Anna Farrell, 25 years old, 5'4"
Before: 152lbs. at 29% body fat
After: 131lbs. at 22% bodyfat
Tell me about the layoff you had prior to getting back into exercise and how it affected your psyche and your physique.
I never really worked out before. I was blessed being the skinny girl that ate everything. But it caught up to me when I turned 24. When I started gaining weight I didn't have as much energy, and I was increasingly getting more self conscious.
What was it that sent you over the edge and caused you to "take action" and actually start working out?
I was really unhappy every time I looked into the mirror. When my fat jeans started to get tight something had to change!
What ultimately made you decide to seek out guidance from a professional?
I knew that I wasn't going to stay motivated to go to the gym by myself. I also had dieted before, and been successful, but as soon as I saw improvements I would tell myself it was okay to slack off. I needed to resolve this issue once and for all, and hopefully find a new lifestyle that I could maintain; instead of going through fad diet after fad diet.
What goals and expectations did you have for yourself prior to getting started?
My goal was not to be stick skinny. I am a curvy woman, but I wanted to be happy and confident about what I looked like. I also wanted to do at least one forsaken pushup!
Think back to your first workout. What was going through your head after the training experience?
I was MAD. I knew I hadn't done much exercise in a couple years, but I knew I was capable of a lot more than what I was putting out that day.
What did you like about the workouts and what were some things you didn’t care for?
I liked that you knew exactly how hard you were pushing me, and even though it was pathetic in the beginning, you didn't make me feel pathetic. I liked that you are never there to B.S. with me. You could have easily made it more chatty - but at the end of the day that would have hurt my goals. "Do Work!" I didn't care for when you pulled out new gismos or gadgets out of the SUV. I found with new exercise equipment = a new world of pain.
Throughout your journey, what did you use to keep the fire burning and what kept you from throwing in the towel as so many people seem to do when results slow or life gets in the way?
Every lb I lost was a confirmation that my hard work is paying off. I also have a great support system of people who want me to achieve my goals. You being the expert is also what keeps me motivated. I know I have hit rough patches, and plateaus and you are always there to help me bounce back from it, and encourage me that we will get passed it.
Going from 152lbs at 29% bodyfat down to 131lbs. at 22% bodyfat, did you ever think it would be possible to slash your bodyfat 7 points & ultimately drop 21lbs?
In a word NO. I was really clueless that I had that much weight to lose. I was pretty impressed with myself after hitting 5 lbs. I can't believe I've lost 21 lbs and I couldn't be more thrilled.
Moving forward, what expectations do you have for yourself with regards to your fitness level and fitness goals?
I want to keep on track with staying active. I love having the energy to go out after work and being able to spend time with friends. I would love to get into the 120's, but I am pretty happy with who I am now.
Last, what advice do you have for someone who is returning to exercise after an extended layoff & really wants to change their way of living into a much healthier lifestyle?
Well, if you are reading this on Keith's page you are already making the right steps. Keith will invest whatever it takes to get anyone to their fitness goals. However, it all comes back to you. You are your own worst enemy. Be determined, and strong willed. Keith will give you the right instructions but it's up to you to ultimately follow through with it.
Thanks again for all that you've done Keith! I can't express how much happier and confident I am. You're the best at what you do, and I am so thankful for you sticking with me on this crazy journey. :-) ~ Anna
Living healthfully is a journey, not a destination. However, seeing results along the way are the road signs that keep us motivated and on track. On this page I share the successes that my clients have enjoyed. I hope that their stories inspire and motivate you on your own fitness journey.