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Client Corner: Meg Guliford

 

 

What brought you to Health and Wholeness? I trained with Christian and Nina before they opened Health and Wholeness but lost touch with them after changing jobs and a civilian deployment to Iraq. I happened to drive past Health and Wholeness, noted the named, and found the organization on Facebook. I was elated to see Christian and Nina and decided to simply stop by. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001 and recognized that my diet would be instrumental in my overall quality of life. I found Health and Wholeness’ approach to whole-self wellness and health to be very attractive and just what I needed as I sought to make such fundamental lifestyle changes.

 

How many days of the week do you use our services and for how long? I meet with Lindsay Huttman for nutritional counseling approximately every two-three weeks since May. Between each of our sessions, we maintain regular contact to address any questions I might have and ensure I’m keeping up with the program she created for me.

 

What are your biggest motivators? Living the best life possible while living with a chronic disease is my biggest motivation. I spent the entire summer of 2010 in-patient at the National Rehabilitation Hospital relearning how to walk. My MS had progressed to such a degree that I lost my ability to walk in a safe manner due to major issues with proprioception and severe ataxia. I worked extremely hard to move from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane before I was discharged. Even after leaving the hospital, I spent an additional six months in physical therapy before I was fully released from the care of a pain, management, and rehabilitation neurologist. I want to do everything in my power to ensure I never experience a repeat of the summer of 2010, and I don’t wish to do it via synthetic medication. There is no doubt that I am much better than I was, but it is my goal to be much better than I am.

 

What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness? I have altered my eating habits to focus on quality grass-fed proteins and organic vegetables while largely eliminating sugars and gluten-based grains. I feed my body health; I feed my body nourishment; and I feed my body love through the food I consume. I now believe that the food I consume is a reflection of how I value and care for myself. I protect my body properly nourishing it.

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us? It seems so cliché to hear people say that health is a journey, but that sentiment is so true. I realize it is the most worthy and important journey possible because it bleeds into EVERY other part of life. My experience with Health and Wholeness has taught me that I’m a much stronger person than I ever realized, but I have also come to realize that I am my own biggest critic and worst enemy. Perfection is simply not possible and will only bring about frustration, which can derail even the best plans. However, it has been crucial to have the support of Lindsay and all the folks at Health and Wholeness in this journey.

 

What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey? Give yourself grace. One slip-up or two, three or four slip-ups are NOT the end of the world. All that matters is that you make the course correction and get back on track. It is never too late, and at Health and Wholeness you will have an amazing team to support you along the way.

 

Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness? The professionals at Health and Wholeness genuinely care about those who come seeking guidance and are so welcoming to everyone. They are knowledgeable, hilarious, and incredibly supportive. If you are interested in making life changes without gimmicks or unsustainable guidance, Health and Wholeness is the place for you. Much like the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Health and Wholeness focuses on adding life to the years of those who work with them.

 

 


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Client Corner - Peg Ohara

 

 

What brought you to Health and Wholeness? I knew Janet was a physical therapist and after discussing ways to work on learning how to walk again, (a month after major back surgery), she suggested that I try pilates with her. Her background as a physical therapist helped me feel safer around the equipment. We had to adapt a lot of the moves but Janet was able to adapt an exercise right on the spot!

 

How many days of the week do you train and for how long?  This can be with us and on your own I train with Janet 1x/week and she gives me things to focus/work on during the week. I workout 2-3x a day, 5 days a week. My workouts are group fitness classes based on the Les Mills courses: Body pump, jam, combat, flow and RPM.

 

What are your biggest motivators? My biggest motivator is to increase leg and core strength and to learn how to balance on my legs so it will help in my fitness classes. The back surgery was two years ago. I used a walker until December and graduated to a cane. I want to get healthy, strong, and stay on that path. Right now, it's a work in progress.

 

What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness? I wasn't able to use my left leg hip flexors and my core muscles were very weak. Both are stronger and, consequently, have enabled me to go further in my fitness classes. I have noticed that, due to the surgery/injury, I overcompensated for my weak leg-Janet has designed exercises to focus on each leg. I can notably see the difference in the leg strength and lower abdominals (transverse abdominis).

