Success Story: Running Made Me Who I Wanted to Be

Sandy Simmers has known dieting since first grade. She had been overweight since childhood and was spiraling into depression because she was convinced that she wasn’t healthy enough to have children. That was, until she discovered Anytime Fitness and running!

At her heaviest, Simmers weighed 235 pounds and she says she felt like she was “dying inside.”

She began working out with a personal trainer and running on a regular basis. She lost weight, no longer needed antidepressants and began to like herself.

After reaching her goal weight of 139 pounds, Sandy set a new goal of running 150 miles each month. She achieved that goal and kept it up – even after she became pregnant.

It made some people a little nervous, Sandy said. But I had the support of my doctors and everyone at Anytime Fitness through the whole journey of my pregnancy.

After believing for a decade that she wasn’t fit to be a mother, Sandy gave birth to a beautiful baby boy last year – Miles.

It has made me exactly who I always thought I could be, Simmers said. I know it sounds really cheesy, but it’s like finding that person and being that person – for the first time in my life.

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