"It's 2010, I'm well over 250lbs, I'm 32 years old and I'm happy, but not with me. My oldest daughter at this time has expressed to me that she wants to workout, so this is my excuse to join a gym. After asking around, we are told of CAP Elite Fitness. We decided to give it a try. As we enter a place I have NEVER stepped foot in my entire life, we meet Kim and Eddie. I didn't know that day, but that place and those people would change my life! I've never been an athletic person, ever. So this journey was not going to be easy, but I pledged forward as I have to do this for "my daughter" this was her idea...LOL. After a few weeks she decides it's not for her and quits, and I'm left with a decision to make: I could quit with her, I mean, I only did this 'cause it's what she wanted, not me...only that wasn't the truth. I did want it, I was just to afraid to admit it because I didn't think I could do it. Hell, I was a smoker and I drank and I have never worked out in my life, who was I kidding. Well, I decided I would stick it out and see what happened. I remember the first 5 weeks I wasn't even allowed to workout with a barbell, I had to use a PVC pipe...talk about feeling stupid, but they were teaching me the fundamentals, the basics. I mean, let's get real here, I have no idea what I'm doing, I should be grateful they didn't stick that heavy bar in my hands and lord knows I didn't know how to use it. Well, time went on and I finally graduated from that plastic pipe to that bar and I began to discover things about myself that I could do that I never thought possible. I remember the first time I realized it was working. My husband who travels a lot for work had been gone for about 21 days and he came home and went to hug me and said, "where did you go?" I was like, "what do you mean, I'm right here?!" He said, "no, like you're smaller, where did it go?" (I was still wearing big clothes, I saw myself everyday so I didn't notice I had lost weight or inches) I told him, "well, I have been going to that gym I told you about and changed my diet just a little, I guess I lost some weight?" He was like, "yes you did, I can totally tell." It was in that moment I decided that I wanted to keep going, I wanted to quit smoking, quit drinking. I wanted to see just how far I could go. He gave me the strength just by the way he looked at me. In that moment, I liked me just a lil' bit. So I went back over and over.