Stopping to catch my breath after climbing one flight of stairs, I knew I needed to improve my fitness level (I'm 42, and I have very, very high cholesterol, controlled by medication and diet). My sister and brother-in-law were exercising with a coach, Donta, and I had seen and heard their positive responses about exercising with him. So, on their endorsement, I started training with Donta. He is passionate about fitness and in-tune with what motivates people to push that extra bit.
About four months into training, I discovered I was pregnant. My husband and I were thrilled, and I knew my overall health was even more important. I had to stop taking my cholesterol medication (it's counter-indicated for pregnancy), but continued to train with Donta. He modified my exercises as my pregnancy progressed, keeping me on track with our training schedule. Folks usually focus on weight loss as a benefit to exercise, and while my weight gain during my pregnancy was within the proper range, I was very happy that my cholesterol level (without medication) only increased a few points. Following the birth of my daughter, my healing time was short, which I attribute directly to the months of training. After several months, I re-started training with Donta. Now, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight and my strength, flexibility, and energy have increased, allowing me to keep up with my ever curious daughter. This journey has been and continues to be a wonderful and wise investment in my health, future, and me.