NV – North Las Vegas: W Craig/Camino Al Norte
“My fitness journey started in 2014 when I was at rock bottom in my life at a weight of 720 pounds.
In a conversation I had with a close friend i was told that I was being selfish by not doing something to better my situation, because too many people would be very upset and sadden if I was to die prematurely from my unhealthy condition. That statement resonated with me and I took the first step towards change. In 2015 I underwent gastric bypass surgery, began making better food choices and increasing my activity level.
Later after losing over 450 pounds I went on to have skin removal surgery. Looking back I’m amazed how capable we are at changing our circumstance, if we decide too. It wasn’t easy there were many ups and downs along the way but I’m here happier and healthier,something
i might not have been able to say if I’d stayed on that unhealthy path.
My journey continues I have more fitness goals to achieve I can and I will, never give up on yourself it’s never to late to change.”
UT – Ogden: Kiesel Ave
“I am not much different than many of you who deal with struggles, stress, and headache. In the matter of a few short years I was dealing with being a single parent of five, being a caregiver to my mom who had Alzheimer’s, the death of a beloved sister, my child’s drug addiction, Covid, the death of my mother, and loss of employment. Needless to say, I was feeling overwhelmed, sad, tired, and stressed out. It seemed like I was going 24/7, I ran on little sleep, ate on the run, and was ALWAYS tired. A wasn’t coping well and as a result my weight continued to skyrocket! My feet killed me, I had horrible inflammation that caused everything on my body to hurt, and it was getting hard for me to get around.
I had been a member of EOS for years and worked with many different trainers.(all who were great) I just couldn’t seem to find the time to workout and could not make it stick or be consistent. I felt awful!
The truth is losing weight has been a lifetime struggle for me. I knew to finally get healthy I had to be in the right frame of mind. At the beginning of last year I decided I wanted things to change. I started to practice more gratitude in my life. Instead of self-loathing I gave myself some much needed Grace. In so I saw my body in a completely different light. I was incredibly thankful for a body who has accomplished amazing things and has carried me through many hard times. I had not treated her kindly.
When I pracomore gratitude I was happier. When I was happier, healthy choices became doable. I finally had the emotional energy needed to jump on my personal health journey. I remember saying to my trainer, “This is going to be different for me. Watch what is going to happen.”
I’ve been working hard. I still have a long way to go yet, but I’ve gone down four pants sizes, lost 85 pounds, I’m stronger, I have more mobility, my clothes fit better, I have more energy, but ultimately…I’m feeling so much better.
It is hard I now realize that good things can happen if you keep at it. I was tired of sitting and watching from the sidelines. I am now playing in the game. My life started to change when I understood…It’s not one giant step that does it. It’s lots of little ones. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop!
I would encourage all of us to keep focused.
Don’t let frustration keep you from taking one step at a time.
Step by step, one foot in front of the other. I am so grateful for This health journey!”
UT – West Jordan: Plaza Center
“Hi, my name is Paige Pryor and I am a proud member of the training family at the EOS Fitness Center in West Jordan, UT.
Three years ago I was preparing for my first marathon race, after completing numerous half marathons. My fitness goals were interrupted by a motorcycle accident that resulted in my being in a coma for over a month. The accident caused serious physical and mental injuries that left me in a vegetative state. Multiple surgeries were necessary to rebuild my legs, arms, hands and head. My left arm was damaged beyond repair, ultimately resulting in amputation. As I regained consciousness I was faced with learning everything over again…from swallowing, breathing, talking, and eating to eventually standing and walking. After months of speech, occupational and physical therapy at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center I returned home. Without additional rehabilitation I feared I would never return to the normal life I once enjoyed. This is when I was introduced to the EOS family of trainers who were willing to help me return to a life of independence. The professional staff at EOS took on my recovery where therapist left off. When I came to EOS I could barely walk without assistance. This last year a very patient and skilled professional trainer has taken the time to help me build my confidence both physically and mentally. This trainer has helped me build core strength and coordination so I can pick myself up off the floor if I should fall. I have rebuilt the muscle strength necessary for day to day activities I once took for granted. In addition to improving my physical strength this trainer has taken the time to listen. Having Aphasia I don’t speak very well so having someone encourage me to verbalize what I need has helped immeasurably. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I look forward to getting to the gym where I can be challenged, while accepted for who I now am. I won’t be running a marathon anytime soon, maybe a 3K (with lots of walking), but everyday I am becoming the best version of my new self with the encouragement I have found from my new family at EOS Fitness.”
UT – Layton: N Fort Ln
“In an instant during December 2021, my health and life was changed by a simple slip off the edge of a sidewalk while carrying a piece of wood, and hurt my ankle. I thought it would be a simple surgery to fix my ankle, and I would be back in action. What I didn’t consider was that there would be a snowball effect with my health coming due to my weight, and the pressure and unbalance of the walking boot would put on my lower back and spine.
In February 2022, I was finally able to have surgery to repair my ankle, and all went well, except, somewhere along the way I messed up my back and was struggling to stand, sit comfortably, and at it’s worse, I was carried out of my home by EMTs and took a ride in an ambulance to the ER because the pain was so unbearable. After an MRI and several visits to a pain specialist, I was referred to a neurosurgeon for spinal surgery. By this time my weight was at an all time high at 325 lbs and I was completely bedridden. My diagnosis was that my spine was unstable, and my L4 disc was crushed, and my L5 was not far behind. I had 2 nerves that were being pinched at the root from the compression of my broken spine. I needed a spinal fusion. The doctor told me that I had an old injury, probably from my teens, that caused the weakness but my weight was the biggest issue that caused my back to give out. The hard part was I had to wait until May 2022, before I would be able to get in for surgery. I was completely bedridden, and unable to walk without assistance, and because of this my weight continued to increase, and I became really weak from not being able to move or walk.
May 2022 I had a successful spinal fusion surgery. My surgeon told my wife that it was worse than they thought, and there was a lot of debris to clean out, and my spine was being held up by the swelling and soft tissue. He reiterated to my wife how important it would be for me to lose weight because my back wouldn’t be able to hold up long term if I didn’t. YIKES! This was so scary to me. It was bad enough to be bedridden and have to have everyone do the daily things for you. Thinking about being in this condition for the rest of my life was a worse thought. I needed to look forward to all the good things in life that I wanted to do. I wanted to be there for my family and I wanted to be an active participant in my grandson’s life. I needed to take these warnings seriously, and stop downplaying how much my weight was affecting my life and everyone around me.
Recovery from a spinal fusion was a different…”
FL – Tampa: Midtown
“In 2016 after returning home from deployment to my station in Texas, I was hit by a truck while riding a motorcycle. I was told I’d never walk again, I was told I would need a caretaker for the rest of my life due the severity of my injuries. I have rods in both my legs and a plate in my pelvis. Every damn day is a struggle but I refuse to let another write my story. EōS has been a part of my journey for years now and I’m thankful.”