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Ruthie Lowel Dent

    My Success Story

My name is Ruth Lowell Dent, but most call me Ruthie. I am 27 years old and the mother of a big bouncing two-year boy. In October 2007, I was diagnosed with Arthritis. Before I knew it I went from a healthy busy working mom to a near disabled. Everything hurt.  My knees were swollen, all my joints hurt, and my muscles were very tight. I could barely get out of bed in the morning let alone keep up with my family. I was heartbroken with a broken body.

Then I met Katherina. Her positive attitude gave me the strength to get going and fight the pain and stiffness one day at a time. I started training with her three times a week and have been for almost a year now. Little by little I got stronger, the pain started to dissipate. Before I knew it I was bouncing right along with my little boy again. Although arthritis will never go away, I have learned the value of exercise, good nutrition, and strength training. Keeping the muscles strong also keeps the joints strong which eventually keeps the whole body strong. Arthritis has become a part of my life but so has exercise and balanced nutrition.

Thank you Katherina for all your patience, love, and support. Because of you, I am my new self, (45 lbs thinner I might add)." 

 

~ Ruthie Lowell Dent

         I'm Too Young to Have High Blood Pressure
This was my first year in Middle School. And even though I always felt like I was a little overweight, the Summer of 2008, was when I gained most of my weight, actually, from August 2008, until February 2009, I gained over 30 pounds. The more I ate, the worse I felt so I ate even more because I felt so bad which made my problem even worse. Every day at school people made fun of me and someone was always calling me a "fat kid", so I will wear my Northface jacket to school zipped up to my neck the whole day because I was trying to hide my weight. It was hard for me to do activities with my friends in the neighborhood because I could not keep up with them. I was happy to play video games or be on the computer. I have always played sports, but I don't play any sports in the winter, so I didn't get much exercises.

 

It was February 2009, that I had to go for my annual physical. When the nurse took my blood pressure she told me that is was very high. I know part of it was because I was nervous, but I know part of it was from being overweight. I was 11 years old boys this age should not have high blood pressure problems, that is for the old people.  When I saw the Doctor things got worst.  After he examined me and I told him that I had some concerns about my body, he looked at me and said "of course it’s because you are fat" and walked away. That made me so mad that I told my mother I was never going back to that doctor. When he came back he handed me a printout of my growth chart with my BMI and he told me that my current weight was of a 21 year old man not a boy of 11. That scared me very much and opened up my eyes to the real danger of my weight problem.

 

It was at the same time that my mom saw an article in the newspaper about the "My Slim Valentine" that Katherina Colston, a personal trainer at Firehouse gym was offering. It was a 3-week program with personal training sessions and nutrition classes. The first time I saw a model of a 5 pound piece of fat I couldn't believe how bad it looked and it made sense that Katherina, is teaching me the importance of good nutrition and her encouragement me to lose the extra weight. She always tells me to eat more fiber and to drink more water. The first time that I exercise I was very sore the next day but after a while I got used to it and wanted to do more and more.

It is June now and Katherina is still my personal trainer. She is helping me to reach my goal. What is my goal? To feel happy with myself! I have already lost 30 pounds by reading every label in the grocery store, choose good fats over bad fats, eating healthy snacks and making better choices when I eat out.

Do you know that I never took my shirt off at the pool because I was embarrassed about my size? And, even though I still have a little way to go, I am very proud of myself because now I'm almost there.

I am very glad that I found Katherina to help me. She has helped me learn to eat healthy, exercises and be self confident. She is not only my trainer, but she is my friend, too. I thank her for helping me change my lifestyle.

By the way, you can now find me at the pool without my shirt on!

 

~ Jon Ledbetter

Celebrating my clients who transformed their lives with a balanced diet, exercise and  believing in their dreams!