Story Posted On: August 19, 2008
Lisa Rogers of Jacksonville, FL
Dear Canyon Ranch Tucson,
I wanted to share my story of empowerment and how Canyon Ranch was the beginning of my journey. For my 40th birthday, my parents gave me a trip to the Ranch in Sept 07. As I had a “few pounds” to lose, and knowing this was a health spa, I began to get in shape a month prior to my visit. I lost a few pounds and was happy.
During the week my mother and I were at the Ranch with our wonderful group, my goal was to try things that I had not done before. I went on bike trips, with the all-inspiring Bikeroo Bob, went on hikes, took various classes that tested my stamina and ability to laugh at myself. I ate delicious food, all I wanted, and still managed to lose 2 more pounds. The power of possibility was coming true. I began to realize that I could get my body back and more importantly my sense of health and well-being.
I came home and vowed to maintain my exercise routine and make it part of my day. In Feb, I was asked if I wanted to join some other women to do a sprint triathlon. I agreed and trained the hardest I had ever trained. In May, I completed my first triathlon and didn’t even feel winded or tired. Currently, I’m still training to increase my running distance so that I may complete an Olympic triathlon. I’ve lost nearly 20 lbs, 11 inches and 8 body fat. I discovered my relationship with food was one of comfort and filling bored moments. With this knowledge and the desire for a healthy lifestyle, my possibility is my reality.
Thank you Canyon Ranch. A week with you should be a requirement of life. I’m looking forward to my return this Sept.