They say that the early bird gets the worm. Sarah Hopkins is certainly an early bird. She may not be after any worms, but she is working towards good health, confidence and happiness, and those she’s found in spades since joining Pursuit Fitness and Performance (PFP) a year and a half ago. Sarah wakes up at 4:15 am each morning and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, heads to the 5:00 am group training class at PFP. She fits her workout in before heading home to get her 7 year old son ready for school and then leaving for her own work day at Express Scripts. It’s not easy to work out so early each morning, especially before a long day, but for Sarah, it’s worth it.
“I have a history of diabetes and heart disease running on both sides of my family, so once I hit 40 I realized I needed to do something,” Sarah says. “Mostly I was looking to do something for myself and to hold myself accountable.” Sarah saw an ad on Facebook for PFP’s 28 Day Transformation contest and decided to give it a try. She called PFP owner, Ryan Morgan, and elected to “make an appointment and ask questions later.” Sarah finished the 28 day challenge and was quickly hooked. She hasn’t looked back.
“I knew that the changes wouldn’t happen overnight,” Sarah says. “But I’ve been pretty persistent with it.” The easiest part was the exercise. Sarah didn’t want to waste money by paying for classes and then not showing up at the gym. She focused on accountability. “I schedule my days a month at a time and I know that I am committed to those days.” The bigger challenge for her was nutrition. For a busy, working mom nutrition sometimes fell to the back burner. In the last six months, though, she’s been working with PFP’s “Balanced Habits” program, which she’s found very valuable. “I did the kick start in January and I’ve kept it up as far as keeping the weight off and moving toward losing more weight,” Sarah says. “I feel better about myself, I have more energy and I’m able to keep up with my 7 year old.”
She finds that the trainers and clients at PFP keep her motivated to show up for those early morning workouts. “You’re halfway asleep and trying to do your workout correctly,” Sarah says. “The trainers make sure I do things the right way and challenge me. There are a few of us routinely there (at 5:00 am) so we always encourage and push each other.”
Sarah’s trainers and friends at PFP help to motivate her and to hold her accountable. “I like the fact that if you’re not there they call you or email you to see if you’re OK,” she says. “You’re not just an income source. A lot of places you just show up and pay the fees and they don’t care what you do. The trainers (at PFP) like to check in and see how you’re doing.”
But most importantly, Sarah has found a home at PFP. She feels comfortable. “They make it very easy to come in at whatever level you are at,” Sarah says. “And I’ve never heard anyone say any derogatory remarks. It’s very supportive. That’s a big deal. We all work to help each other out.”
Since Sarah first joined a year and a half ago, she’s lost 30 pounds and has kept it off. Her goal is to decrease night time snacking and to keep up with her workouts. So far, she is happy with her results. “It’s helped me be a lot more positive about myself,” Sarah says. “I’m a happier person, and I’m really grateful that I took the leap.”
GET TO KNOW SARAH
FAVORITE EXERCISE? Sledgehammer slams and squats
LEAST FAVORITE EXERCISE? Push ups
FAVORITE HEALTHY RECIPE? Grilled chicken salad through the “Balanced Habits” program. It’s called “Better than Good Chicken Salad Wrap.” Also, anything with zoodles (zucchini noodles). I like Shrimp Scampi with zoodles and mozzarella balls.
FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG? Anything with a good beat. I like ‘90s rap or pop. I also like a lot of hard rock or metal.
CURRENTLY READING? Stephen King’s “It”
GOALS FOR 2017? Decrease snacking at night and wine. Stay healthy and keep a good attitude about it.
ADVICE FOR NEW MEMBERS? Do as many of the challenges as possible. It’s a great way to get more workouts and information, plus extra accountability and also to meet people who are going through the same journey that you are.