At the end of January, Smith arrived at Body Design well before the sunrise to complete her updated fitness evaluation. The profile shows that the 25-year-old weighs 176 pounds, has a pulse of 85, and her blood pressure is 119/84. Her goal will be to reach 18 percent body fat and 130 pounds, for a fat loss goal of 49 pounds, and muscle gain goal of three pounds.
As a first grade teacher, the busy Smith has made a practice of setting ambitious and feasible goals for her students’ achievement. Now, to reach the ambitious and feasible goals she has set for herself, Smith has been working out regularly and tracking her workouts.
She said that Fridays are hard for her to workout, because she is tired from a long work week. But Body Design provides her with the accountability she needs. “I’ve been there for a year,” she said. “And if I miss, they call, text, or email. And it’s not for the money. They care.”
Along with working out, Smith knows she must eat right to reach her weight and fitness goals. Her trainer at Body Design, Corey Ritter, developed a meal plan that includes a list of foods combining a structured amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, that she should eat every two hours throughout the day.
However, Smith has not followed this meal plan because, on the three days a week she works out, she does not have time to prepare anything in the microwave at 4:30 a.m. Instead, Smith brings sugar-free cereal and fat-free yogurt for breakfast in the car. The meal plan she has been following is more akin to Weight Watchers Core plan, although, she says, “I've been eating bread occasionally and that isn't on any meal plan.”
Smith has been counting calories for the past month, making choices based on Ritter’s meal plan, and the Weight Watchers plan. Her goal is to eat 1800 calories a day, meaning that, without exercise, she could still lose about a pound every 11 days.
Even though it is sometimes hard, Smith is driven to achieve her goals. “I can’t put into words, when I get in the car, I’ve already taken care of myself. I can take care of my kids.”