When Sue started working out at The Studio (MDR), she wore a size 8 or 10. Now, she’s down to a 4 or 6 and feels better than ever. Here’s her story:

Tell us about life pre-The Studio (MDR).

I started working out here in March 2014 and weighed 138 pounds and went between a size 8 and 10. I had just joined a local gym and used the elliptical machine for cardio work and some free weights for arms twice a week. I also took yoga once a week. But when my son Jacob joined The Studio (MDR), he encouraged me to try it. I physically felt OK—but definitely not as good as I do now! I also spent hours at the gym but never got the results I see in my body these days.

Do you remember a specific moment that nudged you to go to class, or decide that it was finally time to make a change?

I saw a positive change in Jake, including his eating habits, and I wanted to do the same.

What were the first changes you noticed after the first few weeks of taking classes at The Studio (MDR)?

The first few weeks, I wasn't sure I noticed anything. But as I gave it more time, I noticed my waistline felt tighter, and I started feeling so much more energized. Visible changes started happening a few months later. And while I never imagined I’d ever say this, I definitely love being in a state of constant soreness. After about 6 to 8 months of working out at The Studio (MDR), awareness of what I was eating started to happen organically, and the pounds started to shed off almost effortlessly.

 OK, so it sounds like you’ve really cleaned up your diet.

Tremendously! I’ve come to learn that diet is key to maintaining the results these workouts give you. I now practice mindful eating as much as I can, but I also give myself permission to enjoy eating the things I truly love, without the guilt. I can honestly say that I enjoy food more than I've enjoyed it before.

What’s one pose that you used to hate but love now?

I used to feel nauseous when we would do the inner thigh exercises! Now my legs have become much stronger and tighter.

How far have you come from your starting point, both physically and mentally? And what are some of your new goals?

Physically, I feel much stronger all around. I love my waistline and I dress differently. I accentuate my arms and waist, even my legs and butt. I love how I feel after a great workout. My posture has improved and I carry myself with more confidence.  I never used to wear sleeveless shirts before. Now I love wearing tank tops to show off my arms. In addition to dropping from a size 8-10 to a size 4-6, I also lost 10 pounds—down to 128. It’s been great when friends notice the change in my appearance. But more importantly, my attitude has changed.

I feel so grateful for Lindsay, who is like a bright, positive light and who makes working out extra enjoyable with her awesome playlists. She shares her great energy consistently in each and every class—so much so that I always look forward to coming to class. Even if I had a bad day, I know The Studio (MDR) will make it all better.