Carter Fitness Lab July 2019

JULY 2019

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My fitness journey through Carter Fitness Labs has been a unique one, but anyone who has turned their life around through a great fitness program can relate. I’m not just saying that because I’m Saul’s mother — although I am biased toward my son. When I was a little younger, I never had trouble staying in shape and pursuing all the activities I desired. But then time went on. Right before my husband passed away a few years ago, I found myself not loving the body I saw in the mirror. If I wanted to get back to the lifestyle I loved, I needed to make some serious changes to cut away some of the extra weight I was carrying around. So, Saul gifted me a month-long membership to a bootcamp being offered at another gym in the area. Through hard work and a little perseverance, I am now 30 pounds lighter and taking trips I could have never dreamed of with friends I’ll never forget. When I first started the bootcamps, my husband was very ill and I was feeling like I was just too old to do something like this. I thought my years of health were behind me and that I should just throw in the towel. Saul wouldn’t have it. With some serious nudging, he eventually convinced me to get on one of their specialized nutrition plans. Once I finally gave

in, the staff was so supportive and let me know every step of the way that my goals were attainable and would become a reality if I stuck to the programs. I lost 11 pounds over the course of that first week, and I never looked back. I’ve carried on my regimen to this day, balancing the classes with my nutrition plan and a little hiking peppered in to get my blood pumping. I’ve been interested in hiking for years. I like to think of myself as a very active person, especially a few decades ago. In fact, when I was around 50, a friend and I hiked Mount Whitney. That experience always stuck in my head as a special one, so when a friend approached me at my late husband’s memorial service and proposed that we go on the Inn to Inn hiking trek in Peru, I immediately jumped at the chance. I wasn’t even bothered that I was carrying around 35 pounds of extra luggage at the time. Through the programs at Carter Fitness Labs, I got back to a place where the 88-mile hike seemed possible. While we were in the thick of the trip this past May, I am proud to report that I had no trouble at all. After a while, I realized that our hiking guide wasn’t giving me breaks like the rest of the group, and he told me it was because he could see that I

was going to take this hike in stride. Not to brag, but he was kind of right.

When I got back from my trip, I couldn’t believe what I’d done. I couldn’t have been happier with where my life was. Our hike took us over the Salkantay Pass at an altitude of 15,212 feet and ended with a tour of Machu Picchu, which is one of the new seven wonders of the world. Standing up there and seeing what we conquered was a special moment. In the end, I had my son, myself, and a copy of the book “What Doesn’t Kill Us” to thank for getting me there. I was able to keep a steady and safe pace by sticking to the breathing techniques detailed in the book, all while checking my Myzone tracker to see where my heart rate was at. A few years ago, I never would’ve seen myself going to all the places I’ve gone, and I’m just getting started.

–Barbara Fox

Thanks for sharing that story, Barbara. To learn more about the kinds of programs we offer here at Carter Fitness Lab, give us a call at 209-232- 6428 or visit our website anytime at

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