Congratulations to Karen Muetzel – our second Functional Fitness Member of the Month! There are so many things you didn’t even know about Karen – and she is helping others reach their weight-loss goals every day. Not only does Karen push herself in every work out she attends, she is also constantly looking for healthier options to incorporate into her every day nutrition. She has introduced new ways of thinking in her house – with her husband and her kids. She truly cares about her health and will never stop looking for ways to improve it.
1. How long have you been working with Trevor or a member of Functional Fitness?
I began working with Trevor back in December of 2010, before Functional Fitness even existed. I was one of Trevor’s very first clients. When he left for Germany he left me with sample workouts and when he got back to Redwood Falls and established I joined up again.
2. Why do you continue to train here?
I like the variety of the workouts. I like the fact that I can train in a group setting at my own intensity level. Functional Fitness pushes me to do more than I ever thought I was capable of doing. I love the results I see both in the way my clothes fit and the amount of energy I have. I also feel really good!
3. What have you accomplished so far physically?
Physically I am definitely stronger, more toned and weigh less.
4. What was your biggest frustration or challenge before working with Functional Fitness?
Not knowing how to utilize my time during a workout to get maximum benefits was my biggest frustration. I would also get bored with working out. Now with Functional Fitness I have found a great variety in what I do while working out. I can use the things I learn in class when I train on my own as well.
5. What made you decide to start training?
I saw Trevor working with his Mom & Step Dad in the workout room and thought “I need someone who can help me do that!” So I approached him asking if he would mind training me a few days a week. I began seeing results quickly and was pleased with what I was able to accomplish. Trevor then left for Germany for a while but when he returned (and once he promised me he wasn’t going back) I was on board again. I really think taking his training classes helps me not only to push beyond what I would normally do in the gym, but I have learned so much about keeping my weight off. I want to be an active parent and grandparent (someday). I know what I do now will continue to pay off in the future. It’s not going to do me any good to wait until my kids are older or until my life gets ‘non busy’. It has to be now. If I want to continue to be strong and healthy I have to take care of my body now.
6. Why have you been successful?
What most people don’t know is I use to be very obese. I gained close to 100 lbs while I was pregnant with Matthew, my first son, and honestly I shouldn’t have gained any weight as I was already very overweight. Back in 2001, I joined Weight Watchers and lost 86 lbs on the program, but got pregnant again before I could get to my goal weight. I gained weight while pregnant again (although not nearly as much as the first time), so still had quite a road in front of me. In 2006, we decided to book a trip to DisneyWorld. At that time I was so big, I knew I wouldn’t fit into a plane without a seat belt extender. I knew I wouldn’t fit on rides very comfortably and I was so out of shape, I would have never been able to walk around the parks. I decided enough was enough and joined Weight Watchers again and lost 47 lbs to get me to goal weight. I never want to go back to that life. I am now a full time employee working for Weight Watchers. I follow the PointsPlus program they have as far as the eating portion of my life goes, but Functional Fitness helps me with the physical part of my weight loss. Trevor has also taught me new ways to eat that have helped me take an additional 15 lbs off, so for the first time in my life, I am actually considerably lower than my goal weight. I am turning 40 at the end of February and I look and feel better than I have at any age of my life so far. I refuse to give up. I continue to want to learn better ways to take care of my body. No one is going to do it for me. My theory in life is; if I make time to eat I need to make time to exercise. It’s not about being perfect to me, it’s about being better today than I was yesterday.
7. What do you think is the greatest benefit you get training with Functional Fitness?
Keeping the weight off! Without a doubt. I know how to keep track of what I eat. But Functional Fitness helps me keep track of what I need to be doing physically. I am stronger since joining and I my body is much more toned. This is a way of life for me. I work out 6-7 days a week, not just with Functional Fitness, because it is part of my everyday.
8. If you could give one piece of advice to someone who wants to accomplish what you have accomplished or simply get started in a regular exercise routine what would it be?
Never give up! It’s not about a quick fix. It’s not about a fast journey. This is about a way of life. Losing weight is the easy part….it may not feel that way if a person has a lot of weight to lose, but maintaining a weight loss is very difficult. Everyday I commit to making myself better. It’s about doing 10 mins more than you did yesterday or 5 more reps than you could do yesterday. I have been working on this for over 10 years….and I have no intention of giving up ever!
I would also tell people that there isn’t one solution that works for everyone. It’s so important to learn what works for you and what doesn’t. There aren’t cookie cutter answers for every training/weight loss problem. If it were that easy no one would be overweight. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes patience. There are ups. There are downs. There are bumps in the road. Functional Fitness is not a quick fix. It gives you the tools to be successful over the long term.