Strong and empowered women abound at Delta Life Fitness and we had the opportunity to sit down with Katie Sherwood from DLF-Willowbrook. She has accomplished so much and her story is inspirational.
She shares her WHY for starting to take better care of herself and describes how this has changed her life and her family’s life. So grab a cup of coffee and take a moment to read about how Katie has changed her life through fitness and healthy eating.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a stay at home mom to 2 little girls, who are 14 months a part in age. A year post-partum, I still wasn’t fitting in any of my clothes. I was actually still wearing my maternity clothes. I have always lived a pretty healthy lifestyle prior to my pregnancies, but I gained 60 pounds with both my pregnancies. I kind of let myself go a little bit, and I hated it. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.
My sister joined Delta Life Fitness. She saw how much I wanted to do something about my weight, and she just signed me up. So, I went and I was terrified. After my first day, I was so sore. Instead of quitting, I just kept going. Before my pregnancies I never went to the gym, but I did a lot of outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. I always stayed active but was never a gym person.
Have you struggled with your weight before children?
Before I got pregnant I had moved to Texas. When we moved to Texas it meant I left all my family behind. I’m a stress eater and that time in my life was stressful. I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t think about what I was doing. I lost 30 pounds after my first pregnancy, but then I got pregnant 6 months later so I didn’t have time to work on taking off the rest of the weight.
Can you describe your first thoughts coming into your Delta Life Fitness?
It was intimidating just going into the gym. I was scared I was going to be judged or not be able to keep up with the class. I didn’t know how to do the movements so I was really nervous. I had to force myself to go.
Once the class started I immediately felt welcomed and comfortable. I didn’t feel like all eyes were on me. It was a “we are all in together” feeling. All the girls were really nice and showed me the ropes. They showed me how everything worked. I remember during the warm up, I was already out of breath and my sister-in-law looked at me and said, “this is not even the workout, it’s the warm up”.
Before I knew it, the 35 minutes were up.
I thought, “Wow, I can do this. This is doable. I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to coming back tomorrow”.
Two hours later I tried to go up the stairs, and I could barely move. It was a good sore feeling. I was hooked after the first week. I looked forward to going to every class every day.
After 3 weeks, I saw really big changes in my body. My clothes started fitting differently. I also had more energy. Once I started seeing the results, I knew I could do it. I started with Delta Life Fitness in November of 2015 at 181 pounds. I am 166 pounds now. I’ve lost 15 pounds since starting. During the holidays, I kind of fell off. I didn’t go workout much, and I wasn’t eating right. I would say I got really serious about the program two weeks into the New Year.
What really motivated you to lose weight?
I love my kids.
I really wanted to do more with them. I wanted to keep up with them. I didn’t want to be restricted because I let my eating get out of control. I want to show them it is important to live a healthy lifestyle and not be lazy.
I take my girls with me when I go to the gym, and they get so excited. They see me working out and when they watch TV and see a commercial about someone working out they say, “Look, mom, it’s you”. I think that’s pretty cool.
I have a workout shirt that says STRENGTH IS BEAUTY. I tell my girls it’s not what’s on the outside that’s important but what’s on the inside. You have to work on that.
I’m doing this for my girls.
I’m doing this for myself.
I’m doing this to be happy.
I don’t want my girls to feel like they have to be “skinny” to be accepted. I also don’t want them to feel like it’s ok to be lazy and not eat healthy. I try to teach them about nutrient rich food, less nutritious food, and how important it is to get exercise in every day. I hope they take it in and realize it’s about a lifestyle and not about being “skinny”.
What is your biggest accomplishment at Delta Life?
My biggest accomplishment is getting my eating on track. That has been the hardest part for me. I love pasta and cheese. The manager of my gym, Felicia, has really helped me with my nutrition. Her and the other instructors have helped me, it’s been very educational.
What has Delta Life Fitness done for you physically?
