blood pressure, thus I no longer have to take medication.
I have so much more energy, I am happy, healthy and only one pound away from reaching my final goal weight of 140 pounds.
I have been working out for over 20 years, going to the gym faithfully. That didn’t stop me from reaching my highest weight of 219 pounds. Working out was not enough. I had to finally realize that until I changed my eating habits, my physical body was going to remain the same. So on December 29, 2012 I began my journey by joining Weight Watchers to help me shed the weight. Some ask why I chose WW and I tell them because I had seen what it did for one of my co-workers, and decided to give it a try.
Over the next 6 months I counted points for everything I ate, I worked out several times a day, and by the time May of 2013 rolled around I had dropped 60 pounds, I was now the smallest I had been in a very long time. On top of that I even started RUNNING at the young age of 55! I know I say these things like they were as easy as tying my shoe, but believe me they were not. There were days I wanted to eat what I wanted, & did not care about how many points something contained. But I knew falling back into old habits, would produce the same results and going back wasn’t something I was willing to do.
Being overweight is not just a physical disability, it cripples you mentally as well, and if losing weight was going to free me of the body that had been holding me hostage, I was not about to do anything to jeopardize my progress. I wanted this for ME not for my husband or my daughters, but for ME so that meant I was the one who was going to have to put in the work to get to where I wanted to be and just accept the fact that along the way sacrifices would have to be made.
Today I am happier and healthier then I have ever been in my life. I continue to work out 5-6 times a week and by taking one of my favorite classes at One-Life DAT-FITNESS & DAT-FITNESS H20. I love taking these classes because Ronnie, Eunia and Shameka are continually challenging me with every workout during their classes and that’s what I need to become a better version of the person I use to be.What I want people to know is that, this journey is no one else’s but YOURS; you are responsible for your victories, as well as your failures. You can’t blame anyone when you’re not successful, only you. The journey only gives you what you put into it and nothing more. If you don’t put in a 1,000 percent, you won’t get a 1,000 percent back! Finally, don’t worry about where someone else is on their journey, worry about yourself, and what you’re doing. Don’t ever compare, because that will only deter you from moving forward. I am proof that when you make up your mind, and you’re tired of being overweight and uncomfortable, change is possible it’s NEVER TOO LATE!
I was always the chubby kid in my family and when I got into high school it got worse. I would try to work out but I would continue to fail. Eating food would make me feel comfortable. It became a habit. Got up to 410. Breakups didn't help either. I ended signing up at another club in Cali, I went for two months and then failed. Then 2 months later I moved to Kansas City for a new change with Onelife Fitness (worth it)
What got me started was one night I started getting really bad stomach ulcers and I didn't let me sleep at all. I got rushed to the ER and man it was a long night. Doctors told me my stomach started to get weak because I was too overweight. Then it hit me that I needed to get better. Having joint pain didn't help either. I started being more consistent with the gym and actually trying. I would put on my headphones and leave my ego at the door and lose myself on the gym floor. Two years later I'm down to 209 pounds and feeling healthier than ever.
What motivates me to keep going is progress pictures, life, spending time with the family and most importantly lifting heavier weight.
My favorite obstacles that I have overcome would be doing pushups without struggling, fitting in a size large (on shirts) and being stronger. I would always struggle with pushups. Also being able to do workouts and stay at the gym for about two hours.
My goal is to get down to 175 and bulk up. Also help others in need of fitness help. Nutrition is key!!!! If you eat badly your body will look bad. One saying that stuck with me was "you are what you eat" I also have learned that patience is key! It takes time to look good. Don't rush it. I definitely want to get certified and potentially become a personal trainer.
Sandi is a mom of 3 and an active tennis player. She has lost 61lbs, is down 4 pants sizes, has improved her tennis game and increased her cardiovascular endurance.Before even meeting her trainer Chris she left word that she “Wanted to be killed” Sandi commitment to her 5am workouts and showed incredible drive in our Group Exclusive classes. According to her trainer Chris she has is extremely disciplined, goal oriented, strong-willed and has a great attitude! Congrats Sandi on exceeding your fitness goals!
I am coming up on 2 years of taking Fit360 from Stephen Johnson and doing personal training with him twice a week. I continue to use his services because he brings out in me what I can't seem to bring out myself. He motivates me, teaches and challenges me. He was helped me not only with my nutrition (I didn't even realize this was an area of real weakness until I started talking to Stephen about my diet) but helped me achieve my goals.
At 53 years old, I need a trainer that knows how to train me and motivate me but also has the sense and knowledge NOT to hurt me. I have had a hip replacement and not far from another one. Steven knows how to modify my workouts so that on days I'm having pain, we still get a good workout in.
My husband has also been working out with Steven for about a year, and my 17 year old son started about 4 months ago. Steven seems very capable of adapting to our different needs and personalities.
I appreciate you taking time to let me share my thoughts with you. As I mentioned, I feel often times feedback on an employee is only given when there is a problem. There are MANY people that take Fit360 with me and do personal training with Steven that believe he is one of the biggest reasons we come to OneLife.