Sheyna F.

Being and staying motivated

After a year of being a stay at home mom, my daughter started pre-K. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt so mentally weak. The previous year I got denied entrance to the graduate program I just knew I was destined for. My dad relapsed for the 8th time. I found myself 33 and so down. I knew as a Christian mother, I had to be the best me for my kid, my husband, and my family. I prayed, help me Lord, and I heard him say exercise. I was also diagnosed with PMDD. I refused meds for it, why? Simple, the doctor said most women cure this with exercise and that is something at 33-years old that I had not made important since high school competition cheer. 

So, one day I dropped my daughter off at school and cried myself to Chick-fil-A. I looked up in front of me. Orangetheory stared back at me. I remembered their grand opening. I could recall that heart tug to sign up then. My favorite color was orange, but exercise seemed intimidating. So, I pulled out of the drive through and walked in. Greeted by two angels, Tania and Haley. They said try a class right now, and I did! I’ve been a member since. 

It wasn’t about weight to me, and good thing because I gained 5 lbs., but I am more pleased with my physique than ever.

"I love being sore. I love being motivated. I love that hour." 

I tell everyone I know, it’s important to me. I tried the gym next door once because it was cheaper, and boy did I go running back to OTF with a great full heart. It is literally everything I could ask for from a fitness establishment. God bless you all.

When I started my Orangetheory journey in June 2015, I was a gal who could not stand working out. Last May, I was asked to be a model in our company’s photo shoot launching our new uniforms. I had the confidence to stand in front of the camera comfortably because of the hard work I put into my Orangetheory workouts.
Hello, my name is Stephanie Strunk (aka Splat Girl). I was born to teenage parents in 1971 and was premature, weighing only 2lbs 11 ounces. At birth, doctors diagnosed me with mild cerebral palsy and told my parents that I would never walk or run. Obviously, the medical prognosis was incorrect. While I have never been an athlete, I've always had a competitive heart but could only watch from the sidelines as others played. When I tried out for team sports in school, I was told I could never keep up and to focus my efforts elsewhere.
Where do I begin?! My weight loss/fitness journey technically started on August 17, 2017 when I started seeing a nutritionist. I weighed in at 393.8 lbs. when I started! I officially signed up at OTF in January of 2018 and at the time I weighed 279lbs. I was told that my studio would not be ready until the end of March, but in the meantime, they invited me to partake in a class at the Schaumburg, IL location. I was super nervous and scared but once I completed the class I was hooked immediately! I couldn’t wait to start doing it on a regular basis! I instantly fell in love with the workout and I was itching for more.
The week of my 30th birthday, at my 20-week ultrasound, my husband and I were given devastating news. Our unborn daughter, Adeline, was diagnosed with a rare birth defect and given a 50% chance of survival. Our entire lives changed that day.
I am a 56-year old male, four-time cancer survivor. Cardio and weights have always been best for me, with cardio being the real deal. This last year brought me another "diagnosis" and a subsequent surgery. When someone like me hears this kind of news once again, you just stand up strong, be positive and just f----in do it. The surgery was a long one this time and I got myself out of the hospital as quick as I could. Went home with a bunch of tubes and bags attached and "healed" my body waiting for the day that all the stuff would be removed. They said no bike riding for three months and limited cardio. I was on the treadmill at the gym within days wearing a diaper (pull-ups) under my shorts, headphones turned all the way up. It was okay, but in no way was it good enough, but I kept going anyway. I was down and gloomy.

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