Kathy Farmer

Kathy Farmer
 
"They encourage me to do things that I don’t think I can do or lift a weight that I don’t think I can lift. They always believe in me even when I don’t think I’ll be successful."

Though Kathy Farmer has never considered herself much of an athlete, she’s always enjoyed exercise. When she joined Pursuit Fitness and Performance (PFP) in the Spring of 2016, she was not worried about showing up to her workouts. She’d heard from a friend that the workouts at PFP were fun and typically went by very quickly. Exercise, though an important part of the equation, was not what Kathy needed to master in order to lose and keep off any excess weight. Kathy needed to learn about nutrition.

Though Kathy Farmer has never considered herself much of an athlete, she’s always enjoyed exercise. When she joined Pursuit Fitness and Performance (PFP) in the Spring of 2016, she was not worried about showing up to her workouts. She’d heard from a friend that the workouts at PFP were fun and typically went by very quickly. Exercise, though an important part of the equation, was not what Kathy needed to master in order to lose and keep off any excess weight. Kathy needed to learn about nutrition.   Kathy had tried Weight Watchers and dieting on her own in the past. Though she lost weight, she’d never been able to keep it off. When she joined PFP she quickly signed up for the gym’s “Balanced Habits Kick Start” program, followed by the “Balanced Habits Life” program. “With this plan I’m eating often and eating the right, healthy kinds of foods and the right portions,” Kathy says. “It allows me to have indulgences with food and not feel guilty about it. I love chocolate and I can’t give it up, but I know how to eat it now and not to eat a bunch of it.”

Armed with this new knowledge about nutrition and how to fuel herself with the right foods and portions, Kathy went to her workouts motivated and ready to see results. She began working out three times a week with the evening Group Training class at PFP. Her trainers, Anna and Katie, pushed her to achieve her goals. “They encourage me along the way to keep going and keep working hard,” Kathy says. “They encourage me to do things that I don’t think I can do or lift a weight that I don’t think I can lift. They always believe in me even when I don’t think I’ll be successful.”

With Anna and Katie’s encouragement, Kathy lost around 50 pounds and, more importantly, has kept it off. “I’m definitely stronger and I have increased my mental and physical fitness,” Kathy says. “The majority of (the weight loss) is because of the Balanced Habits program. I’ve seen huge changes.”

Now that Kathy has found results, she intends to maintain her new, healthy lifestyle. With PFP, this has become a possibility, since she actually looks forward to going to the gym. “There’s a comradery at (PFP),” Kathy says. “You get to know people. We encourage one another. I feel like they are my sisters and brothers. We just have fun with one another.” Kathy finds that her fellow PFP clients both inspire her and motivate her during workouts. “Sometimes an exercise is a struggle,” she says. “It hurts, or I want it to be over and I look over at my buddy and think ‘if they can do it, then I can too.’”  With her friends and trainers on her side, Kathy is confident in her ability to stick to her goals and continue the habits PFP has taught her. “I wouldn’t have been able to reach my goal without the people at (PFP),” Kathy says. “They believe in me every day.”

GET TO KNOW KATHY:
Favorite exercise: The Sledgehammer
Least favorite exercise: Pushups
Favorite healthy recipe: The key for me is a one dish meal, so things like stuffed peppers with ground turkey, veggies and tomatoes are good. Put it all in a pepper and bake it. Fast and tastes good!
Easiest lifestyle change: Being consistent with my workouts. If I’m not there I’ll hear from (my trainers). There’s a connection.
Family: I have lot of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. I love being an Auntie. My mom is here in town, as are my two brothers. Family is really important to me.
Career: I’m a marketing research manager at Maritz.
Favorite workout music: Anything by Beyonce
Fun Fact: I saw “Wonder Woman” recently and I loved it because she’s a smart woman who can kick some booty. I was so inspired by the movie that I bought myself a “Wonder Woman” costume for Halloween. I may have already tried it on. Several times.