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us? I am still a work in progress. I cannot expect change overnight, although that would be nice :) I know that my experiences with H&W have helped tremendously so I don't hesitate to share with others. It's part of my journey for recovery: to be an example for a healthier lifestyle, at any ability level, and share with others, hoping that it inspires them to get into a fitness journey themselves.

 

What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey? Change doesn't happen overnight. And "Dont sweat the small stuff" doesn't apply here; little changes add up to a bigger health benefit. Change happens when you take the first step and make a decision to keep going. My hardest challenge after surgery was to get up and use my legs. It hurt, my legs were weak, I relied on a walker and dragged my left leg. But I made the choice to relearn how to walk. Listen to the experts and trust their knowledge base. Ask questions and surround yourself with people who support your healthy choices. I have found that in the group exercise classes and with Janet at H&W.

 

Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness? They are a fitness center that embraces the entire health environment. They offer nutritional guidance, health evaluations, therapeutic modalities (acupuncture, massage, etc), personal training, a variety of equipment you won't find at a gym, classes, life coaching. Most of this is not available at a corporate gym. The personalized "touch" and complete package is unique to H&W.

 

 


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Client Corner - Amy Tedja

 

 

What brought you to Health and Wholeness? A friend of mine was training at Health and Wholeness and told me it was the best place to train. I was looking to get in shape after having my first baby. The next day, I had my first consultation and training session with Christian. I really liked the one-on-one training session and appreciated Christian’s patience with me as I asked a lot of questions about the different exercises we were doing and what muscles it was working and what I could do on my off days at home. I added in some Pilates training sessions with Heather and always felt amazing after leaving – taller, leaner and stronger.  

 

How many days of the week do you train and for how long? This can be with us and on your own. I am training with Heather at Health and Wholeness two days a week and doing some kind of workout either at home, the gym or going for a walk with my familyonce or twice a week. Right now, I’m looking for creative ways to add in exercise each day – even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Doesn’t seem like much time, but with a full time job and a family I’m doing what I can whenever there’s an opportunity. My husband and I had a “date” yesterday and we swam laps at our gym’s pool. It was fun and we felt great afterward.  

 

What are your biggest motivators? Honestly, I know that people say you have to want to be healthy and in shape for yourself, but my biggest motivators are my two babies (Kate and Gavin). I want to be a healthy, strong and active mama and role model for them. My soon-to-be-two year old daughter loves to be chased and to play catch and kick a ball around. It’s fun to play with her and it doesn’t feel like exercise! My husband is my biggest supporter, so that’s also a motivator to have that encouragement.  

 

What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness? I take what I learn from Heather and Christian and apply it to my every day life. For example, I switched to a standing desk at work so that I’m not sitting for eight or nine hours a day. I practice engaging my core as I’m standing, walking, lifting my 17-pound baby boy – this is helping me strengthen my core and my back pain is going away! I’ve lost inches all over and am watching the number on the scale go down, too – and this is just within past four weeks of training!  

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us? There are ways to incorporate movement into every day. With working full time, I didn’t want to spend my weekends in the gym rather than with my kids, so I am finding ways to exercise with them – going for a walk before or after dinner, playing at the park, walking up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with my soon-to-be two-year old daughter. I used to talk myself out of going to these activities because I “didn’t have the time” but I’m finding ways to incorporate exercise that include my family. I’ve also learned that I like one-on-one training as a part of my health journey. I enjoy mixing things up and having an expert help me that and ensuring I have the proper form so that I don’t get injured is important to me.  

 

What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey? That it’s a journey, truly. You don’t become healthy overnight—it’s a lifetime commitment. Find things you enjoy. For me, it’s not the treadmill, but running at the park with my daughter is fun. I’m learning that consistency is important as a parent and with regard to exercise and eating well. Health and Wholeness will help you with all of our health and wellness needs. I love their approach and know that the investment I’m making in myself will benefit my family as well as me.

