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Juan & Rosemary Guerrero
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June 18, 2018 


Hi – We’re the Guerrero’s – Juan and Rosemary.  We are celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2018.  The key to our setting and achieving goals is that we are both on the same page and make a commitment together.  Over the years, this has translated into a broad range of activity.  We lost weight, incorporated more aerobic activity starting with walking and over the past 5 or so years have started taking active vacations that include hikes in various places such as Zion and Olympic National Parks.  We enjoy travel and learning about the history of the various places we have visited. 

We made some big changes in our lives over the past 10 years to improve our overall health.  We went to a low-calorie diet to lose weight, and we did, but that was unsustainable and the weight slowly started to creep up.  Especially after a vacation, where we had a very high level of activity and were burning fuel but changing eating habits when we got back was a challenge.  Cardio is good, so we incorporated running/walking intervals as well as cardio workouts into our list of activities at home.  Still, we were challenged to keep to a regular schedule.  Our meals, while generally healthy, still included a lot of sugary food and carbs.  The balance was not there. 

We knew we needed to do more to develop habits that will continue to improve our overall health and set us up for the future.  We started our research.  Of course, we are very different in how we approached the issue, but in the end we came to the same conclusion.  Using the muscle that we have and strengthening that muscle is key to staying active and healthy into the future. 

In the past, Juan had strength training as part of playing football and in the military.  He had some familiarity with the activities and process.  When I went to school, the only options for females were tennis, track, volleyball or cheer.  There was no weight room for women, only for the guys; this was an entirely new undertaking for me. 

The search was on to find the environment that we wanted to be in for this journey.  Neither of us are interested in crowded noisy gyms filled with 20 or 30 somethings, and especially not a 20 something trainer.  We are also not interested in endless group classes or boot camps with music blasting out of every corner.  This journey for us is not about competition but in developing habits for life in an environment where we feel comfortable and supported.

In the past, we had seen the Get Age Fit ads in various publications.  We even tore one out and had it sitting on the desk for a month or two before we made the decision to commit to changing our life.  We attended one of Theo’s Sunday afternoon orientation sessions.  The philosophy behind the training and the pace fit with what is important to us.  We like the gym size and the personal touch.  The idea of learning to use the equipment, the free weights and body weight moves using the proper form is very important.  Staying injury free is the best way to continue forward progress. 

When we started the program, we found the atmosphere was contagious.  We have been training with Kelly who is very open, supportive, encouraging and friendly (and very, extremely energetic).  Theo and everyone that comes to the gym to train are all very supportive and congenial.  The attitude and energy in the gym is great.  New comers are encouraged, long time members are friendly and open.  It is a safe environment to try new things, maybe not succeed, but keep progressing forward.  The training is tailored to each individual, or in our case, to Juan and me. 

The hardest part of this transformation has been the change in eating habits.  I can be a picky eater (I really dislike eggs) and, of course, we each have our favorite foods.  Being in central Texas, we have a plethora of great Mexican food and Bar-B-Q to choose from (among other things).  Meal planning, portion control and eating the right amount of protein, while not new concepts, were not at the top of our priority list.  Theo was great about giving ideas to incorporate protein into breakfast foods like oatmeal, or into snacks such as pudding.  Our biggest thanks go to Kelly and his wife Betty for inviting us to one of their weekly meal prep sessions.  We learned that it was really not that difficult, did not take as much time as expected, and really not something to stress over.  Now we have a weekly meal plan, making it so much easier to stay on track during the work day.  Weekends are a little more free-form, but we are doing much better at portion control and balance.  While we are not perfect, it is working for us – so well that we think twice or three times when faced with challenging food choices.  Seeking healthy balance has become a habit now rather than something we consciously have to think about.

So back to the training.  We are both happy with the changes that we have seen in our physical condition.  We have both gained muscle through this process.  Movement and activities that were hard at the beginning – when we had to start with the kitten size weights – are now familiar and we continue to build up the weight we use.  The fact that the workouts vary and cycle through the machines, free weights and body weight keep challenging us.  We are even consistently working out on our non-gym days.  We both had physicals near the end of this challenge, and our doctor was also impressed with the changes.  Heart rate, weight, and blood work have all improved. Our clothes fit better or loose.

If you had told us at the beginning of this journey that we would enter an obstacle course race (with mud no less), we would have responded “in your dreams”.  But that’s just what we did over Memorial Day weekend.  A group from Get Age Fit ran the ASCO Spartacus dash.  We had no real idea what to expect, even though we had seen the list of obstacles.  Until you do one, you really do not know the reality – though Juan was better prepared that I was.  I was totally happy to cross the finish line – together with the rest of the group.  The support was great, and it was fun.  We will likely do another one later in the year. 

