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When is the last time you’ve been challenged – required to step outside of your comfort zone and do something really difficult – stretch yourself phyically, mentally, and emotionally and ask yourself to do something you’ve never done before?
I was just moping around the house, mourning my losses: my Dad had just died in September after a long bout with Alzheimer’s, my Mom had many health problems and was living with us, our geriatric dog developed diabetes(!) – and worst of all, I had retired from a long and happy teaching career to try to take care of everyone. By Christmas, I was just eating and drinking myself into a massive weight gain, and bemoaning the fact that I would be the Big 6-0 in August of 2014. My daughter Lizzy – a Fusion all-star – said, “Ma! You need to get out of the house and sign up for the Fusion Amp Camp starting in January. It’ll be good for you.” (I’m so grateful for my daughter and her good example.) The rest, they say, is history!

Sure I was scared – I had nightmares before the first class, thought I was going to throw up, etc., plus the fact that I was old enough to be everyone’s mother, at least – maybe even their grandma! I think it was the age thing that scared me more than being overweight and out of shape. I thought – what the heck am I doing here?! But I immediately felt welcomed by the girls at the front desk, by the other nice ladies in my camp, and especially by my teacher, Jos. I would be remiss if I didn’t give her most, if not all of the credit for my remarkable transformation. She is just an awesome teacher (and I know teachers!) She knew exactly when to challenge me (“Why aren’t you jumping?” You know, I didn’t know why I wasn’t jumping – I thought I was too old, or couldn’t – but her encouragement helped me realize I could!) She knew when to be supportive (“You are right where you’re supposed to be right now.”) She is extremely motivational! She uses her sense of humor and picks great music for our spin classes. (I’m probably the only soon-to-be 60 year old whose favorite song is “Talk Dirty To Me”!) She sends us great recipes, cardio workouts and motivational pick-me-ups (It’s as if she knows when I’m about to eat a chip or drink a Martini!) She is passionate about her subject matter: eating “clean,” working out hard, and gaining inner strength, not just stronger muscles. I think this is what Fusion really is to me: A strong core (heart!)

The Amp Camps are great! Sure I’ve lost 25 pounds, (20 in my first session and 5 so far in this one), and dropped two dress sizes. I can actually do planks and “man” pushups now, and I’m getting some great-looking muscles! I don’t eat sugar anymore (still drink occasionally!) and cook my husband, mom and dog healthy meals. I can do Fusion workouts with my daughter. But most importantly – I know I can do anything I put my mind to. Nothing is going to hold me down. I am strong, I am invincible. I am an almost 60 year old woman. I am a Fusionista!