 

Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness? They truly care about you as a whole person and have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve better health.  

 

 


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Client Corner - Joe Daddio

 

 

Client Corner: Joe Daddio

 

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What brought you to Health and Wholeness? I had just turned 38 last September and decided to get on a scale for the 1st time in awhile. I knew I was out of shape but when I had seen with my own eyes just how much weight I had gained it was really an eye opener. Knowing we were going into fall where I do nothing on Sundays but watch football, eat and drink and then the holidays, if I didn’t make a change at this moment, I was afraid of what I was going to look like come January. My wife had just done a boot camp with Health and Wholeness in August and really enjoyed it so she suggested I give them a call. Knowing I would find a way to come up with 100 excuses to never actually make the phone call, she made it for me and set up a meeting with Glory. I decided it was now or never so I signed up for 10 sessions.

 

How many days of the week do you train and for how long? This can be with us and on your own. I started out with 2 training sessions a week at H&W as well as trying to get an extra 1 in at home. I also did one of the holiday boot camps in December which was 10 consecutive days. I really enjoyed that more than I thought I would and it was perfect to do in between Thanksgiving and Xmas. Now I am down to 1 session a week with Glory while trying to do more at home.

 

What are your biggest motivators? I have a daughter that is about to turn 3 and I didn’t want to be an out of shape dad. She’s gonna keep me busy for the next 10+ years and I wanted to be in better health to enjoy those things.

 

What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness? No question it’s been the weight loss. I’ve dropped nearly 40 pounds and 3 pants sizes since last September and it’s been 100% by doing the right things. Exercising, eating right, drinking water. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my cheat moments but I never get too far off track. Everything in moderation.

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us? I NEVER enjoyed working out prior to joining H&W. Actually you could easily say I hated it. However, I finally reached a point in my life where I needed to make a change and I was both mentally and physically ready to do this. The fact that I am still committed to this journey 9 months later is something I’m really proud of. I easily could’ve thrown in the towel after those first few sessions but the fact that I have remained committed has even impressed me.

 

What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey? If I could do it then anyone can. As I stated earlier, I have never enjoyed working out. Being able to come in and work with a trainer like Glory who is with you every step of the way makes it very easy as long as you are ready to make the commitment to change.

 

Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness? I am probably one of the least likely persons that would’ve joined H&W on my own. Luckily I had my wife there to push me just enough to start the journey. I could not be any happier with my experience here thus far. I am now closing in on being 39 and I am in the best shape of my life. Even though I was ready for the commitment, there is no way I could’ve done this on my own. H&W has actually helped me over achieve my goals and I feel amazing.

 

 


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Client Corner - Karen Sudkamp

 

 

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What brought you to Health and Wholeness? A good girlfriend of mine worked out with Christian before he and Nina opened Health and Wholeness and recommended I work with him to get into shape, once they opened Studio A.  She and I had one too many chats about not being happy with my weight, but I was being too lazy to get to the gym on a regular basis.  So, in August 2008, I finally started working with Christian; since then I’ve worked with many different trainers, who all have provided me different tips and perspectives on health.

 

How many days of the week do you train and for how long? This can be with us and on your own I train five days a week – for about an hour each time.  I do a variety of cardio (spinning and long walks) and strength training (Pilates with Janet and training sessions with Glory) and light weight training.

 

What are your biggest motivators? We only have one body to take us through life, so taking care of it is important to me.  Our bodies are amazing machines, and I am consistently surprised by what it can do as I keep pushing it to be stronger.  I also love to eat, but I now have the tools to make smarter choices and I choose higher quality foods, which I eat in moderation and appreciate more.  And I will not lie, vanity is also a motivator.  I like the way I look when I’m in better shape (and I feel better too!).

 

What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness? The most significant change I’ve made is to my eating habits.  After a nutrition consult with Glory, I’m eating more often, but smaller meals that incorporate a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fat.  I focus on eating “real food” – fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and limited processed foods, which I started doing after beginning to work with Christian, but it just needed some tweaking.  Because of this, my mood is generally more stable and more upbeat, which was a pleasant surprise.

