Member Spotlight

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Member Spotlight: Dwan Padilla

This week, Dwan Padilla is featured in our Member Spotlight blog. She has been a Terra Nova Fitness member since 2014. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dwan a handful of times over the years. She always looks excited and enthusiastic to be at the gym. I love her energy! I did not know a whole lot about her story until I viewed her testimonial. In her testimonial she shares why she started working out at Terra Nova Fitness and the amazing results she has achieved.  A few things she says in her video really struck me because I thought “yes, me too! I felt the same way!” and I wanted to write about it this week. I think a lot of people can relate to her story, I know I definitely do!

 One thing she said really resonated with me. Dwan stated that she “ate well, but couldn’t figure out how to lose weight and get fit”. I think a lot of people struggle with the idea of eating well and hoping to see some positive changes. I said the exact same thing when I was almost 250 pounds. I really ate quite well. I did not eat fast food, I didn’t drink sodas, and I refrained from eating junk food. And yet, my appearance and energy level told an entirely different story. It was a real struggle and very disheartening. Learning how to eat well and engage in regular exercise is a valuable life lesson. If you can get some guidance from an expert, it can completely change your life!

Dwan decided to go to Terra Nova Fitness where she received guidance from Chris and the other coaches. She lost 45 pounds and is “more fit than ever before”. Another change that resulted from her joining TNF is she is now able to keep up with her family. She said that she can keep up with her husband, kids, and grandkids on hikes, which is fantastic. When I was at my heaviest, I had a difficult time keeping up with my children also. It was pretty isolating, being unable to participate in activities with my family and friends because of my size and fitness level. I think a lot of parents can relate to Dwan and are seeking some form of direction that can help.  The coaches at Terra Nova Fitness are enthusiastic and want to help their members reach their goals. Especially if those goals are engaging in every day activities with loved ones.

 Dwan also shared that she has a lot more energy and no longer falls asleep on the couch. It is really true! Being active and working out regularly boosts your energy level. Several people have told me they simply do not have the energy to go to the gym.  And they “just want to go sit down and relax after work”. I used to feel the same way. I thought “why would I go exercise if I am already exhausted and drained?”.  And yet, strangely enough, it does work!  It is truly amazing.

 Congratulations to Dwan on her success at Terra Nova Fitness. I love Dwan’s story and I am sure other people can relate. If you have not viewed her testimonial, you should. Her story is fantastic and it really resonated with me. If any part of her story or mine resonates with you, please reach out to Terra Nova Fitness for a consult.

Meredith Shannon