Amy Colón (age 41)
"In 2010, I was 40 years-old and 80 pounds overweight. I’m probably like many 40-year olds; the weight slowly crept up over the years, especially after I had my son, Julius, in 2000. By 2010, the weight was taking a toll on my energy level and health. One day, during a doctor’s visit, Julius heard the doctor tell me to lose at least 60 pounds or face high blood pressure, heart disease, and a host of other serious health issues. Every night afterward, my ten year-old son begged me to lose weight so I could live to see him graduate from high school. His words broke my heart. I desperately wanted to regain my health, but I felt hopeless. I had no idea where to begin. Then, in May of 2011, I heard about Vie Fit and Rob Barrese, from a friend. The email offered a 9-week exercise/weight loss challenge. I jumped at the opportunity. Rob sat down with me for an hour to explain the challenge which included an exercise program, and the Zone/Paleo diet plans. We set a date for my first workout, and I was so anxious because I had no idea what to expect.
From the first day, Rob was patient and encouraging. He gave me workout plans that were challenging, but manageable. For every new exercise, he spent time teaching me the correct technique and skill. In a few weeks, I was doing things I never imagined like jumping rope, using a rowing machine, running, and lifting weights. Rob’s knowledge of health and wellness is immense, so I learned a lot about the effects of diet and exercise on the human body. Every day, the exercise plan was different which kept the program interesting, and challenged me in diverse ways. Was it difficult at times? Yes, but Rob was there to tell me to keep pushing myself, and not give up. The overall experience was invaluable. Since I began working out, I have lost weight, but more importantly, I feel stronger and healthier. People now notice a change in my physique and energy level, and my son Julius is relieved and happy that I’m taking control of my health. With just three months of Rob’s instruction, I have accomplished a lot. I plan to continue working out with him (as have the other people from the summer challenge) since he is such a knowledgeable, and helpful trainer. I feel lucky to have access to Vie Fit."
*To date Amy has lost 70+ pounds, no more allergy meds and no threat of high blood pressure meds!