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us? Taking time for myself, in terms of eating well, working out, and sleeping enough, has more benefits than the obvious personal gains.  Now that I have determined the path my current and future health journey will take, I am taking the positive energy it has cultivated, applying it to other facets of my life and sharing it with others.

 

What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey? Be patient with yourself.  Life changes do not happen overnight, so you have to believe in yourself and know the journey is for your entire life.  Little changes add up overtime and make you a healthier person.  However, don’t beat yourself up for not being “perfect;” I do not eat perfectly every day, I slip up and that’s ok.  Since my health journey is a life long voyage, one snack, one meal, or one day is not going to undo all of the hard work.  I accept I made the mistake and then make the healthy choice the next time around – it does not derail the rest of the meal, day, or week.  Having a team of cheerleaders is important too – mine not only incorporates my trainers and coaches at Health and Wholeness, but many friends who inspire and believe in me to be healthier and better.

 

Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness? It’s a great team – it really feels like a family.  Multiple trainers have supported me through my journey, and I know that everyone is supporting me and cheering me on.  I am not a nameless face, but a lucky member of the Health and Wholeness family.

 

Karen-Suds2-e1366917764695   You have been training at Health and Wholeness for a while now and it took sometime before you finally saw results. What was the spark that fired those changes? I finished a six-month shift work schedule last fall, and despite my best efforts, I had put on some weight.  I was generally eating the right things and working out on a regular basis, so I was a bit frustrated.  Then, I reached a number on the scale that I promised myself I would not return to, after losing about 20 pounds four years ago.  After working out with Glory for a few weeks, I decided working out was not enough, and scheduled a nutrition consultation with her.  We revamped my diet and workout routine, and I began to see results almost immediately.  And they keep coming!  These are not radical changes, and ones I am dedicated to for the rest of my life. Congrats on all your hard work Karen! We are so very happy you are part of our family and are looking forward to see you keep setting goals and achieving!  
Karen "after" with her new bikini!!!    

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Client Corner - Helene Jernick

What brought you to Health and Wholeness?

I had always been very active with various sports when I was growing up and happen to be lucky enough to have a mother who cooks healthy and wholesome meals. After college I worked as a staff nurse in the hospital, so I was on my feet running around and lifting and pulling for a good 40 hours a week. After switching to a job that required more ‘desk time’ I slacked off and stopped exercising and watching what (and how much) I was eating. For the first time in my life I felt out of shape and a little body conscious. I also had no energy in my everyday life and had no motivation to be active. I kept meaning to start working out and eating right again, but just kept putting it off. I went home for my little sister’s graduation last June and my mom sat me down and offered personal training sessions for my birthday present. Contrary to the way most people thought I would react after hearing my mom’s offer (offended/upset), I was very excited and quickly took her up on the offer. When I got back to Virginia I started researching personal trainers and studios. I’ve had multiple foot surgeries in the past and also have some joint problems in various parts of my body from fundamental alignment problems so I wanted to find someone who could show me effective exercises without further damaging my existing issues.  Somehow I stumbled upon the Health and Wholeness website and got a good feeling about it right away. I saw the comprehensive questionnaire and realized that Health and Wholeness was more about the lifestyle change that I needed instead of just someone to stand there and show me exercises. I called the studio and was pleasantly surprised when the phone was answered by Christian, who I knew to be the owner from my website stalking. He very happily took the time to find the right trainer for me and scheduled a sit down consult with her. When Glory explained the holistic nature of Health and Wholeness during our consult I felt so relieved to have found exactly what I needed and scheduled a month a half of sessions right away!

How many days of the week do you train and for how long?

I started towards the end of June and am in the studio with Glory at the ripe hour of 5:30am, three days a week for an hour each session. I work out on my own two or three days- swimming, walking my dog, or running. I’m looking into spinning, which I recently discovered and love. Sundays I do nothing :)

What are your biggest motivators?

