Switch it up…

Installment #4 of backtracking my weight loss

When I first met Beth Downey at the Brickhouse Gym (please note the Brickhouse Gym is now closed, I have the new gym information listed below), I thought, no problem. She’s this little, bitty thing–who is quiet and very kind.

I was terrified, walking in to the gym at 245 pounds, making sure I told her so I wouldn’t have to weigh (again) and be embarrassed.

She calmly took my measurements, as I told her my story; she didn’t bat an eye. There was no ‘gasping’ or ‘ how could you’– just patience and understanding.

Boy, was I wrong about her, I still hear her trademark ‘ switch it up’ in my dreams…

Me, dying, can you tell?

Me on the left, I think I'm trying to breathe...

This little powerhouse kicked my ass, had me begging for mercy and still kept it coming. Weights, ropes, tires, bikes, you name it and Beth has you doing something with it—she is relentless. Yet, her class is always full and people love her. If you want to sweat– take on the ‘Gauntlet’ class at the Metro Family Fitness in Mount Clements, MI (new location) it’s well worth it.

More Sweat

More Sweat with my pals at the Brickhouse...

In my first month of doing the ‘Gauntlet, I lost 14 inches! Yes, 14 inches! I also learned I loved to do Circuit Training.

‘Circuit Training is a form of conditioning combining resistance training and high-intensity aerobics. It is designed to be easy to follow and target strength building as well as muscular endurance. An exercise “circuit” is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, one begins the first exercise again for another circuit. Traditionally, the time between exercises in circuit training is short, often with rapid movement to the next exercise.’

But, I started having issues with my knee after about a month. I had surgery back in 84 for my ACL, after an injury in middle school. We tried working around this at the gym, but my knee was really bothering me. I kept hearing talk around the gym of a diet called ‘ The Eat Clean’ diet, others were doing this with great success–I was curious.

This is what we will talk about in Installment 5…

Here’s Holly, me, and Beth. I sure miss the Brickouse crowd, they were the best– they kept me on my toes for sure!!!!

Holly, Traci and Beth

Holly, Traci and Beth



P.S. I have just started my walking again, it’s not circuit training, but it’s a start! 🙂


4 thoughts on “Switch it up…

  1. Yay, I am so excited that you have started walking again!! With your determination, dedication, and patience you will be circuit training before you know it 🙂

    I love your story and outlook on life, such an inspiration!!

  2. Helen,

    Thank you! I am excited too, it’s been awhile. Have you heard the expression ‘ chicken legs’? I don’t have chicken legs but I have a chicken thigh, lol. My PT, told me the other day ‘ look at your skinny leg’, since it’s atrophied, so I’m working on it. Next, it will be some weights, whatever works to get it back to normal. I would love to do circuit training, a girl can dream! 🙂 Thank you for your sweet comments, they mean so much to me!!


    So nice to meet you! 🙂 I have been to your site, I can’t wait to learn more about you, thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂


    Thanks so much for stopping b. I went by your site, you are doing some great things there– I look forward to seeing more.



Thanks, Traci

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