Congratulations on being chosen as the 2017 Member of the Year at the Lindenhurst Health and Fitness Center. Thank you for being such a dedicated member of the club.
Susie is here five days a week using the strength machines and attending a variety of group exercise classes. Her help with the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson's Support Group is greatly appreciated.
Keep up the hard work as you are a huge inspiration to other members at the club!
Lindenhurst Health & Fitness Center's Member of the Month is Deb Boness. The staff and members here feel that Deb is the most deserving candidate because she has become a super-exerciser, lost weight, and has been ultra-committed to getting healthy! Great job, Deb! You are very deserving!
Deb has been a member since December 2016 but was previously a member in 2013/14. She can be found at the Fitness Center 5x per week, M-F and regularly attends Boot Camp with Sue Wetter, Power Yoga with Canella Mullins, and Spin with Brian Balkam. She loves the Winter Fitness Challenge! When this is taking place she adds Saturdays to her routine.
What motivates you?
I simply love this facility. The other members and the trainers motivate me. The employees of the facility are simply the best! The members are inspiring, kind, and embracing. Look around at all of the members working hard. This is not a facility where you see groups of people chatting at the water cooler. People are kicking butt every day. Inspiring! A certain Tuesday team-training group just amazes me. I work very hard, as I would like to be a part of that inspiring group of people. Additionally, the trainers are passionate about what they do and why they do it. They help me (and others) through everything. Nikki Brooks helps push me to do things I never thought I could do, both physically and mentally (like take a Boot camp class or run a race.) Sue pushes me beyond what I think my body is capable of, all while making sure I have good form and I am not going to injure myself. Canella helps me work through my body aches and soreness from my constant pounding. Brian puts on a very fun, entertaining, and energetic spin class that pushes my cardio. This specific class even motivated me to get a spin bike at home—even though I wouldn't miss the class! I can't leave out Jessica Ervin! Though she is at the LF facility, she's helped and motivated me beyond words. Her knowledge has helped me better my abilities in the many classes I've had with her. She continues to send positive words of encouragement to keep me going. I have every fitness apparatus at home, but it is not the same. I simply love the interaction and encouragement of being at the gym.
Do you have any injuries, limitations or health concerns that you would like to share with members that would help encourage them?
I have had a very bad lower back. It came from years of being very overweight, poor posture, and lack of physical activity. It was so bad I would struggle to move in every way. I could not even bend over to put on socks and shoes. Quality of life was terrible. When I came back here in 2016, I think I was at my lowest point, both physically and my heaviest weight. I joined Lose 2 Win and took baby steps. I just kept going. It has now been a year. While my back is still not 100%, it is certainly much better. If it were not for the trainers, I think I would still be in constant pain. As I continue to walk through the door each morning, I smile. I am thankful that I can do this, that I have progressed, and that I have people around me to keep me going. They say "it takes a village" and it sure does, and I have it right here.
Do you have any exercise-related or personal accomplishments?
I am proud of my physical accomplishments, simply by working every day. While I am not perfect and have a long way to go, I continue to progress...and develop my abilities. Additionally, I have just begun to modify my nutrition and am eating better. I can see improvements in my energy level. I feel so much better, overall. I am proud that I can take a class without being shy anymore. I am proud that I can ask for assistance without being embarrassed, as I know everyone here wants to help.
My advice would be "simply try your best." No one is perfect and the only way you will get better is to practice and work on it. LHFC has the best trainers who will help you through everything—especially when you struggle. Furthermore, put your workout on your calendar; schedule that time for yourself. YOU deserve it. It will help hold you accountable to the commitment of taking care of yourself.
Congratulations, Deb! You are a true inspiration to all of us here at the health club.