The way that getting into better shape has made me feel. I have more energy and find that my overall mood has improved. I know that if I want to keep

[caption id="attachment_2013" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Helene deadlifting 165 lbs! Get it girl!"][/caption] feeling this way that I need to stick with it and continue to create this new lifestyle for myself. Attempting, and occasionally succeeding in, Glory’s various challenges and exercises that she puts me up to  keeps things exciting and motivates me to succeed and push my previously self-defined limits.  I also always look forward to my early morning gossip session with Glory. Always highly entertaining.

What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness?

I definitely feel stronger and more stable than I ever have before. My back and knees were big problem areas before and now I have found that they rarely, if ever, bother me. It's amazing how taking off 15 pounds and adding some muscle development around those areas can help. Overall, I feel more comfortable and in tune with my body.

What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us?

I have learned that I do have the capacity to be a physically strong person. My body has changed and adapted to the workouts and I am always pleasantly surprised when I make it through some of those super-sets alive and, most of the time, still standing.

What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey?

I would say that it is important to look at it as a lifestyle change rather than just a couple short-term adjustments. Making the switch to a healthier

[caption id="attachment_2014" align="alignright" width="132" caption="Getting ready for summer"][/caption] lifestyle does take a bit of work and commitment and it is important to be ready for that from the start. Going in with that mindset makes the journey easier because you have mentally prepared yourself ahead of time. Also, have a positive outlook and be excited for what is to come. You have to be your own biggest advocate- might as well have fun with the process and focus your energy on your current and future achievements and accomplishments!

Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness?

Through my time spent at Health and Wholeness I have realized that it so important to surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and who take the extra time and effort to show you their support. The atmosphere created at the studio is so positive and conducive to getting you to reach your goals while at the same time creating a space where you are genuinely enjoying yourself.

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Client Corner - Rebecca Hogg

What brought you to Health and Wholeness?
I had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year before. I was tired of having no energy and tired of taking medications. Simply put, I was tired of being tired. 
How many days of the week do you train and for how long? this can be with us and on your own
I train with Glory twice a week for an hour each session. I go to my apartment community gym 3-4 times a week for some cardio on top of taking my new puppy, Lucy, for a 1.5 mile long walk almost every day.
What are your biggest motivators?
Initially, my biggest motivator was to get off the medication for diabetes. I accomplished that one last month! My biggest motivator now is how great I feel. I’ve lost just over 30 lbs so far; I have more energy; I enjoy doing things again. I don’t want to let this feeling go, so I will keep on with this journey because I love feeling awesome.
What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness?
I have completely revamped my style of eating. Before coming to Health and Wholeness, I never prepped food early. I would eat whatever was quick and convenient, even if it was something that I wasn’t a big fan of, like fast food. The changes have altered my whole outlook on life, I enjoy each day so much more now than I did before and I cannot wait to share this with my husband when he returns from his overseas tour.
What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us?
I’m much stronger and more coordinated than I ever realized I could be. I’ve never been an athletic type of person but the changes so far make me want to see just how far I can go.
What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey?
Start with an open, positive mindset! Positivity will get you further than you could ever expect and help you to become an overall healthier person in both your mind and body. If I can do this, so can you!
Is there anything you'd want others to know about Health and Wholeness?
The trainers truly care about you and your health. They want you to have the best experience possible and achieve heights you never imagined.   [caption id="attachment_1929" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Aug 2012 - The journey begins"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1927" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Oct 2012 - Making progress"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1926" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Jan 2013 - No more diabetes medication!"][/caption]

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Glory's Corner: Transforming over Time

