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From excuse to success

Posted: August 5, 2010 9:42 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Cheralyn Goekeritz six months after she began exercising. Cheralyn Goekeritz six months after she began exercising.
Cheralyn Goekeritz six months after she began exercising.
Cheralyn Goekeritz, before she began exercising. Cheralyn Goekeritz, before she began exercising.
Cheralyn Goekeritz, before she began exercising.
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Cheralyn Goekeritz, mother of four from Stevenson Ranch, made the time to change her life. Here is her story:

“I love how I feel! I’ve been living for years with the excuse, “It’s not my time — when my kids grow up I’ll have time to focus on myself.” But then I realized my kids were getting ripped off just as much as I was. There’s no way I can be the best my kids deserve when I am not at my best. My excuse wasn’t working anymore and it was time to make some changes.

I sheepishly began my first workout program at Results Fitness, and it was so pathetic. I couldn’t even do six lunges in a row.

Incorporating the nutrition plan seemed daunting and finding time to work out was a constant struggle. It seemed like there was always a good reason why “today” wasn’t a good day.

But that’s just it — it’s all about today. It has to be today. Today is the day I need to think about my health, my fitness and my intentions. Pretty soon tomorrow will be “today,” so I had to start thinking of what I was doing to meet my goals, every single day.

I committed myself to following the plan 100 percent. I was determined to start working out regularly and give my best effort every time, and I always ended with a recovery shake — the best part of my day.

The incredible thing is, I couldn’t believe how quickly the changes occurred. Within a few weeks I felt stronger, I had more energy and I could see my body changing. Soon I wasn’t even thinking of looking for excuses anymore — I wanted to be in the gym.

Six months later, the clothes I used to hide in my closet because they were too tight have been thrown out because they are too big. I am doing exercises I never dreamed of, and loving it.

The nutrition plan is my new comfort zone because I know every day I am doing my body good and the guesswork is gone.

Even my aching joints and headaches are no longer a problem. I find myself smiling as I walk into the gym and smiling even bigger on the way out.  I am more anxious to be out and about and I love shopping again. My kids tell me I’m strong, and they love how much I am willing to do with them. Heading towards 40, I really don’t know when I’ve ever felt better. It’s totally worth it and I can’t wait to see where I am in another six months.”

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