At 42, Teressa Carter was tired of hearing peers saying “it’s impossible to lose weight after 40.” Determined to prove them wrong and improve her own health, she joined the Body-for-LIFE Challenge at Gold’s in 2002, becoming a “Top 2000” finisher.
The Gold’s Gym Challenge created a space for Teressa to continue with good eating habits, and working out regularly—keeping the weight off for the next seven years. When 2009 came around though some major personal and financial struggles took her on the “busy life” track of drive thrus and skipping the gym, which all of us can empathize.
Fast forward to 2014, at 54, Teressa established she wanted more of herself and out of life. She knew there was no better time than the present to make change. Evoking the spirit of determination, she was now out to prove those naysayers that those over 50 can make the turnaround. And how did she do it? By pick up another Challenge.
She pulled out her old materials from the 2002 Challenge and got moving! Back on schedule, in the gym and with the help of others, Teressa was able to hack the common “busy life” obstacles. With guidance and nutritional resources, she was given confidence in choosing smart options and was empowered with tips on simple things, like curbing those annoying hunger pains when on the run.
Subsequently, over the course of 12 weeks Teressa lost over 80% more than her original goal and won the 46+ category in the 2014 Challenge! But if you talk Teressa, her success was much greater than a metal or a number on a scale. “In addition, the discipline and focus I gained in order to achieve these results, the program has led to a substantial increase in my productivity and income at work” Teressa noted.
Teressa hopes sharing her story will invigorate others to take the challenge and make now the decisive moment to take charge in your life. 2017 is yours! Let’s sweat out the past and make the change together for the transformation of your life.
Stop by Gold’s Gym to sign up for the challenge by January 31st! We will be your guides, coaches, trainers, motivators and cheerleaders every step of the way while you unlock your potential.