Written by Glory Billman, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, RN, and Diet Coach and WNBF Figure Pro and About Time Sponsored Athlete Health is not purely image. Health is a state of well-being. It encompasses the body, mind, and spirit. Anyone can achieve their optimal level of wellness and fitness, but it is a matter of commitment, readiness, and acceptance and love for yourself from the beginning. I am Glory Billman, Registered Nurse, ACSM certified personal trainer, diet coach, fitness model, and a world champion figure athlete. I sound pretty accomplished, huh? As if success just comes naturally and easy?! Well, I invite you to learn and become inspired over the coming months as I share my journey and transformation. Maybe you will find that you are in similar shoes! I guarantee that even if you are not, you will take away some great tips to enhance your fitness, diet, and vitality. My story begins in my high school years, where I found a drive for running and weight training outside of organized sports. After developing stress fractures in both hips from the copious amounts of running, I decided to increase my weight training intensity and prepare for a figure competition. I was never competitive as a child, even though most of my friends and siblings were. Instead, I enjoyed the challenge against myself. This is probably why I was so drawn to the sport of bodybuilding as an adult. It is as much (if not more) of a contest with yourself as it is against the other athletes sharing the stage with you. The mental preparation, the diet, the intense hours training, and the sacrifices made…all a test of how much you can take. In the beginning, I was missing something major…mental preparation. I was not prepared for the ups and downs of weight changes and body fat, a poor relationship with food, over-training, and managing life outside of competing. No one told me it was going to be so ugly. Going from a generally healthy young adult - in ‘shape’ - to a workout-obsessed, chronic dieter, I battled "rebounding" after shows, gaining up to 25 pounds or more of fat in just a few weeks and then crash dieting to lose it all repeatedly. In a year flat, I managed to ruin relationships with friends, family, and co-workers, all the while destroying my metabolism. Miserable with my career and uncomfortable in my body, I had lost any sort of balance in my life. My hormones were screwy, and anxiety and depression started to set in. Ironically, in my third season of competing, after doing 7 shows (keep in mind, that's A LOT of back-to-back shows in just a year!) I was in my worst conditioning yet, but somehow won my figure pro card in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation. Pretty exciting...NOT! My life was in shambles and bodybuilding had become my only escape from my misery. At this point, I began to realize a few things. For one, I was not mentally or physically conditioned to compete as a pro. Secondly, I just wanted to get healthy, repair my metabolism, and be ‘normal’. I spent a solid 14 months of my life working on physical and mental changes that allowed me to compete as a pro and win multiple titles. But even after learning how to train properly and developing a healthy relationship with food, all the damage I had done in the previous years had started to impact my immune system. Over the course of my pro debut year, I battled some health conditions and illnesses, leading me to change my focus from appearance to being healthy from the inside out! Never in a million years did I suspect I would become a world champion and sponsored athlete, be in magazines, make an amazing career transition, and be able to help motivate and inspire others to a better quality of life and wellness. Along the way, I have met wonderful people and rebuilt relationships. Furthermore, I have become an advocate for natural healthcare and natural foods. I have found happiness and peace, but also discovered that we are always working on balance. For me, a positive attitude change and taking control of my environment has made all the difference. It’s all about practice, practice, practice. Being mindful. Being in control of your thoughts. So follow my journey as I lead you through the details of each of my trials, teach you how to make the changes you need for a better body, and start your own journey. Look forward to the future and the positive outcomes that you can create for your well-being. Until next time... Photo 1: Glory prior to competing Photo 2: Glory's first competition Photo 3: Rebounding about 20 lbs up Photo 4: Crash dieting to compete again Photo 5: Rebounding 30 lbs up after binge eating Photo 6: Glory competing as a pro - healthy and happy!

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Client Spotlight: Q&A with Brandon Millett

