Meet Gayle Frame! Gayle (69) who has been married to her husband, Chuck for 46 years recently retired after a 47-year career in education as a teacher, administrator, and traveling professional development consultant.

There were several things that motivated Gayle to make some lifestyle changes. The first one was realizing that her 92-year old mother was more physically active than she was!  She also recognized that if she wanted to have the quality of life that her mother has, she needed to get moving!  Secondly, in addition to the lack of physical activity, Gayle had fallen into some bad eating habits during a 13-year second career job.  As part of her work, she traveled to all 50 states as well as 20 foreign countries and found herself eating too much fast food as she traveled, and her weight was at an unhealthy level.  Her final motivation came when she retired for the second time and went on Medicare, she discovered that her health plan included the Silver Sneakers program so she lost the excuse that joining a fitness program would be too expensive!

The biggest obstacle that Gayle had to overcome was getting started. To be perfectly honest, she admits that she hated physical education classes throughout her school years. Patterns of inactivity and poor eating habits were long established, and she had to make up her mind that things had to change if she wanted to continue to travel for fun and to lower her risk of weight-related health problems.

Bellin Fitness has helped Gayle in many ways. Their Ashwaubenon location is about 10 minutes from her home, so it’s very convenient.  She initially came just to walk on the treadmill and to perhaps use some of the other equipment. After watching others around her while she walked, it became apparent that working with a personal trainer would be beneficial.  So Gayle was set up to work with Personal Trainer, Zach Hilbert.  From their first session, he listened and was responsive to her needs challenging and encouraging her in their twice-a-week sessions.  Zach has helped Gayle make changes that she knows would not have been possible without his support, and she looks forward to continuing to work with him.

Gayle’s life has changed tremendously. Her biggest evidence of improvement came during a two-week trip to Greece with friends.  She was able to walk further and climb higher (e.g., the Acropolis, Delphi, Mount Lycabettus) than she ever dreamed was possible.  She actually sent Zach several pictures during the trip to say, “Look what you’ve helped me do!”  His response was, “Great!  New fitness goals!”  She has also had success improving her strength, flexibility and endurance as well as a 25-pound weight loss. Even though she is very happy with the improvements that she has made so far, Gayle would still like to lose more weight and continue to improve her strength and balance.

When asked what advice would you give to help others? Her response was…”Just get started!  It’s been said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  While that first step might leave you sore and aching in places that you didn’t even know you had (which is how she felt after her first session with Zach!), it WILL get better.  And the journey is worth it!