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Life After Loss || How Fitness Helped Me Cope

After years of sitting in front of a computer, I had lost most of the strength of my body. It was so easy to feel tired, and I would get headaches so often. I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t strong or very healthy either. Then my late husband was going through his chemo treatments, and I was very stressed. My already troubled sleep was even worse. Sometimes I had two sleepless nights in a row, and I could feel my heart was working super hard in my chest. Soon after, I noticed my heart problems. Being aware of this sharp pain in my chest, and having a hard time breathing, made me feel light-headed. Like I had to hold on to something to not fall over.

Life After Loss || How Fitness Helped Me Cope

I knew I had to do something to save myself. The most important being, I needed to get in better shape to take care of my man. So, I started to workout at home by using Beachbody DVD. It’s only a 30-minute workout, but I was already dying after my first two-minute warm-up. I had to cheat for a few sessions and hardly pushed to finish the first day. When I stopped, I wanted to throw up. It wasn’t pretty at all, and I was struggling with it every day. But, I kept it going. Most of days, my man was sitting on the chair across the room. He was already very weak because of the chemo, but he still wanted to keep me company. He would often fall asleep and then wake up from my workout music and then look at me and smile. There were a few times I was crying during the workout because of the stress of my life. My tears would get all over my face and chest, but it somehow made me feel better.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

After my man passed away, I found myself a gym nearby and decided to get my high school body back. That was the first step toward getting my life back. At that time, I didn’t know how working out isn’t only a physical training. It has helped me so much with mental health and dealing with depression, also coping with loss.

Life After Loss || How Fitness Helped Me Cope

I used to hate the gym because it was cold and hard with all the machines. But the Area 45 Fitness gym is very different. There are no machines, and all the stations are so much fun. By the way, the photo below is one of the owners of this gym, Revan. He was my personal trainer first and then become my friend. We often talk about life and business. He’s always so helpful with everything, even taking photos of me for my blog. 😉 I’ve seen him help others as well. The unique part of this gym is the loving community it’s created. No matter the instructor or other fellow gym members, everyone is willing to cheer for each other. Read THE FUTURE OF FITNESS || HAVING FUN TONING YOUR BODY WITH AREA 45 FITNESS to see what I meant by the difference that sets Area 45 Fitness apart from other gyms.

Life After Loss || How Fitness Helped Me Cope

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

Anyway, I’ve been going to this gym for almost one year. Most of the months I wasn’t traveling, I’d keep up a routine of coming at least four times a week. Every day’s class isn’t easy, but it’s super fun. I started out with so many struggles, like before. But, since each station is only 45 seconds, I trained myself to only focus on the current 45 seconds… trying to push through. There are seven stations, with each one lasting for 45 seconds, and a total of four rounds. Before Area 45 Fitness, I’ve never known how much I could sweat! I’m very pleased to see that I can push through it day after day.

Life After Loss || How Fitness Helped Me Cope

There were many days that I was angry and sad with my man’s passing. But I didn’t know who I should argue with or fight with. That invisible pain weighed me down all the time. Then, my workout started to actually provide a visible target and measurable success. I treat every 45 seconds of a station as the trouble and hard times that I’m facing, and I fight through to win. Because of this, I’m gaining the control of my life back every 45 seconds at a time. Through the journey of gaining physical strength, I actually gained mental confidence. It feels so good knowing I can, and I am able, to push through anything in my way.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

You can read all the Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

Life After Loss || How Fitness Helped Me Cope

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@revanhermiz

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The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body with Area 45 Fitness

When I first came to America 11 years ago, I was 114 pounds at age 33 and 5 feet tall. My new American diet and lifestyle slowly added more and more weight on me. Back in early 2017 before my late husband passed away, I had been stress eating and my weight was almost at 130 pounds. My clothes size went from 0 up to 6, sometimes I had to go up to 8. You all know how stressful it is when you put on some clothes in the morning and find out how tight they are, so you have to change at the last second before heading out to work.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