What brought you to Health and Wholeness? Simply put, I had just “let myself go” too much. I was in the worst shape of my life. I was low on energy. I wasn’t sleeping well. I was having all sorts of aches and pains, and I knew if I didn’t get a handle on it now, then I’d probably never do it. I’m middle-aged (40’s) and figured it’s now or never. Plus, I know myself. I have tried many times over the last 20 years or so to get in shape on my own. And I’d get into that cycle…in shape, out of shape, in shape, out of shape. I needed more than a workout. I needed a totally new approach to my health and my life that was interesting, challenging and sustainable. And that’s what Health and Wholeness provides for me! How many days a week do you train? I train two days with my trainer (Christian) and work out one additional day on my own. What are your biggest motivators? If you asked me before I started working out, I’d say that I just wanted my energy back. And that’s certainly true. I also would have said that I didn’t want to be one of those overweight, unhealthy guys later in life. That’s true too.  But now, I’m starting to see other major changes in my body that I would not have thought possible! And while my initial goal was to just get back to "average," I know now that there is nothing standing in the way of getting in phenomenal shape. My goals and my motivations are evolving as my health and my body and my confidence improve. What is the most significant change you have noticed since you started at Health and Wholeness? I can say that my work with Health and Wholeness has changed virtually every aspect of my life. My energy has vastly improved. I am healthier and feel stronger. I am sleeping better and less stressed. In terms of the “quantifiable” changes, in just a few months of working out, my body fat went down by 6% while I added 5 lbs of muscle. And that’s without yet addressing my diet...(I’m “in process” with my diet now)...I’ve hit some key benchmarks in the gym, too.  But most of all, my work at Health and Wholeness has given me a ton of confidence, and that permeates every aspect of my life, from my relationships to my business. This is the best decision I ever made with regard to my overall health and well-being! What have you learned about yourself since you started working with us? A few years ago, I had a back injury as a result of a car accident. I thought my days of lifting weights (especially heavy weights) were over. Not true! I just needed a trainer to work with me to make sure my form is correct and to guide me through the process of getting in shape enough to really get into shape. It has been a revelation! Now my favorite part of the workout is hitting the weights. What advice would you have for others just starting their own health journey? Don’t go it alone. Don’t talk yourself into believing that all you need is to surf the net for some health tips and re-dedicate yourself to heading to the gym and you’ll hit your goals. Has that really worked for you? Or do you just hit the same “in shape, out of shape” cycle I’ve hit in the past? Do yourself a favor and hire a true professional, like you would in so many other areas of your life. And then just promise yourself you’ll stick with it for three months. That’s it…just three months. In that time, you’ll move past the hardest part of the process and the workouts will begin to be fun! You’ll also start to notice changes in your body (other people will notice, too!) and it will be harder to avoid the gym than it will be to make your workouts. When I’m not working out now, I find my body craves the gym, and I never thought I’d say that. I was never the “gym rat” type. But I am now, because I found the right place to train. What would you want others to know about Health and Wholeness? This is a welcoming and friendly practice. Everyone at Health and Wholeness is so positive and upbeat and they really want to help you reach your goals. At the same time, they are not afraid to challenge you when you need it. As I said, setting up that initial consultation at Health and Wholeness was among the best decisions I’ve ever made. If you’re on the fence, just make the appointment and see what these guys are all about. Believe me - it can truly change your life! *Want to be the next client highlighted? Email us at info@healthandwholeness.info and tell us your story! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Run Coaching, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!

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Client Corner: Spotlight on Manny Barbosa

What brought you to Health and Wholeness? What first brought me to H&W almost three years ago was the need for a focused workout schedule and routine to keep my diabetes in check...I wasn't exercising as well on my own. How many days a week do you train? At least three days per week. What are your biggest motivators? Initially, it was simply the need for controlling diabetes, but now I have several motivators: Overall fitness, developing strength, and controlling stress. What is the most significant change you have noticed since you started at Health and Wholeness? I've developed muscle mass. What have you learned about yourself since you started working with us? I've become more aware of signals the body communicates. For example, I notice how the body reacts to an active/healthy lifestyle as compared to a sedentary one. A focused exercise routine brings healthy results and is key to achieving one's health and fitness goals. What advice would you have for others just starting their own health journey? Give the journey a fair chance. Don't drop out when reaching a so-called "plateau" and don't be discouraged by a set back. Both can be overcome. What would you want others to know about Health and Wholeness? It's much better than the membership gym model.  I believe the focused attention that personal training gives brings about better results than other gyms. And the coaches are great motivators! Manny trains at Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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