Before coming to NWPT I was a longtime smoker, poor eater and generally not fit person. I had been toying with the idea of trying to quit smoking again and knew that when I did that the pounds would pack on again, just like the first time. So while thinking about quitting I started researching personal training thinking that if I could start working out first then I wouldn’t be so prone to weight gain when I quit. Then as life tends to happen, none of this came to be. Great plan, however no follow through. Life kicked me in the butt in September of 2015 and ended a 11 year marriage and by November I was determined to quit smoking and get started on some kind of fitness journey. Having the initial consultation with Molly and talking about my life and what brought me to NWPT in the first place was not easy. I remember being super nervous at first and by the end of the consultation I was feeling pretty jazzed! It was not easy to share my story with Molly, it wasn’t easy to walk through the doors the first time. I had never really exercised in a gym/training setting and didn’t know what to expect. I’d been a swimmer in high school, but that was a long time ago. Pretty much everything was super intimidating! This was an entirely new aspect of my life and I wasn’t sure how to kick things off from step 1. When I had my first session with Judith, it was one of the most supportive environments I had ever been in. She encouraged me back then to achieve my goals and she continues to push me everyday to be better, stronger, and more confident. Everyone at NWPT makes you feel welcome and supported. Creating smart goals and having the support of Judith was key for me to keep myself accountable to reaching my goals. So it’s been 1 year and 2 months now and I am never going back. I quit smoking in March of 2016! Working out isn’t intimidating anymore, it’s my happy place. I love getting to hang out with Judith and lift, rowing on Fridays is hysterical, I didn’t think laughing that much and rowing till you can’t breath was possible. Judith is my spirit animal! Love that girl and I don’t know where I’d be without everything she has taught me and shared with me!