Please read Tonya Kockx's touching transformation story. Delta Life Fitness is really proud of Tonya!
“May 29th. My Delta-versary.
One year marking my commitment to myself, to my fitness, to my journey.
In 2009, my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. For months nothing else mattered. I needed to be strong for him and for my kids, so I did that. I was on autopilot as we went from one doctor to the next. After my husband passed, my focused remained on my family. As I found myself in a new relationship, my energy shifted. This time, it was on a new phase in my life: How to seamlessly merge two families into one.
It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with lupus that I decided to return back to myself. I was pregnant; my intense joint pain, inflammation, and depression triggered doctors to investigate. I was drained physically and mentally and would stay in bed until late morning. I was sad to watch life move on around me while I struggled to make it through the day.
I knew something needed to change. I wanted to be better, not just for my kids, but also for myself.
Gradually, I changed my diet. I worked with doctors to find foods I could tolerate and identify those I was allergic to. A friend posted a picture of herself on social media, thanking this company called Delta Life. She looked great: Happy, vibrant, full of life. I was jealous. Most importantly, I was intrigued.
I wasn’t sure anything was going to work for me. I figured I was too old and too weak. But with zero confidence, I had nothing to lose. I was ready to try anything.
I took my daughter with me to my first Delta Life consultation. I remember sweating in the parking lot. My daughter gave me the strength I needed to step into the door and finish my first class. (It was horrible. I rested more than I worked. I felt weak and inadequate. Jess, the manager on duty, asked if everything was okay and my daughter told her about my lupus.)
Tears streamed down my face as Jess embraced me in a warm hug. We sat down and discussed different options for me, plans that might be doable. I told her about my fears and my limited knowledge about exercise and fitness. I didn’t know what a bear crawl was or how to do a burpee. I couldn’t even jog.
I showed up, day in and day out. Jess would often be at the counter waiting for me. One day when I was feeling particularly low, she stopped me, looked me in the eyes and said, “When are you going to stop holding yourself back?”
At first I was annoyed. I had been at gym every day at 5:15 in the morning. Didn’t she realize how hard it was to set that alarm for 4:30AM? Didn’t she see my sweat? She didn’t know what life is like with an autoimmune disease. This was hard.
She was right.
I had to stop telling myself I was going to fail. I needed to start believing I could change.
I began posting my workouts. Not to brag, not for any sort of accolades, but to hold myself accountable. I wanted to be called out if I missed a day or quit. I made a commitment to go to the gym five days a week. Even if I couldn’t do the daily exercises, I would stretch on a medicine ball, show up, and give it my all.
Every day I walked out of the gym, my handwriting pushed me. (Sometimes it taunted me.) My public posts were visible for all to see.
Of course I wanted to give up. I had a list of reasons to quit. But I will never forget the day something clicked: I realized I wanted to be there. I wanted to be in that gym, laughing with the other ladies. I was looking forward to my morning workouts. I felt pride peeling off my sweaty t-shirt.
My endurance and stamina slowly improved. I felt less pain in my joins. My clothes started to fit a little better, and I even participated in my first parent-child soccer game.
- It’s been one year.
- 65 pounds gone.
- 43 inches vanished.
I am more present and more confident than I have ever been. I am a more active mom and more available partner. I have new friends — supportive friendships with women who inspire me to be the best version of myself. I’m even working towards earning my group fitness certification so I can give back and encourage others the way Delta Life encouraged me.
Some days will be easy. Some days will feel impossible. I’ll never forget my first HIIT workout. The fear I felt before I first started.
Show up. Let others motivate you when you feel like giving up. You can do this, just like I did. One workout at a time.
My story has only begun.
💪🏻 #lupuswontwin #deltalifefitness #strongmom #fitmomover40 #deltifefitnesscp #transformationtuesday #encouragingwomen”
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