D'FYNE Fitness Magazine Winter 2019 - Page 33

out at the gym on her own hadn’t been cutting it, her daughter's program in- volved having teammates, a diet, supplements, and a set of exercises that changed monthly. “The fact that we had to send pictures of our progress weekly and our meals daily kept me on the straight and narrow,” says Joan. By June 2017, she had lost 45 pounds. “I’ve since reached my goal of losing 50 pounds, and with my doctor’s approval, I’m off all medications.” Team player for life Nowadays, Joan feels vig- orous in the mornings and strong all the time. Her pos- ture is better (“Most of the time, it’s still not ingrained, but I’m working on it!), and like Sue, she’s gained social support from people she’s met at the gym along with her family and friends. Her routine now includes one day of working on her flex- ibility through yoga and four days of the exercises prescribed in her monthly program. And while she doesn’t have specific goals set for herself other than maintaining what she has achieved, she is steadfast in her resolve to stay focused and disciplined, enjoy the support of the group she has found, and above all, enjoy what she has accomplished. KAREN KWAN edits D’FYNE from her home base in Toronto. Follow her @healthandswellness. D’FYNE - Winter 2019 33