Physically, I can do a full pushup now. I don’t do modified pushups anymore. I’m pretty proud about that. When I first started at Delta Life, I had modified a lot of the movements, like the pushups and burpees. If there are 10 pushups on the board, I can now do 7 unmodified then I have to get down on my knees to modify. That’s a huge improvement from where I started because my upper body strength was not where I should have been.
I have more energy now. I want to do more activities. I am able to go work out, and I still have energy to go walk around, go places and get my house work done. Before Delta Life it was hard just to go up and down the stairs. Now, I can run up the stairs.
What has Delta Life Fitness done for you mentally?
It’s taught me that whatever I put my mind to I can accomplish if I keep going.
They had a quote on the board saying to get a head start, you have to start. I really liked it because it’s so true. You are the only person holding yourself back. If you keep going you will see results.
How has Delta Life Fitness made an impact in your life?
Delta Life Fitness is different.
It’s like a sisterhood.
You have all these women who are cheering you on instead of judging you. No one cares what you can and can’t do. There’s this one girl, Theresa, we have been going to the same class for months now and we have been on this journey together. We always root for one other. She has been doing double classes each day and she makes me want to push myself further.
Delta Life just brings it all together. They teach you about nutrition. It’s all women so you don’t feel like you aren’t welcome.
It’s a sisterhood.
That’s what I call it. We have a Facebook page and all the women are on it. Women post their successes, struggles and comments. Everyone keeps up with each other. Everyone is welcoming. I look forward to seeing all the women not just at the workout, but also to catch up with everyone.
Do you have any words of encouragement for women reading this?
I would tell women that think they can’t do it that they can do it.
They can do it one step at a time. You can do it by changing your diet a little bit, starting to work out a couple times a week and starting to take out the bad stuff (like junk food).
They can do it one step at a time
For me when I first started, I was trying to do it cold turkey, go straight into all healthy eating. I felt like I was falling off the wagon so easily that way. So, I would tell women just take one step at a time. The first step should be to join Delta Life because they will help you through it.
What has been the game changer for you?
As I mentioned before, getting my eating on track was my toughest struggle.
Because eating was always my biggest downfall I became very disciplined with it. I also saw a huge change by drinking lots of water each day.
For example, I was talking to my instructor and was telling her how I do fine for 4 days, then I fall off for 3 days and feel like I have to start over the next week. She explained to me that you shouldn’t deprive yourself of food you want, but just change your eating habits in other areas. I make sure I get my cheat meal and enjoy it, more importantly enjoy life.
I try to eat all healthy meals, but I don’t want to be stuck eating chicken and broccoli every time. I’ve learned to be more realistic. For me, it’s hard to do meal prep because of my family but I have to make it fun for everyone. I have been trying to find meals that will work for the whole family and they will enjoy.
I used to make my husband and kids their own meal, but I would always end up eating my meal and some of theirs too. I’m was just setting myself up to fail by making them something completely different.
This is what a typical day looks like for me. For breakfast, I’ll usually have a hard boiled egg, avocado and turkey sausage and the girls have something else. The same for lunch, I make them a lunch, but I’ll make myself a salad. Dinner, we all have the same meal.
I like finding healthy meals.
How did you get such great results?
I have gotten great results from March 4 to May 13.
I did it by making sure to do 4 classes of Delta Life a week and then 2 of those days I would do double classes. I try to use good portion control, and eat as healthy as possible. I have my cheat meal on Saturday.
Eating was always my biggest downfall so in March that’s when I really started to discipline myself. I also saw a huge change by drinking lots of water each day.
Describe Delta Life in one word.
That would be my one word to describe Delta Life. With all the women there, doing what they are doing, it’s hard not to be inspired. Before starting Delta Life, I was feeling depressed and didn’t have the ambition to do anything or motivation to get out. I was ok with just staying home and not having a social life or going out or enjoying a date.
Delta Life has changed me a lot.
I fell like I can enjoy life again.
I’m not stuck under a rock anymore.
Thank you Delta Life!
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