Several months after my late husband passed away, I finally slowly got my life together and decided it was time to get my body back in shape. I have never liked the gym because it is just so boring to work on all the machines. I know I work better with humans so I was looking for a private trainer who understood my concerns and would help me reach my goal. I didn’t just want to lose weight, I also wanted to tone up my body and be more healthy.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

Then late June last year, I stepped out of my go-to nail salon and noticed a new gym called Area 45 Fitness right next to it. Since it is so close to where I live, I decided to stop by and get some info about the private trainer. When I walked in, I already felt something different. The decorations are very chic and upscale compared with most gyms, it has more of a spa or lounge feeling. I must say, I was also very impressed by the co-owner, Revan, I had talked to. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. Then I toured the facility and I noticed there are no exercise machines. It is the most interesting gym I have ever been to. I was told that I can burn up to 1,000 calories per 45-minute session — and have fun doing it. “It’s for people trying to get lean and shredded, not someone trying to get Arnold Schwarzenegger big.” Perfect! It was just what I was looking for. So I agreed to try a free session before I signed up.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

Before I tell you how the try-out session went, I want to paint an image of this gym. It is not the traditional gym, as I mentioned earlier, it is the only gym with high technology to give you a very unique express-like work out while looking like a video game scene. Not the type of games with blood and killing of course, it’s filled with exciting music, lights and touch sensors on the floor and walls. The software is linked to the sensors with a big touch screen computer to create 100,000 different combinations of exercises. If you are still not sure what Area 45 Fitness looks like, let me put it this way, it is insanity workout meets Dance, Dance Revolution at a black light party. Take a look of this short video to see what it exactly looks like.

For my first try-out session, Revan gave me a private lesson and it went very fast. It was totally high intensity but I was very surprised and proud that I was able to do it. I haven’t worked out for years and I was not in my best shape at that time. The most important thing though? I had so much fun doing it. It was just like playing for me. When a workout becomes a pleasure, not a torture, oh yeah, I am totally in! My journey with Area 45 officially started last July. I managed to attend classes at least 3 times a week the first two months then 2 times a week after school started. You can see the before photos below when I just started back last year.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

The first 3 photos on top of this post were taken in December, 2017 when I already stopped working out for two months because I just couldn’t find any time for it between my full time job and full time blogging. But, you still can see my figure and shape are more defined and toned. If I never stopped, I could look so much better. Now I finally made the decision to pursue full time blogging. You can read more about this big change LIFE AFTER LOSS—FULL TIME BLOGGING and LIFE AFTER LOSS—EMBRACING CHANGES AND RECREATING MY NEW LIFE. For 2018, one of my goals is to continue toning up my body and get more healthy. Anyway, you can see more detailed data from the chart below to see how much my body had changed in just 3 months.

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

You can see me here in action at the gym.

You may have already noticed that my weight is down from 123 to 117, my body fat from 33 to 27, BMI from 25 to 22, and my waist from 32 to 28. Overall, I am down from size 6 to size 2 or 0, depending on the brand. I am very pleased with the result. I know there is no short cut to lose weight and tone up my body, and I want to make sure I do everything in a healthy way. I don’t mind working hard, but having fun and seeing results this quickly, was something I was so surprised about. If you live near Troy, Michigan, you definitely need to check it out and you will be as happy as I am a few months later!

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

Below is just some basic info about Area 45. The gym offers 45-minute classes. Unlike other gyms, it is not based on a come-as-you-like model but instead you sign up classes on the app. Area 45 is open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday. Prices range from $10 per class, depending on number purchased, to $160 per month for unlimited classes. If you are interested, you can sign up online for a free trial. Any plan over $100 per month includes a nutrition plan, recipe list, exercise articles and health-related homework. By the way, don’t forget to try their juice bar, Revan makes some super delicious and healthy smoothies. 😉

The Future of Fitness || Having Fun Toning Your Body With Area 45 Fitness

Photo credit: Grace Liang/ Revan Hermiz

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace
http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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