It was a Saturday afternoon when I first came and met with Al. I wasn't interested that day in joining. In fact, I came with the intention of just checking it out. My daughter, Jessica begged me to come with her on this interview, because she had heard of this personal training gym at her work. Her co-worker was a member, and loved it. When my daughter and I arrived, I thought,Wow, I didn't realize there was a gym around here! I sat there with Al during this interview, answering his questions, with my daughter sitting beside me, and thinking to myself;This guy isn't very compassionate, in fact, he's quite frank, and so serious!; I sat there, thinking about all the questions I was answering, thinking , I really need to do something about myself!'' When I was asked to step on the scale, I was 85 pounds overweight, and very unhappy. For years, I was numbing all my sadness and anger with food. I was sinking into a vicious circle of self destruction and depression! I continued with my interview and started to become very emotional, thinking about all these things going through my mind. I started to cry. It was quite a reality check! After about an hour of talking to both Jessica and myself, Al invited both of us to start that next Monday with Anna, one of the other trainers. He said for us both to wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel, bottle of water, and payment for the month. So...that Monday, we both showed up at 6:00 a.m. Man..that was hard! We met with Anna, a very nice and friendly women, with a beautiful smile! After we both worked out, we were so tired! I remember that night, sleeping sooo good! That next morning , I felt like I had SO much energy! I will ALWAYS remember that! It was a HUGE change, and made me feel great. I continued to go on throughout that day, and I started to become VERY sore! Trying not to think about it too much, I went on with my day. That night I felt like I couldn't move! The next morning was a gym day. It was so hard to get up, but I went, and met my daughter, and we proceeded to work out again, sore muscles and all. I have to say, the first 2 weeks were most challenging for me. If I could describe what Hell would be like, I would describe those 2 first weeks! Whew... BUT, I continued to consistently come, 3 days a week, and I have been working out ever since. As I went on , I never worried about how much weight I lost. I didn't weigh myself much, I went by my clothes. I stuck to the meal plan Al made for me, and followed it religiously. The weight came off automatically. My goal was to FEEL the change it in my thought pattern. The important thing was how I felt inside! How healthy am I becoming !