Our member of the month for July is Cheryl Larson. Cheryl is a widow with 2 grown children, 5 granddaughters, and 2 great granddaughters. She worked for Quality Farm & Fleet and then Family Farm & Home for a combined 25 years. A couple of years before retirement, she broke both of her arms and her life took a more sedentary turn. Her health was starting to be negatively impacted.
In 2016, Cheryl broke her arm after having fallen in her kitchen. Then, in 2017, she broke her other arm tripping over a tarp in her garage. With the help from family, she was able to still go to work and physical therapy but her activity level was almost at a standstill. In addition, when she retired in 2018, she found that she had more time on her hands than she could fill and was sitting more as time went on. She knew she had to do something.
Cheryl remembered that while she was still working at Family Farm & Home, Heather David had done a presentation on health and fitness and SNW Fitness services. She decided to contact Heather in September of 2018.
After having met with Heather, Cheryl decided to try some classes. Her main objectives were to get moving, work on strengthening her arms, and to create a new routine now that she was retired. Cheryl was hesitant and nervous at first. She was unsure if she was going to be able to do what everyone else in class is doing. Much to her surprise, everyone was extremely welcoming. In addition, many of the people in her morning classes were around her age so there was a sense of camaraderie.
Not only has Cheryl been able to get one of her arms back to feeling almost normal, but her other arm is getting stronger each day and she has also lost 40 pounds. Cheryl is most proud of her weight loss and her consistency with attending classes. One thing she was surprised to find was that after losing this weight, she could paint her toenails with ease. This may not seem like a big deal to some but these are the little things that can add up quickly and have a big impact on one’s quality of life.
After joining SNW Fitness, Cheryl said that she has a sense of belonging. Not only has she been able to create a “new normal” routine after retiring but she has more energy and many new friends. She wants others to know that although you may feel uncomfortable at first, you will quickly realize that “we’re all here for the same goal” and that is health. When you decide to step out of your comfort zone, only then you can have the quality of life you deserve. Cheryl is a great example of being proactive about her health and fitness. In turn, she has created a better quality of life for herself and can do anything she sets her mind to in her retirement years.