Three months, 15 inches lost and counting

Oct 27, 2016
Ashley Ann Lawrie


A busy work schedule that includes networking over rich food and fine wine doesn’t take long to catch up with you.

Insurance broker Terry Markell learned that lesson last spring. Her old gym where she took boot camp training had closed down in February. By June, she didn’t like what she saw in the mirror.

“I saw a picture of myself and said, ‘OMG – that has to change. You’ve been enjoying life too much.’”

Co-worker Karen Bennell, one of our previous success stories, suggested she try Free Form Fitness.

“I’d seen her results,” Terry said.

She started training in July, three times a week. Terry didn’t have any other health issues – she just wanted to cut those love handles.

Three months later, she’s done just that, losing 15 inches.

“It’s crazy the progress I’ve made,” she said. “It’s nice now to be getting back into clothes I haven’t worn in a year, but I have more clothes I still want to fit back in to.”

The difference is evident in more than just the fit of her clothes.

“I’ve always had a great amount of energy—I have even more now.”

Terry owes her success to the team effort of trainers Renny Stopford and Brad Rintoul, but even more so to her own efforts to change how she eats.

It’s an old joke around FFF that you can eat your way through any amount of exercise. Success starts in the kitchen.

“I’m more careful about what I order off a menu and I pick my dates to have drinks with friends,” Terry said. She kick-started her weight loss by going completely dry for the month of August. Now, she waits for special occasions and weekend getaways to enjoy a glass or two of wine.

This isn’t Terry’s first rodeo. She’s attempted weight loss before through diet alone, but appreciates how important it is to couple healthy nutrition with exercise. It burns more calories and rebuilds the muscle mass and good posture we all start to lose by our 40s so we can age with grace and strength.

“I can flex my muscles now at my 20-year-old to try and scare him, but he just laughs at me,” she said.

The key is to get on the right track with the help of someone you trust.

“The big word is accountability,” Terry said. “I like the people at FFF, they really are providing a fantastic service.”

She considers herself about halfway to her goal, with more love handles yet to conquer.

“It’s a mindset,” she said. “Once you wrap your mind around the fact you have to do it, you just do it.”

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