“I would only ever look at myself in a mirror from the shoulders up”

Helia Fitness success story Bobbi


I used to be a regular at the gym in my early 30’s, doing cardio five times a week and being active outside, biking and walking nightly. When I moved to Edmonton, I adopted a more sedentary lifestyle…and the pounds started to creep on. Over the course of 5 years I gained 45 pounds. While I once was able to wear a size 8, after a good half decade of inactivity I found myself squishing into a size 18.

If I were to be honest about the state of my self-esteem a few months ago (before I started exercising), I didn’t have much confidence in my appearance. I would only ever look at myself in a mirror from the shoulders up– trying my best to ignore the rest!

I knew that this was not the body I wanted for the rest of my life.

Today I am lighter, more toned, fitter, more flexible, and two dress sizes smaller than I was three months ago, and I did it all without dieting.

When you have a trainer, things are very different. Not only are you made to be accountable to yourself, you also have someone motivating you, educating you, and applauding even your smallest successes along the way.

I have no aspirations to be a “cougar”, but I’m not embarrassed to say that I love the way that I look and feel today. Exercise has helped me to be the real Bobbi, with energy, good health and confidence!

I love the way my clothes fit and I notice I’m getting stronger and stronger with every workout. My overall fitness has also improved by leaps and bounds, and along with the knowledge I’ve gained, I am very satisfied with what I’ve been able to accomplish.

My advice? Know that getting into a routine takes persistence. If you miss a workout you have to make it up. You can’t say I’ll do it tomorrow, because tomorrow turns into a week, which turns into a year, which turns into seven years, which is what put you where you are in the first place. Start moving….and just don’t stop!

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