Cookies for Breakfast

Melissa S., City Gym Member


If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.

~Eckhart Tolle

I recently came across this quote and thought that’s it, that’s exactly what happened to me.

Flashback to the summer of 2015. My typical breakfast was comprised of chocolate chip cookies and cappuccinos and dinner was red wine and carbs. Not the best fuel for my busy life as a mom and entrepreneur. I was in constant pain in my knees and my digestive system was in daily distress. I was depressed, plagued with anxiety and downright miserable.

For most of my adult life, I’ve been pretty active, exercising regularly. But because of life’s unpredictability in 2015, I found myself stressed out, inactive and overusing sugar and alcohol to cope with everything.

One day I decided I had had enough and walked across the street from my office and joined City Gym. To my luck, they paired me with Jenny Chronister for my personal training. I remember telling Jenny that I never wanted to stop exercising again - once you stop it is so difficult to start up again - but if you keep going then it eventually just becomes a part of your life and it’s easy. I also told her that I never wanted to diet again.

Jenny’s patience and positivity were exactly what I needed. She never gave up on me, even when I was being the worst client ever, blowing her off more times than I care to admit.

I had several starts and stops but eventually found a groove and haven’t stopped, now going on three years.

Now if you would have told me that it would take me three years to get to where I feel now, I probably wouldn’t have kept on going. Most of us want the big results, right now; who wants to wait three years to see the benefits of your hard work?

Luckily, I never gave up. I just celebrated my 49th birthday but I feel younger than ever like I’m 29 again. I quit drinking alcohol (100%) in the summer of 2016 and have quit eating sugar for the most part (95%). I now exercise at least 6 out of 7 days doing things I love like working out with Jenny, yoga, walking or going to a fun class or event. I’ve lost a few pounds but that’s not really the most important thing. I have more energy than I’ve had in years, I feel like exercising every day, it’s actually now an important part of not only my physical health but my emotional well being. The inflammation in my body has diminished, the tummy troubles that plagued me for years are gone.

In addition to exercising and eating food that fuels me, I meditate almost every day, I take time to journal and spend time in nature. I connect with friends over coffee or exercising. I’ve eliminated those things in my life that were pulling me down and added things that bring me joy and feed my mind, body and spirit. I’m grateful to Jenny Chronister for never giving up on me and to City Gym for being the welcoming community where I was able to become fit, well and where I now feel like I belong.

Trainer Jenny