Transformer of the Month: Sue Garber

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When Sue started working out at The Studio (MDR), she wore a size 8 or 10. Now, she’s down to a 4 or 6 and feels better than ever. Here’s her story:

(MDR): Tell us about life pre-The Studio (MDR).

Sue: I started working out here in March 2014 and weighed 138 pounds and went between a size 8 and 10. I had just joined a local gym and used the elliptical machine for cardio work and some free weights for arms twice a week. I also took yoga once a week. But when my son Jacob joined The Studio (MDR), he encouraged me to try it. I physically felt OK—but definitely not as good as I do now! I also spent hours at the gym but never got the results I see in my body these days.

(MDR): Do you remember a specific moment that nudged you to go to class, or decide that it was finally time to make a change?

Sue: I saw a positive change in Jake, including his eating habits, and I wanted to do the same.

(MDR): What were the first changes you noticed after the first few weeks of taking classes at The Studio (MDR)?

Sue: The first few weeks, I wasn’t sure I noticed anything. But as I gave it more time, I noticed my waistline felt tighter, and I started feeling so much more energized. Visible changes started happening a few months later. And while I never imagined I’d ever say this, I definitely love being in a state of constant soreness. After about 6 to 8 months of working out at The Studio (MDR), awareness of what I was eating started to happen organically, and the pounds started to shed off almost effortlessly.

(MDR): OK, so it sounds like you’ve really cleaned up your diet.

Sue: Tremendously! I’ve come to learn that diet is key to maintaining the results these workouts give you. I now practice mindful eating as much as I can, but I also give myself permission to enjoy eating the things I truly love, without the guilt. I can honestly say that I enjoy food more than I’ve enjoyed it before.

(MDR): What’s one pose that you used to hate but love now?

Sue: I used to feel nauseous when we would do the inner thigh exercises! Now my legs have become much stronger and tighter.

(MDR): How far have you come from your starting point, both physically and mentally? And what are some of your new goals?

Sue: Physically, I feel much stronger all around. I love my waistline and I dress differently. I accentuate my arms and waist, even my legs and butt. I love how I feel after a great workout. My posture has improved and I carry myself with more confidence.  I never used to wear sleeveless shirts before. Now I love wearing tank tops to show off my arms. In addition to dropping from a size 8-10 to a size 4-6, I also lost 10 pounds—down to 128. It’s been great when friends notice the change in my appearance. But more importantly, my attitude has changed.

I feel so grateful for Lindsay, who is like a bright, positive light and who makes working out extra enjoyable with her awesome playlists. She shares her great energy consistently in each and every class—so much so that I always look forward to coming to class. Even if I had a bad day, I know The Studio (MDR) will make it all better.

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