Something interesting happened as we shared our journey and goals with others around us.  Our friends, relatives and co-workers have been interested in what we are doing and how we’re progressing.  They shared their stories and things they learned about getting fit and encourage us to try different food, supplements and activities.  When we share, others share.  I have two women in their forties that work for me.  After discussing the obstacle course race, their response is that they want to be like me when they are my age. 

While the challenge is at an end, our overall journey is not over.  It creeps up on you that rewiring the physical also changes your mental outlook.  It enhances our overall desire to try new things, whether it is something physical, social or mental.   We continue to work the program – it’s become habit.  We’ve developed a healthier relationship with food.  And we will continue to have new experiences in the great outdoors.  This is one of the best decisions we made for our future.  We are already winners!

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Jill Morrow  (Category: "BEST INDIVIDUAL" Transformation)

June 18, 2018


​When I started to think about getting involved with Get Age Fit and how it could benefit my health, I really had no idea the journey that I would be starting.  Being a business owner of a boutique in Salado and also a part time RN I have a really busy life, not to mention taking care of my home and family!  

I had come to a point in my life where I knew I needed to do something to feel better each day so I could accomplish the things I needed to.  I desperately wanted to lose weight, change my eating habits and exercise but was not sure how I could accomplish all of it. 

After attending one of Theo’s meetings and  reading the testimonies from the people in the book Body for Life, it all just seemed too good to be true, yet I felt such a trust with Theo and the team he has with him I wanted to begin the journey and see where it would take me.  I made the decision to commit to the program and see if I could accomplish anything close to what the people in the book had.   

The encouragement from the very beginning was exactly what I needed because the weight did not come off very fast which would be very discouraging for me and still continues to be some weeks, but I am learning to get past that.  The changes I have seen in my body, my strength and my determination have gotten me to look beyond what a scale may say each week.

I can see myself going to a place body wise that I never thought could be possible.  Seeing the scale at a certain weight and continuing to go up over the years and seeing myself look a certain way for so long I had begun to think the possibility of changing was not attainable especially as I have gotten older and knowing what I “thought” I knew about aging and fitness.
The staff at Get Age Fit just kept telling me, “trust the process” and so I did.  Over the last 3 months I have lost weight, lost body fat and increased muscle. The gains I have achieved go beyond those of standing on a scale each week. I feel better physically AND emotionally and have been able to get myself off a medication that I have been on for over 10 years which I never thought would have been possible.

I now look at my time at the gym as my medication and through feeling empowered physically I have been able to manage my emotional wellbeing with more confidence.  I feel positive that by keeping health as a priority, I will be able to stay off this medication for good.  Revamping my diet has not only helped me but also my family.  My husband has been more conscience of eating clean and my parents both have jumped on board as well.
Kelly, my trainer, has become someone I trust and respect for his knowledge of health and fitness and how I can incorporate fitness into my busy life and keep it fresh. I continue to learn from him and my goal would be that when I decide to leave Get Age Fit and go out on my own that I would feel confident at a gym and know what to do to keep my fitness lifestyle in check.

I’m not quite ready to go out on my own yet and have decided to continue with another 12 week challenge with excitement even though it is a lot of hard work and dedication because I see what I can achieve.  I have many goals in the gym now and will continue to trust the process weekly.
Seeing the same people at the gym most of the time has created a special bond, mostly unspoken, but knowing the work we all put in at the gym I respect them and know how hard it can be.
I’m thankful that I took the step to better health and am grateful for the staff at Get Age Fit and for all of the help and support.
Looking forward to furthering my transformation,
Jill Morrow

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June 18, 2018 

Turning the big 50 did not feel like we thought it would.   Joanna and I both turned 50 within 3 months of one another and just lacked the energy, drive and self esteem we had in our earlier years. 

The 40’s was a rough decade for me. I had to battle back from three back surgeries in my early 40’s and then began feeling the effects of undiagnosed hereditary hemochromatosis. Unknown to me, iron had slowly built up in my system and was beginning to have a severe negative impact on my body, health and both of our lives.  Fortunately once diagnosed, they were able to manage the iron by drawing a pint of blood every two weeks.  This went on for roughly six months which further added to my fatigue and weakness and Joanna and I fell into a normal routine of dinner, TV and sleep with virtually no exercise.  

Thankfully,  Joanna decided a healthy change for the better was needed.  We were not interested in trying another fad yo-yo diet or pre-made dinners.  We had tried that before and knew if we were going to do this, it had to be a  realistic lifestyle change with realistic goals. 

Finding Theo and Kelly at GETAGEFIT was the best 50th birthday present we could have gotten each other.  We are getting our energy and drive back and are not just physically stronger, but emotionally and mentally stronger as well.  We’re having fun with it and love helping and encouraging each other as we transform our bodies and lives.  This is just the beginning and we can’t wait to see our continued progress and transformation a year from now.

See you on the zip line Kelly!   
Ben & Joanna Pruitt